volleykjh10 Posted 12 May 2011 , 2:21am
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I was at Michael's today and saw that they are now carrying Duff's Airbrush Machines. I'm not a professional baker and wondered if anyone knows anything about it. I tried to look to see if there were any reviews on his website and it's not even a product that is available until June. The specifications are: Nozzle Diameter : .04mm; Fluid Cup Capacity: 2cc; Voltage: 12V. I would like an airbrush to experiment, but I don't know what to look for. Thanks for your help and I love CC website.

Kelly

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moranda Posted 12 May 2011 , 2:48am
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I saw that myself today while I was looking at all the new Wilton stuff for fondant and gum paste, I also would like to hear if anyone has had any experience with it.

SarahBeth3 Posted 12 May 2011 , 3:05am
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Me too! Been thinking of getting an airbrush and didn't know if I needed to get one specifically for cake decorating or if I could just use any airbrush. How much did Duff's cost?

moranda Posted 12 May 2011 , 3:16am
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At my Michael's today it was $129, I didn't pay attention to how much the colors for it were. Of course I never buy anything full price at Michael's they always have a 40% off coupon.

wildflowercakes Posted 12 May 2011 , 3:23am
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Don't get sucked in by the name. His artwork is awesome and cake decorating is more popular than ever but there are companies out there that have been around for years and may have a good quality product that doesn't carry as much of a price tag because of a name. I bought a kopykake airbrush system 20 plus years ago and am still using the same guns. I did get a bigger compressor a few years back so I could use more airbrushes at one time. I don't know they might all be in the same price range. The important things to remember are; you want an OIL-LESS COMPRESSOR that you can regulate the airflow on, that plugs into a 110. if you get one you can't regulate and the pressure is too strong you'll end up blowing your frosting around. You can usually buy airbrush coloring from any place you buy cake decorating supplies. google airbrush systems or machines just make sure they are food grade.

sunset74 Posted 12 May 2011 , 3:36am
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I purchased another airbrush and am now selling it because I want one that I can regulate the air at the compressor instead of the dual action pen. But personally I think the duff stuff is WAY overpriced, I had to purchase a bottle of pearl on a last minute OMG I need some for this cake kind of thing. For a bottle the size of a small americolor gel color bottle I paid FIVE Bucks. If I had time to order or go to a cake store I could have gotten a 4.5 or even 9 ounce bottle for not much more. My big thing is DOOOOO the research before you spend the money. Because I did not care for the dual action pen I am selling mine and upgrading more then likey to a KopyKake.

Katiebelle74 Posted 12 May 2011 , 3:49am
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Ok look those of you who have hubbies who own air compressors, or if YOU just happen to have one... an air compressor is an air compressor. My "tim the tool man" hubby has a big air compressor for blowing up tires and air tools (he doesn't even have the air tools???) anyway it's been sitting around collecting dust. Not anymore 'cause his resident cake diva just took it over! then you might want (if you are like me and do not care for LOUD noise while your working, an air tank which can be purchased different places different sizes, and lastly the regulator and the airbrush. Now if you do not have a "tim the tool man" at your house then ok get the coupon and go to micheals. But I know a lot of you all have hubbies at home and there may already be an air compressor there you never thought of pairing with a regulator and airbrush.

Smashme Posted 12 May 2011 , 4:05am
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i hadn't see it before so i went to look it up, so here it is if anyone else wanted to see it
http://www.michaels.com/Duff%E2%84%A2-Airbrush-Machine/bk0730,default,pd.html?start=14&cgid=products-bakeware-duffgoldman

sunset74 Posted 12 May 2011 , 4:24am
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The only problem with using your husbands compressor is first is it Oil-less, if not oil can get in the airline and be sprayed out with your aircolor unless you have a filter on it. Also some of these are known to heat air and so they may add water to your color. So I would definatly be careful with using just any workshop aircompressor. Plus personally most of them are huge and I want something that I can move on my own. But to each their own, because I totally agree with finding a way to repurpose husbands stuff, he has so much of it out there that never gets used.

SomethinDiffrent Posted 12 May 2011 , 6:36am

I've been decorating cakes for about year now and just ventured into the airbrushing phase, Uh-oh, lol. With my 40% off and my timely income tax, I bought the Duff airbrush. I"ll let ya'll know how it goes.

sccandwbfan Posted 12 May 2011 , 4:06pm

Can't wait to find out how it does for you somethindifferent

SarahBeth3 Posted 12 May 2011 , 5:18pm

Wait, one of you is saying that you want an oil-less compressor and the other is saying that's a problem...now I'm confused. My DH has a compressor that's small enough that I can move it around easy enough and I can control the pressure on it. Any other thoughts on oil-less?

Lcubed82 Posted 12 May 2011 , 9:08pm

I have my own air compressor with a one gallon tank from a previous life. I bought an air brush at HL (40%off). I've only used it a couple of times, and it worked well, but.... the compressor is so noisy and takes up my kitchen when I have it out!

I have been wondering about getting one of the small compressors only. I know about a year ago some were buying a set at Harbour Freight (?), and I think there is one nearby now. Any other ideas on where to get the adjustable compressor only, no brush?

wildflowercakes Posted 12 May 2011 , 9:18pm

You don't want an air compressor that requires oil for the reasons mentioned by sunset 74. Not all compressors, small, large or industrial size require oil. So DH compressor could work just fine. I am simply saying when shopping around make sure what you are looking at are oil-less so you're not taking the chance of tainting your cake. :0)

SarahBeth3 Posted 12 May 2011 , 11:25pm

I see. I just reread the post again and I see that sundet74 is saying oil-less IS the way to go. Got a little confused there and thought sunset74 was saying you wanted one with oil. Gotcha! Thanks!

I have no clue when it comes to airbrushing! icon_smile.gif

tiggy2 Posted 12 May 2011 , 11:52pm

A moisture trap is also a good idea.

bitofsnshn Posted 13 May 2011 , 5:16am

it looks just like geraldine's airbrush without the water trap.

deb4oscar Posted 13 May 2011 , 2:11pm

I got an airbrush for christmas and my husband got it from Americolor.
www.tcpglobal.com has some good deals and it works really good for me. Now I only do cakes for family and friends so the small one is wonderful. Now my husband does want to break out his air compressor because its bigger but bigger is not always better....

greenpup45 Posted 14 May 2011 , 1:13am

I will be buy it on tuesday! (I have a 60% off coupon!!!) Im soooo excited to get it! I will let everyone know how it works! I too have not found any reviews yet. I hope it great and not some cheap machine.

preciouspjs Posted 15 May 2011 , 4:24am

Okay, so I got the Duff airbrush. I've never used an airbrush before, so I'm not really sure what to expect. First, there's a real small cup, and it I had to fill it up three or four times to do some pretty small pieces. The airflow was really strong, even at the lowest setting, and with me barely pressing the button. There is NO WAY to make a thin line with this airbrush.. and I found it really difficult to control the flow. Like I said, I have never used an airbrush, so it could be just me learning to get used to it.. but for me, I guess its a good "starter" airbrush..

bakencake Posted 15 May 2011 , 7:10pm
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I will be buy it on tuesday! (I have a 60% off coupon!!!) Im soooo excited to get it! I will let everyone know how it works! I too have not found any reviews yet. I hope it great and not some cheap machine.



Is this a joanns coupon? i got one too. went to michaels but they told me that they didnt take it. let me know if your michaels take it. My michaels has mean people working there so im just curious if they are just being butts or if it's all michaels

quietude Posted 15 May 2011 , 7:40pm
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I will be buy it on tuesday! (I have a 60% off coupon!!!) Im soooo excited to get it! I will let everyone know how it works! I too have not found any reviews yet. I hope it great and not some cheap machine.


Is this a joanns coupon? i got one too. went to michaels but they told me that they didnt take it. let me know if your michaels take it. My michaels has mean people working there so im just curious if they are just being butts or if it's all michaels




That's crazy, they always accept competitor's coupons!

Mayemt Posted 16 May 2011 , 2:17am

i just bought Duff's airbrush machine yesterday and I love it!!! so far it works great...and if you buy it with a micheals coupon its a great bargain because it comes with everything you need to start (minus the colors of course)

warchild Posted 16 May 2011 , 3:02am
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Originally Posted by Katiebelle74

Ok look those of you who have hubbies who own air compressors, or if YOU just happen to have one... an air compressor is an air compressor. My "tim the tool man" hubby has a big air compressor for blowing up tires and air tools (he doesn't even have the air tools???) anyway it's been sitting around collecting dust. Not anymore 'cause his resident cake diva just took it over! then you might want (if you are like me and do not care for LOUD noise while your working, an air tank which can be purchased different places different sizes, and lastly the regulator and the airbrush. Now if you do not have a "tim the tool man" at your house then ok get the coupon and go to micheals. But I know a lot of you all have hubbies at home and there may already be an air compressor there you never thought of pairing with a regulator and airbrush.




Wow, you use your DHs air compressor? I'd never have thought of that. My DH has two compressors in his shop and both of them are huge! One is so big and heavy it can only be moved by two men, and the other smaller one, my DH can barely pick up and move about by himself. The noise both of them make when he starts them up is unbelievably loud like you say. I don't know much about the pressure his compressors put out, but do know he can nail molding or flooring down in no time. Katiebelle, I'm curious now. How do you control the pressure on your DHs air compressor to keep it at a manageable level for cakes?

sillywabbitz Posted 16 May 2011 , 3:24am
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Originally Posted by preciouspjs

Okay, so I got the Duff airbrush. I've never used an airbrush before, so I'm not really sure what to expect. First, there's a real small cup, and it I had to fill it up three or four times to do some pretty small pieces. The airflow was really strong, even at the lowest setting, and with me barely pressing the button. There is NO WAY to make a thin line with this airbrush.. and I found it really difficult to control the flow. Like I said, I have never used an airbrush, so it could be just me learning to get used to it.. but for me, I guess its a good "starter" airbrush..




I was watching an airbrush demo at a cake show and to get a thin line you had to get really close to whatever you were painting. So you may want to play with the distance a bit. I don't have an airbrush but with a coupon I might consider iticon_smile.gif

Thanks for your review.

preciouspjs Posted 16 May 2011 , 8:36pm
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Originally Posted by preciouspjs

Okay, so I got the Duff airbrush. I've never used an airbrush before, so I'm not really sure what to expect. First, there's a real small cup, and it I had to fill it up three or four times to do some pretty small pieces. The airflow was really strong, even at the lowest setting, and with me barely pressing the button. There is NO WAY to make a thin line with this airbrush.. and I found it really difficult to control the flow. Like I said, I have never used an airbrush, so it could be just me learning to get used to it.. but for me, I guess its a good "starter" airbrush..



I was watching an airbrush demo at a cake show and to get a thin line you had to get really close to whatever you were painting. So you may want to play with the distance a bit. I don't have an airbrush but with a coupon I might consider iticon_smile.gif

Thanks for your review.




Thank you icon_smile.gif I can't wait for my kids to go to bed so I can play some more!! icon_smile.gif

danakakes Posted 16 May 2011 , 8:48pm

FYI Michael's only matches coupons up to 50%. So they won't take a competitor coupon for 60% but they should apply the 50%

sccandwbfan Posted 17 May 2011 , 5:53pm

I've been to my Michaels 3x now looking for that thing. icon_sad.gif They don't have it out and I can't see where they might be putting it. icon_sad.gif I hope they are going to carry it. I'm going to call them today and find out. icon_smile.gif

Christy

NancysCakesandBeyond Posted 18 May 2011 , 1:51pm

@sccandwbfan they don't put them out at our store due to shoplifting. They have them in the back so maybe ask if they have them in yet. But they are new so maybe they didn't get theirs yet or already sold out.

Nancy

mommynana Posted 18 May 2011 , 2:12pm
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I will be buy it on tuesday! (I have a 60% off coupon!!!) Im soooo excited to get it! I will let everyone know how it works! I too have not found any reviews yet. I hope it great and not some cheap machine.


Is this a joanns coupon? i got one too. went to michaels but they told me that they didnt take it. let me know if your michaels take it. My michaels has mean people working there so im just curious if they are just being butts or if i
t's all michaels




I know they take A.C. Moore coupons

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