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post #31 of 58
I know that Scott W. Clark sells the chalks and uses them as well. I had actually gotten some on sale awhile ago and forgot about it. Thanks for reminding me about it AND for the great storage idea!
post #32 of 58
I have used chalks for many years. I just use a very sharp knife or an xacto knife to shave the chalks. The chalk comes off very fine.
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post #33 of 58
So excited to try this!!!
post #34 of 58
hi i was wondering if there is a certain place to buy the nontoxic artist chalk or can it be bought at places like walmart?
post #35 of 58
So if you were to look at chalk and the antiacid medicine, Tums, and compare them, you would find that both are made out of calcium carbonate, CaCO3. The difference is that chalk has extra fillers in it that are not intended for human consumtion. This makes me soooo sad because if you could use chalk safely on cakes...that would make our jobs as cakers so much easier and wayyy less expensive. =[

However, if you ground up Tums and found a way to color them...that wouldn't be so bad. But you would have to be careful because you can overdose on calcium. Therefore, you wouldn't be able to paint your whole cake with dry dust. You would have to delute it and use it as a paint and only in sections of your cake (not to cover entire tiers, for example).
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post #36 of 58
I wish I'd seen this post during Christmas... I scrimped and saved, then spent 60 dollars on petal dust just for playing around with and practice making gumpaste flowers. AMG if I had only known! Ahhhh my precious money. I haven't even opened the petal dust I bought yet. Darnit!

Must revive this thread so someone, somewhere, will save money and I can pretend it was me. icon_biggrin.gif
post #37 of 58
I love this idea!! Thank u so much for sharing!! What a great way for me to spend some of my Michael's gift certificate!
post #38 of 58
Oh Wow! I knew about the chalk from some friends who worked with cold porcelain items. (flowers & figures) didn't think of using it on cakes tho.

Gonna have to contact them to get the source where we bought the chalk sets. Its been awhile but it was non toxic and cheap!

Thank you for sharing.
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post #39 of 58
I, too, have been using non toxic chalks as petal dusts for quite some time. However, when I went to Michael's I could only find the professional quality ones on the artist aisle and they were WAY expensive. So, I went to Blick Art Supply store and they have a much better selection of dry pastels that are much cheaper. As for pearl dusts, I use a product called Jacquard Pearl-Ex Pigments. They are MUCH less expensive than actual pearl dusts and you get more in each container. Not only that, but because they are made for artists to mix with a liquid medium, they are VERY heavy in pigment concentration, so you don't have to use as much. And, they come in beautiful colors!! Not many pastel colors though. You can also find them on Amazon dot com. And, they ARE listed as non toxic. (Which is important because not all pigments in this category are...) Further, you won't have to use your eyeshadows on your cakes any more!!

By the way, I mix both my chalk dusts AND my Pearl-EX dusts with either lemon extract or vodka and they both paint BEAUTIFULLY!!!
post #40 of 58
Oh yeah ... yet another "tool" for me to spend money on ... although I must say that I am much more eager to only spend a few dollars on something than tons. I just ordered a bunch of disco dust off of eBay and it's looks really great ... cannot wait to try it out ...

Just by the way, I am also a scrapbooker. Someone asked about the pearlized or luster dusts. Look in the scrapbook isle, usually the isle with the color stamp pads. Perfect Pearls comes in packages of four different colors (I think there are two, maybe three, different packages). The package says non-toxic ...

Woo hoo, I already own those ...

Pat
post #41 of 58

Ok... so I feel like a total dork... but whoever originally told me this tip just told me chalk and never specified. It never even occurred to me to use artist pastels and I already own them. Instead I bought crayola sidewalk chalk (listed as non-toxic) and only used them on show faux pieces but after a few times using them thought "this tip is total crap..." I had to press to hard to get them to transfer color and that caused so much breakage I gave up on it. Now I know why! Bwahahahahaha!

post #42 of 58

I do this all the time, but not on the cakes - only flowers and toppers

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post #43 of 58
can anybody tell me what the containers the op used are called? a quick look on eBay is returning nothing icon_sad.gif
post #44 of 58

They are bead or little storage containers. You can find them at Spotlight, Riot or some cheap shops. 

post #45 of 58
Thanks Chelle
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