Paradise Fibers Mini Carder/Blending Brush

Paradise Fibers Mini Carder/Blending Brush

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Mini Carders or Blending Brushes are great tools for pressing fibers into your Blending Board or Drum Carder, or for flicking open locks when hand carding. Two handle lengths are available in 54, 72, 90, 120, 190 TPI for fiber artists of all skill levels. Enjoy easily forcing fiber into... Read More

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12/11/2019
Trish
United States United States
I recommend this product
Perfect for blending board

I bought this brush to use with the Paradise Fibers blending board, and I'm glad I did! Beautifully made, it's a huge improvement over the brushes that come with the board. I was a bit worried about the short handle being difficult to use, but so far it's been great!

B
06/30/2019
Beth
Nice addition to the blending board

The brushes that came with the blending board did a good job, but this tool helped really even out the fiber on the board even more. Well worth it!

JR
10/04/2018
JENNIFER R.
United States
Paradise fibers blending brush

Its easy to use, very well made and ergonomically happy in da hand! A joyful brush all round!

Paradise Fibers Paradise Fibers Mini Carder/Blending Brush Review
CS
06/17/2017
Cheryl S.
United States
Paradise Fibers carding/blending brush

I love this handy tool and I not only use it for it's intended purpose, I use it to gently open wool locks!

CM
07/23/2016
Cindi M.
United States
mini carder/blending brush

I have used the mini carder/blending brush--works like a charm. Thank you Ellie--you were a great help. I am currently spinning my first rolag.

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Product Details

Mini Carders or Blending Brushes are great tools for pressing fibers into your Blending Board or Drum Carder, or for flicking open locks when hand carding. Two handle lengths are available in 54, 72, 90, 120, 190 TPI for fiber artists of all skill levels. Enjoy easily forcing fiber into the blending board or drum carder using the teeth pointed away from you; the beauty of this means you can press the fibers exactly where you placed them on your work surface. Facing the teeth towards you creates a carding effect.

Choose from 2.25" or 4.25" handle lengths. Long handles tend to be popular for their ease of use, as some may not be able to grasp the short handle. The
shorter handle is designed to be used for more precise work. Although both lengths have a great rocking motion, the shorter handle makes this task much easier.

Paradise Fibers tools are painstakingly created with high levels of craftmanship and artistry. You are sure to be pleased with the outstanding woodwork and details put into these beautifully built fiber processing tools.

 Product details:

  • Material: Solid Maple
  • Overall size - 2 1/4" by 2 3/4"
  • Short handle length - 2 1/4"
  • Long handle length - 4 1/4" 
  • Available TPI - 54, 72, 90, 120, 190 TPI
  • The tines on these are a little stiffer than our blending boards.

 

These Mini Carders or Brushes go Perfectly with The Paradise Fibers Blending Board

How to choose the correct Teeth Per Inch (TPI):

The carding cloth’s teeth per inch (tpi) measures how densely the teeth are packed together. That density determines how much texture of roving is removed and how much color is blended in a single pass. The higher the number, the finer the carding cloth and the more smooth and blended the fiber becomes. 

Think of tpi as it applies to a hairbrush: If you have fine hair, you use a brush with lots of bristles close together. This gives a smooth finish. When you have curly hair, you use a wide-tooth comb or a brush with stiff bristles that are far apart. These bristles leave the curls together rather than separating and smoothing them out.

Although coarse and textured fibers are best carded on low-tpi carders, fine fibers can also be carded on equipment with less dense carding cloth.  One way to match up your cloth with your fibre is by paying attention to the micron counts (approximate) of your fleece. Let’s consider anything between 18-24 micron is ‘fine’, that 24-32 Micron fibers are ‘medium’ and 33+ micron fibers are ‘coarse: 

  • Fine - tpi of 120< OR 90< for a blending board(Merino, Alpaca, or Cormo) To card smooth, lofty batts and rolags with little to no texture or blend fibers and colors together thoroughly. Fine fibers are best used on high-tpi carding equipment. To card more textured or coarser fiber on a tool with a high tpi measurement, it is important to pick open the fiber first. 
  • Medium - tpi around 72: (BFL, Cheviot, Shetland) For most uses, including carding most wool.  It can accommodate a range of fiber diameters, create somewhat textured fiber preparations, and blend and smooth moderately fine batts.
  • Coarse - tpi 50>: (Lincoln, English Leicester, Herdwick) To keep lots of texture in the fibers and blend loosely, this will give you a chunky, textured batt. If you are carding multiple kinds of fiber together, you will get bold variations on a single pass.

Follow the link for more information on tpi and blending: https://spinoffmagazine.com/carding-cloth-tpi-best-job/