Help! How Do I Get An Even Coating Of Lustre Dust?

Decorating By ineedahol Updated 3 Jun 2011 , 9:45am by ineedahol

ineedahol Posted 31 May 2011 , 9:26am
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Hi, i am maing a car cake at the mo and wanted to get a slight metallic sheen - nothing too dramatic. The car is light blue fondant, i have silver, pearl and blue lustre to hand and i have already kneaded some into the fondant and works a bit but not as much as i would have liked. I cant knead any more in as the fondant is already starting to tear a bit. Airbrushing is out of the question until ive had more practice. I want to put a light dusting of pearl lustre on the surface but every time ive tried this before it ends up really patchy. not a good look for a car. Please help!!

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Kiddiekakes Posted 31 May 2011 , 11:50am
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I find this also which is why I never use lustre dust except to paint with.I use an airbrush with metallic sheens and it turns out beautiful!!.

allaboutcakeuk Posted 31 May 2011 , 12:05pm
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Originally Posted by ineedahol

Hi, i am maing a car cake at the mo and wanted to get a slight metallic sheen - nothing too dramatic. The car is light blue fondant, i have silver, pearl and blue lustre to hand and i have already kneaded some into the fondant and works a bit but not as much as i would have liked. I cant knead any more in as the fondant is already starting to tear a bit. Airbrushing is out of the question until ive had more practice. I want to put a light dusting of pearl lustre on the surface but every time ive tried this before it ends up really patchy. not a good look for a car. Please help!!




I feel you on this I had same with a shark cake. I found getting a huge dusting brush (like a make up brush but obviously new and clean) and going in light circles and building up the layers. Put the dusts in a big tub so you can dip in and out easy. It's the only way I managed apart from spraying or painting and I don't have an airbrush either. HTH

10xHigh Posted 31 May 2011 , 12:08pm
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Are you mixing the dust in vodka? It does well when I have used it to paint onto fondant. Try it on a piece and see if it achieves what you are needing since air brushing is out for nowicon_smile.gif

ineedahol Posted 31 May 2011 , 12:44pm
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ahh, thanks guys. Im gonna have to get to grips with that airbrush at some point by the sound of it. i was going to paint on with vodka for the bumpers, handles, mirrors and other chrome areas but just wanted a lighter finish for the bodywork. I will cover, see how it looks and then try gently brushing on if i feel brave! Thanks all

ineedahol Posted 31 May 2011 , 12:56pm
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hold that thought!!!!
all your combined posts got me thinking in a jumbled sort of way....

Brushing on, mixing with vodka....

So i just sieved the blue lustre with icing sugar, mixed thoroughly and put in a large bowl, then used my fan shaped dusting brush, trialed it on the undercoat of white icing thats already on the cake and guess what!!!?!! exactly what i wanted, light sparkle non patchy coating.
Hope its ok on the light blue, should be but probably wouldnt work on dark colours too well because of the icing sugar.

Thanks guys!

SweetDreams98 Posted 1 Jun 2011 , 7:06pm
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As far as the airbrush goes, it could still work even if you don't have as much experience with it as you'd like! I played around with a lot of cardboard when I got mine so I wasn't mucking up actual cake. If you have the fondant already colored blue you should just be able to hold the airbrush FAR away from the cake and give it a misting in like a pearlized white or silver just to add a little sparkle. If your fan brush doesn't work...maybe try that on some scraps and see if it works for you? Good Luck!

AngelFood4 Posted 2 Jun 2011 , 7:09pm
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Originally Posted by ineedahol

.... i was going to paint on with vodka for the bumpers, handles, mirrors and other chrome areas but just wanted a lighter finish for the bodywork...




I have done lighter finishes over MMF and Modeling Chocolate figures using Vodka. For a lighter finish, only put a very tiny bit of the luster dust into a drop of Vodka (barely any luster dust), stir it around then brush it over the car. If you want a thicker coating, put a lot of luster dust into the vodka and brush it on layer by layer. Dry brushing does look patchy.

ineedahol Posted 3 Jun 2011 , 9:45am
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thanks, i will try that next time, as it happens i ended up glazing the whole cake and it took all the dust off anyway! nice shine tho, ah well you live and learn!

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