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post #16 of 37
Unless this has been suggested, and I'm not about to scan all the replies.....get a couple of those posterboard setups they sell for science fair exhibits. You know, they are a foam core tri fold dealie thingy....instant airbrush "box". And line your floors with newspaper or a drop cloth.




And, blow your nose after airbrushing dark colors, check out the dark boogers you inevitably WILL have!
post #17 of 37
I am gonna get one of those boxes!!
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post #18 of 37
I love my airbrush and I always do dark colours in light layers and it works like a dream, it dries so fast but I'm so gonna consider getting a box made for me, ugh- I've never blown my nose after airbrushing but now I shudder to think of all that has gone in thru my nose all this time icon_eek.gif !!!!!!
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post #19 of 37
I've made Earlene's spray box and it works great!! It's very easy to make and only costs about $20-$25. You can make it as large or small as you need.

The shop I'm in now had a little three sided display area with a kitchen counter top and cabinet. I bought one of those rounded shower curtains and attached it to the outside of it. Then I bought several yards of vinyl and made a floor to ceiling shower curtain. Attached shower curtain hooks and slid the curtain onto the rod. Then I had my electrician put in a bathroom fan (the same thing used in Earlene's box), a light and an outlet...and I was all set. I covered the walls of this area with sheets of foam core, and on the countertop I use the paper you sit on at the drs office.

To eliminate green, blue or red 'boogers' wear a respirator mask. It really is a great idea anyway. Inhaling flour, confectioners sugar, and now airbrush color is not a good idea and will eventually make your sinuses go nuts.
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post #20 of 37
You can wear a painters mask. The color dust can cause lung issues in the long run-especially with continued exposure.

I like the idea of taking a large appliance box and cutting a door that can later be closed back up to keep the box free from dust and hair and other debre.
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post #21 of 37
DDiva has a good point. I always have problems with some colors and my sinuses. Luster dust and shimmer mist is the worst. You go in for a check up and the dr is a bit concerned about the color of you nose. Yeah, that was a fun visit.

I get the end rolls of newspaper. Our local place gives them away for nothing as does the recycle center. I line the counter with it. I also use the display board for a backdrop and another at the top on an angle to contain the mess.
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post #22 of 37
one more thing ladies, if you have a forced air furnace, ( registers where the heat comes out) do not use your air brush while the furnace is on, that can be a disaster, you will find your color all over the house. I don't know how it works but it does, up stairs, down stairs, all around the house.
post #23 of 37
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Originally Posted by KatieKake

one more thing ladies, if you have a forced air furnace, ( registers where the heat comes out) do not use your air brush while the furnace is on, that can be a disaster, you will find your color all over the house. I don't know how it works but it does, up stairs, down stairs, all around the house.



The cold air intake duct will grab up the mist and deposit it around.

I have a friend who told me that the first time she used her airbrush, she used red. The laundry was drying a few feet away - whites. When she checked it, it had all gone pink! Luckily, it's water soluable, so she just had to rewash everything. Next time, didn't do it by the dryer!
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post #24 of 37
Hi, where can i buy an airbrush? icon_biggrin.gif
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post #25 of 37
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Thanks. I did set up a box, rather than get that background thing that was mentioned. I cut the box a part and put it behind the cake so it wouldn't get sprayed all over the backsplash. I ended up having to wash the floor three times! And it wasn't just in that area....it was the entire kitchen! I like that shower curtain idea, but not in my kitchen icon_wink.gif

The spray finally dried.....couple of damp spots here and there. What about using tape on the fondant if I wanted to do stripes or keep the spray from covering an entire cake? Any suggestions?
post #26 of 37
I have used the painters tape - blue tape. I let the cake set and firm up. I do not refridgerate my cake. I then tape off the cake, airbrush it and let the color dry a few minutes and then remove the tape. Here again, a few light coats of color dries faster, more even than a heavy coat. Once the color is dry, I remove the tape. Just make sure you do not have any corn starch, powder sugar or shortening on the cake. That prevents the tape from sticking good and you end up with feathered lines. I have also been told this is not food safe so I don't know. I have seen it used by many of the "big Names" on tv.
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post #27 of 37
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Originally Posted by Sweetsbym

Hi, where can i buy an airbrush? icon_biggrin.gif



Hobby Lobby, Michaels, use the coupons off, and you can order one on the website just google,
post #28 of 37
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So, I changed the tip on the airbrush to medium spray, finally used that Wilton plastic tablecloth thingy that I never really had a use for (thanks Wilton!!) on my kitchen island, put down one of those floor mats that go on the floor under highchairs (which never served its purpose), and raised my three sided box....and wore gloves. Much better results! I did not have to clean the floor at all! Whoo-hoo. Next time....mask!

I confess that I didn't do light layers because I realized that I am just too damn impatient to do that, but it didn't seem as saturated with color. Granted I decided to use blue instead of black today, but I'll see how long it takes to dry today.

It was kind of cool - I had used another old dummy that I practiced my RI stencils on...well, I had used Crisco to try to keep the stencil in place on the fondant and after I airbrushed it, it gave an old-world-kind-of-worn-down look since the color didn't stick entirely on the crisco. I have to try to find a way to incorporate that on a cake. Can I use tape once it has been airbrushed?

And I looked up at my AC vent that is on the other side of the kitchen and noticed it had a light film of black on it....ha, ha, ha.....never even thought about that part!
post #29 of 37
hello Sabeger....
Of course, you would pick black Airbrush Paint, the darkest colorant in the paint spectrum.....it is way more likely for overspray bomblastment then any other color.....I try very hard not to use black at all if i can,and when i do, I dial air pressure even lower then the 20 PSI"s reccommended.
Unfortunately, black is a vital color for the more deep color designs.
To do coverage over major portions of a cake you will need to take the precautions that you have already, and as you get better control over your airbrush you will need less air pressure which in the end is the ultimate goal you will be striving for.
I cnt say how much i am impressed by your desire and persistance with this new skill you are learning.....I went thru the very same to reach the level i am at. Paint it, and they will come!
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post #30 of 37
I bought an airbrush and compressor and found that each time I set my PSI at 20 or less the compressor 'strat' and 'stop' and this drives me crazy. I have to use up to 40 PSI and it's hard to control the spray even though I have a double action airbrush. It takes forever to clean! I know it should not be like this.

As for the colorful buggers icon_redface.gif my DH does not like the idea of my "show and tell" icon_lol.gif . I use a mask too and it covers my body. Even in my ears!

Think I'll try making that spraybox by Erlene because in my studio, I have my computer and yes, it's on my screen too.

I have found some good points here.

Cheers!
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