I absolutely love my airbrush machine. In this post I’ll try help you understand your airbrush machine a little more, with the do’s and don’ts that I have experienced.
After you have spent hours icing your biscuits the last thing you need is to spray them with your airbrush gun and the pattern or design is blurry and/or smudged. So frustrating.
When you purchase the airbrush machine, always read the instructions carefully. We do stock a PME airbrush machine in our online shop.
- Securing your stencil
I also like to use a ‘Stencil Buddy.’ A stencil buddy is a plastic frame, that holds our stencils in place. The frame comes apart, part A & B. There is a magnet in each corner, the two frames stick to one another holding the stencil in place. Part A & B are slightly different heights to accommodate the height of your iced biscuit. I like to use part A at the bottom, the stencil then sits snug on the iced biscuit, this helps prevent any under spray (no bleeding / smudging)We now stock the Stencil Buddy in our shop. Take a look at the video below.
- What pressure to use
Lightly pull on the trigger. Pressure control is crucial to getting a crisp image on your icing. Lightly pull back and spray the stencil design.
Pulling too hard causes a blast of air to come out the gun, causing colour to go under the stencil design, which will create a blurred look.
To create darker colours, go over the colour a few times to deepen the colour.
- Spraying distance
Hold the gun at roughly a 90 degree angle and spray about 1-2cm away from the design. Think…‘Low & slow.’ Which Means close to the stencil and slow meaning pulling gently on the trigger. I keep saying this in my head while I airbrush.
- Airbrush colours
I use the cake flora airbrush colours. If you get, the primary colours red, blue and yellow you can then mix up your own colours blue + yellow = green. I use pearl sheen to tone down a colour, (dilute it) so that the colours are not too bright. But you can control the brightness of a colour by controlling the trigger and not releasing too much colour.
The sheen colours are gold, silver and pearl, they are a bit more expensive, but a bottle lasts for ages. I always pour the colour back in the bottle when I am finished unless I have mixed it with other colours. Sheen colours have a tendency to block the gun, if your guns starts to splutter, clean the end of the gun and carry on.
- Cleaning your airbrush gun
You don’t need expensive airbrush cleaners, I simply run water through my gun until it runs clear. I add some vodka, to help dislodge any stubborn colour. Darker colours are harder to clean out, so airbrush with lighter colours first then move onto your darker colours. Always clean your gun straight after using it, don’t let the colour sit in your gun for a long period of time.
- Icing your biscuit for airbrushing
When you airbrush a biscuit, the icing on the biscuit has to be as level and even as possible, if there are dips then there is a chance that the design will bleed (blurred design)
Also if the icing is not 100% dry, you’ll find your design blurring at a later stage, as the water in the icing will make the colours run.