How To Use Glitter With Fimo, Premo Sculpey and Other Brands of Polyclay:
Need some sparkly tips for adding a little bling to your polymer clay bead making and jewelry projects? Today’s article will provide you with some ideas on how to use craft glitter. Here are 6 types that can be added to polymer clay in a variety of ways:
1) Glass Glitter:
- Can be added to translucent or opaque clay as an inclusion.
- Mixed into liquid polymer clay (TLS Translucent Liquid Sculpey).
- Can be rubbed on the outside of raw clay.
2) Large Flaked Glitter:
- Sometimes known as Buffalo Snow or Arnold Grummer’s Flakes.
- Added to TLS and spread on tile to bake. Peel off and turn over to get a smooth iridescent sheet for creating faux opals.
- Mixed into translucent clay to make beads. Because the large flakes tend to protrude, cover bead with thin layer of translucent clay to protect.
3) Craft Glitter:
- Cheap stuff tends to curl, melt and/or discolor with heat. Experiment to get desired result.
- Can be used same as other glitters.
- Tends to have a mixture of particle sizes.
4) Shaped Confetti Glitter:
- Some plastic confetti works well in polymer clay. Often this type of glitter confetti will curl though. So experiment to get desired effect.
5) Mica Powders:
- Ultra fine glitter and metallic powders.
- Can be mixed into clay or added onto surface of clay.
- Works well on rubber stamps as a resist.
- Can be mixed with liquid clay or Future Floor Finish.
6) Make Up and Body Glitter:
- Loose Powdered Eye Shadow and Bronzers.
- Can find these products cheap at dollar stores.
- Can be worked into solids as well as into liquid polymer clays.
And Here’s Some Additional Tips for Using Glitter Clays:
- Some glitters are made of colored foil. The color used in these glitter foils will often sand or buff away if you are not careful. To protect the color, wse a super thin sheet of translucent Premo or Fimo clay to cover the glitter before sanding and buffing.
- Some glass glitters are very gritty and may be hard on your pasta machine. The grit can potentially scratch the rollers which is not a good thing.
- Some real glass glitters can be sharp so be careful when mixing.
- Some glitters will discolor while baking so test, test, test! And when you discover something… either good or bad, please do share your results back here at the blog.
- Light iridescent glass glitter looks very cool on dark clays.
- Try mixing a variety of colors, sizes and types of glitter for an interesting and sparkly effect.
If you would like to see a funny video of how comedian Ellen Degeneres attemped to have Glitter Banned in Congress, and how the Crafty Chica campaigned to stop her, here’s the link: Polymer Clay Glitter (you’ll get a laugh plus pick up a few more tips not discussed in today’s “Glitter How To” article).