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If your like me you've struggled with adding glitter to your paint jobs. I've tried sprinkling it on a wet top coat, mixing it in with the top coat and brushing it on, mixing it with Createx clear coat and spraying it on, etc, etc. While these methods worked with varying degrees of success very rarely did I get a truly professional looking job. I've just come from trying something different. For those of you that have one of the mini sandblaster guns, or glass etching airbrush as some folks call them, this is the way to go IMHO. It gives a truly random covering of glitter without any of the globs of glitter in one spot and sparse covering in others. If you decide to try this you will need to be careful the first time you try it as the mini blaster puts out a lot more glitter than it looks like. (to these tired old eyes anyway) There is a good bit of "overspray" so you end up wasting some glitter, but glitter is cheap so that wasn't a major concern for me. Give it a try. I think you'll be pleased.

 

Ben

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A great idea.

 

I guess you are using the spray booth, to prevent glitter fall out. Maybe there is a simple way to collect the spare, possibly a wet screen or some kind of separator.

 

Every time the even glitter question is raised, my mind goes into design mode. I will have to write some of the ideas down one day.

 

Dave

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Another way to add glitter is to mix it in the 1st coat of clear and pour it on starting from the head of the lure.  Hang until dry. Subsequent coats are brushed on without glitter.  It gives a very uniform look.  The only drawback from pouring is there's lots of waste.

 

Now, I just use rattlecan glitter.

 

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Thanks guys.

 

Nate, the glitter I'm currently using is the ultra fine glitter from Hobby Lobby. Not sure of the exact dimensions. The mini blaster is a Master with a .5mm tip. The tip has a liner in it that I believe is made from some sort of hard plastic so you could possibly drill it out to shoot a larger size glitter. Or maybe they make a larger nozzle for it? Just guessing here as the stuff I currently have shoots fine through the .5mm nozzle. :?

 

Dave,

I hate to admit it, but this first try was done without the aid of any type of spray booth or collection device. You know me. Bull in the china shop until I see if something is going to work and if so then I'll start finessing things. It sure left my work area nice and sparkly though. :) From the way the glitter was floating around I'm thinking a simple shop vac with some type of filtration screen attached to a hood of sorts would suck it up fairly well. Not exactly sure how you would collect the glitter for reuse though. Instead of a filter maybe a water trap between the suction hood and the vacuum? The glitter water could then be strained through a coffee filter and left to dry.

 

 

Here's the link to the gun I'm using if anyone is interested.    http://www.tcpglobal.com/airbrushdepot/itemdetail.aspx?itemno=MAS+G78

 

Ben

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Thanks for the info Ben.  Fine glitter sprayed on top of a color is a great way to make it into a reflective metallic color.  To me, how much glitter and where on the lure it ends up is critical.  I do use airbrush paints that contain extra fine glitter flakes but when I think of glitter, it's usually something larger that won't shoot through an airbrush.  What I do is dirt simple but works well.  Buy some cheapo $2 craft glitter at the hobby store that comes pre-mixed in a clear acrylic liquid.  Squirt a little into a shot glass, shoot a little water in to thin the mixture.  Then use a soft artist's brush to put it on the lure.  You can spread out clumps, reposition flakes, and you can closely control how much gets on the lure and exactly where it goes.  The brush also lays the glitter down so it won't stick up through your clearcoat.  The craft glitter is "medium size", too big to shoot through most airbrushes, but if you want larger or smaller glitter you can buy a bottle of clear acrylic and mix your own.  A buddy of mine uses some extra large 1/8" square glitter as a part of one of his color schemes and it makes the lure really pop.

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I'm applying water-based glitter jelly onto the finished paint job straight from the bottle and smear it over the lure with my fingertip . A coat of matte acrylic clear insures a better adhesion of the glitter flakes after the jelly has dried away , so not too many flakes would get into the epoxy brush whilst topcoating afterwards .

Just working with handbrushes ,don't have any airbrush gear !

Cheers , diemai

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I'm new to bait making and painting, but i just mix my glitters in with my epoxy.  I don't use a whole lot of each color so it doesnt glob and i stir it really well.  when I brush it on, i make sure it's evenly spaced, then I put the bait on my horizontal drywheel over night ( made with a bbq rotisseiri motor).  I've had pretty good luck with that thus far.

 

I may check into the spary gun idea.  Sounds like something to try with an old airbrush that's in the junk drawer. :yay:

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I'm new to bait making and painting, but i just mix my glitters in with my epoxy.  I don't use a whole lot of each color so it doesnt glob and i stir it really well.  when I brush it on, i make sure it's evenly spaced, then I put the bait on my horizontal drywheel over night ( made with a bbq rotisseiri motor).  I've had pretty good luck with that thus far.

 

I may check into the spary gun idea.  Sounds like something to try with an old airbrush that's in the junk drawer. :yay:

 

Not sure if it would work with an airbrush since the mini-blasters are set up completely different. Airbrushes feed either by gravity or by siphoning the paint. The mini-blaster has an enclosed hopper you put the sand, or glitter in this case, with a feed tube sticking up through the middle of the hopper. Some air is diverted into the hopper which makes the material swirl around and get fed into the feed tube. An airbrush may work, but I'd make sure it was an old airbrush that I didn't mind clogging up.

 

Ben

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I like to use my daughter's fingernail polish. You'd be amazed at how many colors, sizes. I especially like one that is a transparent glitter in a clear finish. I haven't had any issues with bonding and D2T makes a good hard topcoat. Just watch the brush marks!

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I've mixed very fine glitter in with my clearcoat and sprayed it using a Badger Crescendo 175 with heavy tip. I also loosen the screw that holds the needle in position and slide it back a little more to get more flow and this usually works. For other finishes that get a heavy glitter I do it the old way of spraying some clearcoat on the lure and have some glitter in an old salt shaker and sprinkle some on.

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component system glitter nu.5 tip paasche airbrush.

mix glitter with clear thinned 2 ball bearings in bottle.

shake and shoot. bearings keep glitter suspended.. after that flash coat we apply the final clearcoat after the first has flashed over..

you will get an even glitter coat .

we have done that for over 30 years on all baits.

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I have a ton of old House Of Kolor pearl powder sitting around the garage from my days as a motorcycle painter... I never even thought to try and mix some if it into a topcoat.... Hmmmmm......

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What would hold it on the bait? Water wont. You need a binder. I'm not sure glitter will travel through a spray bottle. 

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I made the mistake of mixing some Hobby Lobby extra fine glitter in transparent base and trying to spray it thru an Iwata Eclipse airbrush. Yikes! I ruined a nozzle. I’ve returned to just mixing the glitter in epoxy top coat, mixing well, brushing it on and turning the lures on a turner. The only problem I’ve had with this method is when I’ve used too much glitter and it resulted in little bumps in the finish. As long as I don’t use too much, it comes out pretty nice

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we spray fine glitter thru a 5 tip pashe brush. large glitter is a salt shaker..and yes from the shop tp my house looks like the yellow brick road. its everywhere lol.

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Poly acrylic is a good carrier for glitter.It is water based and can be thinned.If you use fine enough glitter you can spray it on or use a brush if you want more control over where it goes..Nathan

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