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Homemade petal dust

post #1 of 58
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Just a tip that may save you some $$. I make my my own petal dust by using non-toxic artist chalk. Rub in on a fine strainer and it becomes a powder. I use a small mesh "tea ball" strainer. I found small plastic storage containers at Michaels. I bought the ones that screw into each other and make a stack. You could also get the plastic ones with a flip top. Do the grating on a papertowel and then place the powder in the jar. Voila!! Instant petal dust. If you want a color that is lighter, add some white chalk or cornstarch and stir. Or you can combine colors to get the color you want. There are sets of 72 colors of chalk that sell for around $15-$20. So I could, techinically 72 colors plus the containers for around $30 - $35 dollars. Also, after you use a color you can clean the brush by rubbing it around in some white cornstarch. This gets out the color and you don't have to wash the brush and wait for it to dry again. Here is the picture of the ones I made:
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post #2 of 58
Thanks for sharing this. I'm making carnations and will have a chance to try it out thumbs_up.gif
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post #3 of 58
Thanks for a great idea! I can't wait to make some.
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post #4 of 58
Thanks for the tip! I have been wanting to get some of the dust...just didn't want to spend tooooo much money!
post #5 of 58
Wow, what a great idea! I think I have to go use my 40% off coupon today. Yea.
post #6 of 58
Sounds good but the chalk is it food safe? Also cant use it on anything edible or something that someone might eat. But would save a lot of $$. Thanks!
post #7 of 58
Thank you for sharing this. It is such a great idea.
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post #8 of 58
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I took the Wilton Master Decorating Course in Chicago and we were taught how to use the chalk there. It must say "non-toxic" on the packaging. The question of food safety was asked and the research that the Wilton company has done reports that it is safe to use.
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post #9 of 58
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Originally Posted by jeking

I took the Wilton Master Decorating Course in Chicago and we were taught how to use the chalk there. It must say "non-toxic" on the packaging. The question of food safety was asked and the research that the Wilton company has done reports that it is safe to use.



That's good enough for me!

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post #10 of 58
I love your idea. Now, if we only knew how to make Luster Dust and Pearl Dusts????? Any ideas there?
post #11 of 58
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Originally Posted by jeking

I took the Wilton Master Decorating Course in Chicago and we were taught how to use the chalk there. It must say "non-toxic" on the packaging. The question of food safety was asked and the research that the Wilton company has done reports that it is safe to use.



i've seen wilton suggest using chalks too. i think its mainly recommended for things like gumpaste. (flowers etc, that people dont normally attempt to eat anyway), but i personally wouldnt use it on fondant that would be eaten. i dont think it would be a food safty concern for me, more of a concern that it would taste like, well...chalk. lol.

i've been wanting to grate some chalk too. i need some black. good idea for the poster who mentioned using the percent off coupon!

thanks jeking for sharing this information on making dusts. it really is a money saver.
post #12 of 58
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I personally don't do this, but I know cake decorators who use powdered eyeshadow in place of luster dust. They only use it on decoration that are almost never eaten anyway. I did use some on a dummy cake for the flowers and it works just like luster dust/pearl dust. Sometimes I wonder if it isn't just as safe ingesting a miniscule amount of stuff that you put on your eyes, for goodness sakes??
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post #13 of 58
Thanks for the information! Does it dissolve in water so you can paint with it? Or not?
post #14 of 58
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Originally Posted by sgilmer

Thanks for the information! Does it dissolve in water so you can paint with it? Or not?



i would think so...when my kids use sidewalk chalk, i wash off the driveway with a hose...it seems to do the trick just fine so i imagine it would disolve.

jeking, do you paint with it or just use it dry?
post #15 of 58
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Originally Posted by jeking

I personally don't do this, but I know cake decorators who use powdered eyeshadow in place of Luster Dust. They only use it on decoration that are almost never eaten anyway



I was told that Luster Dust is actually mineral powders and some use it for eyeshadow haha, I imagine if it's food safe then it is face safe. The chalk sounds like a neat idea, for GP flowers and such icon_smile.gif
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