I have just started cake decorating and have my first cake on Saturday to do for a Christening.
What I would like to know is I am making some stars out of fondant and would like to know how I can 'paint' the luster dust on them. The luster dust is pink but I don't know if i should form it into a paste and brush it on or what will help it stick easily?
Thanks everyone for all your help. These forums are fanstasic for us beginners to get some valuable tricks of the trade.
You will need to mix your luster dust with some alcohol-based extract such as clear vanilla, to make a paint.
You can also use vodka.
I did a cake about a month ago that had some grey accents that I wanted to be silver. So i bought the silver pearl or luster dust and wasn't quite sure how to put it on so i cut a piece of extra grey fondant and tried a couple different ways. The first way was just to dust the powder on with a small artists brush. It turned out cool but I also wanted to try to "paint" it on so I mixed a small amount of the powder with lemon extract (which I was taught in Wilton Class) and it forms a sort of paint. So I put that on a piece of extra fondant and it looked AWESOME it really made it pop. I did have to let it dry and then put a second coat on though to make it evenly "painted."
Hope this helps!
You can apply the dust wet or dry. For a light sheen you can just paint it on dry with a paint brush. If you want a heavier shiny look, just mix it with some alcohol (I used clear vanilla flavoring) and paint that on.
I agree with the person who said to do some experimenting on a piece of fondant to get the look you want.
Fantastic. Thank you all so much for your helpful replies. I am very excited about doing my first 'proper' cake so i want it to be perfect