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post #16 of 29

Honestly, I had never really heard of using extract. Vodka is the way I learned to do it on here. As for ratios, I don't really measure it out. Just enough vodka so that it can be painted on instead of dusted.

post #17 of 29

people around my area use lemon juice instead of alcohol due to religious reasons (no alcohol permitted at all per halal rules)...I haven't tried it but they say it works well..just takes a bit longer to dry than the vodka etc.

post #18 of 29

I find that I get better, more even coverage using lemon extract with a slightly longer working time because of the oil in it.  I also find that the paint doesn't wipe off as much when the item is handled if I use extract.  This is how I was taught by Colette Peters.

 

As for ratios, no, I have no exact measurements.  I mix it until the paint is free flowing without lumps.  I find that if I put the dust in a small vessel and then add the lemon extract with an eye dropper, I can get it the way I like it.  As it evaporates, I add a few more drops of the extract at a time.

 

As for being halal, I'm not sure that I follow that since good bottled lemon extract is 80+% alcohol--160+ proof.  The alcohol is necessary for quick drying.  If it has a lower alcohol content that usually means that it has water added to it and water is a strict NO when working on sugar items as it causes shiny spots and uneven coverage.

post #19 of 29
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Originally Posted by maybenot View Post

As for being halal, I'm not sure that I follow that since good bottled lemon extract is 80+% alcohol--160+ proof.  The alcohol is necessary for quick drying.  If it has a lower alcohol content that usually means that it has water added to it and water is a strict NO when working on sugar items as it causes shiny spots and uneven coverage.

 

I said Lemon Juice- straight from the lemon.  not lemon extract. Lemon juice is halal. 

post #20 of 29
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Originally Posted by maybenot View Post

I find that I get better, more even coverage using lemon extract with a slightly longer working time because of the oil in it.  I also find that the paint doesn't wipe off as much when the item is handled if I use extract.  This is how I was taught by Colette Peters.

 

As for ratios, no, I have no exact measurements.  I mix it until the paint is free flowing without lumps.  I find that if I put the dust in a small vessel and then add the lemon extract with an eye dropper, I can get it the way I like it.  As it evaporates, I add a few more drops of the extract at a time.

 

As for being halal, I'm not sure that I follow that since good bottled lemon extract is 80+% alcohol--160+ proof.  The alcohol is necessary for quick drying.  If it has a lower alcohol content that usually means that it has water added to it and water is a strict NO when working on sugar items as it causes shiny spots and uneven coverage.

Never heard of it. I may have to try that. 

 

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Originally Posted by cakefat View Post

 

I said Lemon Juice- straight from the lemon.  not lemon extract. Lemon juice is halal. 

Whoops. I made the same mistake when reading it. 

post #21 of 29

My mistake.  I misread because I was referencing lemon EXTRACT. 

 

Lemon JUICE is primarily water and shouldn't be counted on to create a good paint.  The water melts the sugar surface and can create a variety of problems.  If alcohol content isn't an issue, the extract is a much better option for painting.

post #22 of 29
Thread Starter 

I wanted to post a picture of the finished cake, since so many of you gave me such great advice.  I ended up using the vodka to remove the pearl dust I had dry dusted on.  I mixed up a paint of vodka and pearl dust and painted it on, and it turned out smooth and even, but too dark!  So, the perfectionist in me was not happy and used plain vodka to wipe them clean again.  I made a more diluted paint to try to achieve a lighter pink, but I could absolutely not get it to go on smooth and even.  I tried erasing with vodka, letting them dry, repainting probably 3 more times before I just gave up and let them be blotchy.  The way I left them probably wasn't as bad as when I had dry dusted them, but I really regret even attempting the glitter in the first place- I think they looked better with the original matte finish than the somewhat blotchy glittery finish.  

 

All in all, I was satisfied with the cake.  It was my first time covering cakes in fondant as well as using the gum paste and pearl dust, so I am happy with the opportunity to learn a little more about these things.  

 

I'm sure I'll be tapping into all of your expertise again!  I'm so thankful for this site!

post #23 of 29
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post #24 of 29

can you try to embed the photo directly into the reply box? maybe try the "Insert Image" box on the tool line?

 

Otherwise we have to download your photo (not good anyway to do this)  and honestly it was taking way too long to download.  Thanks!

post #25 of 29
Thread Starter 

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Thank you, cakefat, for telling me how to do that!!  It seemed weird that it wasn't showing up right in the feed!

post #26 of 29

Oooh, your cake looks so sweet!! Nice job!

post #27 of 29
Thread Starter 

These were the original blotchy shoes

And the too-dark version!

post #28 of 29

Your cake is very cute!!! Very girly and pink!!

 

I've had the same issues with luster dust as well. In the US, you can buy 'everclear' which I heard has a higher proof alcohol and I've heard that works better? Probably the higher the proof- the better- for using it with luster dust. Also I've seen "rose alcohol' used before too and that worked better than the vodka (for me anyway). I can't buy everclear or rose alcohol where I am, so I have to use vodka...but the former two have higher proofs so they work better evidently. 

post #29 of 29

It turned out so cute! I love that the ballet slippers are standing up as if they had feet in them. 

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