Faerie Friday: Glitter, Part Two

May 30, 2014 in blog posts, faerie fridays

Anima has consulted with her fae friends and decided to share their wisdom with the interwebs on Fridays. Stay tuned weekly for creativity with a touch of enchantment!

Faerie Dust for Mortals: Glitter Tricks and Tips

Iridescent glitter
If you need to use a lot of iridescent glitter but want to save money (or so we are told – faeries are still not certain how human money works), it appears that buying equal portions of a cheaper, solid metallic or plastic glitter and an iridescent aurora type in the same size of flake and mixing them together is the best way to go about this. The human eye will combine the color of one with the extra sparkle of the other.

If you mix several colors of glitter, they should be the same size of flake. If they aren’t the same size, they will separate rather than mix. Glitter made of different materials, i.e. plastic and metal, will usually blend fine as long as the flakes are the same size.

Glue is da bomb!
Human children know best when it comes to glueing! The two-step process of laying down glue and then sprinkling glitter on it is still the best method humans have to imitate us. Choose the appropriate glue for your project, then transfer the glue to a bottle that has a nozzle you can adjust to different amounts of flow. Use this bottle as if it is a pen to draw your designs. You can also use a brush, preferably flat and of both medium stiffness and length. The brush can also be used to fill in larger spaces of your art. Then sprinkle glitter over the glue – remember that a little glitter can go a long way! If possible, tip and dip your work around (here’s where your human gravity comes in handy!) to make sure there are no bald spots in your decoration, then shake the excess dust off onto a clean sheet of paper, tapping several times to get as much of the excess off as possible. The shiny side of a piece of posterboard works best for this, as some glitters can have a lot of static cling. (However, no matter how much you shake off, remember that most glittery things will continue to shed small amounts for ages – but don’t worry, that just makes you humans more like us!) Make the paper into a funnel and pour it back into your container.

Glittering fairy wings
The most efficient way to apply glitter on wings is to use a waterproof glue that is thin enough to flow through the fabric, but not drip out too much, thus coating both sides. This way you can apply glue once and then coat with glitter. It appears the best human glue for this purpose is Behr faux glaze, which they sell at your Home Depot stores, although there are many other kinds of glues that also seem to work.

Tales from the Faerie Factory
Once upon a time, our faeries were worried about the steel carriage that was transporting our goods (you humans call this a car, we believe). When we checked its carriage oil, we found that the oil was full of disgusting chunks. Afraid of corrosion, we took the carriage in for an overhaul. The culprit turned out to be – you guessed it -­ glitter! Not only were there flakes all throughout the oil, but every filter in the carriage was inundated with colorful glitter!

Faerie makeup
Humans often envy fae folk’s sparkly complexion. To try to duplicate the effect of shimmering skin, apply sunscreen liberally and then dust your skin with ultra-fine white iridescent glitter. You can either have someone put some on their palm and blow it on you, or use a large soft blush brush. The standard glitter that can be found at craft or beauty supply stores is gritty and can be irritating, so we recommend using medical grade glitter, which is inert and non-irritating, to keep your skin as smooth as our faerie skin. (Stay tuned next week for more makeup tips and tricks, including information on how to buy our very own faerie glitter on Etsy!)

Glitter paints
When using glitter paint, take into account that the glitter is embedded in the paint, thus giving it a more wet look but cutting down on the sparkle. For maximum glitz, use a glue technique or sprinkle some more glitter on top of the glitter paint once it is applied. Humans have been known to take glitter paint of a thin consistency and paint it along the hem of a fairy skirt, then cut off the excess, leaving a nice non-fraying edge with a decorative sparkle. Be sure you use a waterproof paint for this method, and don’t forget that this will also stiffen the edge. To prevent transferring of unwanted paint when working on an intricate edge, lay your fabric on a sheet of glass or Teflon and then peel off your fabric when dry.

One can make an inexpensive glitter paint suitable for fabrics, crafts, and art by mixing glitter with different gloss media. To imitate commercial varieties use “gloss medium” (available at human arts and craft stores). Mix well and then apply with a brush or squeeze bottle. (Gloss medium is also a good cheap substitute for “Fray Check,” a sewing aid that is applied to raw edges of human fabric to keep it from fraying.)

Tales from the Faerie Factory
Once upon another time, faeries planted seeds in the garden here at the Faerie Factory. When the seedlings came up, they sparkled, because even the ground here is saturated with glitter. The sparkling cucumbers that grew were magical and delicious!

Since humans don’t have house elves to help out with cleaning, a word of caution: just like real faerie dust, glitter tends to get everywhere! No matter how careful you are in applying it or wearing it, the glitter will still triumph – it shows up in cracks and crannies, in food and cars, anywhere you least expect it. Our observations have concluded that human men tend to complain about this for reasons we can’t fathom, so if leftover craft glitter makes a surprise appearance on their things, we find the most successful response is for human women to remind them that it’s a small price to pay for having a beautiful faerie lady in their lives!

Damp rags can remove some glitter from surfaces, but in turn tend to spread remnants around as well. Swiffer cloths will clean up certain types of glitter well, but don’t hold much if you’ve been working on a large project. Sweeping and vacuuming, however, can handle all but the finest glitter. Take special precautions working around fine furniture and musical instruments, as glitter can adhere permanently to some finishes. Our best suggestion is to keep your work area clean with a small, stiff, plastic-bristled whisk broom. The soft type of broom bristles often induce static cling, which just allows glitter to migrate to other places you didn’t intend it to go. And don’t forget – glitter will cross-breed with dust bunnies if you’re not careful, so keep your workspace clean and dust-free!