Amazing Wedding Cakes - Christopher Garren Airbrush

Decorating By CestDuGateau Updated 30 Oct 2009 , 1:29pm by -K8memphis

CestDuGateau Posted 17 Sep 2009 , 4:43pm
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Hi! I'm wondering if anyone knows anything about the airbrush that the folks at the Christopher Garren shop use on the Amazing Wedding Cakes show. It doesn't look like a normal airbrush, it just seems to look sort of like a spray bottle. They always do an awesome job with it though, and it seems like it might be easier to use than a traditional system.

Thanks,
Christy

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Lcubed82 Posted 18 Sep 2009 , 1:58am
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I googled every version of airbrush I could think of trying to find the same thing. No luck. I could really use something tonight to spritz some roses.

Bonnell Posted 18 Sep 2009 , 2:10am
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I recently saw a similar set-up at Hobby Lobby in the aisle with the model paints and airbrushes.

superstar Posted 18 Sep 2009 , 2:15am
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You should E-mail him & ask. Most of the professional cake decorators are very nice about giving you information. It can't hurt!

cakenutz Posted 18 Sep 2009 , 2:19am
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I'll call and ask him tomorrow. And let you know
I was there last week and didn't even notice it He showed me draws and draws of molds though. he has some wonderful toys.

Jannie92869 Posted 18 Sep 2009 , 9:49am
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I believe he is using the Preval sprayer with the bottle attachment. Is that the one you were talking about? If so....I have some that I bought before I got my airbrush. PM me.
HTH

Lcubed82 Posted 18 Sep 2009 , 1:44pm
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That looks like a possibility. I was wondering if my Pampered Chef spritzer would work?

-K8memphis Posted 18 Sep 2009 , 2:38pm
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Originally Posted by lcubed82

That looks like a possibility. I was wondering if my Pampered Chef spritzer would work?




The preval sprays like a spray paint can~has enough juju to spray 16 ounces worth of product if memory serves.

I think the PC spritzer is more of a non-aerosol sprayer maybe? So it would work if you got the right blend of paint using alcohol plus air brush paint maybe. But I would only count on using one color once and it's not exactly air brushing but you could get a spray of color--if it's the same sprayer/spritzer that I'm thinking of.

If you want to go the spritz bottle route--buy them brand new at Walgreen's or a pharmacy--like in the travel product items.

cakenutz Posted 18 Sep 2009 , 8:08pm
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Hi I called Christopher Garrens today and they said he was just using a compressed can of air from the hardware store. Hth

CestDuGateau Posted 16 Oct 2009 , 5:37pm
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Thanks everyone for your responses... And sorry I am late in saying it. I guess a trip to the hardware store for a can of compressed air is in my future. icon_wink.gif

Christy

-K8memphis Posted 16 Oct 2009 , 5:56pm
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Jannie92869 is correct.

I mean if you get a can of compressed air how you gonna spray color through it?

Call paint stores and ask for a Preval ~ Sherwin Williams is where I got mine.

lutie Posted 16 Oct 2009 , 5:59pm
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I have never used the art of airbrushing in cake decorating, but would love to try it... how would you use compressed air to put on color if it is air in a can? Ask me anything about recipes, butter cream, fondant, but this is an arena where I am negligent in skills. Can anyone explain, and also, which is the best one to buy?

-K8memphis Posted 16 Oct 2009 , 7:03pm
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I don't know how you'd do compressed air--but the Preval is a can of air with a bottle attached--you put your paint in the bottle and the device makes it happen when you press the spray button--just like a spray can of paint --only this has a can and a little removable bottle attached.

They are like fifteen dollars ish--something like that.

I'm not an airbrush guru--I have an Airmaster from Kopykake.

UberSpoonyG Posted 18 Oct 2009 , 12:55am
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Originally Posted by lutie

I have never used the art of airbrushing in cake decorating, but would love to try it... how would you use compressed air to put on color if it is air in a can? Ask me anything about recipes, butter cream, fondant, but this is an arena where I am negligent in skills. Can anyone explain, and also, which is the best one to buy?



Hello Lutie...
Lol,...what you are talking about is a "Hobby Model Airbrush" Type,it uses a aerosol can of air connected to a hose to paint with and is a single-action airbrush.. alot less exspensive than a regular Airbrush and quite sufficient for color fades and large blocks of color.
A Spritzer also know as a spray bottle will give you a spray,but not near as fine a spray as even a Model car or train hobby Airbrush...it also will not give you a steadier flow of air to paint smooth colr fades and color blends...except in a experts hands.
For some mysterious reason some Pro's do not give you all the information you need to duplicate their style or their equipment, like that fella up high on a post that was refered to...I myself think its due to being a pinch selfish. Especially "ART" is a gift from God meant to share, I guess if you fear being surpassed at what you do then compassion is not a issue.
...share freely what you know because Karma isnt a joke.!!
.....................Live to Paint,Paint to Live! thumbs_up.gif

....P.S. and there also is the type like K8memphis mentioned.....so many kinds out there.

lutie Posted 23 Oct 2009 , 2:22am
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Well, thank you so very much for the reply, Spoony-G! I checked out your blog and you do fantastic work...your Halloween haunted house was great on that one cake...you truly have the gift for that!

Many have been sharing of their talents to help others here...we all live so many different places that it does not matter...we are not in competition with each other. I can say that I do this for me...the others get the benefit, but it is important to create something new all the time. It is one of the facets of my art. Some day, I might even get to be good enough for others to want to follow my lead...

Thanks again for your help...and I agree with you...it is the Almighty Creator, the Originator of all gifts, that shared with us His Greatest Gift... we should all share like He wants us to do...and you have done that...Thank you. Now back to practicing airbrushing! icon_lol.gif

Lutie

madgeowens Posted 23 Oct 2009 , 2:52am
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But can you use hobby paint things gadgets whatever haha for edible stuff? Excuse my ignorance.

madgeowens Posted 23 Oct 2009 , 2:54am
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I just have to add..Christopher Garrin is soooooooooooooo talented too. I doubt it was actually him they spoke to.

-K8memphis Posted 23 Oct 2009 , 1:27pm
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Madge, I only used mine for displays. They seemd to use them for servable stuff.

I haven't researched that aspect of it but I doubt I'd use in on edibles.

UberSpoonyG Posted 23 Oct 2009 , 7:42pm
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Originally Posted by madgeowens

But can you use hobby paint things gadgets whatever haha for edible stuff? Excuse my ignorance.



Hello Madge !!
Geeze, you folks are extremely talented on this site!! not quite like the other Art sites I visit.....I'm loving this,....everyone is a total gift to mankind!!
chuckle,....in regards to using "Hobby Model Airbrush Kit" to paint food with...YES! you just have to keep all tools and Paints used with ediables exclusive to only food items.
I bet you would really appreciate and utilize a Airbrush to do large blocks of color and do fades for back grounds and trimming designs, from what i hear,mixing colour in Fondant is a timely endeavor.
..........................Live to Create, Createw to Live!! thumbs_up.gif

sadsmile Posted 23 Oct 2009 , 9:15pm
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How can they use the compressed air from the hardware store. It is not food safe-it's toxic. There was a thread a while back discussing this and finally came to the conclusion that you had to buy the spray you buy from a chef supply and not the one from the hardware store. If I am remembering it correctly there was something about possibly poisoning the cake and a horrid taste.

blessedist Posted 23 Oct 2009 , 9:47pm
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http://www.jamestowndistributors.com/userportal/show_product.do?pid=2155&familyName=Preval+Spray+Gun+Kit

I'd be a lost broke soul without you all!! This site saves me soooooooo much $$$! icon_biggrin.gif And imagine, I was eventually going to invest in an expensive airbrush machine!

paulstonia Posted 23 Oct 2009 , 10:07pm
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I believe sadsmile is correct. I remember that thread, and the propelled air from the hardware store also has a chemical in it. Cannot use is on food!

-K8memphis Posted 23 Oct 2009 , 10:13pm
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Not safe for food, seems to me.

UberSpoonyG Posted 30 Oct 2009 , 4:32am
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Originally Posted by sadsmile

How can they use the compressed air from the hardware store. It is not food safe-it's toxic. There was a thread a while back discussing this and finally came to the conclusion that you had to buy the spray you buy from a chef supply and not the one from the hardware store. If I am remembering it correctly there was something about possibly poisoning the cake and a horrid taste.



......Hello sadsmile!!!
....you are absolutely correct!! I did not mean to say used canned air, unless specified at a cooking store...the Airbrush used for the Hobby painting would be connected to a compressor regulated no more then 25 PSI's for the Hobby Airbrushes.
...I am so used to using compressors I made a error in describing a Hobby Airbrush and its air supply.
,,,again, Thanks a load for pointing that out sadsmile !! your a champion to the cause!!
.........................Live to Create, Create to Live!! thumbs_up.gif

MrsNancyB1 Posted 30 Oct 2009 , 4:56am
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So just to be clear, the Preval can be REUSED? Do I need to buy more than 1 for all the different colors I'll be using? Excuse me if this is a dense question, I just don't know if this really a reasonable alternative to buying an expensive airbrush system.

-K8memphis Posted 30 Oct 2009 , 1:25pm
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Alright already--y'all made me go find the dang thing in the room of doom--a so called 'empty bedroom' where once there lived a kidlette--

Ok so it's a small compact aerosol sprayer--in the nature of a can of travel size aerosol hairspray that is screwed onto an empty glass bottle the size of a small baby's bottle. So empty glass baby bottle with an aerosol can full of propellant screwed on top.

There's a hole in the bottom of the can where a straw attaches so it can suck up the paint in the jar and propel it all out the spray tip on top of the can

The juju in the can is AERON A-70/DME (50/50) Propane (21.5%0 Isobutane (28.5%0 Dimethylether (50%).

This will propel 16 oz of paint.

Yes you can change out the color and type of product you want to spray but you have to be sure to thin it properly.

I do not know for sure what C Garren's used but I would not use this Preval product for anything edible.

-K8memphis Posted 30 Oct 2009 , 1:29pm
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MrsN--so it can be re-used so long as you have propellant left in the can. When the propellant is gone there's no more power left to fuel the spray action. 16 oz liquid paint is how much can be shot out of it.

You can buy extra glass bottels so you can not only spray other colors you can store in those bottles too.

But dude, it's not food safe.

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