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…
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!
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
- Super sparkly
- Beautiful colors
- Reusable packaging
- Chunky glitter is in, in, in!
- 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!
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