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Glitter is a collection of tiny, reflecting particles of various shapes, sizes, and colors. The surface sparkles or shimmers because glitter particles reflect light at different angles. Glitter is a smaller version of confetti, sparkles, and sequins.

Glitter has been manufactured from a variety of materials since prehistoric times, including stones such as malachite and mica, as well as insects and glass. Modern glitter is mainly made from a mix of metal and plastic, which is seldom recycled, prompting experts to urge for a ban on plastic glitter.

The Origins Of Sparkle

Henry Ruschmann, Sr., an American machinist, is credited with creating modern plastic glitter in 1934 when he discovered a means to cut sheets of plastic like mylar into glitter. When glass glitter became scarce during WWII, Ruschmann discovered a market for leftover plastics, which he crushed into glitter. Meadowbrook Farm near Bernardsville, New Jersey, where he formed Meadowbrook Inventions, Inc. to make industrial glitter, was bought by him in 1943. He submitted a patent for a method for cross-cutting films and other related innovations decades later.


Today, over 20,000 distinct types of glitter are produced in a wide range of colors, sizes, and materials. According to one estimate, between 1989 and 2009, 10 million pounds (4.5 million kilograms) of glitter was purchased or manufactured, however the source gives no proof or reference point. The size of commercial glitter varies from 0.002 to.25 inches (0.05 to 6.35 mm) per side. To begin, flat multi-layered sheets made of plastic, coloring, and reflective materials including aluminium, titanium dioxide, iron oxide, and bismuth oxychloride are created. After that, the sheets are sliced into tiny particles in a variety of forms, including squares, triangles, rectangles, and hexagons.


Glittering surfaces have been utilized in the arts and in cosmetics since prehistoric times. The contemporary English term “glitter” is derived from the Middle English word gliteren, which may have been influenced by the Old Norse word glitra. Mica flakes, on the other hand, were utilized to give cave paintings a glistening effect as early as 30,000 years ago. Cosmetics consisting of powdered hematite, a glittering mineral, are said to have been utilized by prehistoric people.

Powdered galena, a type of lead, was used to make a brilliant greyish-white dazzling paint used for ornamentation by people in the Americas 8,000 years ago. The Cahokia native peoples collected and surface mined galena in the Upper Mississippi Valley region for regional commerce, both raw and fashioned into beads or other things.

Ancient Egyptians made “glitter-like things from crushed beetles” as well as finely powdered green malachite crystal between 40,000 and 200 BC. Based on infrared scans of the paint fragments still discovered on the structures in modern-day Guatemala, researchers believe Mayan temples were occasionally decorated with red, green, and grey glitter paint produced from mica dust.

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  1. Amanda Joy Read says:

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