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I LOVE a good chunky glitter mix! There’s just something so beautiful about the mix of sizes and textures in a chunky glitter that I think adds that little something extra to a cup, ya know? And if you were able to snag one of the Holli Mostella X Counter Culture collaboration boxes, then you actually got one of my very favorite chunky glitter mixes ever: AMERY!
Amery is a hand-mixed custom heart holographic glitter, and it is just so, so beautiful. But one of the questions I got from a lot of you guys about it is how to do an ombre with a chunky glitter like Amery. So, I’m going to show exactly how to get that perfect glitter ombre today!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Stainless Steel Tumbler (spray painted the color of your choice. I used Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch 2X Ultra Cover in Hunt Club Green)
- Counter Culture DIY Silicone Mat
- Counter Culture DIY Fast Set Epoxy
- Glitter (I’m using CCDIY’s Amery glitter, found in the Holli Mostella X CCDIY collab box, on this tumbler)
- Cup Turner (I love my Deno’s turner)
Step One: Prep Your Cup
Start by spray painting your cup the color of your choice. For this cup, I’m used Rust-Oleum 2x in Hunt Club Green. I love the Rust-Oleum 2X because it has the paint and primer in one, which means it runs less and takes fewer coats to get that full coverage.
Step Two: Epoxy
Place your cup on your turner and get ready to apply your epoxy. I’m using my Deno’s tumbler turner and, I just have to tell you, it is the only brand of turner I’ll use. They make the very BEST tumbler turners out there, so if you are trying to find the tumbler turner that works best for you, this is it!
Before I start to apply epoxy, I always lay a silicone mat underneath to protect my work surface and catch any drips. Epoxy dries like glass, but it peels right off silicone, so using the silicone mat makes clean up super easy.
For this method, you only need a thin layer of epoxy. So, you will go ahead and apply that carefully (be sure to wear gloves!) and finish it off my going over the entire cup with a torch to smooth out the surface, pop any bubbles, and really give you that glass-like finish.
Step 3: Add Glitter
Now it’s time to add the glitter! And now, Sis, I’m going to fill you in on the secret to a good ombre blend… a good shaker!
Yep. That’s it. You want to choose a good shaker that has small holes in the top. This is what will allow you to create that flawless ombre look.
To start, you can pop the top off of your shake and just pour your glitter over the bottom section of your cup. Don’t be shy here. You want to really cover it! Pro Tip: Place a piece of paper under your cup to catch any excess glitter. I do not want to waste a single speck of this gorgeous glitter so I will shake all of the glitter over the paper and then pour it back into my shaker when I’m done.
For this cup, I’m using the curve of the wine glass as a guide as to where I want my glitter to go, so I will put a pretty solid coating of glitter right up to where the cup begins to curve. Don’t worry if it’s terribly uneven at this point – we can fix that in a bit.
Now, here is the secret… The little holes in the top of the shaker allow the ultra-fine and smaller cuts of glitter to escape leaving all the bigger pieces behind. This allows the smaller pieces to naturally run up the side of the cup creating that nice even fade.
Put your top back on your shaker and then start gently shaking it over the cup.
As you continue shaking the glitter onto the cup, you can allow it to build as much or as little as you’d like. Pro Tip: If you’re using the Amery glitter, you can use your fingertip to pick up a few of the little heart pieces and sprinkle with down onto the cup to add that little special touch if you’d like.
Once you’ve got your ombre looking the way you’d like, allow your cup to dry before applying the final coat of epoxy. Pro Tip: Once your cup begins to dry a bit, you can use your finger to gently pat down any pieces of glitter that are sticking up so that your final coat of epoxy is completely smooth.
Step 4: Epoxy + Cure
I’m using Counter Culture DIY’s Fast Set Epoxy for this cup, so the dry time is about 2 hours. Next, it’s time to apply the final coat of epoxy to give you that super smooth, glass-like finish.
Allow your cup to dry completely, and that’s it! We now have a perfectly blended ombre tumbler created using chunky glitter!
I can’t wait to see what you make with this gorgeous Amery glitter, sis! Be sure to comment down below or tag me on Instagram @hollimostella so I can see!
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