Wednesday, August 29, 2012

the DIY: REMOVE THAT GLITTER!

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There was a time when Casey and I wanted to glitter EVERYTHING. We put glitter on our shoes, in our visual journals, and even on my cell phone case. I thought it would be a brilliant way to change up my case. WRONG. Although this looks awesome (to some), the mess isn't worth the awesomeness. Every time I would talk on the phone, I'd end up with glitter all over my face and hands and you already know how successful I was trying to get it all off of me. NOT successful at all. At one point I thought this case was gone forever but then I thought, why not try to get all of the glitter off and start over with a new design? So here is what I did...

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Originally I put this glitter on with tons of Mod Podge. You can see on the front of the case where I was trying to scrape off all of the glitter and Mod Podge. Wasn't working too well. And you can see that the inside of the case is still the original colors.

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I set the case in a bowl of water overnight. Make sure the case (or whatever you are de-glittering) is submerged completely in the water.

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After it has set for at least 8 hours, you should be good to pull all of the glitter off.

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As you can hopefully see in the pictures, the Mod Podge has turned white- like it has gotten soggy.

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Take a butter knife to scrape off the first bits. Once you get it started with the knife, use your fingers to peel the rest off.

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And in a few moments you have a clean slate again!

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I just ran my case under some water to get the last pieces of glitter off and now I'm ready to decorate my cell phone case again. I don't want to get started about iPhone 4 cases and how hard it is to get one that is perfect but, this baby meets all of my needs and it was only $6 so I really wanted to keep it usable! You may never need a tutorial like this but.... just in case?

11 comments:

  1. I always have that problem, I love glitter but I hate when it gets everywhere! Although I did see some glitter spray paint at Michael's the last time I was there and was considering glittering up my filing cabinet...

    Kristina

    Kristina does the Internets

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  2. Peeling off that glitter looks super fun. Like peeling off nail polish but not bad for your nails!
    I wonder if you put some sort of sealant on the glitter if it would keep it from coming off...basically like a topcoat.

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    1. We actually used a sealant on this cell phone case, as well as the shoes we had glittered before. The shoes don't really have a glitter falling off problem. I think the phone did just because it is being handled so much.

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    2. A good spray lacquer make for glitter or a coat or resin on top can hold glitter in place without it ending up everywhere. The resin is not flexible, but the spay lacquer has worked great on my shoes. Hope that helps :)

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  3. Glitter is the herpes of the craft world. As soon as you think it's all cleaned up, you find another sparkle!

    Not the most PC comments, but totally true.

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  4. Hey! I'm from Brazil and met your blog today, and already in love <3
    Congratulations for your work, seems beautiful!

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  5. I love your new site! Everything is so beautiful!

    Laura

    http://fallinlove.com.ar/?lang=en

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  6. I glittered my cell phone cover but I mixed it with mod podge to maker a glitter glue and then just plan mod podge to seal it in. No flake off of glitter and still the glitter look!

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    1. That's exactly what I did to my cell phone... we've glittered many things the very same way. The phone case was the only thing that the glitter fell off of. It makes sense, since I handled the phone so much, that the glitter would come off little by little. It didn't come off in chunks or anything, just enough to be annoying.

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  7. You could have.coated the case with modge podge ik it goes on white but it dries clear do when you whipe it theres no mess

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