This was a very fast and fun project! We hope you give it a try!
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!
At CPG we own a vinyl cutter so this step is very easy for us. Some of you may have Cricut machines that can cut vinyl. If you don't have access to a vinyl cutter you can hop on the internet and see where the nearest sign making company is. Most towns/cities of all sizes have someone who cuts vinyl letters for shop windows, signs, banners etc. It is usually not very expensive to get an image cut. Another option is to walk into their shop and simply ask to buy a small amount of vinyl and hand cut your own stencil using an x-acto knife.
This is how it looks when it has been cut but not "weeded".
When you "weed" your design remember that you are keeping the background and taking out the image. If you have a professional sign maker weed for you be sure you tell him what to keep and what to pull out. Sign makers are used to keeping the image and tossing the background (you need the reverse).
If you mount your own stencil you will need some transfer tape. This is something the sign shop will be able to provide to you if you do not have any. You can also use painters tape if your design is not too delicate. Note: Be sure to pre-wash your shirt. You do not want to deal with any shrinkage.
Peel off the white backing paper to expose the sticky back. Apply to your t-shirt. Place it right the first time. You will not have a second chance. If you get it wrong you will need to start over! Press the stencil hard into the shirt to make sure it sticks really well. Then carefully peel off the transfer paper. You are now ready for glue.
For this t-shirt we have chosen to use Tulip Glitter Bond. It is a sponge on (or brush on) glue that is great for t-shirts.
Before you start be sure to put a board between the front and back of your shirt. Make sure you cover the board with tin foil or cling wrap. You do not want the cardboard getting glued to your t-shirt.
Having the board in the shirt also makes it a nice smooth surface to work on.
Here are the polyester metallic glitters we have chosen. We will be applying with metal spoons. Many people prefer plastic spoons. Use Poly Flake glitters. Craft Glitters will not wash well and may bleed color on your shirt.
Apply the glue to the sponge (or grab a brush).
Apply the glue to the design. If your design is small then cover the whole design at once. If you have a large design you may want to do it in sections so the glue does not dry before you get all the glitter on.
Here we begin to apply the glitter. If you need to do exact coverage (like an eye or a tiny detail), you can apply the glitter with a dry brush in that area. We did not have any fine details so we spooned all the glitter on.
Once the glitter is on we used the back of the spoon to press it into the glue.
We then tapped off the extra and discovered that we missed some spots with the glue! We went back in with some glue on the sponge and then added more glitter. It worked fine. You could also go in with a brush and glue if it was a very small spot.
We then peeled off the stencil. If this is your first design and experience with vinyl stencils you might want to keep your design simple with less delicate details. We have done this a lot so we went a bit wild with the design.
Looks like we missed a small spot!
We took some of the glue and mixed in some of the pink glitter. We then applied the mix to the area and it worked great.
This is the final design all done. It turned out really well. The loose glitter you see on the background will go away after it has been washed. Hope you give it a try!
No doubt you have heard and seen many versions of this great project. However, it seems that the entire focus appears to be on the glitter inside. Let's kick this cool project up to the next aesthetic level by focusing on "total look".
First, find a terrific bottle! They are all over the place and love to hang out at garage sales and thrift stores. This one used to have maple syrup in it.
In this case, we used Craft Glitter, Aleene's Clear Tacky Glue, hot water and because the neck is so small, a funnel.
Step 1. Put the hot water into the bottle. At least half way up.
Step 2. Put the clear glue in. The more glue you use the slower the glitter falls. When you use larger flake craft glitter it tends to fall faster so a bit more glue will slow it down (if you want it slow).
Step 3. Since our bottle was leaf shape we went for Autumn colors: red, green, gold, maroon, copper and disco iridescent. The copper craft glitter bled into the liquid giving it a really nice orange color. If your glitter does not bleed (most polyester glitters will not bleed), you might want to add some food coloring to the liquid. Don't add too much or you will not be able to see your glitter! If you still have space in the bottle you should add more water or glue until it is filled all the way to the top.
Note: Many people like to add shapes like stars or different flake sizes and so on. It looks really interesting the more you have going on. In the case of this bottle, we wanted a really classy look so we kept it simple with half the colors in fine glitter 0.015 and the other half in chunky 0.040.
Tip: Making sure at least one of your glitters is iridescent is recommended. It really makes it pop!
Tip: If you bottle leaks then you might want to seal it with some clear silicone or one of the thick Goop glues that are out on the market.
Here is the finished product!
The above is a sand art bottle for kids. Rather than filling it with sand we used it for this project. Not only will kids love the glitter effect, but they will love the shape too! This one is filled with ultra fine polyester glitter- three metallics, two iridescents and chunky silver holographic. We used more glue in this one so it falls much slower.
Note: If you are not able to find these great bottles contact us and we can sell them to you. They come in lots of 12 for $12. They come in assorted shapes (princess, butterfly, rocketship, monkey, dinosaurs, sailing ship and more). These bottles do leak a bit so you will need to seal them very well. We used silicone and it was fine.
I kept reading that you cannot glitter glossy shoes in articles all over the internet. I am a self-proclaimed glue expert so I just knew that was not true. I headed off to Payless shoes to find the glossiest shoes I could find. When I checked out the cashier and I started chatting and when I told her I planned to glitter the shoes she said "You can't glitter those types of shoes.". Well, that was it- Blog post #1 "How to glitter glossy shoes".
The main reason you "cannot glitter glossy shoes" is the issue of glue. The Susie Homemaker glues are just not going to cut it. You need something with muscle, and that something is 3M Super 77. This is the Cadillac of spray glues, and it is just what you want to buy to do this project. You can purchase it at our website or at most hardware stores and some craft stores. Do not buy any other brand or you will be so sorry with the results.
Here we go!
1. Glossy Shoes
2. 3M Super 77
3. Painters Tape
4. Glitter (craft or poly). If you plan to wear these a lot then I would go with poly.
5. Sealer: Craft Glitter (Mod Podge) Polyester Glitter (Krylon Crystal Clear or Mod Podge)
Carefully Tape off the area where you want the glue to go.
Next tape off the surrounding area of the shoe. Spray glue goes everywhere!
Go outside to spray. This stuff is not good for you to breathe!
One heavy coat at close range right onto the shoe. Run for the glitter table.
Immediately pour the glitter onto the glue.
Press the glitter into the glue to make sure it really sticks.
If you used Craft Glitter you will want to seal the glitter with a clear coat of something that is water based. Mod Podge is a good option as it dries clear and hard. If you used Polyester you may also want to use Mod Podge but Krylon Crystal Clear is also an option. I like the spray as it keeps more of the glitter shine. Mod Podge knocks the shine down just a bit.
Sponge or fairly soft bristle brush works best with Mod Podge. Don't freak out- it goes on white but dries clear.
These shoes were screaming for some clear rhinestones on top. The plain metal buttons were so sad looking. Here comes the big reveal...
On these shoes, I chose to do the bottom only. Sometimes a little glitter on shoes is classier than total coverage. It all depends on your taste and style. However, if you prefer total coverage you would have been able to do that with the 3M Super 77 glue. It would work on the straps and it does remain flexible with the Mod Podge over it.
Hope you will give it a try!