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  1. [Baren 29319] Cleaning Maru Bake (Annie Bissett)
  2. [Baren 29320] Re:Cleaning brushes.... (Julio.Rodriguez #
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Message 1
From: Annie Bissett
Date: Wed, 23 Nov 2005 09:51:53 -0500
Subject: [Baren 29319] Cleaning Maru Bake
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Hi Robert,

My teacher Matt Brown suggested, as Mike did also, that it's best not to let
the wooden handle of the maru bake get too saturated with water. Matt taught
me to use a shallow dish or tupperware container to clean the brush rather
than running it directly under a faucet. Pour in about an inch fresh water
and swish the brush in the water with bristles face down. Empty the water
out, add new water and do it again etc. until the water remains clear. Then
dry it with bristles down or hanging vertically. I like this method because
it keeps the handle relatively dry and prevents the wood from cracking.

Annie B
Northampton MA USA
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Message 2
From: Julio.Rodriguez #
Date: Wed, 23 Nov 2005 15:51:05 -0600
Subject: [Baren 29320] Re:Cleaning brushes....
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Yes...running the wood part of the brush under the faucet is probably not
a good thing...

What I do is I go to the bathroom or kitchen sink and let warm water run
at about half power so you get a running flow but not a high
buildup......then I scrub the hairs of the brush against the bottom of the
sink and the gentle stream carry the colored water away.....the water
never rises to the level of the wood handle and I keep scrubbing until
most of the pigment in the brush is washed away....the wood remains
dry....then I flick the brush a few times to get rid of most of the water
in the hairs and stand the brush (hairs down) on top of a folded paper
napking for blotting.