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Vendor Spotlight: Meyer Imports (day 2, part 2)

Meyer Imports German Glass Glitter :: A Girl’s Best Friend!

Reported by Lexi Daly


I love all things sparkly, including glitter, so I was very excited to get the opportunity to review German Glass Glitter offered by Meyer Imports. Not knowing exactly what German Glass Glitter was or how it was different from other glitters, the first thing I did was read the “All About German Glass Glitter” page on the Meyer Imports website. I learned that German Glass Glitter is produced by Bavarian Glass artisans through a seven step process, including several coatings of pure silver, color, and multiple firings before grinding it to the desired grit. And all of that boils down to sparkle and lots of it! Armed with a little knowledge, I went shopping on the website, loaded my cart with a variety of sparkly colors and eagerly awaited their arrival.

As you can see in the picture above, the German Glass Glitters arrive from Meyer Imports in small ziploc bags, inside clear plastic pillow boxes. The glitter I received was 90 grit, a small, but chunky glitter, priced at $3.95 for each 1 oz. bag. I love that you can see the beautiful colors and how the light plays off of the tiny pieces right away. Since I almost always store my glitters in plastic sandwich boxes, I also appreciated that the packaging was small, cute, and reusable (keep reading for more on that!); though it would have been nice to have a more specific label on each bag.

My sandwich box system does take up a little more space than keeping the glitters in their original bags. But there is less set up and clean up when using it, since I do all the glittering in and over the box. This makes it so much easier to pull out the glitter when I want it–even if I only want it on one little project. I added labels to each color, using my packing list as a reference, so it will be easy to reorder or make sure I don’t double up by mistake. Once I did this little bit of organizing, it was time to get busy–playing with glitter is a tough job, but someone has to do it, right?! First, I’ll share a few cards and how I added the glitter…

supplies: note cards & stamps {a muse}, dot scallop border punch {ek success}, copic markers, tacky tape & meyer imports german glass glitter in silver

On this card, I used double sided tacky tape to add a strip of silver glitter to accent the bride and groom. The glitter stuck really well to the tape and I love the crisp edge. I really wish I could capture the sparkle and shine with my camera as I see it in person!

supplies: note card {a muse}, patterned paper {american crafts ~ teen}, black card stock, crystal effects & meyer imports german glass glitter in rose pastel

Here, I drew the word “hi” with crystal effects, sprinkling the glitter over it and pressing it gently into the glue. Crystal effects is liquid, which makes it easier to write with than other glues. But because it is so wet, you really have to use a gentle touch and wait a while to brush off the excess.

supplies: patterned paper {american crafts ~ teen}, white & black card stock, sheer black ribbon {a muse}, chipboard letters, aleene’s tacky glue & meyer imports german glass glitter in green yellow

And finally, on this card, I coated chipboard letters with the glitter. First, I colored the chipboard with a similar color Copic marker. Once that was dry, I spread a thin layer of Aleene’s Tacky Glue over it and smooshed it into the glass glitter. This card photographed best of all, but it’s still hard to truly see how much this glitter sparkles.

I just couldn’t just leave my experimenting to cards only. So, I came up with a few non-card items to glitter as well…

supplies: chipboard circle, prima flower, xyron sticker maker, crystal effects & meyer imports german glass glitter in green yellow and violet

Here’s a little more chipboard. On this one, I decided to try the Xyron Sticker Maker for my adhesive of choice. It was a little less sticky than some of the other options, but the glitter still stuck to it. It would have been better if I had colored the disk first maybe, but I still like the outcome. I also used a dot of Crystal Effects to stick the flower on, as well as on the center to add another touch of glitter glass.

supplies: plastic eggs, tacky tape, martha stewart crafts double sided stickers, aleene’s tacky glue & meyer imports german glass glitter in green yellow and rose pastel

With Easter just around the corner, I couldn’t get my mind off the idea of glittering up some eggs, so I stole a few from my girls’ baskets after an egg hunt this weekend and glittered away. On the blue egg, I used 1/4 inch tacky tape; on the yellow, Martha Stewart Crafts double sided flora stickers from Michael’s with a few small dots of Aleene’s.

supplies: patterned paper {american crafts ~ teen}, sheer popsicle pink ribbon {a muse}, “just for you” stamp {the saltbox studio}, small key tag, tacky tape & meyer imports german glass glitter in light blue

And last, but certainly not least, do you recognize this box? Hint: Check the first picture! Yes, it’s the cute little pillow box the glitters arrived in. The sticker didn’t peel easily, but luckily it’s not big, so I just covered it up with a strip of patterned paper, adding tacky tape to the edges for the glittery, glassy bling. Easy-peasy, but oh, so cute–and if you have the glitter, you have the box!

All of the adhesives I used on the different projects worked pretty well with the glass glitter. I liked the tacky tape the most–less mess, clean lines, and the perfect amount of sticky for this chunkier glitter. Aleene’s was a close second. Even though it is a little messier, it’s obviously a better choice for some things, like the chipboard shapes and small dots. Although the Xyron is perfect for fine glitters, I probably won’t use it again with this glitter, but I would still use the Crystal Effects for some things, especially things that require fluid lines like the super sparkly glitter writing I did for this article. So, to sum things up just a little more, here are a few Pros & Cons.

Pros:

  • Super sparkly
  • Beautiful colors
  • Reusable packaging
  • Chunky glitter is in, in, in!

Cons:

  • Sharp glass pieces
  • Pricier than plastic glitters
  • Generic labeling

After all of this hard work playing, here’s what I think–I think I’m in love! Meyer Imports German Glass Glitter is easy to work with, it’s really not that pricey at $3.95 per ounce, and it sparkles like diamonds. And diamonds are, after all, a girl’s best friend!

That’s it for today, but be sure to check back tomorrow for more opinions and information. And don’t miss our other Vendor Spotlight: Meyer Imports articles here, here & here. Leave a comment on any of our Meyer Import articles to be entered in our GIVEAWAY, scheduled for Friday afternoon (one comment per person, per article, please 🙂

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35 Responses to Vendor Spotlight: Meyer Imports (day 2, part 2)

  1. Avina April 9, 2009 at 12:44 pm #

    Gosh! So pretty!

  2. lisa g April 9, 2009 at 1:01 pm #

    wow, it sure sparkles! love the colors!!

  3. Scrapycandy April 9, 2009 at 1:02 pm #

    This would be great to play with…I’d just have to keep it away from kitty. But I’m all about glitz and this product is very intriguing. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Laura April 9, 2009 at 1:03 pm #

    That looks like some AWESOME glitter… take that Martha Stewart! It’s very “in” now too, so I may have to check this out for myself!

  5. Cassi April 9, 2009 at 1:07 pm #

    thanks for showing all the different ways you applied the glitter!

  6. ania April 9, 2009 at 1:53 pm #

    Umm…Id LOVE some german glass glitters, have heard so much about it but yet to try it myself 🙂

  7. Christina April 9, 2009 at 2:06 pm #

    i loved how you used the glitter in your project. they look so delish! 🙂

  8. Claude April 9, 2009 at 5:29 pm #

    This looks so sparkly, love the colours!

  9. Mary O.K. April 9, 2009 at 5:54 pm #

    I had no idea that most glitter is plastic… I’m not sure WHAT I thought it was, but for some reason, the idea of real glass glitter is much more pleasing. Thanks for an excellent review!
    Best Wishes,
    Mary O.K.

  10. Tamikko April 9, 2009 at 6:01 pm #

    Oh, how I love sparkly glitters. These are on my list and I can’t wait to get some. Thanks for the tips.

  11. Maureen April 9, 2009 at 7:05 pm #

    WOW – I love that glass glitter and that is a good price. Thank you for those great samples – beautiful work !!!

  12. Tracey April 9, 2009 at 7:34 pm #

    Love the glitter! Gorgeous projects!

  13. Julie Masse April 9, 2009 at 7:48 pm #

    Great article Lexi! I have some silver German Glass Glitter and I love it!! It is sooooo sparkly! 🙂

  14. Debbie April 9, 2009 at 7:56 pm #

    The German Glitter looks so beautiful. I love the sparkles of the bigger pieces.

    Debbie peysen

  15. Feather Webb April 9, 2009 at 8:53 pm #

    I think that I need some of this….I love it!

  16. Rebecca April 9, 2009 at 9:10 pm #

    Definitely have to get me some of that glass glitter—LOVE it!

  17. cathy April 9, 2009 at 10:25 pm #

    What fun!!

  18. JessicaK April 9, 2009 at 10:37 pm #

    Ooooh, I loved the glittery eggs. So cool and a different take on the traditional egg.

  19. huntla1 April 9, 2009 at 10:47 pm #

    this looks beautiful. Great colors and nice shine. As a con you said that it was glass. Why was this a con. Can you cut yourself. Just curious. Thanks for evaluating and letting me enter a giveaway.

  20. ~kelly marie~ April 10, 2009 at 12:36 am #

    I love this glitter! So fun!

  21. NachoMomma April 10, 2009 at 2:00 am #

    I’ve always wanted to try this – thanks for the “nudge”

  22. Anonymous April 10, 2009 at 8:25 am #

    I really like the colors of this glitter. All of the products look interesting!
    C. Burke

  23. Elaine A April 10, 2009 at 8:36 am #

    I love the way you went green and reused the plastic pack the glitter came in. AND thank you for the great tip on how you store the glitter. I am going to do this also. I have glitters but must admit I hesitate using them because of the mess. This will take care of that issue!

    Elaine Allen

  24. Katherine April 10, 2009 at 11:44 am #

    Gorgeous projects! I need some of that glitter! LOL!!

  25. Anonymous April 10, 2009 at 11:44 am #

    Love the glitter..GORGEOUS colours and love your storage system..I find it works great that way for me as well!
    Smiles.
    Sheri in Vancouver, BC

  26. Lori April 10, 2009 at 11:46 am #

    Someone had a lot of fun with glitter! Very neat ideas!

  27. Anna Banana April 10, 2009 at 11:59 am #

    I also store my glitter in a similar way – easy to pop off the lid and get sparkly!

    My favorite is how you recycled the packaging and made it into a fantastic gift – Great thinking!
    Anna Banana

  28. java diva April 10, 2009 at 12:01 pm #

    Those cards are too cute!!
    I love packaging that can be re-used!!

  29. Donna April 10, 2009 at 12:03 pm #

    Beautiful projects. I just love glitter. It works on so many things. Love the sparkle! Thanks for the critique.

  30. Carolyn April 10, 2009 at 1:11 pm #

    This glitter is so pretty. I love the ways you used it and the fact that you can reuse the packaging to make another great item. I have been thinking of storing my glitter this way, when I give classes, the ladies make such a mess, this might be the answer. thanks for sharing

    ceashark at aol dot com

  31. andrea April 10, 2009 at 1:25 pm #

    from one glitter girl to another, these are beautiful. and i store my glitter like you 🙂

  32. Chris S. April 10, 2009 at 5:00 pm #

    Now why didn’t I think of storing glitter in sandwich boxes? Getting leftover back in the little bottles is pretty tricky and leaves me glittered! Great idea! Thanks for the review and all the pretty “stuff.”

  33. Kathleen April 11, 2009 at 6:45 am #

    This glitter looks really cool! Love your projects! Thanks for all the info~

  34. La Vikinga April 13, 2009 at 3:10 pm #

    Awsome!!! I’d sure like to use some of that glitter to my cards, too!!!

  35. juicyfruits January 10, 2012 at 9:55 am #

    This looks wonderful. I wonder–is it transparent? For instance if you put some on a piece of glass, can you see through it?