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  • From: New mexico
bottle caps??
Posted by John3M on Tuesday, December 5, 2023 2:01 PM

This may have been mentioned I didn't see any threads referencing this... I was looking for a convenient economical something to put a few drops of paint into rather than the options like artist trays or whatever they are called. I find bottle caps convenient and economical and plentiful for when I hand paint small items. The artist trays for paint too hard to keep clean. I can clean the caps and reuse them and if needed put them in an ultrasonic cleaner for a final touch up. BTW, i don't put them in any kind of solvent like ipa

i have friends who donate their bottled water caps to me.

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Posted by Fisherman Dave on Tuesday, December 5, 2023 3:40 PM

I like the little silicone fidget poppers nothing seems to stick to them and they are super easy to clean.

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Posted by Eaglecash867 on Tuesday, December 5, 2023 4:15 PM

I do OK with a small aluminum artist's tray.  After I use my Badger paint mixer on the paint, i just let a little of the excess drip off the mixer into one of the cups on the tray.  After painting, I have a little Pyrex syringe that I use to shoot a tiny bit of whatever solvent is good for that particular paint into another cup on the tray, soak that up with a paper towel, and wipe the paint cup clean.

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  • From: South Florida
Posted by Having-fun on Tuesday, December 5, 2023 4:18 PM

Bottle caps?  This may be the answer to one of my problems: where to put a small amount of paint or glue so the container can be disposed of or washed, after all if I am not in the mood to clean them up, I can simply dispose them in the trash, after all, they are free.

Thanks

Joe

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  • From: Bethlehem PA
Posted by the Baron on Wednesday, December 6, 2023 8:05 AM

John3M

This may have been mentioned I didn't see any threads referencing this... I was looking for a convenient economical something to put a few drops of paint into rather than the options like artist trays or whatever they are called. I find bottle caps convenient and economical and plentiful for when I hand paint small items. The artist trays for paint too hard to keep clean. I can clean the caps and reuse them and if needed put them in an ultrasonic cleaner for a final touch up. BTW, i don't put them in any kind of solvent like ipa

i have friends who donate their bottled water caps to me. 

Whatever works for you.  I use a ceramic palette and I have no problems cleaning it. I'll use isopropyl, mineral spirits, or SuperClean, depending on the paint.  I like the ceramic palette because it's non-reactive and impermeable.

I also use a wet palette with water-based paints.  These make it easier for me to paint the things I paint by hand, particularly figures, but also finer details on a scale model. For me, a wet palette is also relatively simple to clean.  Every couple of painting sessions, I'll rinse the palette paper off, or replace it, if it's too worn through use.  And the sponge gets a good soak, rinse, and squeeze, and it's ready for the next use.

Another use for bottle caps is as a holder for something you want to paint by hand.  Again, this is something many figure painters do.  Use white glue, or a blob of poster tack, to attach the piece. Then you hold the cap, not the piece itself.

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    March 2003
  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Wednesday, December 6, 2023 12:06 PM

Yea,I use a cheap Hobby Lobby Tray,it wipes out real easy but sure if the bottle cap thing works, great.

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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Wednesday, December 6, 2023 12:54 PM

I guess I am lucky.

        I have a piece of Marble aprox  6"x10" that has all kinds of depressions in it. Perfectly circular I might add. Also they are in straight lines.  If I am doing figures I use it for paint. Otherwise I turn it over and use it as a cutting surface for paper models!

       Bottle caps from water bottles are excellent. One thing, find you a piece of wood about a foot long and half that wide. Using a hole cutter, cut depressions that will acomodate the caps with a little pressure. There! You have a universal palette!

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