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TheAfricanQueen 07-09-2015 08:18 PM

DIY Sponge Daubers
 
Many moons ago, I purchased some makeup sponges from a local dollar store. Unfortunately, they never worked out the way I had pictured in my mind. Although I knew and had been told that round sponge daubers wouldn't leave lines the way that square or rectangle ones would, I stubbornly tried to make what I had work.

Then I bought some brushes from Judikins through a vendor at the Heirloom. Those never worked for me the way that they were demonstrated. I had all but given up on sponge daubing. And I just couldn't make myself buy what was on the market for whatever reason: price, size, quantity, etc.

After watching numerous videos lately and not having all the supplies that were necessary to make ones similar to them, I finally came up with something that I can not only live with, but that works and that I like and that I had all the tools and supplies in which to make them. Ahhhh, satisfaction at last.

Thus begins my tutorial.

TheAfricanQueen 07-09-2015 08:22 PM

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When I first invested in these makeup wedges, I labeled them with a two letter code so that they would match their respective ink pad. Until too late, I realized that some of the codes were duplicates but different hues or colors. Ugh.

With the sponge daubers labeled, this problem is eliminated.

TheAfricanQueen 07-09-2015 08:27 PM

These are the tools and supplies I used to make my daubers:
  • sponge makeup wedges
  • painter's tape or masking tape
  • Avery return address labels or some other labeling system
  • Scotch tape
  • Cutter Bees or sharp scissors

TheAfricanQueen 07-09-2015 08:31 PM

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The most efficient way I found in which to roll the wedges, was to place the wedge onto the end of the painter's tape. As the wedge is rolled, it will adhere to the tape and it helps in rolling the wedge rather tightly, too.

TheAfricanQueen 07-09-2015 08:33 PM

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Once the wedge is rolled, apply the label and adhere both ends of the label with a single piece of Scotch tape. I found that the label ends didn't want to stick to the painter's tape and the Scotch tape takes care of this very nicely.

TheAfricanQueen 07-09-2015 08:39 PM

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Both ends of the dauber will require some trimming - some more than others based upon how they were rolled up.

The sponge end should be as round and smooth as possible. The best way I found was to use my Cutter Bees because they are very sharp. On occasion, I clean them with a cotton ball and some nail polish remover to remove any stickiness from adhesives and the like.

To test the dauber for smoothness (proving that lines won't be an issue when using them on projects), ink the dauber on its respective ink pad and daub onto a piece of cardstock or an old paper pad. The smoothness will be readily evident.

Renee 07-09-2015 08:42 PM

This is fantastic, AQ! Thanks so much for the tutorial! :clap:

TheAfricanQueen 07-09-2015 08:43 PM

Now, the only thing I have left to figure out is a holder...:wave:

TheAfricanQueen 07-09-2015 08:47 PM

These are the tools and supplies I used to make my daubers:
  • sponge makeup wedges
  • painter's tape or masking tape
  • Avery return address labels or some other labeling system
  • Scotch tape
  • Cutter Bees or sharp scissors
  • Ink pads
  • scratch paper or scrap cardstock

Don 07-09-2015 09:49 PM

You could use clothespins or these; http://home.myfairpoint.net/smallife/Spring_clamps.jpg


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