I hope I'm putting this in the right spot.
I am looking to place my first order for Petal dust. Up till now I've just been buying luster dust at Michael's. I'm overwhelmed by the amount of color choices on the GSA website. I think this is the reason I haven't ordered up till now. I would love to know if there are certain colors you would suggest. Is there a "Primary Color" petal dust suggestion?
Petal dust is basically ground up chalk pastels.
I bought a box of chalk pastels at Michaels (48 colors, as I remember and with a coupon, less than $10). I grind them thru a small tea strainer using the handle of a spatula whenever I need them. I keep remainders in small portion cups with lids that I get at GFS.
Cheap & easy. You can mix colors to get other, and you can add cornstarch to lighten anything that's too dark or bright.
For items that will be eaten, I use Crystal Colors (sugarpaste.com) because they are the only FDA approved dusts & colors. They go a long way.
I usually start by thinking of what flowers I would like to make. I never use a color straight from the jar though (I usually mix). I always find myself using different shades of green for leaves. Try getting a shade of red, yellow, purple, orange, blue, etc. and get some charcoal and a shade of brown (cocoa) to experiment.
For items that will be eaten, I use Crystal Colors (sugarpaste.com) because they are the only FDA approved dusts & colors. They go a long way. Can't be mixed with alcohol and shouldn't be steamed.
Hi Rae, I was wondering why I shouldn't steam Crystal Colors? I've been doing it for a while and and I'm not sure if I'm doing something wrong.
Oh and also, there is this other FDA approved dust that I have seen at Cake Camp. It is a bit cheaper and also goes a long way.
Beth Parvu, the creator of Crystal Colors describes them as "not liking" water.
They can get blotchy if they get too wet. I don't have trouble with a very light steam, but some people are heavy handed with it.
I know that Edward at ECG has FDA dusts. I've spent a lot of time with Beth recently and never asked, but I wouldn't be surprised if they have a wholesale relationship???? She's pretty adamant about being the only producer of FDA approved dusts.
I love 'em, but they're too expensive to waste on dummies and non-edibles, for me.
I asked Beth about mixing the crystal colors to paint and she told me they could be mixed with alcohols.
ECG has a start kit that Ruth Rickey came out with, they are 24 colors she picked that she uses alot and have some variety to them.
ECG is a company that has dusts.
Thanks for clarifying that, now I undestand.