Recently, I’ve seen lots – and I do mean lots – of videos on YouTube featuring a “Glimmer Mist” or a “Shimmer Mist” product being used on many things and in many ways.
Last week, during my trip to my local craft/hobby stores, I asked if “Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists” were available in each of three stores I went to. Two of the major craft store personnel had never heard of the product and was sure their stores didn’t sell it. The third store was out of the entire product line and it will be 10 days before they get more.
I follow RoxyCar11 on YouTube and seemed to remember a video she did on “Shimmer Paint” and another one on “Glimmer Mist”. I did a Google search for anything to do with homemade Glimmer Mist and the results were not as many as I thought there would be.
I did find three blog entries on the subject. One result is thefrugalcrafter.wordpress.com, another is beestamper.blogspot.com, and the final one is poshscrapbookstore.blogspot.com. The recipes varied in their content as well as the “recipe” itself.
Well, getting a chance to play with some of my husband’s toys while he was away and wanting to see for myself how easy it is to make this stuff, I decided to just jump in and do it. Please keep in mind, the “recipe” I used was for a 4 ounce bottle. If you choose to do this with the “Mini Mister” bottles then the quantities of all products added to the water will be considerably less. I can’t say how much less, but I would think it would be safe to say the shimmery powder you use will be cut in 1/2 from what I use in this experiment.
The Glossy Accents was something I already had on hand. I purchased the Liquitex Cerulean Blue Hue Ink and Pearl Ex from Hobby Lobby. Information gathered from my three sources I read that Perfect Pearls has a “binder” in it that does not require any kind of glue agent added to the mix, while Pearl Ex does require a bit of a glue agent. Just not as much as I used.
DO NOT USE THE AMOUNT OF GLOSSY ACCENTS I SPECIFY IN THE VIDEO. I plugged up my sprayer something fierce and had to throw the whole thing away.
Well, that is what experimentation is all about anyway – isn’t it? Finding what works and what is best to be left out. You will never know until you try it. While it worked, for a short time, I had some spectacular results.
This worked well. The bottle didn’t stop up, as it had with the Glossy Accents. I thought the color would have been more dark since the Faded Jeans is a dye ink while the Liquitex Ink I used in the previous test is an acrylic base ink.
Now keep in mind all of the quantities were exactly the same in each experiment. The only thing that might have been off just a bit was the amount of water in each bottle. I tried to keep them all the same amount.
For this one I used Scattered Straw Distress Ink and a gold colored Perfect Pearls along with the water.
The contents in the bottle, once “twirled” was beautiful. The gold coloring of the water and the shimmer that was going on with the swirls was very eye catching.
Both of the Distress Inks are dye based and will stain your hands and clothing if you get any on you. I’m sure that it would be safe to say that the Liquitex Acrylic based ink would also stain if you got any on you. So take precautions when working with these inks.
All of the amounts remained the same. I just substituted the 1/8th teaspoon of hairspray for the dreaded Glossy Accents. Results came out the same so I was not displeased.
This entire experiment cost me a total of $24.50 for the paper flowers, two bottles of Distress Ink, one bottle of Liquitex Ink, one bottle of Pearl Ex, and three empty bottles. This comes to over $8 a bottle for the three tested here. I have three bottles of ink I may never use again and I have a big bottle of Pearl Ex I, also, may never use again. Was this experiment in DIY cost effective for me? In my opinion – No.
I can purchase – right now – from another YouTuber named Roxyfur 4 bottles of already prepared and factory measured product in what looks like 6 ounce bottles for $27. That comes to $6.75 a bottle as opposed to my over $8 a bottle DIY product. When I purchase this from Roxyfur I don’t have left over product I don’t know what to do with and my color guessing game is solved in the already color coordinated packs she sells.
Okay, now for the comparison of Pearl Ex versus Perfect Pearls as applied to their paper flowers.
As far as shimmer goes, the Pearl Ex is by far the most shimmery and I like the looks of the flowers more.
I may be keeping the Pearl Ex, ordering the Glimmer Mist from Roxyfur, and adding just a touch of the Pearl Ex to the spray I get from her. Not sure what I’m going to be doing with the Distress Ink. I do have one offer of a home for them in the comments of my video on this experiment, you can see it in Part 2 of this series.