DIY: Sigma Brush Cleaning Glove & Mat Dupe
I am very fond of Do It Yourself projects. Right from my childhood, crafts have always intrigued me and as a result I developed a really strong aptitude in DIY and now I can totally make almost anything into something worth using. The best part of DIYs is that it ends up saving me a lot of money. Before I had my brush cleaning mat, I used to use my hands to clean my brushes and by the end of my brush washing session, my hands used to be so sore and dry. So I tried researching on how to make your own brush cleaning mat and made this beauty that made my life so much easier. What use is knowledge if you can’t help others, so I’m going to show you how to make your own brush cleaning tub/plate.
Things you’ll need:
- A plastic Tub or a Plastic chopping board. You could also use one of the exam pads that comes in plastic. I prefer using a tub because it holds the soap water in it and spares you the task of repeatedly dipping your brush into another jar of soap water.
- A glue gun. It is a very handy tool if you’re into crafts and also works really well to repair a lot of broken things, just as regular glue does but with a stronger hold. I suggest everyone have one in their house.You can find it online here: Amazon
- Additional glue sticks. Since we will be using quite a lot of glue, it is always handy to keep additional glue sticks on hand. I buy mine in bulk here: Amazon
Directions to make the Brush Cleaning Tub
- First make sure that the plastic surface is clean and free of dust. If you have dust sitting on it, the glue will not stick properly to the plastic and will come off during your brush cleaning sessions.
- Plug in your hot glue gun and let it heat up until the glue starts to dispense from the nozzle.
- Now with the glue gun start making patterns on the plastic
- I googled up an image of the original brush cleaning mat and saw that there were different patterns used for different purposes during brush cleaning.
- So I decided to copy the design a little and a little was my self invention.
- The placement of the patterns is completely random and I just drew on whatever caught my fancy.
- I drew on a couple of small dots, a few big dots, some swirls, some zig zag lines, some waves, some horizontal lines, some dots and dashes and whatever else could occupy the entire space.
- Once your pattern is completed, you can leave the tub to air dry for about an hour or put it in the freezer to make sure that the glue has stuck completely to the plastic and is not loose.
- Sometimes when using a glue gun, you’ll have thin flyaway strands of glue when you lift the gun from the surface. Don’t really worry about them and just pull the strands away once the glue has dried.
- Now your brush cleaning palette is ready to be used. Just fill it with some shampoo water and swirl your brushes across the various patterns.Sometimes I empty out the water and just rub the brush across the surfaces to get a little extra foam going.