Glitter describes an assortment of very small (roughly 1 mm²) pieces of paper, glass or plastic painted in metallic, neon and iridescent colors to reflect light in a sparkling spectrum. It’s usually sold and stored in canisters somewhat similar to salt shakers, which have openings that control the flow of the glitter. In craft terms, it can be applied to projects with strong glue, jak paper or a variety of sticky tapes.
Glitter was invented by Henry Ruschmann on his Hereford cattle farm in Bernardsville, New Jersey. Accounts conflict as to when glitter was invented - some say 1934 and others claim it was shortly after World War II. Today the company he founded, Meadowbrook Inventions, is still producing and supplying glitter. (source: Wikipedia)
Happily, we are now able to purchase environmentally friendly glitter products made from eucalyptus tree extract mixed with aluminium, or even a cellulose version. Both decompose in soil and don’t add to the ever increasing problem of plastics in our oceans and landfills.
A side note for those crafters involved in making cards for military personnel – cards containing glitter are often rejected. Contact your local coordinator for all the details.