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Friday, September 21, 2012

Feature Fridays: How To Make Color Dust

In order to finish any project in cake decorating or sugar art one thing is always needed, color. This can be in the form of air brushing, painting, or color dusts. Today I am going to teach you to make your own variety of color dusts, which will be a lot more cost effective than buying the little jars of color dusts that are readily available on the market.

One essential thing that you will need to make these color dusts are non-toxic chalk pastels like the ones pictured above. Make sure that the chalk has non toxic somewhere on the front or back of the box. These pastels come in variety packs of 48 and can be purchased at A.C. Moore or Michaels with a 50 percent coupon for a little over 5 dollars. That's a color pallet that you can't beat with bold colors!!

Items Needed

Non-toxic chalk pastels

Small glass bowl

Ice cream scooper or large spoon (something to grind the chalk up with)

Plastic jewelry organizer



1. Choose a little of the chalk color of your choice and place it in a little glass bowl.

2. Take a metal object such as a spoon or ice cream scooper, which I used, and grind the chalk into fine pieces. It should look like the below picture when you are finished.

3. Place the color in an individual compartment In a jewelry container.

4. The finished product.


Color Dust Tips

  1. To lighten the color dust mix it with a little corn starch.
  2. To custom make a color dust color take a little of two color dusts and mix them together with some corn starch.
  3. A little goes a long way. Start with a light application and you can always go back and build the color.
  4. To make the color dust into a paint mix it with a little clear vanilla extract.

I hope that this tutorial has been helpful to you and that you have a lot of fun making color dust and making custom colors.


Here is a gumpaste rose that I dusted with some orange and black color dust. Do you see how vibrant the colors are? I hope that you all have a blessed weekend.

Savor the Baking,



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