I've just made some roses and dusted them with both white pearl dust and radiant gold dust. Go and have a look at the result. This was on gum paste that I tinted with Ivory colouring. I've only just started to make roses and am self taught - so they aren't amazing (I was pretty pleased though). It't the last picture I posted. Tracy x
There are many ways to color your flowers. It does depend on the flower and the look you want to end up with. From what little i have read, the shine one gets from steaming only last a short time.
It is hard to get the color all the way through flowrs like roses so it's best to start w/a light shade of the color you want, then add either pearl Or luster Or petal dust - or a combination of any of th ose :) Remember, flowers are usually a bit darker on the outter tips, so petal dust there, and if you want to go w/pearl &/or luster, then add that trying not to touch the tips.
Most likely it is liquid. Mix dust with Vodka or similar to a thin mud consistency and paint. If it streaks it is too thin - just let the liquid sit for a minute or two - the alcohol will evaporate very fast then try again. If there are small lumps the mixture is too thick so add a drop or two of alcohol.
If one were to use straight food coloring it would not ever dry. Sometimes it becomes tacky but never dry.
Linda,, thank you very much for your advice and help. have a super blessed day.
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