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post #16 of 42
Well, I guess I need to pick up one of those little bottles of vodka, like my DH said I should. I just don't have alchohol in the house at all because we don't drink at all. I guess DH knows best....HuH?
post #17 of 42
I've experimented with vodka and lemon extract. I prefer to use the lemon extract - I seemed to get less streaking with it that way.

If you are trying to paint on a color - then I agree, it needs to be fairly thick.

But, if you are just puting on pearl luster dust - going for the shiny/sparkly effect, I've made mine pretty thin and brushed it on small and large areas. This has worked best for me with the lemon extract over large areas. (I've done this on my baby shower cake amd on stars/flowers.)

I do agree that it's best to keep playing with it to get the right feel.
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post #18 of 42
I TRIED it i on fathers day and had to scrape it all off! i tried silver luster dust and it clumped and wouldn't dry. it was pasty and nasty. totally afraid to try it again.
post #19 of 42
oh...i mixed vodka with the silver luster dust. really horrid. any tips here would be appreciated
post #20 of 42
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Originally Posted by alaskanmom

I TRIED it i on fathers day and had to scrape it all off! i tried silver luster dust and it clumped and wouldn't dry. it was pasty and nasty. totally afraid to try it again.



Try thinning it down just a tad by adding more vodka. If it is too pasty, it will be a mess.

I wish I could use everclear, but it is a grain alcohol and illegal here. icon_sad.gif
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post #21 of 42
So far, I have only used it dry.........Just dip the brush into the powder,shake off excess, and brush the area....... I used the Pearl Dust, and a makeup brush, and had no problems at all....... just gives a beautiful shimmer.
post #22 of 42
It is always nice to see a thread on something I am having problems with and know I am not alone inmy difficulties!
Thanks for the helfpul hints - it has given me the strengh to try again with the luster dust!
post #23 of 42
I usually use it dry. What is everclear?
post #24 of 42
I just took a cake class tonight and we used it dry. It looked awsome. I had only used it wet before. It was amazing to me how good it looked.
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post #25 of 42
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Originally Posted by PennySue

I usually use it dry. What is everclear?



It is a drinking alcohol (grain) that is about 190 proof--95% alcohol. It is illegal in many states because of the alchol content. There is a tamer version--only 151 proof, but I don't think I can get that anywhere near me either.

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Originally Posted by SLK

I just took a cake class tonight and we used it dry. It looked awsome. I had only used it wet before. It was amazing to me how good it looked.



I do use it dry a lot too--just depends on the look I am going for. icon_smile.gif
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post #26 of 42
If you use the luster dust dry, do you need to do it right away before the fondant has a chance to dry? Will the luster dust adhere if you wait too long?
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post #27 of 42
I emailed Marina Sousa about how she applied the luster dust to her cake on the Wedding Cake Challenge.........she says she airbrushed it- (she responded very quickly to my email and seemed very nice! I was quite impressed!) Anyway, I told her I did not have access to an airbrush, did she think a plant mister would work..........she says probably- so I tried it last night, and it worked great! I have to cover a brown fondant wedding cake this weekend, and did not want to have to brush the entire thing! I'm going to do it this way! I'll be sure and post pictures when I'm done.........wish me luck!
post #28 of 42
redhotmomof3 - so you are basically using the spray bottle to pull off the air brush effect? If that works, I wonder if you could put color in it (to color large areas - not for detail work).

Let us know how it works.

karenelli - We were brushing the luster on before it dried - I don't know if you could do it after it dried - someoen else may have to chime in on that.
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post #29 of 42
I have brushed luster dust on both dry and fresh fondant or gumpaste.
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post #30 of 42
I used luster dust dry on my dry fondant roses. Works well. Gives a different affect and doesn't blow/brush off.
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