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African Fiber Fan Paint Brush with Vintage Quill Bobbin Spool Handle - Elizabeth Schowachert Art

African Fiber Fan Paint Brush with Vintage Quill Bobbin Spool Handle

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This listing is for a made-to-order fan-shaped stiff fiber bristle that can make a wide variety of marks, and are super flexible. The handles are made from vintage quill bobbins. The handles are smooth and surprisingly light (@2 oz).

Fan #1 has a metal band around the top of the handle and a leather hanging strap on the end. The ferrule also has metal rings, 3 in total. 

  • Handle: 7" in length
  • Bristle: 6.5" in length

Fan #2 has 3 metal bands on the ferrule.

  • Handle: 9" in length
  • Bristle: 6.5" - 7" in length

Fan Brush #3 has 3 metal bands around the ferrule and an aluminum wrap on the handle

  • Handle: 7" in length
  • Bristle: 6.5" to 7" in length

This is a unique brush while beautiful was made to make art :)

(Click on the image below to see brush demonstration)

African broom Fan brush

Antique Wood Bobbin Spool History

"The Industrial Revolution (1790's - 1860's) was an important time in America's history. The Revolution brought about many changes in the labor and textile industries. On average women worked a 72-hour week with few breaks. The mill itself was a dangerous place to work with shuttles flying off looms, and a constant humid, 100-degree climate. In response to the poor working conditions, the women of the mills organized America's first labor strikes and formed the first labor unions. 

Bobbins and the machinery they ran on were some of the greatest inventions of the Victorian Era. Developed as a way to manage heaps of thread, bobbins revolutionized textile manufacturing during the Industrial Revolution. Many textile mills had their own machine shops and their own favorite shape of bobbin which accounts for their varied designs. Traditional wooden bobbins have been retired from most current day manufacturing. Modern economics does not favor the use of wooden bobbins since a large degree of handwork is involved in making them and they are not well suited to synthetic fibers and high-speed machinery". (source Bemidji Woolen Mills)

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Customer Reviews

Based on 5 reviews
What a Brush

I LOVE this brush. I used it in some wet acrylic paint and it produced such wonderful lines and texture. I just used it again on the side to scratch some grass clumps into some wet acrylic. Awesome 😊🎨

A personality of its own!

I love this fiber fan brush. The craftsmanship is outstanding and the size is perfect. I am having fun playing with it and learning all the kinds of marks that it will make. It definitely has a personality of its own and that was just what I was looking for.


Such a fun brush to make marks with

First time using a fan brush

Not only did my brush look superb, it allowed me, a rank amateur, to find enormous joy in the brush strokes I was able to make. I unrolled a length of paper dipped my brush in watered down acrylic paint and began making marks. Honestly the feeling I got was pure joy - nothing like those marks had ever flowed from my hand, down through a brush and onto the page. I absolutely do not regret buying myself this gift. Elizabeth was a pleasure to work with and her my brush is beautiful.

french painter

i hope to use your brush..after buying it of course..
what do you use with this brush?
acrylic paint or chinese black ink?
is it possible to use other painting?
is it possible to send you this article in france?
sincerely yours

I usually work with a water-based traditional style black ink. You can work with a lot of different media though - if you choose something thicker, then you can create a lot of texture. For thinner media, you can draw out the paint and create lines and shapes.

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