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This is something that has bugged me in other activities - from model making to DIY - and it's no less a problem making toys, so I'd be keen to hear what techniques you use for holding items while painting them.

It's a pretty basic thing but I don't find it easy to solve and it can easily ruin the final result. The challenge is to hold them securely enough they don't just spin about under brush contact, allow access to the whole piece, and not smudge anything.

Taking PlayPal bodies as an example, it doesn't seem practical to do them in 2 stages - sides first while holding by the edge, and then the edge when the sides are dry. Apart from the extra time/process, its pretty precise work to avoid straying onto the adjacent side, and not brush out any excess there.

I've created a pair of holders - a bit like mini tonfa/nightsticks - that go through the axle holes and when grasped in one hand hold the body quite tightly.
But they get in the way of the brush, and paint can build up around the dowels going through the axle holes. And transferring them to another dowel to dry is a fraught process.

Maybe I should just airbrush them...

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I use a dowel in the axle hole. If the dowel is loose I wrap painters tape around it to get a tight fit. I do use an air brush as well, but have use a brush as well. Hope this helps.

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