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post #16 of 49
I think maybe you were using regular chalk and not chalk pastels - more intense color
post #17 of 49
I learn something new everyday, thanks!
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post #18 of 49
I use non toxic pastel chalks and grin in a pestle and morter, You get a great variety of colours much cheaper than buying all the different petal dusts. Mix in some corn starch to lighten the darker colours. But I do always steam to seal in the colours too.
post #19 of 49
Is someone willing to post a picture of a flower dusted with the chalk pastel? I need to go buy some, but for today I am stuck at home! If I saw a picture that would tide me over until I get to the store! icon_lol.gif
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post #20 of 49
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Originally Posted by BlakesCakes

Don't know what types of chalk you were using, but I find that the chalk pastels work beautifully when ground up and used to dust flowers.

I bought a box of 48 chalk pastels at Michael's for very little $$. I grind them thru a small tea strainer ($1) into a small portion cup. I lighten them by adding in some corn starch and I can mix them to make custom colors.

Experimenting can't hurt, but I don't know how fine a powder you can get with dry royal. Also, the final product would be vulnerable to humidity (you usually steam gum paste flowers) and contact with grease (icing).

Rae



I am pretty new at making flowers, and I was wondering why do you steam the gp flowers? Is it necessary? and yje chalks you bought at Michael's ..was it the one used for scrapbooking?

Thanks..
post #21 of 49
Here are two roses I made for practice so they're not that great but I dusted the pink one with chalk from Michaels and then steamed it. The rose was white to begin with.
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post #22 of 49
Thanks for posting the picture cherrycakes! What a remarkable color change! I'm going out to get some tomorrow to try it! I have some "blank" flowers to try it on!
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post #23 of 49
WOW...I had no idea! thanks for sharing!!!!
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post #24 of 49
Awsome! Thanks!!
post #25 of 49
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Originally Posted by cherrycakes

Here are two roses I made for practice so they're not that great but I dusted the pink one with chalk from Michaels and then steamed it. The rose was white to begin with.



That looks amazing. Please forgive my ignorance, but what does steaming the dusted flower do? Did you use a handheld steamer used for clothing?
post #26 of 49
the chalk is awesome..so many more color choices!!
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post #27 of 49
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Quote:
Originally Posted by cherrycakes

Here are two roses I made for practice so they're not that great but I dusted the pink one with chalk from Michaels and then steamed it. The rose was white to begin with.



That looks amazing. Please forgive my ignorance, but what does steaming the dusted flower do? Did you use a handheld steamer used for clothing?



same Q here icon_smile.gif

wow, this is so cool! I've sketched with chalk b4 (for the Sbux boards..seen those??) and I never thought I'd be using them for cakes!!
post #28 of 49
you steam your flowers or leaves,etc. to set the color after dusting. puts a little shine to them also.
post #29 of 49
I don't use a steamer, just a pan of boiling water.

There's a difference between non-toxic and edible. I use chalk on things that aren't going to be eaten. To me, a gumpaste flower is not edible, especially not once it has a wire inside, so I use chalk on that. I also use markers on gumpaste, the non-toxic crayola markers. I don't use chalk on anything that will be eaten and if I use the markers on something that may be eaten, I warn them to remove it from the cake first.

Here's what the markers look like on gumpaste (the details on the baby and blanket):
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The flower petals were dusted with wilton's pearl dusts.

In this picture, the peach rose and the red rose were dusted with chalk:
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The pink rose was dusted with wilton's pink dust.

These roses were dusted in the centers only with ivory chalk for a really subtle effect:
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You can paint gumpaste too, when you need deep colors:
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post #30 of 49
Thanks everyone....great info. Those petal dusts can get expensive if you use much of it! Can't wait to hear how the RI dust comes out!
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