Stars and Glitter

Stars and Glitter

I hate glitter! I can’t stand the way it gets everywhere, is so full of static that it sticks to everything except what you want it to stick to, is so hard to clean up……..but I do rather like the way it looks.

I saw a suggestion, can’t remember where unfortunately, for putting glitter into laminating pouches and sealing them so I decided to have a go. I used the smaller A5 sized pouches as I thought A4 would be a little excessive and tried a variety of glitters etc. If you’re anything like me, you’ll have bought that ‘confetti’ in the shapes of Xmas trees, stars, snowflakes, greetings etc. and not have a clue what to do with it! So I tried some of those too. Below are the results of my ‘experiments’.

Glitter

Here you can see that I tried a variety of glitters. Didn’t want to use my PeeWee Glitters or any other tiny tubes of expensive stuff so tried some of the cheaper ones. The lavender, gold, blue and teal were quite nice, they’re fine ones anyway and so they spread quite easily although they didn’t ‘laminate’ correctly. The covers weren’t sticking together so I put them inside an A4 sheet and ran them through the machine again. Where I had some space between the two smaller pieces I put some snowflakes in (crafters don’t waste things!) with the idea that I could punch them out with a circle punch later and use them …… somewhere.

My conclusions – the chunky glitter didn’t look nice on it’s own or with the confetti so I guess I still don’t have a use for that!

Fine glitters

Fine glitters

Not the expensive ones!

Not the expensive ones!

Chunky gold

Chunky gold

Chunky + snowflakes

Chunky + snowflakes

Greetings

Greetings

Using-up some space

Using-up some space

Confetti

The photos below show the various confetti’s I tried -– some look much nicer than others but at least they’re in a useable format here, I can put them down as backing papers and layer on top?

Xmas

Xmas

Birthday

Birthday

Stars

Stars

Flakes

Flakes

Close-up

Close-up

Layered

At this stage I was beginning to think I was wasting my time. I had glitter everywhere – all over the kitchen counters, the floor, the carrier sheet for the laminating pouches! Yikes, didn’t think it was ever going to come off that – it’s already a mess from when I decided it would be nice to laminate some favourite pieces of Encaustic Art…but that’s another story.

I decided to put them aside and look back at them another time when I wasn’t feeling so disappointed and, as I started to stack them up, I discovered that they actually look pretty good when laid on top of each other. What do you think?

Birthday

Birthday

Blue & Gold

Blue & Gold

Teal & Lavender

Teal & Lavender

Close-up

Close-up

Greetings

Greetings

Quite like this!

Quite like this!

My Favourite

My Favourite

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