Painting With Luster Dust

Decorating By Faraaoh Updated 11 Sep 2015 , 7:04am by Faraaoh

Faraaoh Posted 10 Sep 2015 , 9:22pm
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I'm going to be painting luster dust onto hardened fondant decorations, but i don't want the dust to transfer onto my fingers when it dries and i go to place it onto the cake. How do i make this happen? Does 95% alcohol or lemon extract mixed with the luster dust help it to stick to the decorations even when dried? Does one work better than the other? I was going to use alcohol because i've read that it dries faster and doesn't leave an after taste.

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aarika Posted 10 Sep 2015 , 9:57pm
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Wave the dusted decorations  over a boiling pot of water briefly, just a second or two. The steam sets the dust.

Faraaoh Posted 10 Sep 2015 , 10:26pm
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So if i mix luster dust and alcohol, then paint it on and let it dry, then wave the piece over boiling water...it will set it?  Just want to make sure i have all the steps right blush.png

Shockolata Posted 10 Sep 2015 , 10:34pm
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Yes, it will :) Lustre dust dries instantly when you are using alcohol. The waving over the pot of boiling water sounds precarious. Better use a steamer or a kettle. Watch your fingers! And as you were told, just hold it over the steam briefly so that the fondant softens and absorbs the colour. Try it out with a piece of scrap fondant till you feel confident. Oh one last thing: best paint the dusts when your fondant is bone dry. If you do it whilst it is still damp, the colours might run. And be careful not to have a very liquid colour solution on a very thin piece of fondant because guess what? alcohol is a rejuvenator - so it restores the wetness of the fondant! LOL

Faraaoh Posted 10 Sep 2015 , 10:44pm
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Thank you so much!!  This helps a lot!  I was actually thinking of laying the pieces on something and flashing them with steam from my iron.

maybenot Posted 11 Sep 2015 , 12:32am
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Lemon extract is superior for 2 reasons when painting with luster dust--first, the oil helps to keep the paint smoother, resulting in less streaking, and second, it does stop the dust from coming off on your hands after the paint has dried.   I use lemon extract most of the time for these reasons.


Faraaoh Posted 11 Sep 2015 , 7:04am
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I was wondering about that!  Thank you so much!  Looks like i'll be using lemon extract instead!  Sounds much easier than steaming :)

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