Purple Turning Blue

Decorating By WeezyS Updated 15 Oct 2012 , 11:51am by ApplegumPam

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WeezyS Posted 14 Oct 2012 , 3:24pm
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A week ago I made some fondant flowers using Wilton Fondant and Wilton violet paste coloring.

Now when I look at them some of the petals are blue instead of purple. The smaller flowers are all blue. What could have caused this? I really needed them to be violet.
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mallorymaid Posted 14 Oct 2012 , 4:16pm
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It has to do with the light affecting the red colour used to create the purple colour. Items made or decorated with purple coloured fondant/gumpaste etc. should be protected from uv light to minimize the fading. Here is a link to an article about this topic. http://ericaobrien.com/blog/2011/08/on-purple-fondant.html
You could also try airbrushing or painting your flowers purple to try and save them.

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costumeczar Posted 14 Oct 2012 , 11:29pm
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Purple will fade eventually...I've had purple gumpaste fade to blue in about three hours.

Mallorymaid is right about airbrushing or dusting. If I have to do purple I either do that or use Crystal Colors to color the gumpaste, since that doesn't fade. Some brands of colors fade faster than others, too.

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jenscreativity Posted 15 Oct 2012 , 12:21am
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IT's the wilton brand for sure..it happened to me several times until I got rid of all of my wilton colors(my black turned into a nasty dark, dark green over time, and pink turned into purple) and went with americolor..never again had a problem..the light could be the problem too, ,but I did this in different lighting and STILL had the problem..

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costumeczar Posted 15 Oct 2012 , 10:59am
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Originally Posted by jenscreativity

IT's the wilton brand for sure..it happened to me several times until I got rid of all of my wilton colors(my black turned into a nasty dark, dark green over time, and pink turned into purple) and went with americolor..never again had a problem..the light could be the problem too, ,but I did this in different lighting and STILL had the problem..




That's true, it's not always the light. The gumpaste that I had fade out went from purple to blue in the course of an afternoon, and it was sitting in a dark room wrapped up in plastic wrap. Probably wilton colors...

I also had a cake fade from purple to blue in an hour,it was most likely the wilton colors in that icing. The cake was in a closed box in a car, so no light involved.

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ApplegumPam Posted 15 Oct 2012 , 11:51am
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Sugarflair GRAPE ..... OR add the bicarb to your paste as in the link above

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