What Can I Use To Paint The Perfect Gold/silver On Fondant??

Decorating By QueenDisney20 Updated 7 Jul 2010 , 7:42pm by mandymakescakes

QueenDisney20 Posted 7 Jun 2010 , 9:26pm
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Hello there! I am new to cake central and cake decorating and I have a question... I read in a lot of books on gold or silver fondant roses. They say to use edible gold powder, etc. Where can I find a good edible gold to paint with that is used for a gold coin, suitcase buckle, etc.? Thanks so much!! icon_rolleyes.gif
p.s. I didn't mention that I have heard of too many...There is luster dust, shimmer dust, pearl dust, edible chalk, food coloring, paste, non-toxic paint. Which is a good one to actually make it look like real gold?? Thanks so much!!

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catlharper Posted 7 Jun 2010 , 10:16pm
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I use gold or silver luster dust mixed with a tiny bit of vodka. You want to come up to a paint consistancy and no thinner. It also may take a few coats to get a deep enough finish to look like real gold or silver.

BlakesCakes Posted 7 Jun 2010 , 10:27pm
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Originally Posted by QueenDisney20

Hello there! I am new to cake central and cake decorating and I have a question... I read in a lot of books on gold or silver fondant roses. They say to use edible gold powder, etc. Where can I find a good edible gold to paint with that is used for a gold coin, suitcase buckle, etc.? Thanks so much!! icon_rolleyes.gif
p.s. I didn't mention that I have heard of too many...There is luster dust, shimmer dust, pearl dust, edible chalk, food coloring, paste, non-toxic paint. Which is a good one to actually make it look like real gold?? Thanks so much!!




Crystal Colors (sugarpaste.com) are the only FDA approved edible luster dusts (the others are non-toxic but not certified edible). Their Gold makes a gorgeous gold color. You can mix it with clear drinking alcohol (Everclear, vodka, gin, white rum) or lemon extract to make a nice paint.

http://www.sugarpaste.com/catalog/orderPearlColors.htm

Rae

QueenDisney20 Posted 7 Jul 2010 , 5:20pm
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I tried the 24K gold luster dust and mixed it with clear vodka, but it wouldn't mix together. Only a bubble formed and I was unable to paint with it. Why is this I wonder??

artscallion Posted 7 Jul 2010 , 5:47pm
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Nothing I've tried has given me that real metallic gold look like Gold Highlighter dust, mixed with vodka.

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Check the ornament on the top of this cake pic to see the effect...

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BlakesCakes Posted 7 Jul 2010 , 7:10pm
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Originally Posted by artscallion

Nothing I've tried has given me that real metallic gold look like Gold Highlighter dust, mixed with vodka.




Yes, the gold and silver highlighter dusts are lovely, BUT THEY ARE MOST DEFINITELY FOR DECORATION ONLY!!!!! They MUST not be consumed, so only use them on things that will be taken off of the cake before eating!!!!

Rae

PatricesPieces Posted 7 Jul 2010 , 7:34pm
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I get mine from Sunflower. They are a beautiful gold and silver color. I thin them with lemon extract and with everclear. http://shop.sunflowersugarartusa.com/category.sc?categoryId=17

brea1026 Posted 7 Jul 2010 , 7:39pm
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I start with airbrush Pearl coloring, then I add a tiny bit of yellow or black-depending- and then I add either gold or silver luster dust. I think that the pearl base instead of vodka or water gives me more even results and keeps it from doing that clumping thing that wetted dusts are fond of doing.

Hope that helps!

mandymakescakes Posted 7 Jul 2010 , 7:42pm
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I just use Wilton Pearl Dust and vodka because it's gentle on my wallet, easy to get a hold of, and I think it looks pretty good. (See my Speed Limit Sign and Spongebob cakes for examples). It will take a couple of coats for a more metallic-like finish, so make your pieces ahead of time. icon_biggrin.gif

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