A few people have asked me where I got the glass nuggets that I used in this pin…
Well, we made them months ago. A few were made by myself & my Teaching Assistants in the classroom, & the rest were merrily created by me in my back garden. I originally got the idea from a YouTube video from CraftKlatch. You can view the video here.
This is how they were made…
Paint the back, flat side, with clear nail varnish to give it a smoother base. Then paint with nail varnish. 2 or 3 coats is best, just like when painting your nails. Top with topcoat to protect the surface a little.
In this pic, you can see how I used glittery polish. If you use this by itself, the sparkle is very subtle. However, if you then add a normal colour over the top, the glitter really stands out. You can see the difference below…
This method is really easy, however can be a bit expensive. Hunt out cheap varnishes!
I then tried a different method – glue & glitter!
Paint the back, flat surface with glue then either dip into a dish of glitter, or sprinkle the glitter over the top. I sealed it with a normal varnish. (I did try putting a layer of glue over the top, but it was quite tacky.)
This method is much cheaper & just as pretty, however the nail varnish version is smoother & looks a little more ‘professional’.
I also painted some with non-glittery varnish, just to have a variety of colours.
They look very inviting in the box – like treasure!
I shall do a separate bog post on ways we have used them, but the possibilities are endless really – for counting & sorting, in the small world area, as loose parts… & the list goes on!
Thank you for reading!