Glitter Suppliers ???

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Glitter Suppliers ???

Postby Thkoutsidthebox » Sun Feb 04, 2007 7:26 pm

Hi all,

So here's what you would think is a simple question, but its surprising how difficult it is to find basic run of the mill glitter!

Remember the 'Howling Wolf Inn' sign that someone did? (Great sign) Anyway...they used some sort of dark blue glitter on it. Basically I need that same glitter, and also a light blue version. I also need whatever type of clear drying glue was used to secure it in place on the sign.

Any help is much appreciated. Im intended to finish over it with clear gloss varnish, so the glue will have to be compatible....or maybe I can coat with something like shellac then varnish over that?

A glitter supplier online, and advice about the glue/finish combination is much appreciated. Thanks. :)
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Postby Paul_n » Sun Feb 04, 2007 7:48 pm

Hi.....

The product is called " smalts " ....

Here is one place that was it: http://www.letterheadsignsupply.com/sundries.htm

There may be other...

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Postby Thkoutsidthebox » Sun Feb 04, 2007 8:37 pm

Thats the one. Thanks Paul. :D
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Postby Thkoutsidthebox » Wed Feb 07, 2007 8:31 pm

I ordered some glitter paints from e-bay because the smalts are quite expensive. If the paints dont work Im going to go and order some smalts.
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Postby Paul_n » Wed Feb 07, 2007 10:39 pm

..... Breadboard

Last year at the ShopBot Jamboree, I met the couple that did the "Howling Wolf Inn" sign,
and they talked about how the sign was made....

One additional item they shared was that in place of the 'smults' they will often use
the colored sands and gravel, and different material used in a fish tank or aquarium.
This material is placed in a 'bed' of epoxy resin, much like the smults.

I've not tried this, but you may want to look into these materials also.....

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Postby coop » Thu Feb 08, 2007 2:20 am

hey breadboard,
this is bo...
i mix sevseral types of glitters for several applications !
the glitters can be purchased in dry form or paste and mixed with the
base of your choice depending on the final product use...
"SEM" brand available at auto paint stores makes a micro sequin flake that is beautiful
for many uses !
also PPG makes some flakes. most are available as additives to auto urethanes but can be used in almost any base clear coat. they are also available in various sizes up tp the large
"boat flakes"
i usually spray mine on but they can be applied other ways also !
there are also "pearls" that are a little pricey but the results are spectacular.
PPG and Dupont have a large selection of these also !
good luck
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