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Syringe as airbrush helper

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It mixes, it measures, it filters, it’s self-cleaning and, best of all, it’s cheap! Now you can accurately measure, filter, and mix paint and thinner all at once.


Get a 5cc children’s medicine syringe from a pharmacy. Cut off the tip and tightly secure a layer or two of nylon stocking with a couple of rubber bands. Put your thumb over the nylon end and secure the other end between your middle and index fingers. Pour in 3cc of paint, then 2cc of thinner. (Measure using the graduated scale on the syringe tube.) Hold the tube over another container, insert the plunger, remove your thumb, and you can push out a 5cc, perfectly proportioned (60/40) mix of filtered, ready-to-airbrush paint. Clean the device by pushing thinner in and out with the plunger a few times. Only need 4cc of 60/40? Put in 2.4cc (4cc x .60) of paint and 1.6cc (4cc x .40) of thinner. Need more than 5cc of paint? Go to a pet or farm supply store and get a larger syringe. But be careful: You may need a larger thumb.



Tip submitted by:
William HosfordLisbon, Iowa

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