I have been meaning to show you these for awhile. These are my very favorite and well used tools. The two brushes have seen better days but they do such a great job of making the glaze go where I want it to. The first brush on the left, I have had forever, at least 3 years maybe more. It makes the perfect little circles in the middle of my flower beads. It used to be a big brush but I paint with these babies so much it has been worn down to a stub, it's perfect how it is right now.
The middle brush is the brush I use to paint the spirals, circles, and lines on most of my beads. This brush is starting to get too worn. I have to get a new one of these every year. When I notice it's getting worn, I start "training a new brush" It takes a while to get the brush to have the correct point and feel. I have some others that are about the same size but they just don't flow like this one does. Soon it will be retired, but I haven't gotten my other detail brush how I want it yet.
Third in line is a hole poker, a.k.a. skinny dowel rod. This tool has been with me since the beginning. I rarely make a hole with anything else. It has been used so much that the wood is really smooth. I broke it this year, it was longer. I traveled with it, I knew when I was packing it I Should leave it at home but I took a chance and it broke. It still works, but I think I will make a handle for it because it's a little short.
When I look at these sometimes I laugh because they are so worn, I love my tools and now I have to get back to using them.
Have a great day,