Wednesday, December 5, 2012


Fresh Ground Glitter for Madame?

One day an idea sleeted into my head: Wouldn’t it be great if you could get fresh made glitter, on demand?  I imagined a glitter pepper mill. You could choose fine or large glitter with a simple adjustment and get just the right amount at the right place with just a twist. You could even customize the color and mix of the glitter by adjusting the proto-glitter that it was ground from.

This is, of course, madness. Especially for me, who hasn’t worked with glitter since I was 10. I won’t say I hate glitter, mostly because if I did say it I would make some serious craft-enemies that I can’t really afford... Fortunately my sister Pat (like most of my brothers and sisters) is receptive to wacky ideas. She’s also more favorable to glitter than I am. (Unlike most of my brothers and sisters.) When I ran the idea past her the response was “Lets give it a try!”  When you have two people working together on something it’s no longer a crazy idea, it’s now a project.

Steve Hoefer, "a globally recognized inventor and creative problem solver," still does projects, sometimes with his sister, and writes about them over here on his blog. Oh, it's all very fun: Valentine's Day patent-themed cards, PB&J ice cream cone, reading light in a book. For Steve and Pat's glitter project, they tested butterfly hair clips, poker chips, glass & plastic ornaments, and glitter itself. The results led them to another idea: Broken Glass Ornaments into New Ornaments. [via]

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I'm fairly certain our no-longer-a-kitten has retained her destructive instincts about Christmas ornaments, so thanks for that one, Jane!


@Lucienne But . . . what if she breaks the reconstituted ornaments?


@Lucienne "This here ornament is constructed from fifteen old ornaments, Elaine! All family heirlooms! Now hand me that sledgehammer and let's make some memories."

Jane Marie

@Lucienne you could use clear plastic ones? i wonder if the glitter inside would look less... glittery though?


@Jane Marie And on and on through the generations! It does seem like they would have to be less glittery eventually. Maybe if you mix glitter in with the glass?

But then you would probably be homicidal, and you're not supposed to kill everyone until after Christmas.


wow love it@n


Don't get a case of glitter lung like all those art teachers! http://www.theonion.com/articles/cases-of-glitter-lung-on-the-rise-among-elementary,1843/


If anyone here makes a "glitter is the herpes of craft supplies" joke, I will end them.

This has been a public service announcement.

fondue with cheddar

I actually love all these ideas except the glitter. Having all that broken glass around would freak me out. I would never, ever feel like the place was safe again. Clearly I have Issues.


@fondue with cheddar I must have the same, or worse, issues. The first thing I imagined was somehow getting a shit ton of glitter glass in my eye. I don't know how it got there, but boy, I am not a fan.

fondue with cheddar

@KatnotCat My eyes have this magical power where they always get shit in them. So if I had ground up glass in my general vicinity it would definitely get in my eye. I have a mild fear of glitter for the same reason, and also because I'm afraid I will inhale it or it will get caught in my throat. So when people put glitter on their faces or hairspray glitter in their hair it freaks me out a little bit.

And this video (NSFW) starts making me extremely anxious at 5:45 and only gets worse.


@fondue with cheddar Oh, man, it's totally terrifying! I can't even read about making the ornaments, just because of how frightening tiny shards of glass are.

fondue with cheddar

@aphrabean I want to wipe everything down with wet paper towels right now even though I've never broken any glass in the vicinity.

Mad as a Hatter!

Just the other day I was thinking about how AWESOME it would be to have glitter just raining down upon me, but then I realized I would probably inhale it and suffocate. =[


The headline made me laugh hysterically and then made me shudder uncontrollably.
It's an extremes kinda day..


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