How Do I Use Luster Or Pearl Dust?

Decorating By Av8rGrl Updated 6 Apr 2009 , 7:43pm by dmhart

Av8rGrl Posted 2 Apr 2009 , 3:38am
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I am making roses and thought that some glitter would look nice, however I have never used luster or pearl dust before. Can you give me any pointers? What is the difference between the luster dust and pearl dust? I bought both and they look almost the same but one was alittle more expensive for some reason. Can I dip the tips of the flowers in the dust, or does it have to be mixed with something and painted on?

Thanks

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JanH Posted 2 Apr 2009 , 5:33am
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Hi and Welcome to CC, Av8rGrl. icon_smile.gif

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http://www.cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-2926-.html

Everything you ever wanted to know about the various "dusts":

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(Includes popular CC recipes for: crusting American b/c, doctored cake mix (WASC) and fondant. And so much more.)

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HTH

cylstrial Posted 3 Apr 2009 , 3:28pm
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I just have to say that you should really use alcohol when painting the luster dust on. I don't drink alcohol and never wanted it in my house. So I just always tried to stay away from using it. I would mix vanilla with the luster dust. But the alcohol really makes a big difference! When I finally broke down and bought some, the paint just came out so much nicer! I used everclear. =o)

jensenscakes Posted 3 Apr 2009 , 6:47pm
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I think that it depends on what type of look you want. I usually like the soft pearly look so I just use a soft brush and brush it on. Good Luck with your roses.

MayWest Posted 3 Apr 2009 , 6:57pm
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Like Jensenscakes says it depends on the look you want. If you want the color more intense you can use lemon extract to wet the dust. If you want a softer look which is what I do mostly then just dust it with a brush.

STRAWBERRY1390 Posted 3 Apr 2009 , 6:58pm
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I also like a little glitter on certain flowers....I use sunflower brand dust and lusters...My favorite for glitter is the "Disco" very soft glitter. I happen to favor the blue or green Discos they seem to go well with what ever color dust I am using and you dont need to dissolve them in alcohol (anyway the grain of the dust is much larger than dust and luster I doubt you could) But from my understanding there are now more intense "Disco" colors out on the market now. Good luck with your flowers

cylstrial Posted 6 Apr 2009 , 7:19pm
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I also got this really neat brush. It's almost like a powder brush except it's made for cakes. You put the dust down in the center of it and then brush it all around. It is amazing!

dmhart Posted 6 Apr 2009 , 7:43pm
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Originally Posted by cylstrial

I also got this really neat brush. It's almost like a powder brush except it's made for cakes. You put the dust down in the center of it and then brush it all around. It is amazing!




Where did you get it from? Sounds like something I would like to try!

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