For gifts this year I was thinking glitter paintings would be fun, here is a step by step demonstration of how I went about making a glitter painting.
For starters my materials used were: a pre-stretched canvas 9"x12", graphite paper, print on regular paper, acrylic paint, pencil, brush and tape. For the second part of this project I needed Mod Podge and several colors of glitter.
First adhere the graphite paper face down on the canvas.
Secure the image on top of graphite paper.
Trace the picture.
Once print and graphite paper are removed the image is faint so I went over the lines in pencil.
Blocking in the values and color.
I then began painting on Mod Podge and pouring on glitter starting at the top working down to avoid messing up the glitter.
Using both mixed and straight glitters I filled in the blocks of color.
And it's done! I hope someone enjoys their glitter kitty!
One of our Glitter Club members made this glorious glitter board...glitter makes great griptape! Who knew!
My husband got a brand new skateboard, and asked me to glitter it (yes, my husband rocks). Our plan was to add a layer of glitter to the deck then add clear grip tape over it. For those that haven't built skateboards, grip tape is like a gigantic sandpaper sticker that goes on top of a skateboard where you stand.
Once I got glittering, I thought "hmm, this glitter feels an awful lot like grip tape, and you know adding griptape over the glitter would really take away all that great sparkle..."
One thing led to another, and lo and behold - glitter griptape!
I mixed some of the glitter into Mod Podge furniture Hard Coat, then scattered loose glitter all over while still wet. Once dry, I added several coats of Mod Podge spray super hi gloss, put the board back together, and voila!
He doesn't ride in the rain (generally a good idea) but otherwise so far so good.
Detail of the logo
Glitter board by club member: Lianna Elliot
With wedding season coming up, we thought it was a good time to do a demo on glittering wine glasses!
Materials: Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge, Polyester Glitter (I used Desert Sand), small brush and small foam brush
Holding the glass upside down, I painted the Mod Podge on while slowly turning the glass.
For an even application tap on adhesive with small foam brush.
While adhesive is still wet, pour on a good amount of glitter and gently tap it in with fingertips.
Going back in a filling any gaps.
To seal or not to seal?
The glass on the right is sealed with the Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge and it looks great.
The one on the left is not sealed and does have some flake off happening, probably wouldn't withstand the dishwasher, but for one time use for an event or something, this may suit your needs.
Overall we recommend sealing to avoid losing your glitter and to make your project more permanent.
Materials used: Mod Podge Super Gloss-Brilliant, plastic Easter eggs, pastel glitters and Glitter Blast Sealer
Coat the eggs with glue.
A fun mix I made of polyester glitters; Electra Radiance, Lemonade and Blind Me Yello
I glittered the inside of these clear ones, they came out great!
Another mix: Pink Tulle, Bubblegum, Pegasus Pink and Dusty Rose Sky
After the eggs are thoroughly coated with glitter, set aside to dry.
Once dry spray with a light coat of Glitter Blast sealer.
A fun quick project. Materials used: a few shamrocks, a few different shades and sizes of green glitters, Elmer's glue and card stock.
Apply a very small amount of glue around the edges of the clover leaves.
Gently press the leaf into a pile of glitter.
Gently press the leaf with a clean, flat surface. Preferably something clear so you can readjust the shamrock as needed.
On card stock lay down a layer of glue and a light color green glitter. I used pearlescent polyester; Chelone Celery.
Glue the shamrock down and set aside to dry. It may help to weight it down with a flat heavy object. The clover will shrink a bit as it dries. Another option would be to dry the vegetation first then glitter and apply to card.
Here at Glitter My World we have found epoxy resin to be one of the most versatile, shiny and glitter enhancing adhesives we have worked with when using polyester glitter.
We love it!
It sticks to so many surfaces and has a beautiful sheen. We have been using EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy on everything from metal to plastic and wood..
Our glitter rainbow barrettes!
The old fashion goody barrettes.
I clipped them all to strip of vinyl (a heavier paper or fabric would work too) to keep them upright and so they could be moved.
Chose my glitters and ready to roll!
Mixed up a small pot of epoxy resin (about 1 tsp) and painted a thin layer on the barrettes. It is quite liquid at this point and will drip if applied too thickly.
Epoxy works best when used in a warm environment.
I layed down a good amount of glitter and gently tapped it in (wear latex gloves) so it would embed into the adhesive a bit. Then I knocked it off the surface.
All glittered. Now let dry in a warm place for about 24 hours.
After drying, another coat of epoxy resin was applied to seal in the glitter and give it extra shine. Just mix up a small pot of epoxy resin and apply a thin coat. If a thicker coat is desired one option is to let the epoxy set up a bit so it's not so liquid (wait a half an hour or so after mixing it up) or do several coats allowing the epoxy to thoroughly dry in between.
The two barrettes on the left have been sealed and the one on the right has not.
As you can see the sealant coat really boosted the shine and color of the glitter.
Look at these beauties!!
Acrylic paint mixed with glue
18x24 inch heavy weight paper
Medium weight string
I gridded the paper to know how much space I'd have for each letter
The mix of glue and painted I used.
I chose a bright yellow to go under my gold glitter.
After painting a few letters I applied my glitter while the paint was still tacky to the touch.
Once all glittered I cut out the individual letters and with a hole punch I punched two holes in each corner.
I then looped the string through the holes in a way that kept each letter from slipping.
And it's done! Hoping the birthday girl likes it!
Using acrylic gloss medium and about one tablespoon of glitter I mixed up some glitter paint.
The example on the left is the glitter paint on a sheet of plastic. On the right I spread it on heavy weight paper.
Spreading the mixture thin with a card.
When completely dry I was able to peel off from the plastic. Making a flexible film.
This technique could have many versatile applications. Including custom glitter letters!
The paint is also pretty over decorative paper as an accent layer.
Here is a fast, fun and easy project. The same technique would work on any live plants or flowers!
Time to get festive!!
What better way to kick off the fall holiday fun than with some glitter pumpkins!
Here we go!
Some of the glitters used: Carrot Orange (fine and chunky), Jacinto Lime and Kelly Green Dream
Mix of Orion Orange and Carrot Orange for the first coat. Using Mod Podge as an adhesive.
Kelly Green Craft and Salty Green Polyester glitter for the stem
Cepheus Copper mixed with the Mod Podge gave it a nice, even coat of sparkle.
For a final sparkle I did a sprinkling of fine Carrot Orange and called it good!
For this project I used extra wide masking tape and Super 77 spray adhesive.
I cut out the stencil with an exacto knife, secured it to the pumpkin, sprayed it and removed the tape.
Then I applied the glitter...like magic. :)
Positive and Negative Star Stencil
After laying down the masking tape I went around the edges with a hard blunt object for crisp edges.
Extra masking tape keeps the glue from getting all over the pumpkin.
Using Mod Podge and the star stencil I created an outline of the star.
Josie approves! :)
Borrr-ing...must be glittered.
The prettiest sneakers in all the land.
Mod Podge, Aleene's Flexible Stretchable fabric glue, Batik-Ez, Bulkglitters Purple Perfection glitter , Krylon Sealer Glitter Blast
I carefully painted the resist (I used Batik-EZ from Crafter's Pick, but liquid latex or liquid frisket would probably work well too) on the grommets and rubber sole to mask off the parts I didn't want glittered.
For spots that will get more wear, I thought it may be best to use a flexible fabric glue.
For the rest of the shoe I used Mod Podge.
Removing the Batik-Ez, it peeled off the rubber easily took a little more effort to remove from the metal grommets.
And as a final coat to seal everything in I used Krylon Sealer Glitter Blast
All done and glittering in the sun!
What would you do if you received this Free Glitter Request?
So I just made a small order of silver glitter. We are redoing our vanity and decided instead of buying a new mirror we can just paint the old one with glitter.
Of course moments after I completed the order my roommate texts me. "What if we glittered the ceiling instead?" So now we are in deep conversation about a glitter ceiling in our small bathroom.
What do you think? Yes, we ordered a glitter toilet seat, we were too afraid of that project!
Our response was "YES!". We sent her 5 lbs of Crystal Clear glitter and a free two week glitter gun rental. What these creative souls did was pure glitter magic!
Basic application technique used...
After prepping the room, they painted the ceiling with white paint. It was rolled on nice and thick. The glitter gun was then loaded with Crystal Clear craft glitter in the 0.040 flake size. Turning the glitter gun nozzle upward, they were able to fire the glitter up to the ceiling. The wet paint became the adhesive for the glitter.
I wanted to see how glue and glitter would react to the surface of an ink-jet print and how our lovely glitters could transform one of my paintings...it looked great!
Artwork, "Peony on Yellow" by Diza Hope
I went with a simple crafting glue and used these fine line applicators and a brush.
Pink palette was first up. Glitter My World's Copper Rose, Pink Tulle, Pink Patrol, Clear Radiance
First I applied Clear Radiance to selected white parts of the flower.
Next color to go down was a mix of Pink Patrol and Copper Rose.
The fine tipped applicator laid down a nice line that I spread thin with a brush.
Next up was Pink Tulle over some of the light pink parts.
And for a final accent I used fine lines of green throughout the leaves, glitters used were Dragon Scale Jade and Garland Green
This was a fun project and I think it turned out beautifully.
(artwork represented is property of Diza Hope, please do not reproduce without permission)
So, this little beauty came in the mail last Monday! And I got to go to glitter town on it!!
Available at http://www.whitefauxtaxidermy.com
Decisions, decisions...I eventually decided to go with my favorite complementary color scheme: blue and orange.
I started by laying down the colors, acrylic pthalo blue and yellow ocre and sprinkling the glitter on top, I used a mix of Sandstone and Sunstruck Gold and over the blue paint I used Blue Bird, Jagged Cobalt and Vakarian Blue.
In the beginning I thought I would work in small sections, but as I progressed I was finding that the plaster was absorbing the paint too fast and it was creating a patchwork effect. So I decided to paint the entire surface first to remedy it's porousness.
Here it is all painted, with a bit of glitter.
More glitter on the body and Storybook Brown for the eyes.
With the horn inserted (I used Apollos Chariot) and highlights of Icy Blast on the main.
This was a super fun project...gotta say, I'm happy with the outcome.
There are a number of stencil companies that are coming out with plastic stencils. This is great news for glitter lovers! These stencils can handle glue being brushed over them. This allows for using the same stencil over and over. In the old days with paper stencils you had to paint them with lacquer or wax to make them waterproof. They would never last as long as you wanted and were a drag to maintain. So, let's celebrate plastic!
Here is the plastic stencil that I used for this project. It is quite thin plastic, but still strong.
I placed it down on the paper. Be sure to either hold it very firm or take some painters tape (the blue kind) and tape the stencil down to the paper.
I chose to use Elmer's clear glue because of the type of glitter I was using (translucent). It is handy to place some into a small cup and dip from it with a brush.
I took a stiff brush and brushed it on. I used a stiff brush so it would not tend to work its way under the stencil
Here is an image when it was completely glued. This is the stage where you need to make a choice.
1. Leave the stencil on and put the glitter on top.
2. Take the stencil off and put the glitter on top.
I went with choice number 1 so that I would have nice clean line edges. If you want your edges to be softer then choice number 2 is better.
These are the two glitters that I used. They are both iridescent polyesters. They are translucent so the paper surface will show through a bit.
I placed the glitter on by hand and also used a very soft bristle brush to make sure I had total coverage.
While the glitter was still wet I removed the stencil. Do not leave the stencil on or it will stick to the paper.
I immediately cleaned it with water and a soft brush. It came out perfectly clean and ready for another go around.
I did one on a metallic black cardstock and another on a plain white.
I hope you will have a chance to play around with some plastic stencils and make some marvelous glittering creations of your own!
Live poinsettia plants can be found everywhere this time of year. While it is perfect as nature intended... it really doesn't hurt to throw some glitter on it!
Step one: Procure the plant!
Step Two: Procure the glue! Design Master Glue for Glitter is what we recommend. This glue does not kill the plant if used correctly. We sell it and you can often find it at good craft supply stores.
Step Three: Spray a small section of one of the flowers. We held the can away about 8 inches or so.
Step Four: Right after spraying you can drop glitter onto the glue. We used fine flakes and the result was a bit too subtle. We then used our Regular Chunky Flakes and it looked great. We did a combination of Very Merry Red and Disco Iridescent (both craft glitters). The Disco looked like a light colorful snow. The Very Merry Red was brilliant when the light hit it.
Result! The glitter should not be sealed to keep it from flaking off. If you do, the plant will not be able to breathe and will die quickly. The glue does a pretty good job of holding onto the glitter. If you did not use too much glue this plant should live all the way through the holiday season. Enjoy!
MakE Beautiful Shower Timers
Our Junior Girl Scout troop (10 year olds) are busy making glitter shower timers. We are putting together 150 of these to give out to the general public. We will have booths outside of local grocery stores to talk to patrons about saving water and how taking shorter showers can help out a lot. The glitter timer bottles are a pretty way to pass the time and are water proof, too. The timer bottles we are making settle in about 7 minutes. All you have to do is shake them up and then take your shower before the glitter settles to the bottom.
We are making our bottles with green glitter, to show our Girl Scout pride, and also to be "greener" in conserving water.
Our "recipe" for making these: 16 oz clear plastic bottle, 0.2oz ULTRAFINE glitter, 4 oz of CLEAR glue and 12 oz of water. Add them all to the bottle and shake, shake, shake!
The custom mix of polyester ultrafine metallic glitter from Glitter My World that we used is: Shamrock Green, Evergreen, Forest Green, Teal and Grayhawk.
Project shared by:Julie Evans
If you are new to soap making, buying a kit is a great way to start. This kit came from Michaels and was not very expensive. It came with a set of four molds, two soap bars, skin safe colorants and a few more odds and ends. You do not need a kit for this project by any means. If you skip getting a kit you will need:
1. Soap bar (clear or white)
2. Polyester Glitter Fine or Ultrafine flakes (cosmetic grade is smart)
3. Flexible Soap Mold
4. Stir sticks, microwave safe bowl
Optional: Colorants and/or scents
The kit came with white soap and clear soap. For this project we decided to go with the clear soap so you could really see the glitter throughout the bar. We cut the soap bar into 1 inch cubes.
We placed the cubes into a measuring cup that had a pour spout. We heated it in the microwave for about 30 seconds. You can also use a double boiler if you do not use microwaves.
We pulled out the new Cosmetic Iridescent Glitters that we sell. We went with Cloud Buster Clear first.
We used about a 1/4 teaspoon of Ultrafine Cosmetic Iridescent Cloud Buster glitter for one bar of soap. We then mixed it with a stir stick. Do this process fast as the soap likes to set up quickly as it cools.
We then poured the mix into the mold. It took about 30 minutes to cool. If you are in a hurry you can place the mold in a cool space or the refrigerator.
Here is the bar popped out of the mold.
For the next bar we heated up more soap, added a 1/4 teaspoon of the Ultrafine Cosmetic Iridescent Paragon Sky.
We also took one of the colorants that came in the kit and added 1 drop. We mixed it all up quickly.
We then poured it into the flower mold that came in the kit.
See where the yellow arrow is pointing to? Those are air bubbles that can form on the top. Avoid these by careful stirring and pouring or spray a tiny bit of rubbing alcohol on them to make them pop.
Soap needs to be made in flexible molds so you can get the soap bars out. We had to press and work a little bit to get the soap to pop out. If you do not have a flexible mold a bit of cooking spray seems to work (test your spray first before doing a lot of them).
Here is the second soap out of the mold. The glitter settled a bit at the bottom (which is the top of the soap bar) a bit. However, there is still plenty throughout the bar.
In this version, we heated the soap, added glitter and we then poured the soap into the mold. Then we quickly added colorant when it was in the mold. By doing this, we hoped to control the colorant and get a more uneven look. You could do this effect with multiple colors and get a tie dye effect easily.
Stirring in the colorant.
Here is the finished bar.
These three bars took us about 40 minutes to make. It was not complicated at all using the kit and was quite fun. Without the kit, you would want to make sure you had all the supplies you needed, but other than that it would be super easy. For kids, you could not only use glitter, but embed plastic charms or figures in the bars. A friend of ours said she put ants and spiders in a bar once for Halloween decor.
Final Note: We used one of these bars to wash our hands. We were very surprised that no glitter ended up on our skin. It washed away down the sink with the soap! The bar looks beautiful sitting by the sink, sparkling away.
Eddie just finished his first glitter Keyblade. He found a great design on the internet and used it for shape and color inspiration.
Note: If using the internet for inspiration be sure not to sell your finished creation. Keep it and enjoy it for yourself.
He grabbed a sheet of plywood (1/2" or 3/4" is fine) and a jigsaw.
He drew out the design on tracing paper and transfered it to the plywood. Not only was the outline transferred, but the actual design where the different glitter colors will go. He then used a jigsaw to cut out the keyblade.
Close up of the Keyblade before it is decorated. At this stage, you can continue on or if you are really into woodworking you can take a router to the edges and round them or chamfer them for added interest. If you are really handy with a router you can also lay down some "trenches" where the inside lines are. Get a simple or as technical as you like and feel comfortable with.
Eddie used masking tape to mask off the various sections of the Keyblade. This gave him very clean lines between the different glitters colors. He then got the glitter and Mod Podge ready for the next step. Note about masking: Removing the tape before the Mod Podge dries is recommended. If you wait until it dries you can sometimes tear the edge of the glue. Allow dry time between colors to keep your edges clean and colors distinct.
For the silver and blue glitter areas, Eddie mixed the Mod Podge with the silver craft glitter (chunky flake). He then applied the glitter/glue mix with a spatula. This lays a heavy layer of glitter down and gives it a textured finish. He really wanted a super sparkly look so he does not recommend this method to achieve that. For a super sparkly finish, it is best to lay down the Mod Podge and sprinkle the glitter on top. Even though Mod Podge dries glossy it does knock down the shine a bit when it is mixed in with glitter.
For the hilt he used the second method- Mod Podge brushed on with glitter sprinkled on top. The result on the hilt (black/gold area) is very sparkly. Outside in the sun, the entire Keyblade is very sparkly and looks great!
The Keyblade is ready for action.... or at least admiration!
We used The Essentials Glue Pad for this project. We sell it over at our BulkGlitters.com website. It is also available at many decent craft stores. We like this brand for its price and quality. We also used a rubber stamp and Ultra Fine Polyester Glitters. Using fine and ultra fine glitters is going to be the best way to go with rubber stamping glue. It just is not thick enough glue to grab chunky glitters and hold on.
For today's project we are doing the white frame with metallic glitters. If you have a dark frame you might consider using the Ultra Fine Iridescent Glitters. They really pop when they are put over a dark surface!
We need to put glue on the stamp pad first. Put just enough to get the pad wet. We have a small stamp so we just put the glue in a small area of the pad (not the whole surface).
We took a cleaned stamp and stamped into the glue and then onto the painted wood frame. Test your stamp on paper first. Note: When stamping on a painted or slick surface you can expect a little slippage. Keep a firm grip on the stamp and make sure it does not slide left to right on contact.
The glue does not dry super fast. You can stamp at least a few times and then begin applying glitter. In this case we went for two colors for added interest. Here is the first color...
Here is the second color.
Just to make sure the glitter was sticking we did take a finger and very lightly press the glitter into the glue.
Excess glitter was tapped off. We then allowed the glue to dry.
When the glue was dry we went back in with a soft brush and got any loose glitter off the frame.
Be sure to cover the stamp pad with the protective cover to keep it wet and fresh for next time.
Don't forget to clean your stamp with water and a paper towel! You may not be used to doing this step with ink. It is important to do it when stamping in glue.
Here is the finished frame! It was a fast project and it makes a great personalize gift. Stamping with glue can be done on all sorts of items and surfaces. Hope you give it a try!
A blank plastic (PVC) mask is a great item to decorate with glitter. Our very own Eddie created this project over the weekend. Let's take a look at the process he used.
Here are the supplies he used. He chose to go for craft glitters and Mod Podge. Three of the glitters he used are ones that will glow under black light.
He used plain masking tape to tape off a border around the eyes so he could do an accent color. Regular tape works fine on plastic. Note: If this had been a paper mask you would want to use the blue painters tape so it would not tear the paper when you remove it.
Eddie loves glitter mixes! He took three of the glitters and mixed them in a container. Note: Mixes really add interest to projects and can be much more dramatic than individual colors.
The Mod Podge was then applied with a brush to all areas except for where the tape was put on.
The glitter mix was then dropped onto the brushed on glue and lightly pressed in. Eddie then allowed the glue to dry (Mod Podge dries clear which makes it great for using with glitter).
There was a lot of humidity that caused the glue to dry slowly. If you are in a hurry you can run a fan over the wet piece or place it in the sun. This will speed the dry time up a bit. When it was dry he removed the tape from around the eyes. Note: Depending on the adhesive type you used- it can be better if you remove the tape while the glue is still wet. Sometimes if you wait until it dries it can tear the glitter back from the mask.
Glue was then applied around the eyes followed by the red glitter. Another drying period, and voila- it's done!
Since Eddie used so many glitters that work under blacklight this should really look great!
Blacklight glitter is hard to photograph. Even so, it is obvious that this mask turned out great. PARTY TIME!
This way of glittering candles is easier than you think. All you need is a wax candle, glitter and a heat tool. So, collect your supplies and let's get started!
We had some vinyl scraps and cut a heart out of it. We then applied it to the candle. If you do not have sticky backed vinyl you can usually find some shelf "paper" that is vinyl at hardware stores. Even if it is patterned it will work just fine.
We then prepared the glitter. We went with Metallic polyester glitters in a berry color and a purple color. We lightly blended them together. We then spread them out onto some paper. Note: You really need to use polyesters due to the heating process.
We took the heat tool and held it up to the candle until the wax just started to melt. As soon as we saw the wax melt we immediately rolled the candle into the glitter. We used our Milwaukee heat tool but there are other brands out there like Marvy that we also like (and sell).
After we coated the candle we glitter we used the heat tool again to re-melt the wax (just a bit). When we did this the glitter became trapped in the wax and no longer flaked off.
We removed the stencil after the second heating.
There were a few loose pieces of glitter floating around on the candle (of course). We took a stiff brush and they dropped off pretty easily. A couple were really on there and we just used our nail to drag them off.
Here is the final effect!
When we were done we just could not help ourselves and did the same effect to the top with a little clear Iridescent glitter. We were very careful not to over heat the glitter. Iridescent glitter can only go up to 225 degrees.
This was a very fast and fun project! We hope you give it a try!