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Blotchy Pearl Dust?

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I made these ballet slippers out of gum paste.  They dried completely- about 4 days- and today I brushed Wilton's pink pearl dust over them.  It did not go on consistently- some spots are darker and others are lighter, even though I tried to go over the lighter spots several times.  This gives them a real blotchy look.  I'm regretting attempting the pearl dust.  Is there any way to correct this without starting over?  Is there a way to get a more consistent look or to remove it and try again?  

 

This is my first time working with both gum paste and pearl dust.  Any suggestions would be so greatly appreciated!

 

Thanks!

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I don't know that answer for you since I have never done that either.  I just wanted to tell you that the slippers are very cute!

 

Hope someone jumps on and shares some experienced information.  There are so many talented cakers on here!

post #5 of 29

They look great to me. Is the pink not suppose to be so dark? It just looks like you meant to do it that way. As far as saving it, I really am not sure. In the future, mix it in with some vodka. It makes it go on more evenly and the alcohol will evaporate.

post #6 of 29
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Thank you for your ideas.  BCT, do you think if I did the vodka/ pearl dust now it would create an even bigger mess, or might it cover the unevenness?  I was happy with the slippers until I ruined them with the pearl dust :(

post #7 of 29

I wish I could say but I would hate to tell you to do it and it not work. You could try it in an inconspicuous spot to test. I have never had to fix it before. Sorry! But honestly, I think you notice it more because you know what it was supposed to look like. It just looks like it is supposed to be two toned. Even asked the hubs and he said he didn't notice the color wasn't suppose to be like that.

post #8 of 29
You could take a clean brush and go over the darker areas, and it *MIGHT* help. Or maybe you could just apply more petal dust until you get the same pink all over? I just had this same issue with petal dust. They look beautiful right now. Good luck
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post #9 of 29

It sounds like you dry dusted the slippers (very cute, by the way).  Several things could have caused the uneven color:

 

If you had crisco, or any other fat or oil, on the surface--as the result of rolling or handling the gum paste--those areas will take the dry dust differently.

 

If you got any areas of the slippers damp--even with just sweat from your hands--that can cause uneven dry color because those spots dry shiny.

 

If areas of the slippers were a bit thicker than others--and therefore not quite as dry--the color can be uneven.

 

That said, you may be able to even out the color by painting the slippers.  I suggest wiping them with a clear alcohol (Everclear, gin, or vodka) and letting them dry for at least several hours.  This should help degrease any surface spots.  If you then mix up a paint (not too thick) with the dust using lemon extract (a very high alcohol brand) and paint it on in long strokes--it will likely take 2 coats to eliminate brush lines and streaks. 

post #10 of 29

To be honest with you, I actually like them that way.  They look so cute

post #11 of 29
Could she steam it?
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post #12 of 29

I was going to post that it was probably having crisco on the surface too...If that's the case those spots will grab the dust differently and be darker. You could go over the whole thing with a thick paint made out of luster dust and vodka, but I don't know how Wilton dusts work so I would test that ahead of time. I do know that Wilton dusts are less than excellent compared to other brands, so maybe you could try it on a separate piece of gumpaste to see if that would work.

 

But I agree that they look cute anyway, so you might just want to say forget it and leave them alone!

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Thanks for all the great suggestions and for saying they're cute despite the uneven color!  Since they're not how I envisioned them, the blotchy spots are bothering me.  But I'm nervous to try to fix them for fear of making it worse.  I did dry dust them... didn't use Crisco- I used corn starch to keep it from sticking when I rolled them. I tried to put more where it was lighter, but no more sticks.  I did use water to attach the bow and the think roll around the opening, so maybe I got some errant water in other places that caused it to color differently.  I also stuffed them with plastic wrap sprayed with cooking spray when I initially formed them to hold their shape, so some of that could have inadvertently gotten on the outside as well... 

 

Maybenot, you suggested wiping them with vodka first and then painting them on with dust mixed with lemon extract.  Costumeczar, you recommended a paint of dust plus vodka.  Can either of your share the specific amounts to make this paint and why you recommend the lemon extract vs the vodka for the paint?

 

Thanks for putting up with me!  I'm totally new to this ;)  I can't tell you how much I appreciate your help and comments!!!

post #14 of 29

Funny, I had the same problem on the bow of may cake (see "is this good enough" post earlier today... I think I used the same color dust as you did. Hmmm... I dusted the bow with starch before applying the luster dust and it was blotchy, then I tried mixing it with vodka. Still blotchy! Oh well.

post #15 of 29
Well, quite frankly , I bought some of the wilton dusts once and they sucked. That's why I said I wasn't sure how they'd work compared to other brands, I have no idea if they would dissolve.

I use vodka to make paints because it evaporates quickly. I think that people use lemon extract because it might have some oil in it? Either will work. Jut mix it up so that it's thick enough to paint on and not be streaky...practice on a piece of extra gumpaste before you do it to see how it ooks. If you try to go over it a second time it might get streaky, so try to get it even when it's wet and do it once if you can.
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