The Joys of Life: Glitter

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Who doesn’t love glitter?  It’s so pretty and beautiful.  And can be used for so many different things; food, arts and crafts, makeup, writing, etc.  I am an avid glitter user (when I allow myself to have it).  I love it and when I have a little jar of glitter, or a gel pen, or even glittery nail polish, I want to make EVERYTHING glittery.  Glitter is like having a Sharpie.  When you have it, you want to use it on everything in sight.  Until you run out.

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About:
According to Wikipedia:

Glitter describes an assortment of very small (roughly 1 mm²) pieces of paper, glass or plastic painted in metallic, neon and iridescent colors to reflect light in a sparkling spectrum. Glitter is usually sold and stored in canisters somewhat similar to salt shakers, which have openings that control the flow of glitter. These canisters may contain one or many colors. It can be permanently applied with strong glue, or temporarily applied with other sticky materials, such as makeup. It is not to be confused with confetti, which contains larger pieces, and should also not be confused with sequins, which are larger yet.

Glitter is used in craft projects, especially for children, because of the brilliant effects which can be achieved relatively easily. Glitter is used as an element of decorations, and can be added to rubbers and plastics. It is also often put into cosmetic products like lip gloss and eyeshadow. Glittery cosmetics are popular with youth, but are also worn by adults.”

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Make Your Own Glitter:
According to eHow:

“You can also make your own glitter at home using food coloring and ordinary table salt. Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Measure two tablespoons of salt into a bowl and add 1/4 teaspoon of food coloring. Stir the salt and food coloring together until the coloring is evenly distributed. Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and spread the salt mixture out evenly on the cookie sheet. Bake in a preheated oven for ten minutes. After ten minutes, remove the salt glitter from the oven and allow to cool. Once cooled, you can use the homemade salt glitter in any project that calls for craft glitter. Also, because you used food coloring to color your salt glitter, you can still use any leftover “glitter” as table salt.”


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LunaFleur.

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~ by lunafleur on May 9, 2011.

2 Responses to “The Joys of Life: Glitter”

  1. i love the salt glitter idea AND I love glitter 🙂

    • I thought that was a neat idea as well. Definitely a future craft idea. And what isn’t to love about glitter? It’s awesome!

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