Artist Brushes?

Decorating By weirkd Updated 16 Mar 2010 , 12:39am by artscallion

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weirkd Posted 14 Mar 2010 , 2:47am
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Ok Ive spent money on what I thought were "good" brushes at Michaels and then cheap ones at Walmart. Seems like no matter what I buy I always have problems with the hairs coming out of the brush while Im painting on the fondant. And its a pain in the tookus to get it off, messes up your pictures, and nasty! Anyone have any ideas on where to buy some brushes that wont do this?

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Peachshortcake Posted 14 Mar 2010 , 3:01am
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I just use the loose artist brushes from michaels. You know the ones that don't come in packages. i've had the best luck with the brushes that have handles that are clear plastic with blue accents. HTH

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Kitagrl Posted 14 Mar 2010 , 3:06am
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I've had great luck with the ones that have plastic handles too..the wood handled ones, the paint peels off if I forget, and soak them in water or something.

Get the ones that have nylon bristles, those work good.

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JaimeAnn Posted 14 Mar 2010 , 3:14am
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I am a painter and Caker so I have used a lot of different brushes.

The best I have found for painting on Cake are the loose ones at Michaels. They have clear plastic handles and a whithe silicone grip. Only use Nylon or Taklon bristles for food. I prefer the ones with long handles. I recently moved and all my brushes are still packed so I am not sure of the brand name . I will try and find a picture of them and post it. icon_smile.gif

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JaimeAnn Posted 14 Mar 2010 , 3:51am
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Ok.... these are the brushes. They are made by Royal and available at michaels. They go on sale quite often too.

Get the ones with the White bristles.

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cs_confections Posted 14 Mar 2010 , 4:05am
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Ohhh great question (why didn't I ever think to ask you guys?) and thanks for sharing your preferred brushes! I've tried so many different types and always get stray bristles on the cake. So afraid I'll miss removing one and someone will think it's hair. Now no more wasting money on brushes that get tossed after one use! Yeaicon_smile.gif

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weirkd Posted 14 Mar 2010 , 7:38pm
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Thanks! THe pictures help!! I will have to go to Michaels and check it out!

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Fairytale Posted 14 Mar 2010 , 7:58pm
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I'm also a painter and sugar artist. I only use sable burshed. They cost more but well worth it. I've never had hair come out of a sable brush. Good luck.

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cardicard Posted 14 Mar 2010 , 8:05pm
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I am from the uk and we use 'sable hair' brushes and they are really good, they do not lose any bristles. All cook shops sell them over here but ebay is usually cheaper. I hope this helps icon_biggrin.gif

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JaimeAnn Posted 14 Mar 2010 , 9:32pm
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I use sable brushes for my art painting. But I like to wash the brushes I use on food in HOT water and antibactirial soap, the royal brushes seem to hold up better for that.

Sable brushes are quite a bit more expensive also. I have some that are over $100 for 1 brush.

The ones above are just the best quality I have found for a reasonably cheap durable brush. icon_smile.gif

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Kayakado Posted 15 Mar 2010 , 5:55pm
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I buy all my brushes here, fine art, pastry, etc

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JaimeAnn Posted 15 Mar 2010 , 10:49pm
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I order all of my fine Art brushes and sculpting tools from:

KayaKado- I am going to go check out that link now, I can always use a new place to find art supplies! icon_smile.gif

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lyndim Posted 15 Mar 2010 , 11:04pm
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I wish I would have seen this, this morning, I just finished doing some painting and the hairs kept coming out! I'm going to Michaels! Thanks for the info. icon_rolleyes.gif

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aej6 Posted 15 Mar 2010 , 11:21pm
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Posting those pictures is very helpful...thanks!

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weirkd Posted 15 Mar 2010 , 11:23pm
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Thanks so much guys! A lot of good information here! I cant wait until I have to paint again!

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artscallion Posted 16 Mar 2010 , 12:39am
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I'm another painter/cake designer. Who knew there were so many of us here?!? I also get my brushes from Utrecht...and from

I recommend taking a trip to your local art supply store...not a craft store, but one that professional artists and art students get their supplies at. Look at all the different brushes...feel them... pull on the end a little to see if any hairs come loose. See how they feel in your hand...look closely at the tip...are all the hairs even? will they give you a blunt end or will they come to a fine point when wet? Roll the tip around in your palm to see what the tip does against a surface.

There really are tons of brushes available of all shapes, sizes and qualities. Some take abuse better than others. Some last through more washings than others. Some will have a great point for a while, but the hairs will start to go askew after a few washings. (hint: dip your brush tips in gently simmering water for a minute when you think they've gone too messy on you over time. It will often bring back a good point on the tip) Many things you wont know until you've tried them...

Bottom line, try a bunch til you find what works for you, in a price range you can afford.

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