Tuesday, May 15, 2012

How to: Dry Luster Dust Application...Works for Me Wednesday

I love using luster dust to add a metallic shine and shimmer to my cookies.  Did you know you can apply it wet OR dry?
 
It's a little hard to see the effect of a dry luster dust application in photos sometimes. Think of it this way....dry luster dust is like a shimmery body powder.  Wet luster dust application is like a gold lame skirt.

The wet application is perfect for when you want an opaque finish that really transforms your cookie into silver or gold.  These First Communion Chalice cookies are a great example...and the tutorial for applying is there for you as well. 

Instead of using the wet application for the keys, I kept the cookies in the same color palette by adding the luster dust dry.

Adding the luster dust dry lets you see the original cookie color, but adds a sheer, metallic shimmer. 

It really couldn't be easier.  Let your cookies dry overnight, then use a clean and dry paintbrush to brush on the luster.
Can you see the difference? It's a little hard to pick up in a photo.  The cookie in front has luster; the one in the back doesn't.

How about now?

The same luster dust color I used here can be found at Sweet! 

Happy lustering! 

24 comments:

  1. Really cool! I would have used this tip this weekend had I known. I tried applying lustre dust wet but it was just too much. It hid the pattern underneath. I think applying it dry would have been perfect but I didn't even think to try it. It doesn't flake off at all?

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  2. Thanks for sharing! I can see the difference and it looks so nice. I am about to try the silver luster dust again, any day now:) Hope it "works for me, Thursday", ha ha!

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  3. I used luster last summer when I made cookies for my SIL's beach wedding. I made starfish and sand dollars, and I used gold and silver dust respectively to give the cookies a nice shell polish! Then I laid them on a bed of brown sugar so they looked like they were on the beach--so sweet. :)

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  4. Great analogy, I'm totally with you on the difference between body shimmer and a gold lame skirt!

    Jessica
    stayathomeista.com

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  5. Hi, Bridget! I’d like to present you with the “Versatile Blogger Award!” Please stop by my blog to “pick it up!” http://www.createamazingmeals.com/2012/05/old-fashioned-chocolate-cake-with.html

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  6. I've never used luster dust...but after your post I'm going to have to give it a try! Looks fun!!

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  7. I love luster dust! I haven't made a cookie in ages...what is my problem?!

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  8. oh I love luster dust! So simple but it adds so much.

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  9. Thank you for explaining this. I'm wanting to try out luster dust, and this makes complete sense to me.

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  10. Great job photographing the luster, I can definitely see the difference! I may just need to try this on something soon!

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  11. I believe I've told you at least 30 times how talented you are. I'm going to tell you again - You are so flippin' talented, Bridget! I have used luster dust a few times and love the effect it produces.

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  12. Food is the key to my heart! Richard

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  13. Love that you buy from Sweet! One of my favorite places!

    Amanda

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  14. Your tips are always so helpful! I don't know what I would do without your blog :)

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  15. Great info Bridget. Now, can you come over and just bake cookies with me in person? I need you to hold my hand.

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  16. Dry lustering is my preferred way to add a little shine and sparkle!!! <3 Fantastic post!

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  17. I love adding dry luster dust to cookies... I always make too much of a mess when I use it wet.

    AND, thank you for the reminder that I need to order some royal blue luster dust and food coloring for a big graduation cookie project I have coming up. :) How did you know?

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  18. Love this! I always forget that I have luster dust in my tool box! I hereby commit to using luster dust tomorrow!! I did the girl scout pledge too, did you see? ;)

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  19. I use dry Luster Dust on my cake pops all the time! Love the effect! IT really glams up the pops!

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  20. You have got some made skills! Your artwork is beautiful and I recently realized what a work out it is working with dough! And to have such patience! I do not know how you do it . . .

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  21. Can i mix the luster dust to a boiled icing? Or it simply for painting only... tnx.. im a neopyte in baking...

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  22. Can i mix the luster dust to a boiled icing? Or it simply for painting only... tnx.. im a neopyte in baking...

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