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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!
By HalfWhit from Ashdown, AR
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.
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.
By Lynn from Bridgeville, PA
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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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.
Thanks for any advice.
By Mary from Payson, AZ
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I would use the old stand by trick with duck tape. Roll some of this around your hand and pat the areas with glitter. It is the same as removing animal hair off your dark clothes.
Cleaning up glitter
Vacuum as much as possible
Use scotch tape with the sticky side down to catch the rest.
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
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.
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
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.