This is a demo article on how to make a paintbrush from a yucca plant. You can use any yucca plant. I happen to have access to a Red Yucca plant. It doesn't matter how big or small the frond you cut off is. You can cut it to any shape.
This Red Yucca frond is lovely to use because it is firm and easy to hold. I typically cut the pencil length but you can make them longer or shorter. The most important thing is to easily hold it in your hand. So make it a comfortable length for you.
How long does a yucca brush last? I don't know. I use them for a day or so and then I stick them on a shelf meaning to reuse them. But six months or more may go by before I feel the urge to use one and by that time it is very dry and shriveled up, completely unusable.
Just go cut another one. Yuccas can be 'harvested' any time of the year.
If you don't have fingernails (like many potters and bead artists), do the best you can. If your nails are extremely short, you can try using the edge of a spoon or fork or knife. Experiment.
This is the stroke that the paintbrush above left on my bead. A nice straight line. I just dabbed on the underglaze.
The yucca paintbrush holds lots of paint. You would load it the same way you would a watercolor or oil brush. You will be surprised at how long one stroke can last.
You would pay a lot of money for such a nice paintbrush but the best thing about yucca paintbrushes is that they are free.
Free is good.
To finish this bead, I added some of my original hand drawn iron oxide decals and refired to cone 05.
Thanks for following along and if you make your own yucca brush, post the results so we can see your own unique bead creations. :)
Posted by Natalie -- NKP Designs