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Working with glitter generally ends up with glitter everywhere. This is a guide about working with glitter.
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By 7 found this helpful
December 22, 2010

When using glitter, teeny weeny beads, or even sequins, I find they fly around because of static electricity. If you take an ordinary dryer sheet (softener) and wipe everything that will touch the glitter "except" the item you are glittering, nothing will stick or fly away. I even rub the paint brush I use to get the glitter off the item and the tray I use to pour it in, on the sheet. Works like a charm!

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By HalfWhit from Ashdown, AR

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May 18, 20062 found this helpful

To make glitter stick to a glass project spray with hair spray. I put some glitter in my hand and just blew on it and it looks like I bought it like that. I bought my egg plates at the dollar store after Easter at 1/2 price.

By Christine L. from IN

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By 1 found this helpful
November 14, 2011

Glitter and powders can be messy. To keep a clean craft surface, first place a large scrap paper (placemat size) on the table under project. After sprinkling powder on project fold project paper in half and aim at a clean paper plate while tapping gently on back. Excess powder will fall into the plate which can be folded in half. Then the powder on the plate is tapped and funneled back into original container. If any powder had escaped, just roll up the placemat and toss.

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By Lynn from Bridgeville, PA

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By 0 found this helpful
January 31, 2007

When using glitter, always have a piece of paper under your project. So when you dump the extra glitter off, you can bend the paper into a funnel shape and put the extra glitter back in the bottle. This way you do not waste a bunch of glitter.

By Janet E. from Suring, WI

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By 0 found this helpful
November 9, 2009

I'd like to know if there's a spray that I can apply over my cards to set glitter that I have applied over glue. Seems like even after the glue dries, some of the glitter rubs off.

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Thanks for any advice.

By Mary from Payson, AZ

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November 9, 20090 found this helpful

There is some kind of a fixative that you can buy at art supply stores that artists use on their charcol and pastel drawings. I can't remember what it is called. In a pinch I have also used aerosal hair spray.

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November 10, 20090 found this helpful

Thanks! That sounds just like what I need. I was told today that I may need to use Diamond Glaze when putting down a base for my glitter. That could be my problem also. I was using a quickie glue pen and it could've been my glue. But it's great to know that there is a fixative out there that I can use. Have a great day and thanks for replying! Mary

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November 12, 20090 found this helpful

Here are some of the things I do.First off I use a very fine glitter,it looks nicer and holds better. I use glitter glue, use a clear glue then add glitter, then spray with a light coat of clear spray paint (Walmart). You can also press your glitter in after it sets for a while, do this before it drys. Use a sheet of wax paper or plastic wrap, put on you card and press the glitter in. With this you have to be careful not to move the paper around to much. Just press straight down. I have been putting glitter on cards (cheap cards - to make them fancy cards) for about 20 years. I would put glitter on everything if I could. LOL I love the stuff. I also sell glitter and the "Diamond Glaze", on eBay. Here is a link to my store - http://members.  rid=stuffbydavid - you will probably have to copy and paste the address. Or you can just go to eBay and put my store name in under stores. My store name is - stuffbydavid - put it in just like that. Come and visit, I have .99 sales all the time. I hope some of this helps you.

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David

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November 16, 20090 found this helpful

You can use hair spray but only if this isn't something that's going to be kept for years, hair spray will eventually yellow. look in the artists section of your store and use the fixative they use for chalks and such. If this is just for cards that will be thrown away after the holidays then just use hair spray.

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February 25, 20150 found this helpful

Is there a spray to seal the glitter after you have used glue and it dries? Sometimes the glitter still wants to come off.

By Tina from Baltimore, MD

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September 12, 20150 found this helpful

You could use several light coats of clear acrylic spray. Such as Krylon, Valspar, or Rustoleum. Just make sure that is the gloss and not the frosted. It may reduce some of the sparkle effect though.

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October 26, 20120 found this helpful

I am trying to design my own children's line of furniture and who doesn't love glitter! My only problem is I've never worked with glitter on anything but paper. Does anyone have suggestions on how to make this work? My question is how do you make it stay on the furniture piece and not get all over the kids? What are your ideas on glitter and furniture?

By Tania M

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October 27, 20120 found this helpful

I don't know if this would work, but you could experiment. I saw on the Pinterest.com site, where you mix Mod Podge and fine glitter. Then brush it on paper to do crafts. You might try it with different ratios of Mod Podge to glitter to see how it worked and also if it works on wood/plastic or the material you are using for the furniture. The glitter does not come off on the paper craft I made, which is the quality I liked. Good luck to you and your venture.

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By 0 found this helpful
May 2, 2015

What's the next best thing to use if you don't have dryer sheets for fly-a-way glitter? I don't use dryer sheets anymore, and right now I have glitter stuck everywhere! I was trying to put the excess back in the little bottle using a folded piece of paper. But it stuck to the brush, the paper, the funnel, and hardly any went in the bottle. Dryer sheets are the best, they're like handi-wipes. But I have none.

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