So, I'm lost... What is the difference between Shimmer dust, pearl dust, luster dust, and/or Petal dust?
Also, approx how much does Michaels charge per container? I live in Oregon and it is over an hour drive to the nearest craft/supply store. Is there a place online that has a good price? which brands do you like?
Try going to Crystal Colors by Sugarpaste. They are really good colors, lots of choices, and it's $5 per container (2 oz, I think). That is now the only place I go to get my dusts.
Shimmer, pearl and luster dusts have a pearly sheen to them. Petal dust has a flat matte finish and is usually used on gumpaste flowers.
The fish and sword in my photos are painted with coats of luster dusts.
Wilton's Shimmer Dust are not used like other dusts. You have to wet the surface and sprinkle them on. They do not stick other wise and they do not dissolve in liquids.
Wilton's New Color dusts are what the rest of the world would call petal dusts. Wilton's does have a limited color selection, but they are FDA approved, so they are edible, where as most other petal dusts are just non toxic.
Witon's Pearl dusts, other than the white, are what is considered Luster dusts. Again they are edible.
Petal dusts are matte colors, usually used for flowers and such.
Pearl dusts are generally white in color and have some iridescence to them.
Luster dusts are colored dusts that have shimmer.
If you are looking for edible dusts, that can be mixed in to any of your icings as well as dusted with then you do want to look into Crystal colors by http://www.sugarpaste.com/colors/colors.htm. She has some great colors and there are many uses for them. They also have Crystalized colors that are like the luster dusts, but edible.
Thanks for the help
I found 10 vials (new) of Wilton pearl dust in different colors for $36 shipped on Ebay.... So I'm just going to do that I'll be happy with whatever I end up with.
eeek - don't get the wilton ones!!! I did as a last resort, and they do not work the way others do. You know when you see beautiful gold or silver painted on fondant? You can't do this with the Wilton ones.
Too late now :p Oh well, I didn't get silver or gold ones anyhow.... I'll be happy with what I have. Can only get better!