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     Lisa Scott

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      Hi there! I am working on a production that wants the floor to be bedazzled with glitter. I am wondering if anyone has any experience or advice on how to best achieve this. My initial thought was to base the floor in a similar color and use glitter spray paint on top, but I worry that might leave a rough texture on the floor. My next idea was to base it in a similar color with a ton of spatter and purchase some bulk glitter to mix into a high gloss sealer.

      If any one has any words of wisdom or creative ideas to try out I would love to hear from you!!

      #76977
       Jeffrey Cook
        • Experience: 20+ years
        • Scenic Status: Full Time Regular

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        Hi Lisa

        What an interesting challenge. Would be informative to hear if anyone has done this in the past already. The two challenges I see are getting even distribution, and having a floor that can be maintained. Most theatres mop daily and any texture would snag the mop strings, collect dust, etc. I suggest, after base coating, putting down a clear coat a little area at a time and sprinkling the glitter into that area. Adding it to a clearcoat, in my experience, makes it clump, settle, or apply unevenly. If you could add microglitter on as you go it might look better. Then I think it needs a good top coat, maybe sprayed on with a pumper at first coat then brush or roll on a second coat to build up some layering onto the surface and make it more smooth.

         

        #76978
         Jeffrey Cook
          • Experience: 20+ years
          • Scenic Status: Full Time Regular

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          Hi Lisa

          What an interesting challenge. Would be informative to hear if anyone has done this in the past already. The two challenges I see are getting even distribution, and having a floor that can be maintained. Most theatres mop daily and any texture would snag the mop strings, collect dust, etc. I suggest, after base coating, putting down a clear coat a little area at a time and sprinkling the glitter into that area. Adding it to a clearcoat, in my experience, makes it clump, settle, or apply unevenly. If you could add microglitter on as you go it might look better. Then I think it needs a good top coat, maybe sprayed on with a pumper at first coat then brush or roll on a second coat to build up some layering onto the surface and make it more smooth.

           

          #76979
           Lisa Lazar

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            I’ve written two lengthy replies to the glitter floor question, but for some reason they didn’t publish after I hit the submit button on the guild’s website.

            Could an administrator take a look to see if it’s tangled up in a spam filter or something?

            Thanks

            Lisa Lazar

            Berkeley Rep

            #77070
             Monalisa
              • Experience: 15-20 years
              • Scenic Status: Full Time Regular

              My favorite way to apply glitter is to put the glitter in a deli cup with poked holes in the lid and sprinkle that into fresh sealer. After that is dry apply another coat of sealer. I agree with the other comment about not adding it into the sealer- usually ends up a mess.
              Good luck and cheers!

              #77071

              Lisa;

              Applying glitter to a floor will only supply a “static surface” from which to reflect a light source, unless the floor, the audience or light source is in constant motion. Applying glitter to a fabric placed over the surface of the floor and mechanically moved with air would vary the angles and be an engineering marvel. Does the glitter need to be total or implied. Holographic light in a low fog in the budget? Talk with the costumer; applying glitter to the performers will allow them to leave a trail behind them as they move.

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