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 Shanter will you be at the Washington State Sugar Art Show? Do we know each other? Please come to the show and find me and say hi. Colette will be doing a demonstration as well. 
 You can do this technique w/o a microwave too. Just remove 1/4 to 1/2 cup and heat it over med-low heat until melted, not hot. Then add back to the rest of the batch
Dawn's Candy and Cake in Bothel WA is hosting Colette Peters and Kathleen Lange, sandwiched on either end of the Washington State Sugar Art Show. I'll be taking Kathleen's Lambeth boot camp and of course can't wait to see them both at the show.   Colette Peters April 22-24  - Cake structure, fantasy flowers, brush embroidery and over piping- only $900   Kathleen Lang April 28-29  - Boot Camp 101-102: 2day accelerated program  $475 April 30 - May 3  Boot Camp 301-401:...
 The carved BC is awesome, especially where you can see the other color peeking through in the words! Would love to see a tutorial if you had time to take the photos. Those mobile shots are not bad at all. Better than ones I take with my point and shoot.
BTW, this cake was made by Jana's Creative Cakes, and it is made with SMBC. http://janascreativecakes.com/  
 If your recipe works for you then that's awesome! Don't fix it if it isn't broken! You can avoid sugar crystal in others ways too, like brushing the sides of the pot with water, putting a lid on the pot so the condensation runs down the sides of the pot, and of course not stirring it while it cooks. I've never had an issue with crystals, also, syrup for IMBC isn't as fussy as other candy making type things. A few crystals won't kill your IMBC.
 Yes! This is exactly what you should do! Also, you can airbrush with colored cocoa butter too. Lisa Berczel is an expert in this area!  Here is a video with Lisa by Grex airbrush: http://cakecentral.com/b/tutorial/airbrushing-with-cocoa-butter Here is her Craftsy class in which she covers cocoa butter airbrushing as well as many other things : http://www.craftsy.com/class/the-art-of-airbrushing/418 Also, I would like to say again, airbrushing on IMBC or SMBC is possible....
Yeah, I think it's a grass tip too. You can do it with SMBC or IMBC as long as it's not too soft (warm). If you want the fur to stand up more, use ABC.   I would start at the bottom working up to the top since it's shaggy.   Check out this video: http://cakecentral.com/b/tutorial/piping-with-a-grass-tip-no-233   This "grass" is long, like what you;re going for.
I have VERY lightly airbrushed on IMBC, like just a light spray of pearl sheen. I would not airbrush on IMBC to achieve an even color. It will bead because of the fat.   I do not use crusting BC but I believe you can airbrush on that with more success.   What is it that you're trying to do specifically? Are you trying to color the cake by airbrushing or are you going for a specific effect like ombre?   I don't think your recipe has anything to do with airbrushing on...
I would love to see edible rafia too. I think the filo would work, but does it shrink when it bakes? you could wrap it around a cake pan to get the size and shape before baking.   Maybe I will test this.
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