ok I hear people talking about mixing this with alcohol...what kind specifically? and how much at a time? Thanks for all of your help!!
I am getting ready to play with this method, but I heard a couple of weeks ago from Duff on Ace of Cakes that he mixes the dust with Vodka. He said it would dry quickly. I think you are supposed to add just enough to the dust to make it fluid enough to brush it on. That part I need to play with, I hope it works well. I am planning on using it on an upcoming 50th anniversary cake.
Keep me posted on your results!!
Most people I have heard talk about this say to use vodka or everclear because they are tasteless (?). You can also use lemon extract. The alcohol works better than water because it dries (evaporates) more quickly.
I don't know if this is the correct way but it's how I did it...
I used a small container and put some dust in it, then I slowly added the vodka until it was fluid. I then used a small brush and just brushed it on the accent pieces.
If there is a better way or "proper" way please let me know! Thanks HTH
That is how I have heard of it done before. I am planning on trying to put a small amount in a little squirt bottle to see if I can make it have a thinning effect. I don't really want the full brushed look for what I am going for, but I also don't want to spend the money on airbrushing supplies. But, yes, the vodka and the brush is how I have seen it done before.
I use vodka. If I was guessing, and that is what this is because I have not measured amounts but will next time, I would say it is about 1 ounce of vodka to 1 gram of Luster Dust.
You can also use lemon extract (or other flavor extract that has a high alcohol content). Test on a scrap piece of fondant to see which consistency works best for you.
Using a clear alcohol or extract works best. People use clear vanilla, lemon extract, vodka, gin or everclear. Some have even mentioned mint extract. I like using vodka because it leave no taste and dries quickly--I would use everclear which is a grain alcohol, but I cannot get it in my area. I also put a little bit of dust in a tiny bowl and add the vodka with a medicine dropper--that way I have control over how much I add. Testing it on a piece of fondant is a good idea--I do that when I want to play around with color combinations.
Great idea on the dropper!! (Just don't use one that is for your kids medicine! )
Can you buy just a medicine dropper at a pharmacy or someplace?
Most pharmacies will give you a medicine dropper for free. Just ask at the pharmacist's counter.
They are sold in the pharmacy departments, but if you ask the pharmacy assistants for one, they prolly will give you one. They have given me a few over the course of a year=) Jen
Can you also mix the luster dust into your BC icing or Royal icing. I especially want to make my flowers for my Wilton Course 2 class shimmer but I'm afraid the liquid would break down the icing.