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Initial post: 11 May 2013 11:01:34 BDT
Last edited by the author on 11 May 2013 11:04:14 BDT
pixie says:
How's about that we regulars stick together and welcome new and Genuine posters but if we feel that they visit just to disrupt then we ignore them? We all have to agree and then we will not get drawn into any silly "No voting" which we will NEVER about it? Do we have a deal?
The one thing we must do is still be welcoming to others that want to join in all things cookery.
This happened to us before and it wasn't pleasant so I hope we can all stick together.xx

Edit...the no voter is busy on the Gardening thread at the moment so is greying everything out so it is not just us stu....don't take it personally.

Posted on 11 May 2013 13:25:57 BDT
Sounds like a plan to me.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 May 2013 14:06:02 BDT
M Inx says:
Count me in there Pix x
Hope you and DH are well too Ori x

Posted on 11 May 2013 15:04:52 BDT
Good idea

I find it sad that someone wants to spend their time going around no voting posts.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 May 2013 15:28:26 BDT
Ivan says:
My record is 32 negs for one post.

Posted on 11 May 2013 15:48:44 BDT
We're not talking about that anymore, guys, read the OP!

Posted on 13 May 2013 09:28:43 BDT
Bearman says:
It gets my vote - now what are we talking about?

In reply to an earlier post on 13 May 2013 09:30:24 BDT
pixie says:

Posted on 13 May 2013 10:09:24 BDT
Bearman says:
LOL - Pixie, I always knew you had a one track mind.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 May 2013 10:14:16 BDT
Last edited by the author on 13 May 2013 10:14:46 BDT
pixie says:
I saw a book in the Garden Centre and I think you'd love it. Sent for it as a used copy and it's spotless. Some really nice unusual quick cakes in there...

Afternoon Tea ("Australian Women's Weekly"): The Australian Women's Weekly (The Australian Women's Weekly Standard) Used £1.49

In reply to an earlier post on 13 May 2013 10:21:57 BDT
Bearman says:
I probably would love it, but I see 2 problems. The first is the ribbing I would get for buying a book which features the words "Woman's Weekly" prominently across the front cover. The second is 2 books arrived this weekend, and we already "had a chat" about the amount of room taken up by my collection, and did I really need any more......

In reply to an earlier post on 13 May 2013 10:29:07 BDT
pixie says:
Oh yes That "Chat" I know the one...well if you change your mind you can request it's delivered in a brown paper bag...but that could cause a different kind of chat!Lol!

In reply to an earlier post on 13 May 2013 10:36:11 BDT
Bearman says:
Oh I think I already get far too many brown paper packages arriving at the house - its getting difficult to come up with original explanations......

In reply to an earlier post on 13 May 2013 11:14:12 BDT
pixie says:
Say no more! Nudge ! Nudge!

Posted on 13 May 2013 11:36:04 BDT
hi can anyone advise me on how easy these are to use? im fairly new to cake decorating and love the effects a airbrush does. But hoe hard are they to use? Also could you recommend one?

In reply to an earlier post on 13 May 2013 12:09:30 BDT
I've had to give myself the Chat Pixie...all because of you! You should have seen me doing my happy dance during class this morning because the door buzzer rang downstairs. I leaped up and said, "It's the Amazon Man! It's the Amazon Man!" My student laughed fit to kill.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 May 2013 13:15:48 BDT
pixie says:
I would love to have seen that!x

In reply to an earlier post on 13 May 2013 13:18:42 BDT
pixie says:
I'm sure someone will know Andrew and will give you some advice. Meanwhile there are a few kits on Amazon....AS18K Complete Airbrush Compressor Kit PLUS Airbrushing Accessories - Airhose, bottles, Airbrush Holder, Dual action Gravity-feed airbrush for nail art, hobby-painting, cake decoration, customised clothing, temporary tattooing Have a look at some reviews.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 May 2013 14:12:06 BDT
Bearman says:
Hi Andrew - while I have never decorated a cake with an airbrush, I have used one to paint pictures on paper and card. They can be quite tricky to handle, and I would definitely recommend practising on paper before you go anywhere near your iced cake.

A few things to think about:

Probably best to avoid an air-compressor without doing some research. Some compresors (like mine) are filled with oil which could potentially cause contamination. Any compressor should have an air tank - if the pump goes directly to the handpiece you can get uneven spraying - if doing detailed work this can look like a dotted line - not an issue if spraying larger areas. Art shops sell large cans of compressed air for airbrushs - this is considerably cheaper and safer.

One tricky thing is masking off the areas you do not want painted. On paper/card pictures, I would use a low-tack film to stick onto the paper, and then using a scalpel, cut out those areas I wanted to paint. There are also latex "paints" which can be used to mask off fine details. Both of these peel off paper - but I would not want to try on icing. Latex would also be toxic and the film would only work on flat surfaces. If your mask does not stick to the icing, you will get bleeding of spray behind your mask.

Mastering the handpiece itself is quite tricky, as the operating button moves in two ways: push down, and slide back. The harder you push down the button, the more air is released through the handpiece. And the more you pull back on the button, the more paint is released into the airstream. Too much paint with too little air results in drips and splats spattering onto the media. Too much paint and too much air wets the media surface causing runs and dribbles. And I can guarantee that until you are its master, it will get blocked or sputter at the most crucial moment.

Cost is another issue - good airbrushes are not cheap, but are worth having if you can afford it. With a good airbrush held close to the painting surface, button held for high air flow and low paint flow, it is possible to draw a line as thin as that drawn with a pencil. Cheap airbrushes also have a coarser spray stopping you from getting that ultimately smooth graduation of colour.

In case you haven't got the message - I love my airbrush - they are incredible pieces of kit BUT they are a real love/hate relationship to use.
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