I searched the forum for an answer, but dont quite see what I am looking for. I would like to know how I can create an icing that will have a true metallic color and will also dry hard. I know I can paint RI with lustre dust, but what I am looking to do is very small intricate scroll work and I cant see how I could do it in RI then go back and paint it without creating a mess.
Anyone with suggestions on how I can create (or buy) metallic colored icing that I can pipe directly on with a size 0 or 1 tip?
I have found this, hope it helps.
SILVER Sugarflair edible metallic icing colouring.
Sugarflair edible metallic icing colourings unique, in our opinion, the best you can buy anywhere in the world. 8g jar will last for ages.
Metallic icing colourings are basically edible gold / silver leaf or edible glitter suspended in alcohol. When painted on to icing the alcohol quickly evaporates, leaving behind a stunning metallic lustre.
For best results, use for fairly small detail by brushing / painting on to dry sugarpaste, marzipan or royal icing. Although there's nothing to stop you also mixing with icing, we do not recommend this as to create a true metallic effect you'd have to add so much it would alter the consistency of the icing.
However silver & gold are difficult ~ it really is easier to paint this on using 'luster dust' (it sounds more of a fiddle then it is!) and a fine artist paint brush. A drop of lemon juice in the luster dust and away you go...or if using a butter cream just apply dry with paint brush.
Alternatively try grey food colour (about 3-4 drops) with 1 drop of blue - the result is not quite as 'silver/shine/metallic' but still quite good..... OR...consider Fondants & Royal Icing (again not sure of available source info for you)... a local cake shop might be kind enough to provide you with info or even make up icing for you - my local cake shop is fantastic in this way ..they know me & my kids by name now!! - I have made a train, star wars death star, spider, treasure chest, knights castle, dinosaur... the list continues ....everytime I swear never again until the next bday LOL)
Sparkle/Dust will be harder to get your straight line (ie may not end up going where you want it to go!)
I would say grey (or dull gold) tinted royal icing and then paint over it with highlighter dust....if the icing is tinted already, then you won't have to be quite so precise with the dust painting and you can just paint over the top of the piping.
I have tried mixing luster dust with piping gel and it does not work so really I think painting is the only way to go.