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chalk or petal dust for gumpaste flowers????

I was wondering if anyone  is purchasing petal dust to use on their gumpaste flowers, the price for the petal dust is so high and you get a very small amount.  I decided to purchase some non-toxic chalk from an online cake supplier, it was still very expensive, so my next great idea,lol, was to go to Michaels craft store and purchase Soft Artist chalk Pastels, they are non-toxic and for only $5.00 for a box of 36 plus coupon they are a steal. I used them to dust these flowers: I think the coloring came out great, i didnt get the oil pastels(although they are non-toxic also), does anyone know it the oil pastels can be used? I would assume the oil does not powder when crated like the chalk. But as you can see the chalk pastels do work great on gumpaste

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Comment by monica murphy on January 11, 2012 at 11:10pm

thnx linda, i purchased some many things from gsa, when they had the xmas sell, i thought 2 my self , this is it, then i would go back and buy more, i never thought of getting the luster dust, i use them so much. But i will be on it next year. The are having a sell now on the petal dust, but i figure i would need every color and that would break the bank @ $1.99.  you are soo right, the artist pastels arent expensive, so maybe i will try them the next time im in Ac moore craft, those are the non-toxic ones, the oil based in michaels craft didnt say if they were non-toxic.

Comment by Linda Wolff on January 11, 2012 at 10:52pm

I have seen them, Monica, but the ones that I have looked at don't say that they are toxic free so I have resisted purchasing them. By the way, your purple on those tulips looks absolutely gorgeous!

Global Sugar Art had all of their dusts on sale right around Christmas for about 89 cents each (usually around $3.50 to $5.00 each!!) so I bought every color they had. Of course my shipping wasn't cheap, but I still thought it was worth it. I bought about 50 colors and most of them were the luster dusts. I'm keeping my eyes open next year to see if they have that sale again.

Back to your question, if they are non toxic, they should work the same as if you were using them on chalk paper. If they aren't too expensive, I would give them a try and see how they work, once your colors start to go down.

Comment by monica murphy on January 11, 2012 at 10:44pm

thnx linda, i put a small amount of luster into the chalks, i have some sidewalk chalk, but  i used  the artist soft pastels on the parrot tulips because i needed a deep purple and used the sidewalk chalk on the alstromeria lillies, i think the artist chalk was better than the sidewalk chalk. I was aslo wondering about the oil chalks, they have very vibrant colors and are non toxic also, have you ever tried them?

Comment by Linda Wolff on January 11, 2012 at 10:13pm

Monica, I have used the non toxic chalks found in the scrap book section at Michaels. I didn't think that they were as intense as petal dust, but I'm like you, I think the petal dust is way out of range for price. I have heard that anything that is non toxic is okay to use, even children's sidewalk chalks. If you need small containers to hold your chalks in, here is a link that sells all kinds of stuff to make lip balm and soaps. This link should take you right to the area where the tiny little jars are. They are cheap. http://www.elementsbathandbody.com/Sampler-Containers-c-122.html

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