06/16/2005: "Necessity is the mother of invention"
OK, I was in this "Inventer's Club" when I lived in Anchorage, which was kind of a joke, me and a couple guys sitting around drinking beer and brainstorming. But joke or not, I've had some original ideas, I'm just lazy about following through with any of the work of getting a patent. So, I have this idea for something, maybe it already exists and if it does, let me know where I can get one.
What I need is an automatic paint brush cleaner, something for artist's oil brushes. Stick the end with the bristles into a mini car wash type thing that sprays soap and water and agitates the bristles and then rinses it off. There would need to be an adjustable seal for different brush sizes but i think it could work. I'm terrible at cleaning out my brushes. I have a huge pile of them, over a hundred probably, and NONE that are clean. A lot of them I left too long and they're ruined (that cake brush cleaner worked but it was still a lot of work and ran out quickly).
If I had a never ending supply of clean brushes I know I'd be a better painter. For one thing, there are times I'd like to paint but I can't face the stack of dirty brushes so I put it off. Secondly, I'd change brushes more often, rather than using the same one for different colors until it gets all muddied and looks like crap. God, as I write this I know how horribly lazy this sounds...but washing brushes is more of a psychological hang-up for me.
Come on, somebody hook me up!