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What can I do with these brushes? Answered

Years ago we used to make and sell specially designed brushes for stopping wool from being lost off shearing shed boards when shearing sheep. "Lock Stoppers" we called them. The brush would be mounted with bristles up at the entrance of the chute the sheep goes down after shearing. The brush would catch the small bits of wool (locks) but allow the newly shorn sheep through.
They sold OK when the wool market was booming, but those days are gone and we now have piles of these brushes gathering dust.

Does anyone have any good ideas for using them for something fun or creative?

Does anyone want any of them?

They are each about 500mm wide. The bristles are about 200mm long. The brushes are about 5-10mm thick.

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Thrasym (author)2012-04-05

As a few other mentioned, they'd probably make good bench brushes. Hand held type brooms to clean up work benches. Depending on how much it would cost for you to produce some handles for them, maybe even sell it on the "replaceable bristles"?

The bristles (stored on that handy metal strip) can be sold to crafters and modelers. They're great for for creating trees, bushes, long grass and all kinds of things like that.

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vroom...vroom... (author)2012-04-04

You should make a giant bristle bot.

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Chuck US (author)2012-03-04

Hi Cammers,

What about a Hiltler-esque moustache for the giant gingerbread man in Shrek, the marshmallow man in ghost busters or the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade.

You could cover an old car (say a toyota crown) overlapping them so that it becomes a hairy car, with hair blowin in the breeze. You could give it a centre part, or a combover, like your dad used to have.

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cammers (author)Chuck US2012-03-04

Nice thinking Chuck.

If you didn't want to be recognised when driving you could make a moustache for your car. And perhaps some eye brows over the headlights.

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Chuck US (author)cammers2012-03-04

EXTRA LARGE lashes for Mardi Gras.

Just missed it. Bummer.

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cammers (author)caitlinsdad2012-03-03

Great idea.
I'm picturing myself trying to get my kids to walk into a machine of water jets, suds, and whirling brushes for their daily bath. It's hard enough to get them into a normal bath.

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Kiteman (author)cammers2012-03-03

You know, I bet it would actually be easier to get them to wash this way...

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cammers (author)Kiteman2012-03-03

I might need a cattle prod to get them in.

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caitlinsdad (author)cammers2012-03-03

hidden drop-panel door in the floor where the "welcome" or "go away" mat is. OK, so it leads to a slide.

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Kiteman (author)cammers2012-03-03

I sense you're planning an instructable...

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rimar2000 (author)2012-03-03

Maybe you can use them as weatherstripping.

Or adding them a broomstick, use as sweeper, better than those purchased!

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cammers (author)rimar20002012-03-03

Weatherstripping is good.

The bristles are long and flexible. Perhaps too soft for a broom. I could possibly trim them.

Thanks Rimar.

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MaryT8M (author)2012-03-03

We have lots of kids who "show" their livestock at county fairs. They spend lots of time and $$$ on their animals. I was thinking marketing the brushes for their original purpose to 4H chapters for kids who show their sheep/wool. You would probably have to give them a "special deal" but maybe at least you'd get rid of some inventory, as well as make some $$$ at least.

Would they work to help groom pigs? With a handle applied of course.

Also would they work for people who shear alpaca? There are still lots of "hobby" farms for raising Alpaca in the US. They sell their wool for big bucks. I don't remember when the big annual stock show is in Denver Colorado , but there are thousands of people in attendance, shopping, and showing their animals....maybe it would be a good place to sell. I'm sure there are other such shows world wide if you're not in the US

Good luck they look great. Wish I could think of why I need one! ;-)

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cammers (author)MaryT8M2012-03-03

Thanks Mary. We did take these to shows and field days. They were OK a while, but there isn't enough money in them to do the travel.
They are really only suitable for high production operations where several thousand sheep are shorn. For small outfits it's more efficient to just pick up the locks by hand. Alpaca shearing is generally on a small scale, and the set-up is very different.
By the way, I'm in Australia.

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cammers (author)Goodhart2012-03-03

The perfect application. Do you know of any robots who dance hula?

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Goodhart (author)cammers2012-03-03

No, but it wouldn't be hard to do: a motor with either an off-set cam to "make it shake" or an oblong gear.

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ilpug (author)cammers2012-03-03

No, but I now have an insane desire to make one.

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ilpug (author)2012-03-03

Spam me in a language I speak please.

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Kiteman (author)2012-03-03

Fit a piece of wood across the top, and they'd be great for school work-shops when they're tidying up at the end of a lesson, sweeping sawdust and shavings off the benches and such-like.

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caitlinsdad (author)2012-03-02