I have used some petal dust (purple) and love the look, however, can I leave them as is or do I have to steam them?
You can leave them as is, however steaming them sets the colour and adds a richness to them. I had to make burgundy Calais lilies, but couldn't get my gumpaste the right shade. I dusted them in red, and they looked okay, than I steamed them and they looked beautiful. The colour blended into the gumpaste and it was like magic!
Certainly you can leave them as is
Steaming them, makes them even more beautiful!! I just use a pot with little water and bring to boil and run them thru the steam.
I am afraid to steam them because the soft look is what I was asked to do. Won't steaming make them darker and a little shiny?
Thanks for your posts!
I truly don,t think it makes them look darker. It does give a little shine and realistic looking. It sets the dust also , so as not to smear on things. I have always steamed my flowers of all kinds that i make. That is what i was taught and still taught to this day. hth