Make It Sparkle

We added another specialty product to our inventory yesterday–glitter .

Sparklers Brush-On Glitter

These premixed glitter colors are permanent and won’t flake or rub off. They work on almost any craft surface (except washable fabric). They can be applied directly on the surface and over other acrylic colors. Dries to the touch in 2 hours.

It comes in 2-ounce bottles and is located at the bottom of the Metallics Paint Rack. Colors are SG880 Crystal, SG881 Glittering Silver, and SG888 Ruby Red. (Although more colors are shown here, we purchased what was in stock at OCS)paint chip glitter


Ultra Metallics™

Ultra Metallics are rich, gleaming water-based metallic colors that won’t tarnish. Ultra Metallics can be mixed with other water-based nonfired colors to create an even wider range of metallic colors.

Basic Instructions 1. Shake bottle thoroughly. 2. For solid coverage, apply 2 or more coats. 3. Base coat first with an OS acrylic makes it easier to use. 4. For detailing, apply 1 coat. 5. Apply to shelf cone 04 bisque.
Tips & Techniques 1. No need to seal, as Ultra Metallics are self sealing.      Nontoxic.

We  replenished the Ultra Metallic Colors UM 957 Red, UM958 Blue, and UM959 Green. These are in addition to the Ultra Metallic Metals Brite Gold UM950, Solid Gold UM951, Antique Gold UM 952, Bronze UM953, Copper UM954, Pewter UM955, and Silver UM956.


The Duncan pearl colors are currently only available in PL175 white mist and PL195 golden white. However, we have an assortment of discontinued pearl colors on the shelf. Pearls give a satin finish especially nice for ribbons and satin dresses. It is often easier to apply over a base coat of a similar color opaque stain.


We have an assortment of different colored glitters in small shaker  jars. Apply thinned white glue with a brush in areas where you want the glitter to stick. Take a pinch of glitter between your thumb and finger and apply sparingly. If you want solid coverage you can shake it on. Work over a piece of foil so that you can return excess glitter to the jars.glitter in shaker jars


We have an assortment of different colored rhinestones in three sizes and also some small hearts. Some “jewels” come connected and are useful for draping on trees or making necklaces and bracelets; it’s called “bling on a string”. We currently have gold and pearls.


There is a product called nonfired snow that we often use on Christmas trees. But it can be used in other ways as well–fur on Santa hats, fuzzy cottontail bunnies, and of course, snow on any item such as sleds or reindeer antlers. Adding a bit of clear or white glitter will also make it sparkle.

There are other add-on items available to finish your project. We have ribbon, lace, hats, silk flowers, bells, and a variety of small glue-on accessories. Ask to see them when you come.

When using any of these sparkly products or add-ons, remember that a little goes a long way. And try not to use too many different sparkles on the same project. For example, on my carousel horses I use jewels on some, glitter on some, metallics on some, pearls on some, but rarely do I use more than one (except for using pearls on the ribbons).

As  the saying goes, All that glitters is not gold!  But gold is another topic and we will deal with that tomorrow.

Carousel Creations
Where having Fun is why we come!

So come add a little sparkle to your next project.


About carolscarouselcreations

I am a retired math teacher. My jusband and I have been pouring, cleaning, firing, and painting ceramics since 1970 and have been teaching since 1972. We are both Duncan certified and members of IADCCT (International Association of Duncan Certified Caramic Teachers) and MVCT (Mahoning Valley Ceramic Teachers), a local chapter in North East Ohio and Western Pennsylvania. We have a home studio where we teach Technique Workshops and have Open Class time. We also have a party van which we take to local nursing homes. A new addition in 2020 is our online Facebook Live classes/demonstrations. We have two Etsy stores AfAfKidsNFriends for our African-American pieces and CarolsCarouselShoppe for our carousels. Find us on Facebook at CarolsCarouselCreations or send us an email to
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