Traditionally, rakes for marbling have teeth that are widely spaced and combs have teeth that are narrowly spaced. For each size tray that you marble in, a new set of tools to fit needs to be constructed. Here is an easy way to make combs and rakes for all of your marbling projects.
Plastic lengths: These are actually corner bead for drywall, but with conveniently placed holes perfect for marbling tools!
Hint: bring a pair of scissors to cut the lengths to get them into your vehicle!
Picks: These are brush hair roller plastic picks available in packs of 100 at beauty supply stores.
Scissors: Kitchen shears or decent scissors. Lesser scissors have been broken!
Pliers: Optional. If your hand strength is not good, the pliers will be helpful.
Rakes need some “wiggle” room to complete some marbling moves. If not the correct length, the plastic can be trimmed with scissors.
You want a pair of combs to go in both directions of the tray, also. Combs should fit snugly inside the tray with hardly any “wiggle” room.
Cut four pairs of the white plastic lengths– one long and one short to fit vertically & horizontally in your marbling tray.
Any decent pair of scissors will should cut through the plastic drywall bead fairly easily.
Count 5 holes and repeat the process on the 6th hole. Repeat all across both plastic lengths. These are your wide rakes.
Choose a second pair of future rakes. Repeat the process with only 3 holes between picks. These are your medium rakes.
Choose a third pair and repeat the process with only 2 holes between picks. You now have a small rake pair.
Select a fourth pair and repeat the process picking every hole. These are your combs.
The last plastic length will wait for another time!
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