Add Glitter to Your Block

Nora Creeach 2005

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I have used the spider web as my design for this article but you can also outline a detail in the fabric that would look good with a little glitter as shown with one of the butterflies from the BOI fabric.

Fabric Dries Clear Adhesive dries permanently flexible and clear**
Ultrafine metal tip
085 Ultrafine Crystal transparent glitter on spider web
019 Grape Opaque glitter for the spider
065 old gold Opaque for the butterfly
tiny plastic spoon
Freezer paper
Aluminum foil


After you stamp, draw the design or choose an element in the fabric print, iron freezer paper to the wrong side of the fabric behind the design. Wrap and tape the fabric to a piece of stiff cardboard so it will not move and will form a firm working surface.

Working in small areas apply the Fabric Adhesive following your chosen design. Add the glitter while the adhesive is still shiny and very wet for the best adhesion. Continue until the entire design has been glittered. Allow to air dry for 4 to 5 hours

**Note: Test the adhesive on a scrap of your chosen fabric first. I did not test the fabric used for spider web and spider (it is a soft polyester satin) so my web is heavier than I would like and the spider's head oozed into his body. Since the glitter is applied while the adhesive is wet it bled unnoticed after applying the glitter. Had I tested first I could have decreased the amount of adhesive when drawing the lines and the 2 circles for the spider. The process works very well but testing the actual fabric you will use is recommended.

To cure: Preheat your oven to 300 degrees. Turn off oven once it is preheated. Remove the tape, cardboard and freezer paper, place the fabric design side up on a foil-lined cookie sheet and place it in the turned off oven. Allow to remain in the oven undisturbed for 30 minutes. Your glittered design is now ready to use in your block.

You can wash the item inside out in cold water, line dry or tumble dry on low heat. Do not bleach or dry-clean a glittered item

I used the fabric combo kits. They contained all the supplies needed except the fabric I worked on.

Art Institute Glitter Inc

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