Kolibri bristle brushes are handmade in Germany by Feurer & Sohn -- one of the oldest brush manufacturers in Germany (established 1898). These natural bristle brushes are made from the finest Chungking (or Chongqing) unbleached hog bristles.
Natural Bristles Natural hog bristles differ from other hairs due to the V-shaped split or "flag" at the tip of the bristles. The flag allows you to load more paint on the brush and provides smoother brushing. What makes Chungking bristles unlike any other natural bristles is that they have a natural curve. Each brush is hand crafted with "interlocked" bristles, meaning the natural curves of the bristles are positioned inward toward the ferrule, which gives the brush a natural resistance to fraying and spreads medium to thick paints smoothly and evenly.
A selection of pure hog bristle brushes is recommended for oil and acrylic painting, and is a far less expensive alternative to good quality softer hairs. Natural bristle brushes also work well in fresco and encaustic painting.
Nickel-Plated Brass Ferrules The ferrule of each Kolibri bristle brush receives two deep crimps. Deep crimping compresses the walls of the ferrule into the wooden handle, creating a mechanical lock that securely fastens the ferrule to the handle.
Hardwood Handles The long ivory-colored polished handles are made of hardwood and are lacquer finished for long life. Only the best brush handles are dipped. They are made by lowering the handles first in primer, then twice in colored lacquer and finally in varnish -- a total of four coats -- for a lustrous durable finish. For ease of handling in both a pencil or palm grip, the hardwood handles are over 25 cm (10 in.) from the ferrule to handle end. The long handle permits you to stand back from the painting while working to have a better view of your subject.
Oil, Acrylics, Fresco and Encaustic
Natural Chungking Bristle
17.5 mm (11/16 in)
20.0 mm (3/4 in)
26.7 cm (10.5 in.)
Natural Pigments is a limited liability company based in Willits, California. We manufacture and distribute rare and hard-to-find materials for fine artists and decorators. We specialize in supplying artists' materials that were used in historical painting since pre-historic times up to and including the nineteenth century.
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