After attempting two “calm down” glitter jars on Friday and subsequently playing around with making them better, I’ve learned a few things about them…
- Pearlized glitter glue makes all the difference!
- If you want “swirls” in the colored water, make sure to use some pearlized glitter glue or pearlized paint to color the water.
- You can not substitute Elmer’s glue in place of glitter glue — it just makes the water all foggy and doesn’t help suspend the glitter at all.
- I’ve read of others making a syrup using sugar and water or using corn syrup, but I have not tried those techniques myself, so I can’t speak as to how well they work.
- The finer the glitter you use, the better.
- Chunky glitter will fall much faster, but finer glitter will stay suspended for quite awhile.
- Food coloring or liquid watercolors work to color the water.
- Mixing food coloring to create colors does not work so well…at least for trying to create purple. (See my first attempt below.)
Here was a pic of the 2 glitter jars after my first attempt:
Here are pics of the two jars after some “doctoring” work based on the lessons I learned above. I still may add a little more pearlized glitter glue to them, but overall I am much happier with these results than after my first attempt.
I need to get more glitter glue and then I plan to make 2 plastic versions for L&L to be able to “play” with. The glass versions stay on the table and are only to be used there. I’ll share the plastic ones once we get them made since several readers had asked about using plastic instead of glass. I’ll also experiment with gluing the lids on and let you know what I find works best! Stay tuned!
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