Originally Posted by amoos
Originally Posted by luv2cook721
Originally Posted by cylstrial
I use Everclear. You just need a drop or two of the alcohol and then a smidge of powder. Mix it up, it should look beautiful and shiny. If it doesn't look beautiful and shiny (you need to add more of the dust).
I have found that if you want the silver to really stand out, start with gray fondant and then paint the silver over that. =o)
Not being familiar with alcohols I have a dumb question. Is Everclear a type of vodka or a different alcohol? (I am from a teetotaling family so I have no clue!)
Everclear is just a type of grain alcohol.....kinda like a moonshine HAHA It's not vodka. Neither will leave an aftertaste. The higher the proof the faster it will evaporate so those 2 are really good for mixing with the dusts. I've made almost a half a cups worth to paint over some pieces that I wanted to look silver. Started with gray fondant. I poured the whole small bottle of Wilton's silver dust into a bowl and then added the vodka, about a 1/4 tsp at a time till it looked pretty much like liquid silver. You'll be able to tell when ya start painting.....if it's streaky it's too thin and if it's clumpy it's too think.
She said it perfectly! It's pure grain alcohol, and it doesn't leave an aftertaste because Ii's 95% alcohol (where vodka is 50%). It dries super quick! All the alcohol evaporates. It's 190 proof, it's used for cooking because it has such a high proof. You can't drink it straight...it's actually illegal in some states in the U.S. I know Ohio and West Virginia can't even sell the stuff.
I don't drink alcohol either. We just picked this up because I started doing cakes. It says it all on the back of the bottle. =o)