Luster Dust

Decorating By tcturtleshell Updated 5 May 2005 , 6:44pm by veejaytx

tcturtleshell Posted 4 May 2005 , 7:19am
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I am interested in trying luster dust. Does anyone know how it's used & if so do you have an tips or advice to share? Thanks so much~ icon_smile.gif

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tanyascakes Posted 4 May 2005 , 10:52am
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Hi, Tina. I am new to LD myself. I finally got some last week from sugarcraft. I was told you can use it dry or mix with a clear alcohol to make a paste. I tried both and I am sure I must have messed something up. When I used it dry, there wasn't much effect. I would have used more but I tried 3 "coats" of it and it barely showed-on MMF. When I mixed with alcohol-I used a bit too much I think-it turned kind of pink looking. I was using the Old Gold LD. So I painted it on anyway. When it was drying, I was crying icon_cry.gif thinking that I am going to ruin my hubby's cake! But when he got home, it had dried a bit more and he said that he liked it. He thought there was an antique look to it. I did look more it's normal color once it dried some more. So I will have to take a pic and post it for you all to see when it is done. I am sure that all the mishaps I incurred were through my own lack of know how on how to use this stuff. Hopefully someone can give you some tips that will help us both out. Good luck!

Lisa Posted 4 May 2005 , 2:42pm
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I've used them too. I painted it dry on fondant while the fondant was still moist and I've used it dry on room temp chocolate. It worked really well. I've never used it on MMF and I noticed it doesn't stick well (when used dry) to fondant that's dried or chocolate that's cold. There are a lot of uses for the can even airbrush with them.

katiebug Posted 4 May 2005 , 3:43pm
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When brushed on dry it to get more of the shimmer (try steaming the piece you have dusted for just a few sec to set the colors , you will be amazed at the difference) When you paint it on you want it kind of thick, if its to thick it will be hard to paint on , to thin and it will not coat properly) I use lemon extract to mix it with all the time. You can also mix the luster dust with piping gel. I mix gold highlighter dust with piping gel to write on my cakes for a little extra sparkle.

tanyascakes Posted 4 May 2005 , 5:35pm
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Thanks for the info,katiebug. I think that I had it too thin. I will have to try it with the piping gel to see what effect I get. Do I have to mix alot with it?

diane Posted 4 May 2005 , 5:53pm
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i think i've used it...not sure. i bought two different things months ago. i used something on my chocolate cake with peanut butter icing. take a look and tell me if that's luster dust...if it is i didn't know you could use it wet??? icon_confused.gif

Lisa Posted 4 May 2005 , 9:34pm
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Originally Posted by diane

i think i've used it...not sure. i bought two different things months ago. i used something on my chocolate cake with peanut butter icing. take a look and tell me if that's luster dust...if it is i didn't know you could use it wet??? icon_confused.gif

It looks like the roses are dusted. They're kind of shimmery.

tcturtleshell Posted 5 May 2005 , 3:00am
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Great info!! The cake supply store I shop at said to mix it w/ vodka or lemon juice. I have the recipe somewhere I'll have to look it up! I would like to try it!

Keep the good info coming!!! Thanks by the way!!!!

cakeconfections Posted 5 May 2005 , 3:05am
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I have used it a few time. There is a cake in my gallery that I used it on, The cake with the knight. The knight was made with grey tinted fondant and then painted with silver luster dust. When I use mine i mix it with vodka because it evaporates or dries faster. Everclear dries faster then vodka but can sometimes casue your fondant to crack. You can also mix it with extracts such as vanilla that have alcohol in them. You also have to pay attention to the type of duster. Luster will dry shiny, petal dust dries flat color, peral dust just give a sparkly or sheeny apperance.

tanyascakes Posted 5 May 2005 , 5:31am
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Thanks for the info, cakeconfections! I have luster dust(old gold and nu silver), highlighter dust(gold) and super pearl pearl dust. Do you happen to know how the highlighter dust looks when it is used? Thanks!

flayvurdfun Posted 5 May 2005 , 7:18am
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I ordered some of that and some shimmer dusts...never used them before really so it should be fun..... I will be watching this forum for tips!

cakeconfections Posted 5 May 2005 , 12:14pm
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Higligher duster should give you good color with a high sheen. I do not use it because it does not state that it is non-toxiic. Most dusts are non-toxic but there are a few that will state for decorators use only. Those types of dust should only be used on pieces that are not going to be eaten, such as gumpaste. So i will you the gold and silver in the luster dust because they are both non toxic.

There are only few luster dusts that are not non-toxi. They contain iron blue or cromium oxiide and should only be used for decorative pieces.

tanyascakes Posted 5 May 2005 , 4:14pm
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Thanks again, cakeconfections!! Whew, you sure saved me from a massive mix-up!! icon_eek.gif I could have poisened everyone at the party on Saturday!! icon_surprised.gif LOL

veejaytx Posted 5 May 2005 , 6:44pm
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Tanya, go back to and read all the information on the luster dust. I don't think the colors you have are the ones that are toxic. Janice

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