Sunday, February 22, 2015

You asked for it, here it is AGAIN

With so many new followers and bloglovin' friends, I decided to show once again how I make my handmade shimmering mists.  This time, I also have a better camera.  Yes, I LOVE my new camera.

In case you don't remember, this is what my FIRST tutorial looked like.  I used the same photos when I updated the tutorial a few months later.  You can see why I decided to replace the tutorial since I have to replenish a bunch of these misters, anyway.

Supplies around the perimeter:
Luminart and another unmarked brand mica powders (the type that DOES NOT have a binder) your choice of colors

Supplies from back left clockwise:
Stick or spoon for placing powder in bottle
*Elmer's Glue-All or any good PVA glue
**Small refillable sprayers that have been washed and cleaned
Alternately, refill sprayers with same or similar powders as before
***Distilled water
*A note about Elmer's glue.  Any good PVA glue will work, since many who live in areas other than the US don't have access to this glue.  If using Elmer's be sure you use the Glue-All because their "school-glue" brand is watered down.

**A note about the refillable sprayer bottles.  I had some spray mists that I used, then cleaned them after they were empty.  Later, I found some after-bath sprays at the Dollar Tree (in US, where their slogan is "Everything's a Dollar")  that were in a package of two for $1.00.  I emptied the bath spray and used the bottles.  Much cheaper than going online to find these really pricy spray bottles.

***A note about distilled water.  Distilled water will last forever in these bottles, while tap water will cause the mists to get moldy over time.  If you plan to use the entire container immediately, you don't need distilled water.  However, if you plan to let this product sit for any length of time, as little as a week, in fact, distilled water is the way to go.

Now that we have all the essentials out of the way, decide what colors will go in each container.  If you are replenishing and know the exact color, use it.  If not, mixing colors adds to the fun of this experiment.

Whether replenishing or starting from scratch, make sure you place a small bead in the bottom of your container.  This will help keep the mixture agitated.

It's time to add distilled water to each of the spray bottles.  Don't fill over 3/4 of the way.  You'll need air in the bottles so the liquid can be shaken each time they are used.  As an aside, don't wear long loose sleeves as I did.  I knocked the water over in the container on the left and had to add more.  Thankfully, there was only water in this one.

Now it's time to add the glue.  No matter what size bottle I used, I always squeezed and counted to five.

Of course, you need to watch that the glue is going in the bottle, instead of concentrating on focusing your camera (grin). 

Using whatever is convenient for you (I wish I had some of those ice cream taster spoons for this step), add your mica powders.  Don't be shy.  Heap the color on.  You can't possibly get too much color, in my opinion.  This one is hard to judge, though because it's an interference color of pink and blue and I've never used this powder before.

Place the cap and mister on the container and shake, shake, shake.  Shake your booty oops, I mean container.  Keep shaking because it takes awhile for the mica powder and glue to assimilate into the distilled water.

Can you see the blue swirls as the color settles?  The nice thing about this is, once you've done all that shaking, the next time you use the container, which must be shaken each time you apply the product, all you need is a cursory shake or two.  I also noticed adding a bead to the bottle helped and everything mixed quicker and easier than with the one bottle I don't have a bead in.

I haven't made a bronze mist before, either.  This is exciting.  I can't wait to try my new colors.  And for those of you who have visited my blog for a long time, aren't you amazed you can actually read the words on the mica powders?  I can't say it enough how much I LOVE my nearly new camera.

My green on the right is new.  It is made from two greens and whatever little bit was left in the mister when I started.

The one on the left is a yellow green, and I use it ALL the time.  It's my go-to color.  I think it's my favorite, because it actually glows on my pages.  And that's saying something, because all the mists are hard to scan or photograph, as those of you who work with commercial mists, or mica powders in general, know.

I have replenished this color at least six times, and my friend Kathy made a big container of this color when I spent an art weekend with her late last year.  And you can see, I have enough of this color to make at least 50 more bottles.

But now it's time to finish filling these bottles and put all my mica powders away.  

I'll be testing these misters in the near future because today is another prep day.

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial.  I'll be updating my Tutorials page with this post and photos you can actually see!  Thanks for dropping by.  You know how much I appreciate your visit.  

24 thoughtful remarks:

froebelsternchen said...

Fantastic tutorial ELizabeth ! Thank you !

So useful !


Dee in N.H. said...

Awesome!!!! Thank you!!! I have a ton of Pearlex that would be great for this. Especially after your tip about the dollar store misters!! said...

Thanks for this tutorial -- wonderful and very helpful. Where do you get the mica powders? I am going to try this -- and I already have the spray bottles from The Dollar Store!

Halle said...

I need to make some of these!! I've been using sprays more lately.

massofhair said...

FANTASTIC tutorial Elizabeth, thank you for the distilled water tip that is very useful! :-) xxx

Hettie said...

Great Tute Elizabeth. I shall pin this for later. Great tip on the distilled water. Now I know why sometimes my sprays go off!

Rita said...

What fun to have some new misters to play with!! :)

johanna said...

bookmarked! such a useful tutorial, thank you so much!

pearshapedcrafting said...

Brilliant tutorial Elizabeth! I may give this a try - like I need more sprays- but this looks such a clever idea!
Hugs, Chrisx

Darla said...

Great tutorial and nice to know it is on your blog and available in the future.


Nan G said...

Perfect timing for this updated tut, E! I want to use sprays but don't want to buy them. And now I know what to do with all those mica powders have. Yea!! Thank you thank you my friend. Hope you're over the lurgy and the furry guys are doing good. Hugs from us Girls!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

The new tutorial looks great! I really have to try making some of these! I wonder if the water saved from a dehumidifier is "distilled" enough? Any thoughts?

Nancy said...

Lots of useful info for a money-saving supply- thanks! Your camera makes quite a difference. I look forward to seeing how you use these.

Anonymous said...

Great tutorial Elizabeth. You are always so willing to share your tips and insights. xox

Krisha said...

GREAT tutorial and nice crisp pictures.....grin

This reminds me that I have some bottles that have become clogged and need a good cleaning, so I can start over. It really might be time to hit the Dollar Store and scoop up the same deal you got.

Dreaming of Vintage said...

Great tutorial Elizabeth! Thanks for sharing!

~*~Patty S said...

WOW what a difference your new camera makes...I am really enjoying that too E!
Thanks for resharing this super tut!

JoJo said...

I'll be watching to see how you use these...boy the colors are yummy looking.

Nan G said...

Thanks E for keeping a log of your tutorials! In the process of unpacking and organizing I've found my mica powders...and yea...they're the ones without a binder! Happy dance! Going to get some Elmer's glue today..and look out world Nan will be playing with shimmer sprays! Hope all is well with Bleubeard and Squiggles and yourself. I can't post due to the app I use being messed up. I use ipad now not a laptop...easier on my hands. Take care see Ya soon, I hope to be back in blogland, shortly. Hugs

RO said...

WOW! How in the world did you figure out how to do this Elizabeth? It's stupendous, and makes me want to give it a try. I can't guarantee my success, but hey, I could do one bottle, right?(lol) The good thing is that I live 5 minutes from the Dollar Tree and 1 minute from Dollar General. Also, I used to live in Overland Park and Lenexa many years ago. Hugs...

p.s. - I bet you're surprised to see a comment on a 2015 post, huh? (lol)

Gibby Frogett said...

Hello Elizabeth - thanks for the message with this link - this was a great tutorial and great tips. I'd not thought about adding a bead, I have plenty of those so will be doing that next time. And adding a drop of glue was different so will be trying that too. Not sure if you will see this message so will send a separate one as well. Thanks again :)
Gill xx

Eileen The Artful Crafter said...

Fabulous tutorial, Elizabeth! Thank you for directing me to it. I love the bead tip. I have Pearl Ex powders but hesitate to use them because they're so expensive. I'm happy to know you only need a tad.

I'm sorry you're having trouble commenting on my blog. I think if you went there using a different browser than where you're signed in with your Blogger ID, you'd have the option to input different info, e.g. email.

Thanks for all your trouble. Hugs, Eileen

Mia said...

This is a wonderful tutorial, Elizabeth. Thank you so much for sharing. I will definitely try it. Hugs, my dear friend.

Eileen The Artful Crafter said...

Thanks for linking to this again, Elizabeth. I figured out why I couldn't get strong colors. I wasn't using enough glue. Problem solved ... thanks to you 😊 Eilen xx