Crystal Colors By Sugarpaste

Decorating By Monkess Updated 4 Aug 2010 , 7:45pm by TexasSugar

Monkess Posted 3 Aug 2010 , 4:46am
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Has anybody used the crystal colors by Sugarpaste for gumpaste flowers-to dust. I am told they work exactly like luster dusts and can be used in fondant as well. I just want to know before putting in a larger order, if they are as smooth etc. to dust on...and do they work the same way as luster dusts when steamed?

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jstoops08 Posted 3 Aug 2010 , 6:37am
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I prefer using the Crystal Colors over regular petal dusts. The Crystal Colors doesn't have the chalky smell that petal dust has. It is kind of odorless.

You can use them just like luster dusts and they have a nice smooth application. I have dusted with it, steamed it on fondant and gum paste, used it to color royal icing, butter cream, fondant and even my French Macarons. It does cost a little more than regular dusts($5 a pop from where I order it) but I think it is worth every penny icon_smile.gif

Monkess Posted 3 Aug 2010 , 7:18am
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Thanks jstoops! Thats exactly what I wanted to confirm...even at $5 I am told the quantity is almost double of what other luster dusts are i.e. 15 grams or 1/2 ounce...that actually makes them cheaper. Do you buy them online with Beth at sugarpaste. com?

Rylan Posted 3 Aug 2010 , 8:04am
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I used to love them. They used to be the only dust I would use...until I had a problem with their customer service. From now on, I only use the petal dusts I get from Robert Fry. They are FDA approved (I don't think the luster dusts are though).

Monkess Posted 3 Aug 2010 , 9:22am
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@Rylan: Its a toss up for me between the petal dusts from Sunflower sugarcraft and the crystal colors. I am most concerned about smoothness and vibrancy of the dust.

Auntie_RaRa Posted 3 Aug 2010 , 10:43am
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I have also used to them to color white chocolate. Gives me so many possibilities besides the basic candy oil colors.

TexasSugar Posted 3 Aug 2010 , 2:26pm
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I just got through using the crystal colors on parts of my ICES Convention cakes. I loved them. I've dusted with them before, but this time I used them for coloring fondant and gumpaste and royal icing.

For dusting, even for vibrant colors, a little goes a long way. When coloring fondant and such, it did take a lot more.

Their colors and dusts are FDA approved, and will work in about any icing medium you want, so that makes them very versital. Their purples do not fade in lights. Plus I've been told by Beth that you can paint with them as well, though I haven't tried that myself yet.

I started my collection a few years ago, and plan to stock up on more next weekend at the convention. I would totally say they are worth it.

Monkess Posted 3 Aug 2010 , 4:35pm
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Sounds pretty foolproof to meicon_smile.gif Thanks guys!

TexasSugar Posted 3 Aug 2010 , 5:08pm
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jstoops08 Posted 3 Aug 2010 , 5:19pm
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I purchase mine through either or Country Kitchen SweetArt.

Monkess Posted 3 Aug 2010 , 5:29pm
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Originally Posted by TexasSugar

I used one of her oranges on these roses.

That is beautiful! I ordered the saffron too! thumbs_up.gif

KSMill Posted 3 Aug 2010 , 5:57pm
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I use her colors 99% of the time and love them.

TexasSugar Posted 3 Aug 2010 , 8:38pm
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Thank you! I'll be posting a picture of my convention cakes in the next day or too. I used her lime on one and then the mimosa on the other.

She has some very, very pretty colors! icon_smile.gif I've got to make my list of what I have so I know what colors to get this year. A girl can't have too many colors can she?

Monkess Posted 4 Aug 2010 , 7:06am
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Originally Posted by TexasSugar

A girl can't have too many colors can she?

My sentiments exactly! thumbs_up.gif

peg818 Posted 4 Aug 2010 , 6:57pm
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Crystal colors are just about all i use.

I would just like to add that the colors are a mat finish color, if you want ones with a sheen you need to buy a pearl color. I have mixed the bright white sliver with many colors to make my own luster color.

I have never purchased through their web site, i usually buy directly from Beth when she is at the local shows. If i run out of colors in between i usually just order from global when i'm ordering other things.

TexasSugar Posted 4 Aug 2010 , 7:45pm
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I posted my cakes today. I used the lime in the fondant on the green cake, as well as dusted the lime and orchid on the flowers. On the orange one the yellow is the mimosa and the darker strip of orange is the tahitian sun that I dry brushed on.

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