*** UPDATE: Since originally posting, I’ve perfected my DIY method. Updates are noted with ***.
Have you crafted with glass glitter yet? It’s truly made from crushed glass, and it sparkles like no other glitter I’ve ever crafted with. Years ago I ordered 90 grit German glass glitter in silver, white and gold. The 90 grit is very fine glitter, and I thought it worked excellent for paper crafts and small detail work. But now I wanted chunkier glass glitter for some Christmas ornaments I’m making. And I didn’t want to place another order. But lucky for me (and you!) I found out it’s very easy to make your own glass glitter!! So that brings us to Thrift Shop Flip #13 – How to Make Your Own Glass Glitter!
At my favorite junk shop, I picked up two gallon size Ziploc bags filled with old glass Christmas bulbs. I knew the bulbs would be just perfect for making chunky glass glitter.
Let’s have the SAFETY TALK before we start. We’ll be smashing glass, friends, so I suggest wearing goggles and gloves. While I didn’t actually draw blood, my fingers definitely felt a little rough. And when we’re all finished and have that beautiful glass glitter, please keep it away from your little crafters. Trust me, they will have just as much fun crafting with the cheap synthetic stuff!! I am giving you the okay to be selfish with your glitter!!
To start, take off all the hangers, sort your ornaments by color, and make sure you don’t have any vintage Shiny Brights in your batch! Alas, in the two big bags I bought, I only found one Shiny Bright. But that’s okay. We’re making glass glitter, friends, not talking collectibles right now! 😉
Then I got out my Jewelry Tools Steel Block and metal stamping mallet because I didn’t want to dent up my work surface. But of course a piece of wood and a regular old hammer work just fine.
** I made a small envelope out of cardboard and duck tape for smashing the ornaments. Put the ornament in the envelope and smash it. After the first hit, I throw away the “neck” of the ornament, which for some reason is made out of thicker glass. ** This process worked really well for me, but you’ll figure out what works best for you. Once I was happy with the consistency, I poured my glass glitter in a plastic container and started the process all over again.
When my container was half full, I took the butt of my hammer and ground the shards even smaller. Think mortar and pestle here! (Trust me. If Thanksgiving wasn’t right around the corner, and I knew I’d be crushing cloves for pumpkin pie, I would have gotten mine out immediately.) If you have an extra one, go for it!!
Voila’!! You have beautiful glass glitter all ready for your crafting needs!! I made up silver and antique white glass glitter, and I also plan on making red, green and gold. I’ll share some of the ornaments I made real soon. I just wanted to get this post out to you ASAP in case you’re like me, and want to get your Christmas craft on!! For those of you who have no desire to make your own glass glitter, I’ve included links where you can actually purchase it. 😉 But please let me know in the comments if you make your own. I’d love to hear how it went!
Wishing all of you a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with much love! Cynthia
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