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I have been commissioned to make a cake based off these cupcakes for some friends. After I agreed and gave them a price, I realized that this is a fabric fondant stencil set that costs $70 icon_eek.gif.
Does anyone know what dust I would use to get that bold gold color. I don't want it to just be a shimmer. Part of the issue is that I need something kosher and a lot of the dusts are not so give me all options and I will work from there. I am also wondering if I can use that color "spray"?

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the only thing i know about the dusts is that the really shiny ones are not edible and while real gold foil is edible it is also approx $50 a pop--for about 15 or 20 3"x3" leaves--there are some edible dusts called crystal colors that someone else can comment on since i haven't used them--

 

but the point i want to share is especially when pricing custom work--leave yourself some wiggle room--for example--"i will ball park this at x amount pending my research"--"i will have this firmed up in 24-48 hours" or whatever-- "i know i can recreate a look like this for x amount but i need a day to do my due diligence" -- "base price is blabla plus i need to confer with my partner on the specific decor--will get back to you tomorrow"

 

many times doing custom jobs i wished i had thought it all the way through where i needed that wiggle room to renegotiate--just gotta figure out a way to say it professionally without screwing the deal--part of the bugagboo of doing custom jobs--

 

sealing the deal without sealing our fate is tricky

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the only thing i know about the dusts is that the really shiny ones are not edible and while real gold foil is edible it is also approx $50 a pop--for about 15 or 20 3"x3" leaves--there are some edible dusts called crystal colors that someone else can comment on since i haven't used them--

but the point i want to share is especially when pricing custom work--leave yourself some wiggle room--for example--"i will ball park this at x amount pending my research"--"i will have this firmed up in 24-48 hours" or whatever-- "i know i can recreate a look like this for x amount but i need a day to do my due diligence" -- "base price is blabla plus i need to confer with my partner on the specific decor--will get back to you tomorrow"

many times doing custom jobs i wished i had thought it all the way through where i needed that wiggle room to renegotiate--just gotta figure out a way to say it professionally without screwing the deal--part of the bugagboo of doing custom jobs--

sealing the deal without sealing our fate is tricky

sigh - thank you. I know and I have trouble deciding when I should think of it as an investment. For instance, if I need a new size pan I tell my husband it's not connected to the cake cost but rather an investment. I don't know if I should have done that here because it is so specific but I initially told them I would give it for cost and gave them a range not realizing about this stencil (it is a very small cake for my best friend and some of her high school friends having a reunion) Would it be terrible if I tell her we should change the design?
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i think it would be awesome to get yourself some wiggle room like that--some cakers think their words are written in stone--how many times has the car repair called back & said oh yeah it's another $200 $500 for bladeebla?

 

i think it is absolutely fine and your duty to yourself to  make this as painless as possible--especially for a friend--

 

yes change the design! just tell her how much certified kosher gold foil costs-- done!

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