Anyone recommend an air brush to buy? Are they difficult to use as with alternating colors, getting different hues, cleaning, etc. You have to buy special liquid colors, right? Thanks!
I have an airmaster by kopykake, and I simply LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!
super simple to use. You will need special airbrush colors, but CC sells them here.
sorry, didn't answer all your questions. Changing colors is easy, I just run water through until it runs clear (which is quick), and then put in the next color. Getting varying shades of colors can be done several ways. a second pass with the airbrush will of course darken the area. To lighten shades I have diluted the liquid color with water, and also with the white airbrush coloring. I have also mixed colors to achieve my desired color. To test what I have, I mist a white paper towel. I often write the proportions of mixed colors to reference again later, so I add a drop at a time when first experimenting.
Bumping and to be clear about the question of:
When doing a cake in airbrush, is it a lot of trouble to clean and do you clean in between all the different colors.
Also, my husband has one he uses for non edible inks, and he says the injectors get thoroughly cleansed with each use, so it shouldn't have residues in it and I should just be able to use his... hmmm... I have some edible inks but thinking I should have my own sprayer. (Not for sale cakes btw..just a hobbyist)...
What do y'all think?
Edited: Sorry p&p...I see you're answering me before I get my post in lol...you're goood lol!
It depends on what you want to do with it. I bought a single action airbrush because I had never used on before and just wanted to color a few things. Now I am ready to upgrade to a double action because you can do much more with it. I know some people love the kopykake, but alot of people buy the badger and there is another one that starts with a p but I can't remember the name.
can you find airbrushes at Wal Mart where do you buy these at? I learned how to use one in class but is not the one you can control the pressure so it was not the best but still liked it and would love to have one
what is the difference between the double action and single action airbrush. I use the kopykake airbrush right now which I'm sure is just the single action but really could not tell you for sure.
ok since we are on airbrush... I have a kopykake I haven't used b/c I am scared.... hehehehehehehe
how and with what do you cover the pieces of cake you don't want to color?
There is the single action bleeder thats all one piece which is the one I have, but it has very limited uses and I can only use it with a low compressor.
There are also the adjustable single and double action airbrush whereas you control the airflow and there is more versatility in what you can do with it. This kind can handle a larger compressor.
Roland Winbeckler has a great book called Airbrush Tecniques for cake decorating that explains alot.
Thanks! I think we must have the double action since we have a good size compressor which has a dial on it to adust the flow of air. I'm not sure where the bakery bought this compressor but it's not the airmaster that I'm sure of. As far a covering the cake is concerned I rarely do this. I do have a little overflow but not to bad
single action airbrush means there is continuous airflow coming through it and you use the lever on the brush to release the color. A double action airbrush does not have the continual flow of air coming through it, you are able to release the amount of airflow you want and also release the amount of color you want.
Sounds like we have the single action type by your response here. I might have to look into the different types of airbrushes.
I just wanted to add that you dont have to use just the liquid "Airbrush" colors. I've used Gel and Petal Dusts with ours.
I just mix the gel or dust with Rum/Vodka or any other kinda cheap alcohol we got that will evaporate quickly. This way I can get way more color variation in whatever I'm trying to color, cakes or flowers.
I don't know how I managed to get two of my posts on CC that are identical...Sorry!
Anyhow, I got a Air Master Kopy Kake and LOVE IT! I will be taking it slow though. I can't imagine getting a cake covered in fondant and ready to go then accidentally making the color too dark/bright etc, and having to redo it! I've learned that the paper towel is my new best friend!
What about luster dusts? I've read a little bit...mix it and shake it with Everclear. Any advice? I've seen Duff airbrush luster colors alot.
Would it be best to just have a separate airbrush just for the dusts or do you find it easy to clean out with no problems....I have heard about it getting clogged with the dusts?
I havent had any problems using Dusts with the Airbrush. As long as its cleaned before putting it away then its always been fine.
I just mix up my dusts with Rum instead of Lemon Extract so they dont evaporate as quickly and I can work with them longer.
Its hard to really say how much to use, you just have to play with it but it cant be as thick as it would be for normal painting. I think if it was that thick then it would probably clog up the airbrush but as long as its pretty thin then you can just layer on your color to get them darker.
peaseacake i am also looking into an airbrush, I did my research and also called airbrushcity for info, from what i've found you should definately l look for dual action, gravity fed (NOT siphone fed) internal mix, cup should be on top, or side not on the bottom. I personally like the removable cups. Some are fixed.
I have experience with the Badger when I airbrushed photographs and loved it, I never had a problem as long as you clean it after your done. I am also familiar with Thayer and Chandler, but would lean toward the Badger. I may stick to what I know but it sound like the Paasche is great to and the Kopykake also.
FYI airbrushcity has competative prices ,no shipping, but also does not have much in stock. I want mine now , when I choose my style I am willing to pay the shipping to get it.
I had the lady at my cake store recommend and order me a spray gun....it isn't in yet, but when it is I plan on experimenting and playing...and playing some more, and will let you know what kind I have and how it works.
I was just given an airbrush for my birthday (DH) but havn't tried it yet... it is an AZTEK made by TESTOR...
I will comment when I get to play with it!
my mistake it was dixieart.com not airbrushcity, sorry. Iv'e narrowed it down between paasche vsr90 and athe Badger 100gl.
How does the badger compare in price to the kopykake?
The Badger 100GL is $69.95