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How to Fix a Broken Ferrule on a Makeup Brush

By Beaut.ie | May 31 2011 | 11 Comments

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One of the ferrules on one of my beloved Sonia Kashuk makeup brushes loosened and came off a while ago and as I’d bought it in New York, I wasn’t exactly gonna find it easy to replace. Ok, so it’s not like I’m short on brushes but I really like the pair of Sonia Kashuk brushes I have and I used ‘em a lot.

It was a clean break – basically the glue holding the brush head to the handle just gave out. I faffed about with it for a bit sans handle but eventually decided to try and fix it.

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Would masking tape do the trick? Er, no.

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Then I remembered I’d read a tip ages ago over on Makeup And Beauty Blog: Karen recommended pinching the ferrule back into place using a pliers. Digging out a pliers from my toolbox, I reckoned something with a needle nose would be best.  Now, do note that this tip will only work with brushes with metal ferrules – ones with plastic ferrules will just crack and shatter under pressure, so try glueing them instead.

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As it happens, pressing from the tip didn’t ‘crimp’ in the metal around the handle enough.

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I needed to use the sharp part of the pliers you’d use to cut wire or strip insulation from cables. Carefully pressing down, I squeezed the ferrule into place and caused a small depression on either side of it which meant it couldn’t move up or down either. I had to be quite gentle because the handles of these particular brushes are plastic as opposed to the more normal wood, and I didn’t want it to snap.

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Yeah, the result’s not too pretty – you can see the crimp in the metal above. But my brush is back in working order, feels firm, is usable and so I’m pleased with the result.

If you’ve got any wobbly, loose brushes, will you give this a go?

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