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Glitter Glue For Crafters
Glitter glue has been a staple for all kinds of crafters. From Christmas ornaments to scrapbook pages to greeting cards, it has been the bling for all things crafty. there are so many options when it comes to glitter glues.
As the name implies, glitter glue is glitter suspended in liquid glue. Because the glitter is suspended in the glue carrier, products like Stickles and Nuvo Drops can be either translucent or opaque.
It comes in plastic bottles in a variety of colors. The bottles generally have small nozzle tips that allow you to get just the right amount of product you need.
There are smaller bottles of glue-like Stickles as well as the larger glitter glues made like those from Elmer's. I find the larger bottles have less proportion of glitter suspended in the glue. However, each glue is very helpful, depending on your use and the material you are using it on.
Elmer's glitter glue is washable and not recommended for use on photos, bare metal, submerged surfaces, or heated surfaces.
Glitter glue is easy (and safe) to use on a variety of surfaces, such as paper, chipboard, wood, canvas, and more!
There are also tubes of glitter glue that come as sets. These tubes have small nozzles attached to them.
You can also purchase glitter glue in larger bottles. These bottles have larger nozzles but are priced better per ounce.
Glitter glue comes in a wet version as well as glitter glue sticks that you can use in your craft glue gun
If you use glitter glue with clear white tops, my favorite suggestion is to dab the top with a bit of glitter glue and dry. That way you will have a reference to how the color looks when it dries.
Advantages Of Using Glitter Glue
There are distinct advantages of using glitter glue over the glue with glitter on top. Here are just a few thoughts:
- It is far less messy. Because the glitter is mixed with the glue, there is a lot less mess than using loose glitter.
- It is a form of adhesive. Part of the mixture is glue after all. Though not a strong adhesive, it does have adhesive properties.
- Saves you money. Less waste of glitter since it is already mixed in the glue.
- Dries faster than regular methods of sealing glitter.
Create Glitter Glue Flowers
Where To Use Glitter Glue
There are so many ways to use glitter glues and pastes. Here are just a few to get your creatives juices flowing:
Glitter glue is so much easier to use on your scrapbook pages. It is much easier to use than glue and glitter. You can highlight a title or add to embellishments. Create a frame around a picture with glitter glue.
Highlight your stamped images or make some dots for a decorative touch, You can also glitter glue your sentiments. Create a background with stencils You can even stamp with glitter glue if the stamp is a simple outline.(make sure to wash the stamp right away in soap and water )
There are unlimited uses for glitter glue on your art journal pages ! Use it like paint. Make glitter glue buttons. Use it with a stencil !
Create A Custom Frame
You can create a custom frame with a wood frame or any other frame. Use the glitter glue to paint the frame. Use a single shade or mix several shades. Just add a few dots of glitter glue on the frame. Spread with a brush and allow to dry.
Decorate A Pumpkin
Once you brush away all the dirt from your pumpkin, you can decorate it with any motif you can think of with glitter glue
Make Clothes Pin Magnets
Decorate a clothes pin with glitter glue and add a magnet on one side. Great idea for a gift your kids can make.
Decorate Glass Jars
You can use glitter glues to decorate glass jars. This is a great recycle idea,, Make sure your jar is clean. Apply the glitter glue in your pattern or design. Allow it to dry. Apply Modge Podge over the top so that it will seal the glitter glue.
Decorate Rocks For A Garden
Add some glam to your garden by painting glitter glue to some good sized rocks. Make sure that the rocks are clean. Apply the glue. Allow to dry and decorate your garden
Make Glitter Butterflies
Uses For Glitter Glue
- Creating cards-highlight areas with glitter glue
- Scrapbooking-decorate decor, use on a title
- On a coloring page
- Give life to old Christmas ornaments
- Glamming ribbon
- Outline Letter Stickers- You can customize any letter sticker that you may have with glitter glue.
- Use glitter glue with stencils
- Create patterns like polka dots, strips and circles
- Embellishing felt crafts
- Painting on flower pots
- Accent and decorate to any embellishment
- Create glitter glue drops on a nonstick mat. Use them to circle shapes
- Use pre-made glitter glue drops to create a faux shaker card
- Make glitter pebbles. Use large drops of glitter glue to create little pebbles/ Use a non-stick mat. Let them sit for a minimum of two days.
- Use strips of paper that are a plank-like shape. Rough the edges with scissors. Set them against a black or very dark color on a card base. Use complementary colors of glitter glue in groupings of color
- Outline letters in a title on a scrapbook page
- Use them on top of brads or buttons to make them glitter
- Create special icing with them on cards and die cuts
- Use them as a border on a scrapbook page or card
- Use them as the center of a flower
- Use them with a stencil instead of ink
- Use them for the rays of the sun
- Use them to create a glittery rainbow
Glitter Glue Drying Time
Glitter glues do, in fact, take a bit of time to dry. Depending on the humidity of your workspace and the thickness of your glitter glue, it may take as long as overnight.
Even if you are tempted to pull out the heat gun to speed up the process, don’t. The amount of heat required to quickly dry Stickles or Nuvo Drops will burn the glitter. It can also cause bubbling in the carrier glue. Worst case scenario, you might burn your project.
Stickles is probably the best-known glitter glue because of its quality and rainbow of colors. It is manufactured by Ranger and comes in .5 ounce bottles.
Currently, Stickles come in 48 colors. Unlike some other glitter glues, Stickles is non-settling. Your creative embellishments will stay exactly the size you make them.
It is nontoxic, acid-free, and cleans up with water. Because it is acid-free, it can be used in scrapbooks.
Stickles Glitter Gels are the newest addition of Stickles to the Ranger line. They come in 1-ounce fluid jars. They are spreadable over a surface or over a stencil. They currently come in 4 metallic colors. They work nicely with stencils.
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Nuvo Drops Products
Nuvo Drops are another option when it comes to glitter glues. They come in a host of colors in 1-ounce bottles with precision tips . They are a self-leveling product which means that you should get perfect drops every time.
Because Nuvo Glitter Drops are self-leveling, it’s easy to get perfect dots every time. Hold the bottle vertically above the surface (without touching it) and “drop” the glue down onto it. The tail left behind from the bottle’s tip will self-level and disappear into your "dot." As your Nuvo Drops dry, this creates a perfect round dome!
Jewel Drops have a glass-like finish and are semi-translucent. You can create custom jewels in colors like Limoncello and Rose Water for your projects
Nuvo Vintage Drops
Nuvo’s Vintage Drops have a subdued matte finish. These opaque drops come in a palette of muted shades and are perfect for embellishing your vintage style projects.
Glimmer Paste is a thicker option than the Nuvo drops and is perfect to use with stencils.
Nuvo Glitter Accents
Nuvo Glitter Accents allow you to create a three-dimensional effect. These are a textured effect rather than a dome effect.
Nuvo Glitter Markers
They come in packs of three. They have brush markers that allow you to add glitter wherever you need it.
Nuvo Pure Sheen Glitter
Comes in 100 ml bottles with 28 colors. The bottle has a wide opening that makes it easy to pour any excess product back into the bottle. They work nicely with stencils.
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Glitter Glue Tips
- If you are writing on fabric with glitter glue, write on felt rather than fur. The glue will not write as clearly on fur.
- Glitter glue generally takes 24 hours to dry, so set your project somewhere safe so no one touches it
- Never use a heating tool with glitter glue
- If you glitter glue has become clogged, stick a paperclip into the nozzle to loosen the glue
- Always keep your glitter glue upside down to minimize air bubbles
- Like any other glue, glitter glues will dry out over time. Ensure that the lid is tightly closed after using your product, to reduce the glue’s exposure to air. As stated above, always store your glitter glue upside down.
Glitter Glue Earrings
This thick paste (perfect for using with stencils) contains iridescent glitter in a glue carrier that dries clear. Apply it to surfaces with a brush or spatula. It is made by several different manufacturers with a wide range of colors.
You can get two effects from using this product with stencils. If you use a spatula, you will get a raised effect. If you use a cloth to apply, you will get a flat effect.
It works on paper, cork, fabric, wood, an acetate.
These are fairly small jars, but a little goes a long way. Using these products means that you get a better mix and less mess than making your own.
Make Your Own Glitter Paste
Glitter can be expensive. Here is a way to save some money and have some fun. Most of these supplies may be found in your dollar store.
You can make custom colors of glitter paste instead of purchasing them. In this recipe one portion equals one ounce, so you can increase the amount that you make. Experiment with different colors and brands to find the combinations that you love.
Here is how:
- Baby or talc powder-the unscented kind works best
- White PVA glue-use the inexpensive white glue
- Metallic or pearl paint-use inexpensive metallic paint
- Fine glitter
- Coarse glitter
- A container that can be sealed
- Mix 1 ounce of paint, 1/2 ounce of glue and 2 ounces of powder in your container.
- Mix in 1/2 ounce fine glitter and 1./2 ounce course glitter, Make sure that you mix everything together.
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Glitter Glue And Embossing Folders
You can use glitter glue with an embossing folder to create a very custom look on your cards.
- Clear piece of acetate the size of a card
- Embossing folder
- Stickles or other glitter glue
- Craft spatula
- Card form
- Take the clear piece of acetate and place it into an embossing folder
- Run the embossing folder through a die cut machine, following the manufacturers directions
- Chose the embossed or debossed side of the acetate
- With a craft spatula, spread and swipe the color of glitter glues you have selected over the piece of acetate.
- Set the acetate aside to dry
- use the same color of Stickles or glitter glue to the back of the acetate piece as an adhesive for the card base. Attach the acetate to the card base.
- Add a die cut sentiment to the card. Emboss with white or black embossing powder to make the sentiment stand out.
- Attach the sentiment with glue or use the glitter glue to attach
- Using the same colors as was used on the acetate, place a few drops of the glitter glue on the card
Stickles And Glitter Glue Resources
Remove glitter glue that accidentally gets on various surfaces, including cotton, carpet and hard tables. The approach depends on the type of glue and surface.
- Stickles Color Chart
Get a color chart that you can keep to organize your stickles
Make Your Own Glitter Glue
You can make your own glitter glue at less expense than buying the name brand glitter glues in the same containers. Here is how to do it.
You only need two things, very fine glitter ( or glitter flakes) and clear glue. You will need a clear glue like Elmer's clear glue (or another brand) and fine glitter in the color of your choice. You will also need some small containers. ( this is tp place part of the glue into to save for later)
- Start by pouring a little bit of glue into a small container. You need area in the glue bottle to make space for the glitter. Once you have removed some of the glue, remove the cap of the glue bottle.
- Slowly pour the glitter into the glue bottle.
- Replace the cap on the glue bottle. Shake it and then shake some more.
- Twist the cap open and you are ready to use
Make sure that the glue you use is acid free, especially if you are using it on cards or scrapbook pages.
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Glitter Glue Sticks
Glitter glue sticks, combined with your hot glue gun have so many options and applications.
Start with greeting cards. You can really go to town adding character and texture to your cards.
You can also decorate ornaments for holidays.
They come in mini and standard size sticks. They can be used with either a low temp or standard glue gun.
Instead of doing a project with a glue gun and then adding glitter, you use the glitter sticks to create just about anything with less mess
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How To Unclog Your Glitter Glue Bottles
The fine tips on many of the glitter glue bottles help control the application on your projects. But the smaller tips also help them to clog.
A simple solution to this problem is a thin paperclip. I keep several handy in the box where I store my glitter glues.Simply unbend the paperclip and insert the straight wire down into the clogged tip.
Organizing Your Glitter Glues
The first step once you start getting serious about glitter glues is to get organized. You can get a chart to catalog your glitter glues in your favorite browser. Just type in the browser glitter glue color charts, then images. You should be able to find the chart that you need. Then print the chart. If you want to be more specific or only need one brand, then request that specific name.
Once you have done that, You just add a little of the colors that you have. Then set it aside to dry. AS you add more colors to your stash, just add that color to your chart,
Also look for a chart that just has empty spaces. Many times a company will change their colors or add more colors that are not on their present chart.
Put your charts in page protectors in a three ring binder.
Once you have this done, you can refer to it when you need to buy or replace a glue,
Perfect Way To Store Glitter Glues
Storing Your Glitter Glues
Like any glue or color medium, the moisture in glitter glues will tend to dry out over a period of time.
There are a couple of ways that you can help prolong the drying out process:
- Always make sure that the lid on your glitter glues are very tight
- Store your glitter glue tip side down. This helps to keep your glue fresher longer and flow better - preventing messy glitter glue burps on your beautiful projects.
- Put a dot of glitter glue on the bottom of your bottle. That way, when storing them upside down, you will be able to see the exact color.
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