Paint brushes are made from a variety of materials. The bristles can be made from synthetic fibers for greater durability and versatility or from natural animal hair such as sable, hog, or squirrel for softer brushes. The ferrule, a metal band that holds the bristles to the handle, is frequently constructed of nickel-plated brass or aluminum. The handle can be different and is frequently made of wood, plastic, or even bamboo to give the artist a secure grip.  

Depending on the kind of paint you use, rinse it right away under a gentle stream of water or the proper solvent. When cleaning the bristles for water-based paints like acrylics, use warm and gently agitate the bristles with your fingers or a brush cleaner. Rinse the dish thoroughly until the water is crystal clear. Use the proper solvent and follow the same rinsing procedure for oil-based paints. Last but not least, reshape the bristles and allow the brush to air dry so that it is prepared for your upcoming artistic endeavor.