Glitter Fail (I Think)

Much as Miss Eagle was inspired by Miss Woodpecker’s DIY glitter champagne flutes, I was too! I pictured all the ladies enjoying some nerve-calming drinks out of pretty, sparkly, yellow glasses as we prepared for the day.

Except I think I did something wrong. From a distance, my glasses look decent, but up close they’re kind of splotchy and greasy-looking.



I followed the Something Turquoise directions to the letter, but I used a non-Martha pouncer. The paint got kind of foamy, and oven curing it didn’t help. So now they look kind of water spotted, which isn’t really appealing to me.

Mr. Dragon thought they looked fine, so maybe they’re supposed to be like this, which is why I’m asking—should I redo these, this time with a Martha-approved brush? The glasses were only a dollar each at Walmart, so it wouldn’t be the end of the world to pitch these ones in the trash.

Tips and tricks are welcomed and appreciated! You’d think after months of DIY’ing I’d be better at it.

Are you an experienced DIY’er or someone who, like me, just picked it up for the sake of the wedding?


Mrs. Dragon

Sioux Lookout/Brockville, ON
Wedding Date:
September 2012
Finding Our Song
Hawks on Honeymoon: Arriving in Punta Cana
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    babu22 375 posts, Helper bee @ 12:08 pm

    I made a set of wine glasses for a friend’s bachelorette using the something turquoise tutorial, and I don’t think it’s the pouncer that’s your problem. I think you just need a lot more coats of glitter! Keep piling on the glitter paint until it is almost entirely opaque and it will look a lot better. You only need a little bit of ombre at the top to gradiate out. I can send a pic of my glasses if you’re interested.

  2. eagle Member
    eagle 1552 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:19 pm

    Did you use the Martha brand paint? Because that shit is FILLED with glitter. It looks like there isn’t enough glitter on the glasses. The Martha Stewart paint is essential to the project!

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    Mrs. Dragon 814 posts, Busy bee @ 12:20 pm

    @babu22: I wonder if I can add more onto it even though I already baked it?

  4. msdragon Member
    Mrs. Dragon 814 posts, Busy bee @ 12:24 pm

    @Miss Eagle: I got the Martha!! I’m wondering if the yellow is just lighter for some reason? Maybe I should retry with gold.

  5. eagle Member
    eagle 1552 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:27 pm

    @babu22: You’re right – you do need like 3 coats!

  6. eagle Member
    eagle 1552 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:28 pm

    @Miss Dragon: Yeah, I used the colour they used in the tutorial called Florentine Gold.

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    alleycat 661 posts, Busy bee @ 12:34 pm

    Definitely need more glitter. I don’t see why you wouldn’t be able to add more and then oven cure again! I used three coats on mine.

    I don’t think you need to buy different pouncers. I used the Martha Stewart pouncers (and glitter paint) and my paint also got foamy when applying it–so not the pouncers. Mine have some of the water spots too, but when you apply more glitter it’s not as noticeable. I think you can work with these!

  8. msdragon Member
    Mrs. Dragon 814 posts, Busy bee @ 12:51 pm

    I’m going to try adding more, and if that doesn’t work I’ll buy new ones and new paint! :)

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    ihavethemusicinme 209 posts, Helper bee @ 12:58 pm

    I’m making this for our wedding favors but we’re doing wine glasses.

  10. eagle Member
    eagle 1552 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:58 pm

    @Miss Dragon: If mine don’t get smashed or anything, I’ll mail you mine (with the bees :) )

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    hyena 2537 posts, Sugar bee @ 1:04 pm

    What do they look like from farther away? I can see they look kind of splotchy from this close, but what with the drinkin’ and partyin’ that will be happening at the wedding, if they look fine from a normal distance I’d say the guests won’t care so much. :)

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    Baker2Be 177 posts, Blushing bee @ 1:09 pm

    I used the Martha pouncers and still got a little of that. You just have to make sure you pounce them until there aren’t the big bubbles, and more glitter will hide that… Mine have some little tiny bubbles, but I decided I am over it and just moved on to the next project 😀

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    hawk 1117 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:27 pm

    I agree with Hyena. I doubt anyone will be inspecting them that closely to notice! I think they look great in the first photo!

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    ebats 49 posts, Newbee @ 1:35 pm

    i bet they look totally fine with champagne in them – champagne is kinda gold anyways!

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    msfox 1635 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:09 pm

    So I just did this for a friends bachelorette.. I did one or two coats of the glitter paint, then sprinkled each glass with loose glitter (more at the base, less further up), then did another coat of the glitter paint to “seal it in”. worked like a charm and looked SUPER glittery!!

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    priyathescientist 1514 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:10 pm

    I think you CAN add extra coats after baking. I think.

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    Mrs. Beanstalk 770 posts, Busy bee @ 3:41 pm

    I kind of like them as is! =)

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    Mrs. Dragon 814 posts, Busy bee @ 3:53 pm

    @Miss Eagle: You’re so awesome!! I’ll keep trying to fix mine in case yours get smashed but that’d be really sweet!
    @Mrs. Hyena: They aren’t terrible from far away! I may be having a picky bride moment. 😛
    @Baker2Be: Good to know! I’ll try popping the bigger bubbles.
    @Mrs. Fox: I was wondering if something like that would work!

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    Mis Iris 218 posts, Helper bee @ 4:18 pm

    I love this idea. My thoughts are similar to above…. I think the yellow is too close to the colour (yes, another Canadian) we associate with grease. I bet if you did another coat in gold, they’d be perfect. Or, you could pick up one more from Walmart, and try doing the gold first, followed by the yellow to brighten it up? Then you could pick which one you want to pursue. Cant wait to see the final product

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    Mis Iris 218 posts, Helper bee @ 7:01 pm

    Geez, now you have me all inspired…. when you look at the photos Miss Eagle posted, it looks like she had to do several coats as well. She mentioned the grading effect wasn’t quite what she expected, maybe keep that in mind on future tries. I need to find some time to give this a try myself! I hope they have a peachy kind of glitter

  21. mspony Member
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 7:11 pm

    If you have extra time, I would do what the others have suggested, but otherwise they look just fin to me, especially from farther away :)

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    MrsKeAloha 1044 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:56 pm

    Miss Dragon – I can’t believe you attemted it! I saw Miss Eagles tutorial and thought Oh Wow, I can see me wanting to break something, like a glass 😉

    But I have to say – I made, or actually my friend, (my husbands Broomsman Bride/Grooms woman) made the adorable hangers with the ribbon bows – Oh how I love the names and dresses all lined up in the pics. And the Bride’s ladies loved them too!

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    fluffysimms 116 posts, Blushing bee @ 10:26 pm

    i actually like them maybe less is more

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    Mrs. Dragon 814 posts, Busy bee @ 6:38 am

    @Mis Iris: I’m going to try adding a few more coats of yellow, and if they still look bad I’ll hit Walmart and buy new glasses plus gold glitter — and some loose yellow glitter to try Mrs. Fox’s idea!

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    Mrs. Dragon 814 posts, Busy bee @ 6:38 am

    @Miss Ke Aloha: Awesome! I love custom hangers. :)
    @fluffysimms: I think they turned out better-looking in the photos than in real life, haha.

  26. eagle Member
    eagle 1552 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:48 pm

    @Miss Dragon: Let me know if they work out!

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