Amazing Wedding Cakes Christopher Garren Airbrush

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staceycakes7 Posted 13 Jul 2009 , 12:06pm
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Has anyone seen the episode of amazing wedding cakes that aired on 7/12. Christopher Garren used these small portable bottles with a white cap in order to do the airbrushing. There was no big machine and no typical airbrushing tool. Does anyone know what they are called and where I can get them?

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Loucinda Posted 13 Jul 2009 , 4:00pm
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I think there was discussion on those a long time ago....they are not really supposed to be used for cakes...you can get them at Lowes, Home Depot, etc. Some folks threw a hissy because they are not food safe (???)

I am sorry I can't remember the name of them though. This might jiggle someones memory of them though, and give you a bump up.

costumeczar Posted 13 Jul 2009 , 4:07pm
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I don't know what he was using (I fell asleep during that part icon_sad.gif ) but if people were saying they're not food safe, they probably use some kind of chemical propellant that shouldn't be used in food prep.

weirkd Posted 13 Jul 2009 , 4:11pm
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Yah, I remember that thread too. It was some kind of canned air or something like that and they were saying it wasnt food safe, but neither are some of the other tools you get from a hardware store for cakes or even the rods and plumbing that are used for sculpted cakes.

sportsmom005 Posted 13 Jul 2009 , 4:25pm
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I think what you're looking for is called a Preval Sprayer, I found mine at at a store called Boater's World icon_confused.gif When I asked at Home Depot, they had no clue what I was talking about. I didn't have much success with mine though. I didn't have any actual airbrush colors on hand, so I tried mixing my own using vanilla, and couldn't get the consistency right. When I sprayed with the sprayer, the color wasn't consistent and came out in big globs (if that makes sense).

tonedna Posted 13 Jul 2009 , 4:34pm
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They sell some airbrushes in a can in Michaels, I didnt see the episode but I wonders if it was those..
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ljdills Posted 13 Jul 2009 , 4:36pm
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I don't remember the sprayer he used, but I had recently seen some small portable airbrushes in the model car section at Hobby Lobby. Not sure how they would work they don't plug in or anything, but I thought about trying them out for use on touch ups and things like that.

BCo Posted 13 Jul 2009 , 4:41pm
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It is a Preval Sprayer - I have some. Actually Duff used them at one point years ago and that's when I got mine. I ordered mine online b/c I couldn't find them in the store. They worked fine for me, I used them to spray luster dust on some cakes or for small projects that I don't feel like pulling out my big airbrush. Here is what they look like...
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weirkd Posted 14 Jul 2009 , 12:26am
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Thank you Bturpin! I knew it looked like canned air like you get for cleaning your computer keyboard!! Hey, off the subject, I never did see if you got your CCC cake from that auction you won. Wondered how it was?

Amymnn Posted 14 Jul 2009 , 12:42am
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Oh cool! I was wondering that too. What colors do you use with this? TIA icon_smile.gif

BCo Posted 14 Jul 2009 , 12:52pm
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Originally Posted by weirkd

Thank you Bturpin! I knew it looked like canned air like you get for cleaning your computer keyboard!! Hey, off the subject, I never did see if you got your CCC cake from that auction you won. Wondered how it was?




I did get it!! It was ok....icon_sad.gif The cake was very dry and not a ton of flavor. A little dissapointed but still happy to have had the awesome experience. I had to throw most of the cake away b/c no one would eat it, even the people at my work and they eat ANYTHING!! LOL there wasn't a ton of buttercream either between the fondant and the cake - barely a crumb coat. I now work with someone who also bought a cake from them and they said theirs was not good either. They had a tasting (theirs was a very large cake) and they said the cake they had at the tasting was so good and then the cake they recieved was not great at all, again, very dry.

But like I said, it was such a fun experience and I got to go to their shop and go inside and meet a bunch of the folks that work there! So all in all it was good! I also would have been more specific about design....I think I would have asked for something sculpted or having to do with something that I'm really into. I just told them colors that I liked and gave them free range to do what they wanted. I told them some of the cakes I liked on their site and that I wanted a specific shape for one of the tiers. So that part is my fault, I should have gave them more direction as to what I wanted.

I don't have the picture of it on the computer I'm working on right now but when I get home I'll post it here so you can see!

Jannie92869 Posted 14 Jul 2009 , 1:29pm
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The preval sprayer can be purchased on Amazon.com if your local store doesn't carry it.

HTH

weirkd Posted 14 Jul 2009 , 4:06pm
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So sorry to hear the cake didnt taste good! I remember another thread on here where a lady's son, I think it was, got a cake and drove from Ohio to come get it. The design was really badly done and they also said the cake didnt taste good. It really disappoints me! I wonder why the tasting cake and the one they got tasted different? Maybe they make it dry for sculpting purposes? But atleast you got to meet everyone. I think that is the whole draw to them anyway. They want stuff like they do on tv or be on tv and meet the gang!
I wonder how Buddy's cakes taste? I know that cream puff cake he does on there looks awesome!!
On the preval sprayer (getting back to the subject here) does it mist like a airbrush or more like a pump like you have for hairspray with short bursts?

weirkd Posted 14 Jul 2009 , 4:06pm
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So sorry to hear the cake didnt taste good! I remember another thread on here where a lady's son, I think it was, got a cake and drove from Ohio to come get it. The design was really badly done and they also said the cake didnt taste good. It really disappoints me! I wonder why the tasting cake and the one they got tasted different? Maybe they make it dry for sculpting purposes? But atleast you got to meet everyone. I think that is the whole draw to them anyway. They want stuff like they do on tv or be on tv and meet the gang!
I wonder how Buddy's cakes taste? I know that cream puff cake he does on there looks awesome!!
On the preval sprayer (getting back to the subject here) does it mist like a airbrush or more like a pump like you have for hairspray with short bursts?

weirkd Posted 14 Jul 2009 , 4:06pm
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So sorry to hear the cake didnt taste good! I remember another thread on here where a lady's son, I think it was, got a cake and drove from Ohio to come get it. The design was really badly done and they also said the cake didnt taste good. It really disappoints me! I wonder why the tasting cake and the one they got tasted different? Maybe they make it dry for sculpting purposes? But atleast you got to meet everyone. I think that is the whole draw to them anyway. They want stuff like they do on tv or be on tv and meet the gang!
I wonder how Buddy's cakes taste? I know that cream puff cake he does on there looks awesome!!
On the preval sprayer (getting back to the subject here) does it mist like a airbrush or more like a pump like you have for hairspray with short bursts?

BCo Posted 14 Jul 2009 , 4:19pm
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Originally Posted by weirkd

So sorry to hear the cake didnt taste good! I remember another thread on here where a lady's son, I think it was, got a cake and drove from Ohio to come get it. The design was really badly done and they also said the cake didnt taste good. It really disappoints me! I wonder why the tasting cake and the one they got tasted different? Maybe they make it dry for sculpting purposes? But atleast you got to meet everyone. I think that is the whole draw to them anyway. They want stuff like they do on tv or be on tv and meet the gang!
I wonder how Buddy's cakes taste? I know that cream puff cake he does on there looks awesome!!
On the preval sprayer (getting back to the subject here) does it mist like a airbrush or more like a pump like you have for hairspray with short bursts?




Yea, I would like to be able to taste all the food network shows cakes!! LOL It always cracks me up when they show the people who bought the cake eating it and saying how delicious it is....do you think they would really show someone saying ewwww, this is so dry!! These people are on camera and on the spot, of course they're going to say it taste good! LOL And yes, that creampuff cake does look sooooo yummy!!!

The sprayer is like a mist - it's continuous like an airbrush.

weirkd Posted 14 Jul 2009 , 4:53pm
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You never know! They might do something to draw some interest to the show like Buddy did with the Bridezilla! But ofcourse they would show them doing something to redeem themselves and then the people saying "wow, this is really delicious!" and dont show the spit bucket on the side!!!
I will have to look into one of those misters! Sometimes my airbrush has issues and could use something like that for backup!!

auntmamie Posted 14 Jul 2009 , 5:07pm
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I just emailed Christopher this morning asking what this was. I'll let you all know when I get an email back from him...

BCo Posted 14 Jul 2009 , 5:40pm
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Originally Posted by weirkd

You never know! They might do something to draw some interest to the show like Buddy did with the Bridezilla! But ofcourse they would show them doing something to redeem themselves and then the people saying "wow, this is really delicious!" and dont show the spit bucket on the side!!!
I will have to look into one of those misters! Sometimes my airbrush has issues and could use something like that for backup!!




Yea, I got mine before I got an airbrush and it's great if you just need to say spray some lusterdust or add a little bit of color. I've never tried to cover a whole cake with it but it's very handy to spray on pearl or luster dust! I just mix the dust with vodka in the bottle and spray away! Sometimes I just don't want to deal with the hassle of lugging out my big airbrush and compressor and then cleaning it all up - I don't have an area to keep it out at all times so it's just easier to grab the bottle and go!

sammie192 Posted 14 Jul 2009 , 6:29pm
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Hi I would like to try the spraybottle but how do you use it with reg. coloring? please explain. I don't have a airbrusher would like one but didn't think i would it. somethings like this i may.thanks sammie192

BCo Posted 14 Jul 2009 , 6:51pm
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I would ust put airbrush color into the bottle and use that straight. I haven't tried gel color mixed with vodka or something similar. I'm not sure how or if that would work. But the airbrush color and the dusts mixed with vodka work out just fine. It's not a huge investment to play around with so I didn't worry about it that much.

sammie192 Posted 14 Jul 2009 , 7:24pm
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Thanks. Now I Just have to fine the spraybottle I'll try home depot and a few other paint store and give it a try .

LK322 Posted 14 Jul 2009 , 11:31pm
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So can anyone tell me if the "preval sprayer" is safe for cakes or not? Does it work well? Help-I need some suggestions that aren't as expensive as an airbrush. Thanks.

weirkd Posted 15 Jul 2009 , 9:56pm
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Anything you buy from a hardware store is technically not food safe. So the roller you would get to do the Melvira method, not food safe. Said that once it gets wet that it leaches out toxins or something insane like that. So no, its not food safe. Unless you get it from a place that specifically says that it is. But we all know that things at the hardware store are part of the cake world now. Seen on every food challenge with plumbing supplies and metal rods to hold up the monsters they create. So I think you just take everything in to consideration.
But from what is said on here, its a great tool for someone that doesnt want to purchase an airbrush or a backup.

chilz822 Posted 16 Jul 2009 , 5:37am
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(Info below from Amazon.com)

Technical Details
Comes with modular power unit and refillable container jar with cap
No cords, batteries or hoses to get in the way
Each power unit sprays up to 16 oz. of product
No CFC's, so you know it's safe for the environment
Handles all kinds of liquids: paints, lacquers, shellac, cleaners, solvents, gel coats and much more

Did you find the part about spraying up to 16oz to be true as far as how long one unit lasts?

BCo Posted 16 Jul 2009 , 12:40pm
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Originally Posted by chilz822

(Info below from Amazon.com)

Technical Details
Comes with modular power unit and refillable container jar with cap
No cords, batteries or hoses to get in the way
Each power unit sprays up to 16 oz. of product
No CFC's, so you know it's safe for the environment
Handles all kinds of liquids: paints, lacquers, shellac, cleaners, solvents, gel coats and much more

Did you find the part about spraying up to 16oz to be true as far as how long one unit lasts?




I'm not sure about the 16oz per bottle part. Like I said, I only use mine for small things and I haven't gone through a whole bottle yet - so I would assume that to be true since it's lasted me awhile.....I do have a back up canister just in case! I may have to experiment more with it to see how it would do covering a whole cake. From the show it looks like that won't be a problem!

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