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03-01-2011, 08:06 AM
It's not a hard technique, just time consuming while you wait on things to dry. I discovered this while making my Mardi Gras mask last month. Hope you give this a try and please be sure to share with us if you do.
Use glitter glue on paper-I used punch scraps. Sprinkle on glitter. I used various colors and used both chunky and fine glitter. Let dry.
Add a layer of Diamond Glaze, Crystal Lacquer, or similar product and let dry. You will probably need at least 2 layers to get a smooth surface, especially using chunky glitter. Do not worry if it over flows, once dry you can trim with scissors. If you get bubbles or other blemishes that is OK, real stones aren't perfect either.
03-01-2011, 08:27 AM
How COOL! And this is a great way to use up that hodgepodge of glitter that accumulates after you're done using about 10 different colors. I have to try this out - thanks, Stacy!!
03-01-2011, 08:35 AM
So cool, Stacy! Thanks for the tutorial. All the pictures make it really easy to follow.
03-01-2011, 01:57 PM
Love this, especially since the photos help so much. Thanks, Stacy.
03-01-2011, 05:18 PM
This is great stacy, TFS it with us ! gotta try it....
03-02-2011, 05:23 AM
Great can't wait to see how yours turn out & how you use them. I now have a travel size bottle with at least a half dozen of them ready to use.
03-02-2011, 05:26 PM
love it love it love it!
I will be making some soon! :)
03-05-2011, 04:58 PM
Pretty pretties. :D
Wow!! These are lovely and you have full control of the colors you need.
03-06-2011, 10:40 AM
My apologies, but I'm a tad stuck on the directions.
Does a person have to use glitter glue or will a hot glue gun work? What about PVA or Hodge Podge?
Do you apply a layer of glue to the scrap paper, then a layer of glitter and then more glue? Does the glue have to dry between applications?
She does say glitter glue, then she seems to add more glitter on top. That's what it looks like to me. Hot glue forms those nasty strings. I would think any clear glue would work and you could even use crystal lacq or diamond glaze for that first layer. The colored crystal lacq might prove interesting.
03-06-2011, 01:28 PM
I'm trying to use something I already have on hand.
Then why not try it with any glue you normally use with glitter. Just make one and see what happens.
03-06-2011, 02:56 PM
DG or CL
I would not think hot glue would work, too thick and it would show. Other than that any glue that is strong enough to hold the glitter in place and dries clear should work.
Yes let layers dry before going on to the next layer. Slightly time consuming project (especially this time of year) but not hard.
I'm going to punch some flowers and use these for centers I think. Will post pics when I get something made up.
btw, I did make one of these on a non stick sheet without paper and while it worked, they seemed flimsy and I had to use a marker on the bottom so whatever I was putting it on didn't show thru.
Let me know what does and doesn't work for you as well. Together we'll perfect this "technique".
03-06-2011, 03:00 PM
Forgot to add:
I've thought about trying a tiny bit of white ink in the CL to make it a milky color like real opals, just havent' had time to try it yet. I'm also a bit hesitant because I'm not sure I can stir it in without creating bubbles in the CL but that is the definition of "play", right ;)
03-06-2011, 03:01 PM
DG or CL? Clarify please?
03-06-2011, 03:06 PM
DG or CL? Clarify please?
DG = Diamond Glaze
CL = Clear Laquer or Crystal Laquer
(Hope this helps! )
03-06-2011, 08:43 PM
Thank you Spidey. And I just found that I do have a whole bunch of glitter glue. But it seems that I remember it didn't dry very hard. Is that common?
03-07-2011, 06:22 AM
Not sure what you mean by that, are you saying it never dried completely or that it wasn't very stiff once dry. The latter would not be a problem because it will be sandwiched between 2 hard surfaces but it does need to dry so it doesn't interact with the clear acrylic.
If someone wanted to try this but didn't have the DG or CL, try clear nail polish, it might work, beside what have you got to lose but a few pennies worth of product. I have used it a time or two on projects and could not tell the difference. I've often wondered if they were basically the same thing.
My glitter glue has always dried completely in a few hours. Could be your climate is too humid. If the problem is that it remains pliable, that should not matter. I might be concerned if it is still wet and sticky. Could be a bad batch.
03-08-2011, 08:45 PM
I'm going for it. I found a few interesting scraps to work with. I have the glitter glue and will be using clear nail strengthener polish as that's what I have on hand. Here goes nothing...
Please share the results you brave soul.
03-09-2011, 01:07 PM
Lol, sounds like the clique "I'm going in...!" Should we have a search party on stand by. :laugh:
Can't wait to see what you get and how the polish works.
03-09-2011, 03:16 PM
It looks pretty cool, but I've only laid the glitter glue and the first layer of nail polish. About that search party, perhaps we could just have an opal party instead?
Yes, a chocolate and opal party would be great fun.
03-09-2011, 05:50 PM
I like the way y'all think!
We are just creative crafters........LOL
03-14-2011, 04:34 PM
Finally got a moment to play and an idea of how to use one of my opals. A pic of the full card is in my gallery but here is a close up of the gem:
Very nice. I also love the flower, can you share how you did it? Perhaps that should be on a new thread.
03-14-2011, 07:28 PM
Nice :) I too am wondering about the flower.
I love the pearly, textured look of it.
03-15-2011, 06:30 AM
Thank you I'll put together a how to but it will be a few days, DH & DS are both home right now. Just gettting a turn on the computer to check in here each day is a challenge right now :eyeroll:
03-15-2011, 12:14 PM
I particularly like the flower too. My opals are still a WIP.
Take whatever time you need Stacy. We will lurk till then.
03-16-2011, 07:20 AM
In the mean time I went ahead and uploaded the close up photo with some info into the gallery. Want to try this again when I have time so will take photos as I go next time and then start a thread.
at least I will try to remember to take photos as I go ;)
Yes, and please post a notice here when you start the new thread or some may miss it.