Craft vs. Poly


There is a difference between Craft Glitter & Polyester Glitter. This page will help you understand that difference.

On this website, we sell two distinct types of glitter. The first is Craft Glitter and the second is Polyester Glitter. Each of these glitters has certain properties that make it both good and bad for certain things. To help you make the right choice please see below. Please read and not just glance at the icons!

Not OK for solventsLimited sun exposure.Glitter is non toxic.Can be heated up to 280 degrees max.
All the plastic flake glitters that we sell here on this website all have the same properties. However, it is always important to do tests before beginning a project!
Each polyester glitter type has unique properties. The description of each glitter will spell out any limitations it may have. Not all are solvent resistant & not all are cosmetic grade, etc. We offer a QUICK VIEW CHART that can give you some of this data at a glance. 
  • School Art Projects
  • Glitter Hats
  • Parade Floats
  • Costumes (will not survive multiple washes)
  • Masks
  • Theater Sets
  • Party Decorations
  • Floral Accents
  • Children's Crafts
  • Craft Kits
  • Signs (Indoors due to sun fade over long periods)
  • Store Window Displays
  • Home Decorations
  • Applied on Glass
  • Pictures/Mirrors
  • Walls & Ceilings (Blown on when paint is wet)
  • Sand Art Alternative
  • Decorating Shoes (will not survive multiple washes)
  • Christmas Ornaments
  • Photo shoot effects
  • When you need volume (filling spaces or containers)
  • Inside balloons (not all)

Why? Craft glitter is super affordable! If you need to do a big project, fill a big space, have a limited budget, then craft glitter is the best way to go. It is 2-5 times less expensive than polyester. Also, the larger flake craft glitters bounce a lot of light, and are super sparkly. If you are viewing your project from a distance then this is a great choice. Fine flake glitters are great up close, but stand far away and that lovely sparkle can fade away.

Why Not? Craft glitter is basically an indoor glitter or limited exposure outdoor glitter. Yes, it will probably survive a Summer outside and some rain downpours. However, if you expect it to do it year after year, you will not be happy. Plan to wear it on your body or wash a glittered shirt every week? Craft glitter is not a good choice.

Craft glitter does not work with all adhesives and sealers. Even a water based Polyurethane can cause it to clump or bleed. Always test before making a bulk purchase.

  • Boating and other Fiberglass or Gelcoat applications: Boats, Carnival Ride Cars, Pre-Fab Domes
  • Fishing Lures
  • Makeup (Cosmetics): Nail Polish, Body Creams & Lotions, Hair Spray, Glitter Nails, Hair Gels
  • Making Crayons
  • Mixed Into Finger Paints
  • With Fabric Adhesives: decorating clothing. sneakers, pumps
  • T-Shirts, (silk screened) mixed with Plastisol. (.008 is most popular size)
  • Clown Makeup
  • Ceramics (after firing)
  • Christmas Ornaments and Decorations
  • Mixed Into Inks & Paints
  • With Clear Adhesives
  • Make Glitter Pens (mixed with adhesive)
  • Rubber Stamp Kits & Greeting Cards
  • Fabric Printing (Flocking)
  • Automotive/Cars
  • Floral Decorations (Artificial, Dry, Live)
  • Candle Decorating
  • Flooring
  • Wallpaper
  • Posters & Displays
  • Car Paint
  • Inside Balloons (metallic & iridescent are best)

Why? Polyester glitter is a very versatile glitter. They can be mixed into things, many are fine with solvents, it is gorgeous, and comes in lots of colors and types.

Why Not? Polyester glitter is very expensive! If you can afford to use it and it fits your needs then go for it. Not all polyesters have the same properties. There are limitations! Read the descriptions of each glitter before purchasing. We are not responsible for incorrect usage.

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