What is Sequin?
Sequins are disk-shaped beads used for decorative purposes.
They are available in a wide variety of colors and geometric shapes. They are
a cheap way to make a costume shine on stage and can be sewn or glued on. You
can buy them pre-strung on string or on elastic bands, It's the easiest way to
make a costume stand out with not that much money. Your local fabric store can
carry them as well as these websites:
Application commonly used: E-6000, hot glue, or sewing
What is Glitter?
Glitter describes an assortment of very small (roughly 1
mm²) pieces of copolymer plastics, aluminum foil, titanium dioxide, iron
oxides, bismuth oxy-chloride or other materials painted in metallic, neon and
iridescent colors to reflect light in a sparkling spectrum. Glitter is usually
sold and stored in canisters somewhat similar to salt shakers, which have
openings that control the flow. These canisters may contain one or many colors.
It can be permanently applied with strong glue, or temporarily applied with
other sticky materials, such as makeup. It is not to be confused with confetti,
which is much larger, and should also not be confused with sequins, which are
Opaque: Solid and
bold in color.
and semi-clear, great for applying over a surface so the bottom color will show
This is the stuff kindergarten classes are made of. It's cheap and plentiful
and is cut into large flakes for general-purpose use.
Fine and micro-fine:
Think fairy dust. Comes in small bottles with skinny nozzles or mini-jars and
works well for paper projects, canvas art and fabric collages.
fabric-friendly in water-based formulas (great for adding sparkle to denim or
holiday tablecloths) or in aerosol cans for general craft projects (floral
centerpieces, wreaths). For the latter, use in a well-ventilated area,
These icing-like paints are squeezed out of small bottles and work well with
wood, assemblage and collage projects. Not very good for paper, because they
will stick. They also come in fabric-friendly versions for embellishing
clothing. Always apply squeeze glitter last because it takes longest to dry.
Glitter glue sticks:
For use in hot-glue guns. (as seen to the left)
Water-based and comes in hues of translucent blue, red, pink, gold and green.
Adds a "snowy" look to any surface to which it is applied, including
wood, plastic, metal, etc.
This is the stuff Martha Stewart used to decorate her famous glittered pumpkins during October. It is made by Art Institute Glitter and comes in fine powder or
in small shards. It's pricey but is worth it for adding an old-fashioned touch.
You can find glitter at your local craft store, is pretty
easy to use but know it gets EVERYWHERE and on EVERYTHING. For some of us with
disco ball lungs, it is not a big deal but for others based on it's content
could be dangerous for their health. Also know that some venues do not allow
you to use glitter on stage because it is difficult to clean it up.
Also if applied on the face or eyes beware that some of it
may get in to your eye and cut your eye ball.
Make sure you are using the
right kind of glitter on your face.
A good site to get acquainted with for online glitter
You are ready to be-dazzle away! Remember to be careful with
some of these products for they have to be used with care and caution when
using hot glue guns, hot fix guns, E-6000 and Spray adhesive. Some of these
things will burn you or irritate your skin. Be in a clear area with windows
open with heat resistant mats when using glues.
Contributed to the BB by Bella Sin