Loew Cornell 842 25-Piece Foam Brush Set, 1-Inch 2 Pack (Total 50)
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- 50 Pieces, Short handle
- Wood handle
- Brush size 1-inch
- For use of acrylics
- Beginning, intermediate, advanced craft painter
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Loew Cornell 50-Piece Foam Brush Set is ideal for the beginning, intermediate, and advanced craft painter. Pack includes 2 sets of 25 size 1-inch brushes, with short wood handles. For use with acrylics.
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I would use one foam brush specifically to apply Stiffy liquid on my crochet snowflakes and then immediately pinned them to a blocking board (covered with plastic wrap for easy cleanup). I preferred using a foam brush to apply the Stiffy instead of soaking the snowflakes in the liquid as I found it wasted a lot of product and required me to squeeze the snowflakes of their excess Stiffy solution. The foam brush method was definitely easier and required little clean up.
Once dried and stiffened (I left my snowflakes on the blocking board for 24 hrs) I would use yet another foam brush to apply Mod podge and would sprinkle glitter. I used a new foam brushes for each color glitter I was using so as not to get a mixture of colors upon application. Ultimately I did white glitter, silver and gold. Once these dried I then used another foam brush to apply a layer of mod podge to seal in the glitter so it wouldn't be a trail of glitter everywhere around my house and on everyone's hands when opening their snowflake embellished gifts.
So as you can see having a bunch of these foam brushes come in handy especially when dealing with Stiffy liquid and Mod podge. These definitely served their purpose and was well worth the buy. I would highly recommend them and appreciate how affordable they are.
I never use foam brushes for any type of serious painting other than just doing small touch-ups or making some paint swatch samples in order to get an idea of color. In my opinion, foam brushes (even the better ones) don't begin to give you the same degree of precision and brush stroke control that a decent bristle brush will give you. But they're great for quick uses when you just need to slap a bit of paint on a small area.
If you rinse them out before any of the paint (water-based) dries in them, you can usually reuse them after they dry and get a few uses out of each brush. At just a bit over 25 cents each in cost, though, I often treat them as disposable when I'm short on time.
As with other brands of foam brushes, these have a thin rigid core through the middle of all but the tip of the foam part. This is to offer some strength and stiffness to the foam brush while using it, as well as giving a more durable way to attach the foam to the small dowel rod handle. If you tend to really push down hard on a brush and bend it while painting, this thin plastic core will possibly snap off. Also, like with most foam brushes, these have a chiseled painting edge (although, IMO, that's one of the issues with these Loew Cornell brushes where the quality is off -- the chiseled edge isn't up to par).
In my workshop, I keep a drawer full of 1" and 2" foam brushes. They're very handy to grab for small touch-ups with paint, stain, polyurethane, and some adhesives. They're labeled as being specifically for water-based paints like acrylic and latex. I think that's because the solvent in any oil-based paints and stains will gradually disintegrate the adhesive that keeps the foam attached to the plastic core and the foam will fall off. So, while I do occasionally use these brushes for a quick touch-up with oil-based stains, I wouldn't use them for longer stretches. And just dispose of them afterwards, because the brush won't stand up to cleaning with turpentine or mineral spirits.
When I'm applying stain to a bigger project and don't want to deal with cleaning a brush afterwards, I'll often make my own disposable foam brush applicator by just cutting a piece of old clean sponge and then using a wooden spring-type clothespin as the handle. Just open the clothespin 'jaws' and hook it into an edge of the sponge. The sponge holds the stain without as much dripping as a bristle brush does.