Finding the Right Scale of Sparkle:
Glitters for Particular Period Effects:
Tips for Using Glitters on Miniatures:
Choosing a Type of Glitter - For projects where you want a glittered effect in a thin, even coating, use modern micro glitters from a stamp supplier or fine cut polyester glitters (0.015mm - .2mm) - sometimes sold as cosmetic glitters, as they are safe for temporary tattoos and facepaints. Choose either transparent or opaque colors depending on your backdrop. If you want the shine of glitter but don't need to see the particle breaks, use a mica pigment or mica pigment paint. Glimmer effect spray paints are also available from stamp suppliers. "Glimmer Mist" is a water based glitter spray which adheres to fabric, paper, metals and acrylic. It contains both a mica pigment and ultra fine glitter particles. If you want the irregular, "chunky" effect of antique glass glitters, use fine grit glass glitter (#100 or #90) choosing metallic or clear glass types (metallic glass glitters are silver backed and will tarnish, adding to the antique effect). Glitters are also available in fine sprays which can be used on paper or painted wood.
Use the Correct Backing Color - A dark colored backing can create a different glittered effect than a clear backing. Glues which dry white will give a deeper effect to translucent and pearl glitters on dark backgrounds. Experiments with glues and inks or paints to get the effect you want.
Use Appropriate Tools and Glue - Glitter can be applied directly to most glues. You can use a fine glue tip to make very fine lines, or use a glue stamp pad with stamps for fine glue lines to glitter. Glitter also adheres well to double sided tapes and sticky films. Use washable fabric glues to apply glitter to fabric.