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    Frozen Theme Cutouts


    Bucsfan15

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    I asked my daughter what she wanted on the lawn this year and of course she said Frozen. I know it's not a Christmas theme but I plan on making it that way one way or another.

    My question is, there is a lot of sparkly things in Frozen so I'm trying to figure out the best way to make my cutouts sparkle. The paint will just swallow up glitter if I mix it and putting on glitter after I paint may just wash away in the rain or snow. My only solution would be metal flake that body shops use for cars.

    Does anyone have any suggestions?

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    I haven't tried it, but I think putting glitter on top of wet paint will work. You're right, you'll lose some due to the elements; but a whole lot will stay. I don't like using clear sealers, as you risk the sealer turning yellow; however a clear sealer would help hold the glitter on.  They do make glitter spray paint, don't know if it is intended for exterior use.

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    For outdoor installations as well as stage shows, I've used gloss poly over glitter.  Paint your cutout in the same color as the glitter.  Brush on a thinned coat of Elmer's Glue over that area (once the paint is dry) and pour your glitter on there.  This will give you a solid coat of glitter.  Once you shake off the excess and the glue is thoroughly dry, you can carefully brush on a couple coats of gloss poly.  You'll need to be careful when you brush on the clear coat so that you don't drag glitter flakes over into non-glittered areas.  That will just make them look dirty under lights.  The effect you get from this isn't the gentle twinkle of glitter under lights, but instead  more of a shiny metal sheen, with a bit of sparkle.  It's still quite pretty and durable too.

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    I know Walmart sells a line of paint (Disney themed of all things) that you mix glitter in for little kids rooms.  You might want to look at what kind of glitter they are using, and maybe you can buy just that.  I would think that you then need to coat it with some sort of clear finisher to try to keep the glitter from washing away in the weather.

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    And the gloss poly doesn't yellow? Do you have any pics?

    I don't have any pics right off hand, but I have poly on some pieces for a display I did in NC at the beach five years ago that we are still using today with no yellowing.

     

    It sounds like it may not be an issue but you could check the label of the product in question and see if it has any UV inhibitor in it.  Krylon makes a UV protective clear paint (or at least they used to).  I have seen it at Michael's but it was quite a few years back.

     

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    Krylon has a series of spray on clear coats.  http://www.krylon.com/products/matte-finish/  I used them to protect the paint on my nativity set.  I was afraid the spray would leave a streaky appearance but it blended beautifully.  Spray would be the easiest way to deal with the glitter.

     

    I thought a  gloss finish would cause glare from the floods so I used matte.  Krylon also has semi and gloss.  If set designer kyledixondesigns says use gloss, use gloss.  I'm just the LD.

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    I just saw this and it made me go ooooooooh, then I thought of your cutouts.

    http://www.adafruit.com/blog/2014/10/03/using-glass-chips-to-make-elsas-cape-sparkle/

    Glitter is definitely the easiest way to go.  If you are still experimenting glass chips might be awesome.  Seal them up in glossy poly to keep the dirt out.  Put a blue spot light shining on the side of the cutouts to highlight the glass.

     

    Have fun!

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