Make your own blending board. The cloth is specially developed for blending purposes. It has a different setting pattern and height as regular carding cloth.
Blending board cloth in 72 TPI
- Various Lengths
- 72 TPI
- Nickel plated wire
- 12 X 12 inches
Card cloth is normally fixed to the base board by staples or tacks along the edges only. It should never be glued as this locks the pins in place and looses the flexibility and carding action.
DIY Board Making
Its easy to make your own board from a simple version to more a sophisticated adjustable angle , adjustable keel type. Ours is the latter type with all the extra bits but you can easily produce your own version.
A suitable base board, slightly larger than the card cloth dimensions, needs to be sourced. There are lots of chopping boards or kitchen work top offcuts that would work just fine. Some blending boards have an adjustable rotating keel, but I have made one without and don't think I need one. I also use a paint brush as the blending brush instead of spending another $20-$40.
The most important part of the job is fixing the card cloth. Under no circumstances should it be glued.
The card cloth is manufactured to be on a flexible backing so that the wires will flex. If it is glued down then it looses this property and is no longer card cloth but just spikes on a board that are more likely to tear and break the fibres.
To fix all you need to do is keep it tight and fix the edges with staples or tacks. This also allows it to be easily replaced if ever it wears out after many years of use.