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Who invented this stuff? It's gorgeous in certain lighting, but what a mess! It is my least favorite craft supply and I am usually very careful to avoid it. However, today I made snowballs by spraying adhesive to styrofoam balls and rolling them around in a bowl of glitter. They are drying on bamboo skewers. They look really cool!

A question for my fellow crafty people - Does anyone have any tips on how to keep the glitter from shedding off of the pretend snowballs? I am wondering if there is a sealant that I can use that won't dim the shine of the glitter. Any ideas?

 

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I have heard glitter called the "devil's dandruff" 

anyway, it never goes away. I seriously feel sorry for every janitor in a school where glitter is used.

Christmas cards with glitter are immediately recycled in our house. I hope the recycling people don't hate me. 

 

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39 minutes ago, Seasider too said:

It is not allowed in my house. Like seriously, I’m not kidding. My girls are fine for never having it to craft with at home. 

Same. I told DD I'd buy her all the glitter glue she wanted, but we were getting rid of the glitter. 

Also, it's bad for the environment. 

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Another vote that glitter is absolute evil. It's the worst. I once knew someone who inhaled some and got sick. She was hoarse for MONTHS from that glitter.

As for how to keep it from shedding, the only way is to encase whatever it is in carbonite. Or, you know, a lot of mod podge or something along those lines.

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Okay, I saw the thread title "Glitter" and got excited.  It has been a long day and the first thing that popped into my head was the glitter and waxing story from long ago.  Was really hoping for a it to be a thread that had me doubled over in laughter!

Alas, I have no advice regarding glitter.  I banned it from the house years ago.  That stuff keeps showing up forever!

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My youngest has a pair of crocs that are glittery.  Like the glitter is inside the plastic.  Glitter still gets everywhere she walks.  

They're still utterly fabulous though.  

I know it gets everywhere and is terrible for the environment, but I am on team pro-glitter.  

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1 hour ago, BaseballandHockey said:

shudder

(I have no advice)

It was actually the tidiest glitter project I have ever been part of because there wasn’t any loose glitter — it all stayed in the bowl. Now the bowl has a lid on it and once I’m sure I don’t need more, I’ll find someone unsuspecting to take it from me. 
 

 

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1 hour ago, Annie G said:

I’ve used mod podge, and it works well. Usually a few coats. It does take some of the glitter off when you apply the mod podge, but not enough to matter. 

I wonder if I could dilute some mod podge and put it in a spray bottle. I just can’t imagine brushing over glitter and having it end well! 
 

I really don’t know why I thought this was a good idea. Someone stop me if I mention it again! 

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6 minutes ago, TechWife said:

I wonder if I could dilute some mod podge and put it in a spray bottle. I just can’t imagine brushing over glitter and having it end well! 
 

I really don’t know why I thought this was a good idea. Someone stop me if I mention it again! 

My daughter HATES glitter but one of her girls loves it and she’s been known to use a strong hairspray on her projects. But I bet a spray poly would work just fine. I used mod podge water resistant kind because I was adding fine glitter  to painted rocks to leave along the bike path. You probably don’t care about weatherproofing you’re project. Hope you find an easy solution…or that you have a good vacuum cleaner. 🙂

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My older daughter used glitter all the time growing up. We did have a spray to seal projects, but I don't remember which one.  It was probably something I bought on the Dick Blick website. It may have been the fixative spray from when I used to do dry pastels, but I could be wrong. We used a cookie sheet or placemat to work on, and just washed it afterwards. I don't remember glitter being all that horrible. She had glitter glue she could use when ever she wanted, but the dry glitter was only allowed at the kitchen counter. Otherwise she would be pouring little cups of glitter for her toys to drink (I could totally see her Littlest Pet Shops drinking pink glitter LOL)  If some dropped somewhere it wasn't supposed to be, I used a strong lint roller to pick it up. I imagine we have probably 20 colors in the craft cupboards in those little shakers (like a salt shaker). 

This isn't what we used but it looks like it was designed for this purpose!

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10 hours ago, Tap said:

My older daughter used glitter all the time growing up. We did have a spray to seal projects, but I don't remember which one.  It was probably something I bought on the Dick Blick website. It may have been the fixative spray from when I used to do dry pastels, but I could be wrong. We used a cookie sheet or placemat to work on, and just washed it afterwards. I don't remember glitter being all that horrible. She had glitter glue she could use when ever she wanted, but the dry glitter was only allowed at the kitchen counter. Otherwise she would be pouring little cups of glitter for her toys to drink (I could totally see her Littlest Pet Shops drinking pink glitter LOL)  If some dropped somewhere it wasn't supposed to be, I used a strong lint roller to pick it up. I imagine we have probably 20 colors in the craft cupboards in those little shakers (like a salt shaker). 

This isn't what we used but it looks like it was designed for this purpose!

I have found this in stock locally so I'll pick some up this afternoon. I'll let you all know the results. I am not sure if it will work since they are styrofoam balls and spray paint often melts that, but it's worth a try. Thank you.

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I sealed the snowballs with Rustoleum Glitter Sealer. I think it took a bit of the glimmer  away but it did the job for the most part - they are shedding very little now. 
 

I tried to upload a picture but wasn’t able to - I might work on that later, or not! 

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My dh's folks bought our crafty daughter a Glitterator.
Last week, he suggested our son buy one for his niece (daughter of crafty daughter).
No glitter stays where it was applied.  
Glitterator was quickly donated to Goodwill. 
There's one for sale on Ebay right now.
Here's a youtube commercial for it:

 

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On 8/16/2021 at 7:29 PM, cintinative said:

I have heard glitter called the "devil's dandruff" 

anyway, it never goes away. I seriously feel sorry for every janitor in a school where glitter is used.

Christmas cards with glitter are immediately recycled in our house. I hope the recycling people don't hate me. 

 

We call it the herpes of the craft world in my craft groups. DD loves it. I use a UV sealant of it is going to be outside or exposed to sunlight ( near a window).  Otherwise, I use the spray stuff in the stain aisle.  It does not let the glitter come off. 


They have a wonderful environmentally friendly glitter for those who want it.  

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1 hour ago, Beth S said:

My dh's folks bought our crafty daughter a Glitterator.
Last week, he suggested our son buy one for his niece (daughter of crafty daughter).
No glitter stays where it was applied.  
Glitterator was quickly donated to Goodwill. 
There's one for sale on Ebay right now.
Here's a youtube commercial for it:

 

I have a new word now - glitteriffic. I just have to decide if it’s a good word or a not so good word. I’m leaning towards the latter. 
 

Also, I am very sorry for your glitterator experience - just one bump of the dome and it would shoot glitter all over the room. Good job on the donation! 

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