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I agree that FDA approval doesn't mean that it should be consumed in large quantities, but at least you know that you are not decorating with ground up plastic, kwim?
I'm a hobbyist so I don't spend a ton of time decorating, but bakery's lung sounds downright scary. It makes sense that one's lungs could be negatively affected by inhaling flour and powdered sugar repeatedly.

Baking can be hazardous to your health!

post #17 of 18

Butane and propane are straight-chain saturated hydrocarbons (C4H10 and C3H8, respectively), gaseous at room temperature and atmoshperic pressure, and they are indeed used as propellants. Ethanol (CH3CH2OH) is the active ingredient in booze, here used as a vehicle for the metallic particles. As with using vodka as a decorating aid, the ethanol should evaporate quickly enough, without leaving a pharmacologically-significant residue; it goes without saying that the propane and butane would boil off by the time the spray hits the target.

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post #18 of 18

I was wondering about the metallic cakes too! They can be very beautiful, and while I don't have airbrushing tools, It's good to know that's an option.

 

As for using these other things sparingly, I am not afraid to eat a small decoration with disco dust on it. It's kind of funny to freak out about that, when we already REGULARLY consume things that are inedible/poisonous.

 

Like alcohol.

 

Or freaking shortening. Ick!

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