Quick Question About Dusting Powders

Decorating By yamber82 Updated 11 Jul 2009 , 10:37am by brincess_b

yamber82 Posted 11 Jul 2009 , 5:36am
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every time i try dusting pearl dust or anything on fondant it doesn't stick and is a waste of time to even try. am i doing something wrong? i am doing a pillow cake in 2 weeks and would really like the whole thing to be shimmery

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icer101 Posted 11 Jul 2009 , 5:42am
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what name brand are you using.. are you dusting it on while moist or dry.. tell us a little more.. thank you

yamber82 Posted 11 Jul 2009 , 6:02am
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i just by the kind from the hobby stores so wilton i think. and yes the fondant is always dry. i have looked at some tutorials but none mention anything about moistening the fondant. i also tried mixing it with vodka and that just turned into a goopy mess. the first fondant cake i ever did with figurines i remember using the luster or pearl dust and it worked but for the life of me i cannot remember how i did it. it is possible the fondant was a bit moist from being worked with on the figures. but when i cover a cake in fondant it is always dry from the cornstarch. i have on occasion rubbed shortening on the fondant coered tier. would that be effective to hold the dust? and if so can i use a brush or should i sort of sift it over the cake?

yamber82 Posted 11 Jul 2009 , 6:02am
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i just by the kind from the hobby stores so wilton i think. and yes the fondant is always dry. i have looked at some tutorials but none mention anything about moistening the fondant. i also tried mixing it with vodka and that just turned into a goopy mess. the first fondant cake i ever did with figurines i remember using the luster or pearl dust and it worked but for the life of me i cannot remember how i did it. it is possible the fondant was a bit moist from being worked with on the figures. but when i cover a cake in fondant it is always dry from the cornstarch. i have on occasion rubbed shortening on the fondant coered tier. would that be effective to hold the dust? and if so can i use a brush or should i sort of sift it over the cake?

yamber82 Posted 11 Jul 2009 , 6:03am
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i just by the kind from the hobby stores so wilton i think. and yes the fondant is always dry. i have looked at some tutorials but none mention anything about moistening the fondant. i also tried mixing it with vodka and that just turned into a goopy mess. the first fondant cake i ever did with figurines i remember using the luster or pearl dust and it worked but for the life of me i cannot remember how i did it. it is possible the fondant was a bit moist from being worked with on the figures. but when i cover a cake in fondant it is always dry from the cornstarch. i have on occasion rubbed shortening on the fondant coered tier. would that be effective to hold the dust? and if so can i use a brush or should i sort of sift it over the cake?

Karenreg Posted 11 Jul 2009 , 6:04am
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Hey, I too am facing the same problems as yamber82 .I tried painting silver on the tassels of my pillow cake but it didn't stick so I ended up scrapping the idea.I used the wilton's pack that comes in a set of 3 (white, gold & silver).Later I was told that I shud be using Pearl Dust instead , I have purchased it but still need to use it.I hope it works this time. Is Pearl sust different from Luster Dust?

yamber82 Posted 11 Jul 2009 , 6:06am
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i just by the kind from the hobby stores so wilton i think. and yes the fondant is always dry. i have looked at some tutorials but none mention anything about moistening the fondant. i also tried mixing it with vodka and that just turned into a goopy mess. the first fondant cake i ever did with figurines i remember using the luster or pearl dust and it worked but for the life of me i cannot remember how i did it. it is possible the fondant was a bit moist from being worked with on the figures. but when i cover a cake in fondant it is always dry from the cornstarch. i have on occasion rubbed shortening on the fondant coered tier. would that be effective to hold the dust? and if so can i use a brush or should i sort of sift it over the cake?

yamber82 Posted 11 Jul 2009 , 6:06am
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i just by the kind from the hobby stores so wilton i think. and yes the fondant is always dry. i have looked at some tutorials but none mention anything about moistening the fondant. i also tried mixing it with vodka and that just turned into a goopy mess. the first fondant cake i ever did with figurines i remember using the luster or pearl dust and it worked but for the life of me i cannot remember how i did it. it is possible the fondant was a bit moist from being worked with on the figures. but when i cover a cake in fondant it is always dry from the cornstarch. i have on occasion rubbed shortening on the fondant coered tier. would that be effective to hold the dust? and if so can i use a brush or should i sort of sift it over the cake?

yamber82 Posted 11 Jul 2009 , 6:15am
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i am soo sorry my last message just posted itself so many time, haha! cake central is always slow on my computer. sorry icon_sad.gif

about the silver, i had issues with that for a long time, but have finally figure that one out i think. i actually ordered silver edible paint. i first tried mixing it with lemon juice and other stuff, but finally went and bought some everclear and that works really well for painting stuff on fondant. it dries super fast.

yamber82 Posted 11 Jul 2009 , 6:17am
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i am soo sorry my last message just posted itself so many time, haha! cake central is always slow on my computer. sorry icon_sad.gif

about the silver, i had issues with that for a long time, but have finally figure that one out i think. i actually ordered silver edible paint. i first tried mixing it with lemon juice and other stuff, but finally went and bought some everclear and that works really well for painting stuff on fondant. it dries super fast.

Karenreg Posted 11 Jul 2009 , 6:21am
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where did u buy edible paint from? Cud u please share the link. I thot using luster dust/ pearl dust shud be as simple as using a regular paint but I guess its not that easy icon_sad.gif

yamber82 Posted 11 Jul 2009 , 6:28am
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omg! seriously!!!! why does it keep re posting like that?

anywaaaays.... i bought the edible paint from jesters at globalsugarart.com i think. it wasn't too expensive really and i have used it quite a bit and still havn't emptied a bottle yet. it works perfectly for those of us who havn't yet figure out the dusting powders yet, but i am almost positive you would get the same effect if you mixed some silver dust with everclear. just don't try mixing it with anything else cuz it will not work from my experience.

brincess_b Posted 11 Jul 2009 , 10:37am
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first of all wilton dusts... well they are not liked by anyone i have come across on here. invest in some better ones, and you will have better results.

if you want to paint with them, mix with alcohol (giher alcohol content = faster drying time). this will give a much stonger result.

dry, the results are not so strong. remember different dusts do different things:
petal give colour
pearl gives a gentle pearlised sheen
lustre adds a bit of sparkle
so make sure you pick the right dust for the task.
dont moisten your fondant - dusts have their own stickyness already. moisture on the fondant will transfer to your brush, and that leads to blobbiness and problems!
always aply it with a brush, a blusher brush works best for large areas. sifting might work, but im imagining a dust covered kitchen, its so floaty!
xx

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