DIY Craft Supplies: Make Your Own Glimmer Mists
Glimmer mists, sometimes called shimmer mist or shimmer spray, are used to add a pretty layer of shimmer to paper projects such as handmade flowers, greeting cards, scrapbook layouts and things like that. It can also be used on fabrics and other types of projects as well. It is basically just a clear or translucent colored liquid with shimmery mica powders inside. It is usually applied using a fine mist spray and if you were to purchase it, it will usually be found in the scrapbook section of craft stores. There are a few different brands out there but I feel like they are a bit too pricey and in my experience, they have been hard to find sometimes. This is one of the main reasons I've decided to make my own. The other reason is that I feel that they cost too much. If you are into using glimmer mists, you may want to check out this tutorial. Not only will you save tons of money but this recipe yields results that are truly just as beautiful as any glimmer mist you will buy in the craft store, or at least in my opinion.
What You Will Need:
- Empty Spray Bottle (2 oz or similar)
- Rubbing Alcohol (higher percentage is better but not necessary)
- Glue- Something that will dry clear. You can use Mod Podge, Glossy Accents, Diamond Glaze or anything like that.
- Jar of L.A. Colors Shimmering Loose Eyeshadow in your color of choice (I get mine for a buck of piece at the Dollar Tree
- Small measuring spoon or a craft stick
- Optional: alcohol Ink or acrylic paint if you want to add coloring to your mist
Helpful Tips Before Getting Started:
- Spray Bottle- A smaller spray bottle (like anywhere from 2oz to 8 oz) is best unless you will be making a large quantity. You can re-use small spray bottles that had perfume, etc. if you want.
- Rubbing Alcohol- It doesn't matter the percentage of alcohol you use... it will all yield the same results. The only difference is if you want your mist to dry quicker, you will want to use a higher percentage of alcohol. I used 50% alcohol (because its cheaper!) and it worked great.
- Glue- Anything that will dilute and dry clear will work great.
- L.A. Eyeshadow- This shimmery shadow can be found at Dollar Tree in a small jar and it has quite a bit in it and it's AWESOME and works quite well. They have several different colors. I have 3 colors of it so far... the white, gold and copper. The main ingredient in this is mica and that's what gives this spray it's beautiful shimmer. You can use other thing in it's place if you like.. here is a list:
Pearl Ex powders
Perfect Pearls powders
Mica powders (sometimes found in clay dept of craft store)
Any shimmery eye shadow
Metallic acrylic craft paints
- Small measuring spoon or stick- this is used to add the powder to the liquid.. you can use a craft stick, end of a paint brush or even the little brush that comes with the eyeshadow if you want.
- Coloring your mist- If you choose, you can do a translucent colored mist with shimmer in it by adding alcohol inks or even acrylic paints. A little bit goes a long way.. so start out with small amounts and then add more to achieve the darkness of color that you want. If you are interested, I have a DIY Alcohol Inks tutorial as well.
OK, let's get started!
Take your small spray bottle and pour in the alcohol to a little bit less than 3/4 full. You can use a spray bottle this is a bit larger if you prefer. Just adjust the portions to similar parts according to the size of your bottle.
Add the LA shimmery eye shadow now. I always take the brush out and put the lid back on and turn it upside down and shake some powder into the lid and scoop it out from there and it works pretty well for me. You can add as much or as little as you want.. the more you add the shimmery it will be. Just as a general rule for the small spray bottles I wouldn't add any more than 3/4 tsp or any less than 1/4 tsp for a 2 oz spray bottle. Some may think that's too much but I love my stuff super shimmery! Somewhere around 1/2 tsp or a little bit more is probably about right. Try to estimate the amount of powder you are adding if you are using a craft stick or something else like that.
If you are using something else besides the LA loose eyeshadow, you will add it the same way. Just scoop it out (estimate if needed)and put it into the bottle with the alcohol.
Now it's time to add the glue.. again you don't have to measure exactly... approximately 1/2 to 3/4 tsp will do for a small spray bottle. As long as the glue will dilute well and dry clear, it will work great. The glue is what will help make the shimmer stay in place once it's sprayed onto a project. Remember, you don't have to use Diamond Glaze.. you can use any glue as long as it will dilute with water and dry clear.
Now, put the lid on and shake it up..... and that's it! You can now add that gorgeous shimmer wherever you like.. it works especially well with paper and fabric crafts.
Want to Make Colored Glimmer Mist?
Shimmering mist comes in colors as well. Your mist will end up being a light version of the color of the eyeshadow you use but you can add more color if you want. You can do that be adding a translucent coloring like alcohol ink. Alcohol ink is applied in drops so start out with a few drops of the desired color and then do a spray test. If it's not dark enough, keep adding a drop or two until you get it the desired shade. You can use food coloring as well. Just add it by the drop just like the alcohol inks to achieve the desired shade. I have also heard of people using acrylic paints to color their mist. Since I have never done it, I'm not sure how much to add but if I were to use it, I would start out using 1/2 to 3/4 tsp of paint and then adding small bits from there to achieve the desired shade. Don't forget, with any of these you mix certain colors to make other colors you might want.
***Tips and Ideas***
- Remember, if it's not as shimmery as you would like, you can always add more shimmer powder in the bottle.
- After your bottle has been sitting for a while, the shimmer will all settle at the bottom. It is recommended to first gently swirl the shimmer to get it off the bottom of the bottle and then shake it to avoid clogging up the spray nozzle.
- Some spray bottles work better than others. Experiment with different bottles to see which you prefer. I have had really good luck with just the plain small spray bottles.
- Some people like to mix a large batch of clear shimmer just as a base mixture and then transfer it to spray bottles as needed. A clean spaghetti sauce jar with a lid would be the perfect size if you'd like to mix and store it in a larger quantity.
- You can apply the shimmer liquid with a paint brush instead of spraying if you would like.
- The LA loose eye shadow at the Dollar Tree comes in several shades of shimmer... so far I have seen it in white, pink, green, black, gold and copper. It's lots of fun to experiment with the different colors of shimmer. You can mix different colors for a varied effect.
I hope you have enjoyed this hub and will find it useful! One more thing I want to mention before I end the hub is that I did not come up with this myself. I actually saw this method used in a few videos on Youtube. I wish I could remember the names but I do know I saw it on Youtube. I must say whoever originally came up with the idea of using the LA loose eyeshadow for this is a genius! I am truly impressed with how well this stuff works. It's super cheap and the first listed and main ingredient in this stuff is mica which is the same stuff that's used when you buy the more expensive version at craft stores. So, whoever did come up with this I am sending a big hug and a huge thank you your way :)