Glitter, glitter everywhere …
How many people don’t use loose glitter in their crafting (with or without kids) because it gets everywhere?! Quite a few I imagine.
Most craft glitter is made of polyester but there is also another type of glitter made of PVC. PVC glitter isn’t as common anymore as it’s not as environmentally friendly (not that polyester glitter is that much better). It heavier and less static than polyester glitter so easier to clean up and is absolutely the best glitter to use in snow globes as it sinks and doesn’t stick to the sides of the container or the object inside.
As well as different sizes (broadly – coarse, fine, very fine, powder) it can come in different shapes (most is hexagonal).
There are also different grades of glitter … basic craft (not stable in solvents), premium craft (stable in solvents) and cosmetic. The difference between the grades is the pigment used to colour the glitter. If you’re not sure what glitter you’re buying, ask.
Loose glitter really can be your friend and kids love it. It can be used on most materials and doesn’t have to be a main feature.
Covering some small spiders in silver glitter on this Halloween Wreath completely transformed the finished piece.
You can even add glitter to play dough and other modelling material.
Finally try making your own glitter mixes. Not only is it fun mixing your own colours together but you can get great effects mixing the different sizes. You could also add a few confetti shapes, such as stars, hearts, crescents etc.
How To Manage Loose Glitter
- Use a sheet of grease proof/baking paper underneath your glitter project to catch the glitter on when crafting. The glitter doesn’t cling to this as much as paper so it’s easier to pour back into the container.
- Pour the glitter in small bowls and use a teaspoon to sprinkle the glitter on with. It’s much easier to control the glitter this way even for young children and you waste less. The shaker containers that glitter often comes in don’t offer that much control and the glitter either pours out much to quickly or is frustratingly slow! My girls were all around two years old when we started doing this. It’s also easier for children to pour the glitter back into the bowls.
- Try and create a separate work space for putting the glue on depending on the project. I often use a paper plate to do the gluing part on.
- Have a jar to collect old bits of glitter in. You can end up with some interesting colour mixes.
- If using PVA glue (white glue/elmers glue) make sure it’s good quality and not to watery/runny.
- Always give your finished work a good tap after it’s dries to ensure any loose glitter falls off. This important step limits the glitter trail around your house
- You can seal glitter crafts with a spray of hairspray, charcoal fixadent can work, pva glue and varnish.
ALTERNATIVES TO LOOSE GLITTER
If you really can’t bring yourself to use loose glitter then there are many other options available many of which you can make yourself.
Glitter paint is great to use when you want a dispersed glitter look. I added glitter to the paint use on this volcano project which gave a wonderful textured finish and looked like the little crystals you can often find in volcanic rock. When buying glitter paint make sure you know what colour the base paint the glitter is suspended in is.
Glitter gel can be used like paint to thin the glitter out or you can leave thick and it will dry to dense patch of glitter like the end of these lolly sticks. The glitter is suspended in a clear glue that evaporates as it dries.
It’s also great for using on projects where it’s not so easy to add loose glitter such as these dragon fly wings or when you don’t want to wait for things to dry to finish a project.
Products such as glitter vinyl or glitter paper are super easy to use and as mess free as you can get. I love how RoRo used grey glitter paper for the moon in this picture she made.
And iron on glitter vinyl is amazing. How about this for jazzing up a cheap supermarket top? It took me about 15 minutes to choose the mask, cut it out (I used a cricut min) and iron it on.
So go out and embrace glitter …
Share, spread and love glitter. I do!
This post is DAY 10 of ‘The Ultimate Guide To 50 Craft Materials’ organised by the lovely George Bomer. Do pop over and look at the other craft material posts and if you have a glitter project of your own do join it up to the linky below.