Introduction: Paint Pot Mixer Shaker With a Jig Saw.

About: I am the Head of the Props Workshop at Nottingham Playhouse Theatre. I have over 30 years professional experience in prop making, scenic art, model making and design.

If like me you have a paint and pigment collection that has some pots that are a couple of decades old, you will find that the pigment can separate and no amount of shaking those pots by hand will ever separate the mix back to its original consistency.

So using an old jig saw some two part modeling putty I made a close fitting paint shaker to revitalize my paints.


  • Two part modeling putty.
  • Jig saw.
  • Jigsaw blade.
  • Elastic bands.
  • Cling film / plastic wrap.
  • Modeling tools.
  • Paint pot.
  • Maker pen.
  • Sharp knife.
  • sanding pap

Step 1: Mark Blade

First make a mark on the jig saw blade to the point where the blade depresses below the footplate.

Step 2: Wrap Paint Pot and Add Putty

Take a paint pot and wrap with cling film, this will stop it from bonding to the putty and getting dirty.

Mix the two part putty to the required amount.

Add an amount of putty to the both side of the blade and to the teeth of the blade blow the foot bed depresion point that was marked out in step 1, below this point it to stop yourself from accidentally cutting anything including your fingers and the point pot. Above the line will be the base to add the paint pot cocoon.

Make note not to add any puty to the flat side of the blade blow to foot plate line as this still needs for run smoothly along the blade roller guide.

With the rest of the putty make a cocoon around the paint pot making sure that the putty goes over the lid, fits to its base and wraps around to pot to a little over half way.

Then with a modeling tool make some concentric depressed lines around the body of the cocoon, This will be for keeping the elastic bands in place when the saw is running.

Step 3: Pop Out the Paint Pot and Clean Up.

Before the putty has fully cured carefully cut a straight line along the side of the pot but still leave a little of the cocoon so it will hold the pot in place rather then lying in, This is so it has a tight fit when thesaw in in action.

I then drilled a hole in the back at the bottom of the area where the pot will go. This is for pushing it out of the cocoon once it has been mixed. Depending on the type of paint pot up may need to add further holes.

I then gave the whole thing a tidy with some sand paper.

Step 4: Clip in the Paint Pot That Need a Mix, Secure With Elastic Bands, Pug in the Saw and Mix Away.

That's it, you should now have some revitalized paint as good as the day it left the factory. I am now going to make another cocoon for my acrylic ink pots.