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justboatonic

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'Holding' small parts for airbrushing
« on: July 01, 2019, 12:18:53 AM »

What do people use for holding multiple small parts for airbrush painting? Yes, you could use a couple of croc clips in a Helping Hand type gizmo but that effectively means you can only do 2 at a time and have to wait for them to dry before replacing with two more.
Some years ago, I think there used to be a product called Sticky sticks or something which were like cocktail sticks with a sticky end?
Anyway, when you've loads of small parts you want to airbrush, what do you use? Having grey fingers doesnt look good!
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Re: 'Holding' small parts for airbrushing
« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2019, 01:08:46 AM »

I made myself a turntable from an old microwave and use double sided tape to hold small items. Even without a turntable double sided tape on some scrap wood works well too.


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Re: 'Holding' small parts for airbrushing
« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2019, 06:48:17 AM »

BluTack!  :-))
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Re: 'Holding' small parts for airbrushing
« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2019, 11:29:29 AM »

I'm with Peter, double sided tape every time. Stuck to a long piece of wood which you can manoeuvre as required.  :-))
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Re: 'Holding' small parts for airbrushing
« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2019, 02:23:32 PM »

I agree, double sided tape is ideal.

I also include a strip of masking tape which I write the part references underneath, so when paint is dry I can fold the tape over to reveal the part references.

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Re: 'Holding' small parts for airbrushing
« Reply #5 on: July 02, 2019, 01:36:10 PM »

A-ha! Never thought of double sided tape. Thanks all.
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Re: 'Holding' small parts for airbrushing
« Reply #6 on: July 02, 2019, 01:51:54 PM »

Of course if you're a cheapskate like me then you can use ordinary masking tape, held sticky-side-up with a short piece of tape at each end to hold it down and tension it. I found that the adhesive on most double-sided tape is often a bit too sticky and leaves a residue on the parts - and it's a lot more expensive than the budget B&Q stuff!  8)
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Re: 'Holding' small parts for airbrushing
« Reply #7 on: July 02, 2019, 04:25:17 PM »

I just use blue masking tape, form a loop sticky side out and then flatten it onto a flat surface. Works OK in most situations and dead cheap as Dave says.

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Re: 'Holding' small parts for airbrushing
« Reply #8 on: July 02, 2019, 07:10:27 PM »


If you do want to use clips there are loads on Ebay. Here’s some £4.49 for 20 clips they just need attaching to a metal or wooden rod

https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F323650893782
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Re: 'Holding' small parts for airbrushing
« Reply #9 on: July 02, 2019, 09:31:11 PM »

I too use tiny alligator clips, hung on short pieces of wire.  Hang them anywhere that's convenient-a horizontal string or wire, a large can, etc.
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