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Old 04-20-2009, 02:18 PM   #41
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Thanks for the links Faith!

I was LOL at the Copic Warning... "do not spray on people or animals!"




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The copic air compressor is $149 and my copic instructor set hers at 50psi when airbrushing. The one I purchased at Harbor Freight cannot be set at 50psi. I'm wondering though when I order the ABS 3 kit if my markers will work like they do with the copic compressor. Looks like you cannot adjust the PSI on the Harbor Freight one. This is what the Harbor Freight instruction book says:

Turn on the Power Switch and the air compressor will start and work continuously until it reaches its maximum preset pressure which will be approximately 55 PSI at which time it will automatically shut down. It will re-start when the pressure drops to approximately 42 PSI.

I'm wondering if I should take this back to HarborFreight and buy the copic compressor.

Anyone out there that can help me decide.
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Well I know Markies Mom uses the same one you bought so maybe she can answer your question. I bought the same one but waiting on my airgrip to get here to play.
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The copic air compressor is $149 and my copic instructor set hers at 50psi when airbrushing. The one I purchased at Harbor Freight cannot be set at 50psi. I'm wondering though when I order the ABS 3 kit if my markers will work like they do with the copic compressor. Looks like you cannot adjust the PSI on the Harbor Freight one. This is what the Harbor Freight instruction book says:

Turn on the Power Switch and the air compressor will start and work continuously until it reaches its maximum preset pressure which will be approximately 55 PSI at which time it will automatically shut down. It will re-start when the pressure drops to approximately 42 PSI.

I'm wondering if I should take this back to HarborFreight and buy the copic compressor.

Anyone out there that can help me decide.
bumping to see if anyone knows
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The copic air compressor is $149 and my copic instructor set hers at 50psi when airbrushing. The one I purchased at Harbor Freight cannot be set at 50psi. I'm wondering though when I order the ABS 3 kit if my markers will work like they do with the copic compressor. Looks like you cannot adjust the PSI on the Harbor Freight one. This is what the Harbor Freight instruction book says:

Turn on the Power Switch and the air compressor will start and work continuously until it reaches its maximum preset pressure which will be approximately 55 PSI at which time it will automatically shut down. It will re-start when the pressure drops to approximately 42 PSI.

I'm wondering if I should take this back to HarborFreight and buy the copic compressor.

Anyone out there that can help me decide.
Did you find out your answer or did you take back the compressor?
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Do any of you use an extension cord with your air compressor? I have emailed this question to the company from which I bought my air compressor, but haven't heard back from them yet.

I have the AC-101 Sparmax Windstorm compressor.

Don't want to electricute myself or burn the house down airbrushing clouds
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Based on the info given by Markies Mom, I went ahead and ordered the compressor from HF. It works like a charm! I cant imagine needing anymore than 40 PSI. It is such fun I have been spraying everything that isnt nailed down. Based on my limited experience a larger compressor would be overkill.

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I took the compressor back. I was so confused about the compressor I decided to return it and not take it all apart and use it and find out it doesn't work. Right now I'm just not going to purchase one unless I can get the copic one when I can find an extra $149. I sure appreciate everyone's input.
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Based on the info given by Markies Mom, I went ahead and ordered the compressor from HF. It works like a charm! I cant imagine needing anymore than 40 PSI. It is such fun I have been spraying everything that isnt nailed down. Based on my limited experience a larger compressor would be overkill.

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Holly, I have had no problems with mine, either! As a matter of fact, all 19 of my current Copic Students purchased the ABS-3 set thru iCopic.com and the Harbor Frieght airbrush compressor. They are all VERY happy, have no shut off problems, GREAT control over the "spray" etc.

I have tried the compressor from Copic. It is big, heavy, and NOT good for me. I especially LOVE the fact that I don't have to worry about regulating the HF compressor.
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I use mine with a "computer" surge protector strip. That way, there is a "breaker" that will trip if the electricity goes out or spikes. I have NOT had that problem, but, better safe than sorry!.
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Do any of you use an extension cord with your air compressor? I have emailed this question to the company from which I bought my air compressor, but haven't heard back from them yet.

I have the AC-101 Sparmax Windstorm compressor.

Don't want to electricute myself or burn the house down airbrushing clouds
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Well I know Markies Mom uses the same one you bought so maybe she can answer your question. I bought the same one but waiting on my airgrip to get here to play.
We PM'd back and forth MANY times. She chose to return hers.

However, I'm so glad you are getting one! YOU WILL LOVE IT!
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Thank you so much for your input. I had the larger size compressor from Harbor Freight that I returned. On this smaller one (40psi) that you recommend, do you just hook up the ABS3 attachment, insert your marker and start spraying. That's it...easy, peasy. It doesn't shut off before you are done with your background? Why does copic recommend you spray at 50 psi? If all of your students use this one I think it would be a good investment and a huge saving over the copic one. So now looks like I'll have to make another trip to Harbor Freight.
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We PM'd back and forth MANY times. She chose to return hers.

However, I'm so glad you are getting one! YOU WILL LOVE IT!
Yeah I think this will work good for me. I just cant wait to play!! Thanks!! You are so great to keep answering everyones questions
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Thank you so much for your input. I had the larger size compressor from Harbor Freight that I returned. On this smaller one (40psi) that you recommend, do you just hook up the ABS3 attachment, insert your marker and start spraying. That's it...easy, peasy. It doesn't shut off before you are done with your background? Why does copic recommend you spray at 50 psi? If all of your students use this one I think it would be a good investment and a huge saving over the copic one. So now looks like I'll have to make another trip to Harbor Freight.

I use a LOWER PSI because I get BETTER CONTROL of ink to paper flow.

OH...and remember, the more PSI, the faster the ink blows off the tip, the more INK blows off, the sooner you have to refill your marker!

I just hooked the Air Adapter to the hand grip and the hose from the air compressor to the Air Adapter, plugged the air compressor into the surge protector, (I had one already!) and started spraying...I HAVE NEVER HAD THE MACHINE CUT OFF..... I HAVE USED IT FOR 7 MINUTES STRAIGHT, AND IT DID NOT SHUT OFF...

Now, I do NOT suggest you use this machine 8 hours a day, 7 days a week. However, for CARD MAKING, it's PERFECT! I use it, on average, 3 minutes at a time... 4 or 5 times a day.
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Yeah I think this will work good for me. I just cant wait to play!! Thanks!! You are so great to keep answering everyones questions

No problem! I wish I owned stock in Harbor Freight! LOL! They really are selling this compressor at a GREAT price!
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I use a LOWER PSI because I get BETTER CONTROL of ink to paper flow.

OH...and remember, the more PSI, the faster the ink blows off the tip, the more INK blows off, the sooner you have to refill your marker!

I just hooked the Air Adapter to the hand grip and the hose from the air compressor to the Air Adapter, plugged the air compressor into the surge protector, (I had one already!) and started spraying...I HAVE NEVER HAD THE MACHINE CUT OFF..... I HAVE USED IT FOR 7 MINUTES STRAIGHT, AND IT DID NOT SHUT OFF...

Now, I do NOT suggest you use this machine 8 hours a day, 7 days a week. However, for CARD MAKING, it's PERFECT! I use it, on average, 3 minutes at a time... 4 or 5 times a day.
Hey if you are worried you will "burn up" your compressor you can always get the Harbor Freight extended warranty.. I think it was something like 5.99 for the year. haha I didnt get it though.
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You should own stock. I called the Lansing, Michigan store and they are all out and they said the warehouse was out too. Tell a stamping girl about a great product and it's sold out and time to order more. Thanks again.
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I am Copic Certified and have been using my compressor and airbrush for almost 2 years now. I have the Sparmax AC-100 that Copic recommends, I paid $149 for it. I set my regulator at 50psi and if you check out my blogs, my scenic one in particular you will see it works wonderfully.
Yesterday I played with this model from Harbor Freight
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it runs until it hits 55psi, then kicks off until the pressure hits 42psi, then starts back up. I had no problems with it, my airbrushing was just as smooth as the model I own that you can set the psi and get continuous air.
My thoughts on the smaller model that Markies Mom has, is if you will be using this a lot, as I do, you are running this machine full tilt at its maximum all the time. I wonder how long it will last as this would seem to stress the motor out. It is only rated for a max of 40psi, which is the minimum that Copic suggest for use with the markers.
As far as control of spray, that is done with the trigger rather than the psi. The harder you press on the trigger, the more air is delivered. I work with very light pressure and short bursts of air, pulling the handle toward me. If you exert a lot of pressure and extended bursts of air, all you are doing is drying out the tip and wasting ink.
Also, you use less ink with the air brush system than you do direct to paper with the markers. If you use a marker in the airbrush and don't seem to be getting good coverage, adjust the chisel tip. They are inserted in a factory and sometimes they are in too far, sometimes they are out too far. If you get a lot of overspray (lots of small dots outside your spraying area) your marker is probably overfilled, take the other cap off as you use it. This will create suction within the barrel and slow the ink delivery.
These are just my thoughts, the bottom line is that if it works for you, great. Hope it helps. Sandy
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Sandy all I can say is WOW!!!!!!!!!!!! Your cards are absolutely AMAZING!!!! I wish I lived by you to take some classes.. Love your work!
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Thank you, Jennifer. I do teach Beginners and Advanced Copic classes as well as scenic stamping in the mid-Michigan area. I am glad you enjoyed my work. Copics make it so easy to create works of art!
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Okay..I defer to Sandy.

One last thing, as I have said MANY of the posts, I use my Copic Airbrush a total of 5 minutes at a time. I do not create scenes like Sandy. I have RA, and can not REGULATE the trigger with various pressure. I have to move the brush back and forth to create my scenes.

The compressor I use is fine by me, works great, and I have gotten my money's worth in it's first month's of use, as the cans cost $15 each, and after 5...well, YOU DO THE MATH! LOL!

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Okay..I defer to Sandy.

One last thing, as I have said MANY of the posts, I use my Copic Airbrush a total of 5 minutes at a time. I do not create scenes like Sandy. I have RA, and can not REGULATE the trigger with various pressure. I have to move the brush back and forth to create my scenes.

The compressor I use is fine by me, works great, and I have gotten my money's worth in it's first month's of use, as the cans cost $15 each, and after 5...well, YOU DO THE MATH! LOL!

Have a great day, everyone!
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Hey thats great to know it way easy to you!! I have RA too... actually having a flare up in my right hand tonight and its hard to type... so I am happy to know its easy to work with. You're the best for answering all the questions and I think the compressor you showed us is GREAT for normal airbrushing!! LOVE IT!
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Hey thats great to know it way easy to you!! I have RA too... actually having a flare up in my right hand tonight and its hard to type... so I am happy to know its easy to work with. You're the best for answering all the questions and I think the compressor you showed us is GREAT for normal airbrushing!! LOVE IT!

I think you will see how easy it is to use....I have used the other, FROM COPIC...I had a difficult time with the 50 psi...I'm totally happy with the 40 psi, and haven't REFILLED A MARKER YET!
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Hi I want to get this right I live in florida so tommorow I'm going to get compressor then what do I need? and I get those items from icopic? I'm a newbee and I'm going to find certification classes so I want to get it now and save money. I use to have one when I did air brushing on nails and it was so loud, glad to hear this one isn't thanks so much for your time and the thoughtfulness you show us with your TALENT! God Bless!
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I have one and I hooked it up to my husbands air compressor. It can regulate to QUITE a lot, but I use it at 40 psi. The only problem - - OMG it is LOUD. It kicks on and off when the reserve tank pressure drops and every time I jump. It cracks my husband up to no end. It seems to work really well.
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You will need the ABS-3 set up with the Air Compressor from Harbour Frieght. If you read through this thread you'll see all sorts of questions answered. There is one woman who uses her compressor for hours at a time. This compressor is not made for that kind of use. It is small, mostly quiet, inexpensive, and light weight. (These are all MY observations, considering the other options out there...) I don't work for ANY of the companies involved, so I don't have an agenda. I also don't get a "commission" on sales. Some instructors do...I do NOT. I just LOVE to get a GREAT deal, and I LOVE to share it with others!
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OK......now that I'm hopelessly addicted to airbrushing, how do you get the spray off your
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At our Copic Certification class a couple of weeks ago, it was mentioned that Hand Sanitizer will clean the ink off your hands due to it being alcohol based!

Also, Just get a pencil and use the eraser end to hold down what you are airbrushing on whatever surface you are spraying toward.
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When I airbrush things like gems or flowers, I just put a little bit of 2-sided sticky tape down on some paper and stick my item down to it. Then I just turn the paper and airbrush all the sides.
If I am airbrushing a brad of some sort, I stick it into the dense foam pieces that the fancier brads are packaged with. But a piece of styrofoam will work just as well.
And yes, any alcohol based hand sanitizer will remove ink from your hands as well as most surfaces. I find I have to clean the inside of my air grip every so often too. I just dip a q-tip into my sanitizer and scrub away.
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Subscribing becausde my compressor is being shipped right now by Harbor Freight - I need to be prepared when it arrives. Thanks for all the great guidance, including tips on what kind of compressor to order.

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Thanks everyone!....and esp. for the tip about cleaning the inside of the airgrip!

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Thank you Faith for your info...I got one for Mother's Day. I seriously LOVE this thing. I paid full price but it was worth it. I have played with it a little tonight but already know that I'm addicted. It is the cutest thing sitting on my craft table...I'm going to be an airbrushing fool! Yippeee!!
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I was LOL at the Copic Warning... "do not spray on people or animals!"

I saw this too and cracked up...just think of the incident that prompted this warning! Kidding, but really, that's a funny warning.
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I looked over you blog - lovely cards, but I cannot find any tutorials? What am I doing wrong? Thanks Darlene
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Old 05-16-2009, 12:28 PM   #76
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Old 05-16-2009, 12:42 PM   #77
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Dear Markie's Mom,

I looked over you blog - lovely cards, but I cannot find any tutorials? What am I doing wrong? Thanks Darlene

Not Markie's Mom, but here you go

http://stampinwithmarkiesmom.blogspo...ush%20Tutorial
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Old 05-16-2009, 01:46 PM   #78
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I just bought one this morning! I can't wait to play with it!
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Old 05-16-2009, 02:01 PM   #79
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I just read through all your tutorials and learned a lot - I loved seeing the pictures at the various stages. Thanks for taking the time to share. Darlene
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Yep! Markies Mom doe amazing things...her blog is wonderful.
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