What exactly do you use?? and is it dry or wet?? It looks dry, when I see ppl coloring thier flowers on TV. I have dusts, sugars and other color powders, but they dont seem to stick stick. Please clarify what works, i'm doing red roses, and would rather not color my fondant but color with powder. Oh, and would this powder come off, fall off onto the white fondant??? I dont want that to happen either.
what look are you trying to achieve?
painted look.. you add lemon extract, vodka, or everclear to some petal or luster and you can paint them on while on or off the cake.
for that light coloring (dry look) you can use a paint brush and use the dusts dry, just dip in dust and brush across the flowers. You do not want the flowers on the cake while dusting them.
steaming sets the dusts, apparently... I have not tried, only because my flowers are not wired.. Don't know how to dio that!
I like to use mine dry. I brush them on with a good paint brush, swirling it around a bit. Shake the flower upside down to shake off any loose powder and give it a second coat. I just like how that looks.
i'm sorry, i guess i want know ...what is the dust called??? What type is best? there are so many.
And yes, I want the dry look, I wouldnt color while on the cake, i get that, but my concern is the powder would fall off onto the cake while transporting. Anyone?
petal dusts applied dry, give a matte look to the flowers.
shimmer dusts applied dry, give a shiny look
luster dusts applied dry, give a metallic look.
Is that what you were asking?
If you dry paint/brush your flowers, then do like auntginn said, they wont shed dusts on your cake.
if you steam the flowers too the colour wont fall off. for realistic looking flowers, you want petal dust.
For really deep red roses you'll want to color your gumpaste first, then use petal dust on top of that. You can't get the dry dust into all the small spaces between the petals to color the whole rose, if you start with white and need to color them a deep color.
Sometimes you have to rub the dust into the flower with your paintbrush.
To steam, boil a saucepan of water and hold the flowers over it for a few seconds until they look dewy. For a big flower you'll need to turn it a few different ways to make sure the steam reaches all the surfaces. They'll look a little shiny for a couple days, then go back to having a matte finish and the dusts will be set and won't come off on your cake.
Thanks All !!! Lots of good advice