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how do I make gold or silver fondant?

post #1 of 11
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How do people get their fondant to be gold or silver? Do they mix lustre dust in somehow?
post #2 of 11
I would use an airbrush to color the fondant
post #3 of 11
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Thanks Madge, but I don't own one. I'm not really thinking of big areas either, more like little bits of paste to put through an extruder, or recently I made a tiny crown to go on a bee, I used glitter on pink, but would have preferred to use glitter on gold except I didn't know how to colour the fondant gold.
post #4 of 11
Hi Zespri. If it is just small areas mix lustre dust with a little vodka and paint it on. Don't worry about the alcohol - it evaporates. This works really well.

I don't own an airbrush either but I know a lot of people who don't like them much as they clog up. If I use lustre dust on larger areas such as a calla lily I just dust them and then hold the flower over a steaming kettle which intensifies the colours and gives a lovely muted metallic finish.

Hope this helps.

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post #5 of 11
http://cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1814250&sub=1814252

For the gold on this cake, I used a yellow base color and hit it with gold luster dust.

http://cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1866118

for Oscar's silver trash can, I started with gray fondant, and mixed silver luster dust with some lemon extract, and I painted it on. I have dusted the silver luster dust on gray before, but in this instance, it didn't come out as 'silvery', as I would have liked so I opted to paint it on.

Hope this helps.
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post #7 of 11
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Thanks guys, I love all the examples! Very good job at painting them so neatly too, I guess they were painted before going on the cake?

I was asking this because I have a library book which shows a photo of some gold fondant coming out of an extruder, so it definitely wasn't coloured afterwards. In the list of equipment needed, it says gold lustre dust, so I figured they must have mixed it in somehow. It's very annoying that they didn't say how to do it!
post #8 of 11
I think you can mix the lustre dust into your icing but you have to use an awful lot of it to get the right effect.

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post #9 of 11
I used Americolor gold sheen airbrush color on this cake. I just used a soft brush and painted on to the royal icing.

Well, I don't know how to attach the link but it is my blue and while 4 tier cake on my photos.

And on my last cake, I used silver sheen airbrush color, also by Americolor, to paint the fondant butterfly and the fondant leaves.

I hope this helps. thumbs_up.gif

And if someone would tell me how to attach pictures here, I would be really thankful icon_biggrin.gif

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post #10 of 11
I use PME spray avialable in gold and silver
post #11 of 11
I painted my fondant after it was formed, shaped and attached to the cake unless it was a small detail.

Oscar's can was painted after the fondant was attached to the cake.
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