I had a small problem: I needed a stand for my brush. The stand I bought from the local apothecary was too small for the knot on my brush, a green-handled Van Der Hagen. I didn't feel like spending a lot of time trying to find a stand that would fit such an inexpensive (and possibly cheap, time will tell) brush, so I started brainstorming about what I could use that was already on hand. I thought about cutting and bending a wire coat hanger, but wasn't in the mood for the trial and error of getting it to balance, so I decided that that would be a last resort. After a bit more thinking, I realized a few things: a) I had a couple of small rare earth magnets lying around, b) I had a drill and c) the handle of my brush is plastic. And here is what I came up with: I drilled a small hole in the handle of the brush. The hole was just deep enough so that the magnet would sit just about flush with the handle and narrow enough that the magnet would need to be tapped in with a hammer (to provide a good friction fit). Then I put the other magnet on a small piece of packing tape with the attracting side facing down and taped it to the underside of the shelf above mine in the bathroom. This is the end result: This is an even better option than an actual stand for me, because I don't have a whole lot of room on my shelf in the bathroom (I have two roommates). It gets plenty of airflow this way, too! Now, obviously I wouldn't recommend drilling the handle of one of the more expensive brushes, but I'm not too worried about this one. PS- Sorry for the horrible cell phone pics.