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post #1 of 15
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Hi all!

I am in need of a good set of brushes for painting on fondant, dust work, etc

I have been using really cheap crappy brushes that keep falling apart. I'm am ok with building a collection from local art stores (ie it's not a must to buying them all at once) ir shopping online. I just need some input on good brands, types, and even a good collection of sizes/shapes to get. Really any advice you can share would be awesome!

TIA!
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post #2 of 15
I have all the craftsy classes but haven't had time to watch them all. I'm dying to know what the cake professionals use. I know some use makeup brushes, some use art brushes, etc. I buy my brushes at art stores only because I work in graphic design, but I've been hearing different opinions among those same professionals who paint on cakes about buying cheap brushes that you can throw out after a while! So not much help here.

But, wanted to ask you if you have signed up for the FREE craftsy class that just came up with Erin of Three Little Black Birds Cakes? She might have good advice about brushes since she specializes in painted cakes.

https://www.facebook.com/TLBCakes
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Originally Posted by imagenthatnj View Post

I have all the craftsy classes but haven't had time to watch them all. I'm dying to know what the cake professionals use. I know some use makeup brushes, some use art brushes, etc. I buy my brushes at art stores only because I work in graphic design, but I've been hearing different opinions among those same professionals who paint on cakes about buying cheap brushes that you can throw out after a while! So not much help here.
But, wanted to ask you if you have signed up for the FREE craftsy class that just came up with Erin of Three Little Black Birds Cakes? She might have good advice about brushes since she specializes in painted cakes.
https://www.facebook.com/TLBCakes

Yeah I have seen that one. She mentions the nail art brushes, and I have considered them. I just haven't seen any sets yet worth buying ( most have brushes that I either won't use...or even more so - I have no clue on brands to buy. I'm just over the cheap brushes falling apart into what I'm doing. I too have a design background which has helped with a lot. I'm just not up to par with brands and brush types anymore. Hehe icon_wink.gif
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post #4 of 15

For what it's worth, I prefer the Royal brushes available at Michaels and Hobby Lobby.  Hob Lob uses to carry them individually but now only carry them in packs of 5-6 brushes.  They are great and I own every one they make.  The bristles don't fall out like the Wilton brushes do.  Plus the handles are clear and after use and washings the paint on the handles doesn't chip off, look ugly and have paint specs in/on my fondant projects.  Here's a link to the Royal website, but you can google Royal Artist Brushes and find the actual Royal site.

 

www.royalsoftgripbrushes.com

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For what it's worth, I prefer the Royal brushes available at Michaels and Hobby Lobby.  Hob Lob uses to carry them individually but now only carry them in packs of 5-6 brushes.  They are great and I own every one they make.  The bristles don't fall out like the Wilton brushes do.  Plus the handles are clear and after use and washings the paint on the handles doesn't chip off, look ugly and have paint specs in/on my fondant projects.  Here's a link to the Royal website, but you can google Royal Artist Brushes and find the actual Royal site.

www.royalsoftgripbrushes.com

Oomph non-chipping handles?! That is perfect! Thanks!
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post #6 of 15

In August 2012, I attended a wonderful day of classes at the Susan Carberry Cake Cottage.  The courses introduced everyone to One Stroke Painting and how to use these techniques on cakes and cookies.

 

The paint brushes recommended by the instructor can be purchased many places.  I've attached a link to the Amazon site so you can see the brushes and read the reviews:

http://www.amazon.com/Plaid-One-Stroke-Brush-Pack/dp/B000X7DCZK

 

Although these brushes are specific to the "one stroke" technique, they are very nice quality and were recommended by our instructor to use with the gel colors on fondant. 

 

Here is a link to Susan Carberry's FB page with an example of the winter class projects:

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151147179612266.444483.337652627265&type=1

 

Here's another link with the cake that inspired me to take the class and buy the necessary supplies:

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150912725987266.411300.337652627265&type=3

post #7 of 15



WOW, wish I lived nearby to take a class.

post #8 of 15

I also use the one stroke brushes. I've got both the brown and white bristles. The brown for one stroke and the white for cake decorating. Check out ebay after you decide but before you buy. I got mine cheaper also if you buy at a craft store use a coupon. HTH

post #9 of 15

There are plenty of decent brands of reasonably priced brushes out there.  My #1 thing I look for in a brush is a non-wooden handle.  The wooden handles always end up chipping and the little chips get in everything.  I also like synthetic bristles since they can take the sanitizing you have to put them through. 

 

I usually go for the mid range brushes.  They work great and you don't have to worry about them as much since replacing them isn't something you have to save for. 

post #10 of 15

I've gotten some great deals at thebrushguys.com  

 

When you figure out what you want/need, you can probably find it at a great price from them--fast service, nice packing, and reasonable shipping.

 

Rae

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post #11 of 15
I've used thebrushguys.com as well. Good prices and good service.
post #12 of 15
I can't speak highly enough of the Royal Crafters Brushes. I've bought every type of brush, from disposable one-use to pure sable artist brushes, and these are the bomb. The plastic handles and grippy bits are a real bonus, but the brushes themselves are simply brilliant.

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Life's too short to make cake pops.
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post #13 of 15

Oooh!  I like the look of those brushes.  And the price is great too!  I am needing some new brushes and I will definitely give those a try.

post #14 of 15

I also love the Royal brushes!  I've been using them lately with red and black colors and they wash off cleanly and without issue for me.

post #15 of 15
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With so many rave reviews, picked up some Royals to try. So far I like! Thanks guys!
Edited by CiNoRi - 1/9/13 at 2:39pm
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