Artists’ Brushes

Fundamental to Crown’s success is the expertise in the manufacture and supply of the full range of high quality artists’ brushes at a competitive price.

With over 100 years of experience, over 60 of which have been in Lowestoft, the process of making artists’ brushes has been perfected. This experience not only demands great dexterity in the actual handling of the hair or bristle, but also significant knowledge in dealing with the various types of natural and synthetic filaments for example:

Synthetic Brushes

Several synthetic materials are available and Crown currently manufactures products using all of these. In addition it has the capacity in house to mix varying types of filament to produce the ideal combination for any specified brush.

Synthetic/Natural Hair Blends

Crown’s mixing capacity is also capable of dealing with combinations of synthetic and natural hairs to produce the best performance from both types of filament.

Bristle

As with soft hairs, bristle comes in a variety of qualities that cover the spectrum from Fine Art to School use. Crown manufactures brushes in all qualities, shapes and sizes.

Natural Soft Hair - the Jewel in the Crown

The jewel of course must be our soft hair brushes used for the most delicate work due to their extreme springiness and fine colour holding qualities. Many types of natural hairs are available and some are used for specific types of brush, but the best brushes are made of Kolinsky sable, obtained from the tail of the kolinsky, a member of the mink family. The finest sable hair colour carrying capacity can be up to 8 times greater than a synthetic brush, giving great ease, dexterity and speed in painting.

Sable brush heads are still made individually by hand by traditional methods handed down from one generation of craftsmen and women to another. Not only is extreme dexterity and speed of handling required, but knowledge and experience in picking out the finest hairs. Only the most skilled brush maker would handle the finest sable brushes. The average length of training for a sable maker is currently 3 years.

Whilst the key element of any brush is the ability of the filament to perform to artists’ requirements, other components within the brush’s construction can also play a part in obtaining the maximum satisfaction in use. The quality of both handles and ferrules play a significant part in creating the necessary balance in use and Crown uses only the higest quality of components to compliment the working filaments. The ability to package the brushes on site in various forms using processes ranging from hand assembly to automated completes the picture of Brush production.