Glitter is either a product that you love to use on your craft projects, or something you absolutely dread using. Things can get pretty messy, even if you use the utmost caution while crafting with it.
As many of you know, one of the various crafty skills I have is being a creative glitter artist. There are so many different ways that you can use it to beautify a project. I use it to highlight areas on decoupage, paintings, and mixed media crafts. Using a small amount of Mod Podge and some glitter can give projects additional texture, highlights, and sparkle.
If you are interested in using glitter on some of your craft projects, here’s some different products that you can use to add some sparkle to your creations. Of course there is loose glitter that you can apply to projects with Mod Podge or any glue that dries clear, which I love doing. There is also:
• Glitter glue.
• Glitter hot glue sticks.
• Glitter paint and spray paint.
• Glitter tape, fabric, and ribbons.
• Diamond dust.
• Glitter paint pens.
I am sure there are many additional products available to use for crafting, this list was just some products that I am familiar working with.
A friend of mine sent me a wonderful tool that makes clean-up a breeze when working with glitter. It’s a desktop vacuum cleaner! You turn it on, and roll it across the area you want to clean the glitter off of. You then open the chamber on the vacuum and pour the collected glitter into the container that it was stored in, or just dump it into a trash can. Talk about handy! I will post a link for one below, as well links to other supplies that I use when crafting with glitter.
I’m going to end this with some fun facts about glitter, and also some photos of a handful of projects that I used glitter to highlight, texturize, or beautify.
Glitter- Fun Facts:
• Glitter has been used since prehistoric times! Around 40,000 B.C. people used mica, galena, hematite, malachite, and even crushed certain insects to create glitter for painting and make-up. Scientists have discovered some 2,000 year old cave paintings that have mica in them that gives them a glittery sheen!
• Modern glitter was invented in 1934 by a guy named Henry Ruschmann. Glitter used to be made with crushed glass before WWII. During WWII glass was a difficult item to come by. Henry found a way to cut up and grind scraps of different types of plastics and make them into shiny glitter.
• There are over 20,000 varieties of glitter today. A few of them are holographic, metallic, diamond dust, and iridescent.
• Edible glitter exists! Around the 1960’s a guy named John Watson created it.
The actual history and way that glitter has evolved is pretty interesting, especially to a crafty glitter queen like myself. I hope that this article inspires you to use some glitter on your crafty creations!
~ Happy Crafting!
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