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post #1 of 29
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I am making an R2D2 cake and need to get silver coloring for the dome. I guess the best way to do this is to mix silver luster dust with vodka to paint on the fondant, but I have a couple of questions.

How much luster dust to how much vodka?

How should I apply? It is a large area so would a sponge be best?

My co-worker was recommending a different type of liquor, the name of which escapes me, but he said that in Europe they use this because it doesn't leave a taste behind. Does vodka leave a taste?

thanks,

Jennifer
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post #2 of 29
I don't think vodka leaves a taste, and I use it or white rum when I need to paint with my chalks or dusts. But some people here use a rose essence you can buy in large quantities.

I have only used gold, and silver paints for small areas and I use a nail-polish sized bottle with a brush to do that. I would love to hear what others say for using metallics on larger areas.

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post #3 of 29
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)
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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!)
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post #5 of 29
This is good info. I want to make an 18-wheeler cake and put some silver on it. Like the tip of using gray fondant first. Is there something other than alcohol to use? I am clueless about alcohol as well.
post #6 of 29
Some people use lemon extract. I always use Vodka, it works really well. Use an eye dropper to add the alcohol to your dust. If you a painting a large area, use a larger brush.
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post #7 of 29
What about if I want to paint in a different color? Something not metallic? Would I still use vodka?
post #8 of 29
Does the Everclear leave a taste?
post #9 of 29
I use vodka with my dusts also. I tried rum one time when I ran out of vodka, it doesn't work very well. It seems to stay sticky instead of drying out like the vodka. I've never noticed the vodka leaving a taste. You do use the vodka with any of the dusts not just the metallics. What I do is put the dust on a paper plate and then drop the vodka in and mix it around until it looks well blended, but not runny. If it starts to run off, then you added too much vodka and you need to add more of the dust. If it's too thin, it doesn't cover well. Also, it always helps to color the fondant close to the color that you're going to brush on. I use paint brushes of various sizes to paint all the stuff with.
post #10 of 29
i dilute dusts, paste colours and chalks with vodka when i paint with them icon_smile.gif
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post #11 of 29
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Originally Posted by luv2cook721

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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.

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post #12 of 29
Everclear is 95% alcohol by volume (190 proof). When you open the bottle it smells just like rubbing alcohol. It dries really fast and does not leave a smell or taste. You can get a small bottle at the liquor store at a very reasonable price and it will last you forever!! Be sure and read the label - like all alcohol it is VERY flammable and should be kept away from any type of fire or flame while using it. After it is dry it is no longer flammable. Also because it is alcohol - PLEASE keep away from children.
post #13 of 29
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Originally Posted by SarahJane

I use vodka with my dusts also. I tried rum one time when I ran out of vodka, it doesn't work very well. It seems to stay sticky instead of drying out like the vodka. I've never noticed the vodka leaving a taste. You do use the vodka with any of the dusts not just the metallics. What I do is put the dust on a paper plate and then drop the vodka in and mix it around until it looks well blended, but not runny. If it starts to run off, then you added too much vodka and you need to add more of the dust. If it's too thin, it doesn't cover well. Also, it always helps to color the fondant close to the color that you're going to brush on. I use paint brushes of various sizes to paint all the stuff with.



Very informative, thanks.
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post #14 of 29
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Just thought of another question as I read the posts. I bought one jar of NuSilver from GSA. Will I be able to cover a 6 in diameter half ball with this amount? If not I will need to order more so it is here by next friday.
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Originally Posted by luv2cook721

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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.

Good luck!



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)
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