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So a while back I converted to the cult of Winsor & Newton Series 7 brushes, and I gotta admit I love them.
Thing is, I wonder if I'm using them too much, as the first one I bought seems to be wearing out pretty darned quickly. I know this because I bought a second one (to use with metallics), and the bristle head for the one I originally bought has "shrunk" quite a bit. It almost looks as though I have been abusing it.
Of course, since these are so expensive, I've been going out of my way to be good to it. I only swish it around in the water (rattles against the sides of the cup, but that's it), and gently "paint" the water off on a paper towel. For tougher cleaning, I use a cake of brush soap, "painting" the bar as gently as possible to take the paint off.
I use these brushes for 90 percent of my painting. The only thing I don't use them for is priming/sealing, drybrushing, and washing.
What am I doing wrong?
Are you meth?
No your not over doing it.
Is the brush still holding a point?
Does the paint still flow nicely?
If it's still doing both of those things, it's probably fine, regardless of the size.
It doesn't sound like you're treating it badly, so don't worry too much about it unless performance degrades...
That didn't seem the most useful post in the world, but I don't know what else to say, tbh...
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I'm thinking of get some W&N brushes on the next go, so i'm glad to hear their quality is long lasting .
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These things are hand made from natural fibers, so I dunno if a second one being a bit different is evidence the first has 'shrunk'... you know? I have two #1s (one for oil one for acrylic) and they have always been visibly different lengths.
Also there are different W&N Series 7 "serieses", a Round Short Handle Size 1 will be different from a Miniatures Size 1.
yeah, these brushes are awesome, the only complaint I have is that my #1 seems to split in half a lot (into 2 tips) and it's actually becoming problematic because the 2nd tip sometimes paints on undesired parts of the miniature. It doesn't happen on the size 0 though.