For this particular cup, I chose a plain stainless steel tumbler from www.saveacup.com/roadie-tumbler
The glitter is UV sensitive Nova Light Blue, Nova Light Pink, and Nova Orange, and Pearlescent Hamilton Black. All from bulkglitters.com?aff=51 They have the best glitters that give amazing coverage and sparlkle use code HOLLY at checkout to recieve a free gift with your order.
The epoxy that I use is ProMarine. But any FDA compliant epoxy will do. You just want to be sure it is FDA compliant because you will be putting your mouth on the cup obviously. I have the big jugs because I use a lot of epoxy, but I started out just getting the small bottles of Amazing clear cast from Hobby Lobby which will work just as well.
Other glitter methods don't require a cuptisserie but for this particuar method, it is necessary because the constant turning is how you get the swirl effect. You can purchase them on Etsy but they can get pricey. Or, you make your own which is what I did. There are tons of tutorials out there. You can usually find the rotisserie for pretty cheap on a for sale site. I got mine for $25, PVC pipe for a few more dollars, had the wood laying around, and ordered the gears on Etsy for, I believe $10-15. But I began with just a single cup turner which was literally just the motor, a few pieces of scrap wood, and a football. Depending on where you're at financially and how into making tumblers you are will decide which route is best for you.
You're going to want a good amount of epoxy for this, it's what makes the glitter flow. Mix equal parts of A and B solution and stir your little heart out. It will turn cloudy and thick at first but eventually clear and smooth, that's when you can stop stirring. After the stirring is complete, I let it sit for a few minutes to let some of the air bubbles rise to the top. I use silicone pinch bowls I got from Amazon. And a silicone spatula. Epoxy is super sticky, but if you wait till it's dry it peels right off the silicone.
Then you are just going to pour it onto your spinning tumbler. You want a really thick layer, it will seem like too much but it's not.
Now the fun part, sprinkle your glitter on in a barber pole type swirl. The turner should make this fairly easy to do. Just keep alternating between colors until you're finished. You can use a popsicle stick, glitter shaker, or plastic spoon, whatever is easy for you.
You will see your glitter begin to swirl. Just hit that bad boy with some heat from a heat gun to really get it going. Don't keep it on too long, just enough to get things really flowing. If you see any spots that need more glitter, feel free to sprinkle a little more on here or there.
Then just leave it to do it's thing, that's it! Epoxy takes a long time to fully cure and heat helps that process along. I keep a little heat lamp on when I'm turning cups and usually just leave them on overnight. It can take less time than that but that's just my preference.
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