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Was looking at getting a printer for doing edible pictures.  Not too sure what printer to buy.  If anyone has a printer or any comments to help  make my decision more informative it would be appreciated.  I have looked around but I am still undecided. 

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If you don't plan to use it at LEAST once a month, I do not recommend getting one. Leaving the ink to sit in the print head for an extended amount of time will cause it to clog and once edible ink touches that print head, your warranty is void. Sometimes they can be unclogged with a steamer or fast running hot water, but not always. I have had to replace mine once already and it isn't cheap. However, if you find yourself using it often and then take a break for a while, you can print a few pages on regular paper every few weeks to prevent clogging as well. It is a waste of ink, but that is nothing close to the waste of money to replace the print head or printer. As long as it is being used regularly, you will not have a problem.

 

If you do decide to get one, I definitely recommend a Canon. I have an MP560 which I highly, I repeat, highly recommend! It prints very sharp and clean lines, like this:

 I use Icing Images inks and frosting sheets. The printer is $167.99 on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Canon-Wireless-Inkjet-Printer-3747B002/dp/B00.... The ink for this printer is $88 at Icing Images: http://www.icingimages.com/systems.php?link=3. And the frosting sheets will depend on their shape and size.

 

I have used Kopykake ink and frosting sheets, but I prefer Icing Images. Hope this helps!

THANK YOU! I am glad that I was not able to find one yesterday, as I would have purchased it and I'm afraid I would have just wasted a huge amount of money. I truly do appreciate you letting me know, Storybook Bakery. I'll just continue to go to a bakery and purchase from them. It's not really a hassle to do it anyway.


Thank you again for such great advice.
Storybook Bakery said:

If you don't plan to use it at LEAST once a month, I do not recommend getting one. Leaving the ink to sit in the print head for an extended amount of time will cause it to clog and once edible ink touches that print head, your warranty is void. Sometimes they can be unclogged with a steamer or fast running hot water, but not always. I have had to replace mine once already and it isn't cheap. However, if you find yourself using it often and then take a break for a while, you can print a few pages on regular paper every few weeks to prevent clogging as well. It is a waste of ink, but that is nothing close to the waste of money to replace the print head or printer. As long as it is being used regularly, you will not have a problem.

 

If you do decide to get one, I definitely recommend a Canon. I have an MP560 which I highly, I repeat, highly recommend! It prints very sharp and clean lines, like this:

 I use Icing Images inks and frosting sheets. The printer is $167.99 on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Canon-Wireless-Inkjet-Printer-3747B002/dp/B00.... The ink for this printer is $88 at Icing Images: http://www.icingimages.com/systems.php?link=3. And the frosting sheets will depend on their shape and size.

 

I have used Kopykake ink and frosting sheets, but I prefer Icing Images. Hope this helps!

We only recommend purchasing one unless you will print about once per week. It is very hard to purchase the inks or paper in the stores, only online. As for the cricut, take a look at the silhouette before you purchase one. That machine has much more flexibility. Yu are not stuck purchasing expensive cartridges as you can cut from programs on your computer. It saves a lot of money that way. Visit Linda Mcclures website as it is very informative. Also, we sell electronic cutting sheets which are pre colored and designed for electronic cutters. They are a very hot new item that decorators are going nuts over.

I used to go to  my local grocery store too, to purchase the edible image for about 6.99 a sheet. There is also a company called sales@edibleprints.com, you can email them a picture and they will mail you your edible image. Its kinda costly, but you can add that cost to your customer (15.46) that's with shipping fee. At times, my local grocery store where I purchase the edible sheet, their machine is always down. HUMMM, I wonder if their using an Epson! LOL. It's so frustrating when that happens. So, I purchased my own machine. And the darn thing worked fine in the beginng and I loved it. But, the company dont tell you that you have to use it frequently in order for the ink not to dry up on the print heads. So, now what do I do with this 499.00 machine that is just collecting dust.

Wow, Ruby, that last one is costly! I thought ours being $10.00 a sheet was pretty pricey! But $15.46 seems like a lot! I'll just have to drive to the other end of our town and get the one that is $8.00.

RUBY JOHNSON said:

I used to go to  my local grocery store too, to purchase the edible image for about 6.99 a sheet. There is also a company called sales@edibleprints.com, you can email them a picture and they will mail you your edible image. Its kinda costly, but you can add that cost to your customer (15.46) that's with shipping fee. At times, my local grocery store where I purchase the edible sheet, their machine is always down. HUMMM, I wonder if their using an Epson! LOL. It's so frustrating when that happens. So, I purchased my own machine. And the darn thing worked fine in the beginng and I loved it. But, the company dont tell you that you have to use it frequently in order for the ink not to dry up on the print heads. So, now what do I do with this 499.00 machine that is just collecting dust.

I wish I would have done more research on the cricut before purchasing it. I did get it pretty cheap at a Hobby Lobby store, but that should have been my first clue that I needed to research it out some. They were clearing the whole lot of them out and not restocking them again. It was one of those things I had wanted for a long time, and when I saw it on sale, I bit.

Icing Images said:

We only recommend purchasing one unless you will print about once per week. It is very hard to purchase the inks or paper in the stores, only online. As for the cricut, take a look at the silhouette before you purchase one. That machine has much more flexibility. Yu are not stuck purchasing expensive cartridges as you can cut from programs on your computer. It saves a lot of money that way. Visit Linda Mcclures website as it is very informative. Also, we sell electronic cutting sheets which are pre colored and designed for electronic cutters. They are a very hot new item that decorators are going nuts over.

I would definately get a Cannon. Also if you would like to try out some PhotoFrost sheets just let me know and I will send you a sample. We also manufacture the edible ink as well. It is all FDA approved and Kosher certified and made here in Williston,Florida. I will be happy to help you out in any way.

Be careful as to what manufacturers claim.  The only products that are FDA approved are Drugs. All other products are FDA complaint.  Check with the FDA, they will verify that information. All of our products are monitored by the FDA and are FDA compliant and Kosher.
Stephanie Crawford said:

I would definately get a Cannon. Also if you would like to try out some PhotoFrost sheets just let me know and I will send you a sample. We also manufacture the edible ink as well. It is all FDA approved and Kosher certified and made here in Williston,Florida. I will be happy to help you out in any way.

there are alot of good icing sheets out there and it all depends upon what type you like. Some are thicker than others and some have a texture on the surface.  These things are all a matter of personal taste.  The best thing to do it to shop around try a few, ask for samples etc.  I personally like the ones with no texture since the pictures are alot clearer and brighter and what also makes them great for me is that they are made in the USA. 

I use the Canon MP560, Im not one for setting up equipment. This was real easy and it is wireless.

I think that it could potentially be a good investment. If you have to travel 20min to get an edible image who else has to as well. You could have a thriving little business printing edible images for others as well as yourself which would get over the usage and clogging issue. Think outside the box. Just a thought.

Not sure If I am late for this discussion, but I purchased the Canon MG 5220 for a bit over 100 $ and it is very easy to setup and works great; I like it a lot :) wireless is not complicated to setup either. Yes it does use the 5 cartridges (3 colours + 2 blacks); also keep the icing sheets very sealed and in an air tight container if possible, you should be fine; however it all depends how often you need to get edible images, I use them in cakes,cupcakes and also on chocolate melts too. If you only need edible images once or twice a year, I think local grocery stores or individuals cake decorators should be able to assist you. 

I have the cricut... collecting dust for now... very steep learning curve...no much time and/or patience to keep trying but that might be my resolution for 2012 ;) 

 

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