Glow-in-the-dark Squid

In an earlier post, Jason created a glow-in-the-dark octopus. Well, he needed a friend obviously, so he’s back now with a glow-in-the-dark squid. His psychedelic coloring was achieved using all the different colors available in our Gluminous glow-in-the-dark sample pack. Jason has now used Gluminous powders in a few projects, and offered this review compared to other brands.

The glow powders I used to use where more distinctly colored in the light, but all of them glowed the same green-yellow color. The unique glow of each Gluminous powder is far more impressive, in my book.

Thanks Jason! We’re super happy that you’ve liked the results, and thanks as always for sharing your project with us and the Gluminous community. Want to share your project with us, and possibly win some free powders? Be sure to check out our contest page for more details.


Photochromic Flower

The petals of this plastic flower change color when placed in the sun. It uses Gluminous photochromic powder (orange) mixed into InstaMorph moldable plastic to achieve the effect. It starts out a light yellow in the shade and transitions to a deep orange/red in the sun.

“Although I never worked with photochromic powders before, the speed and boldness of the color shifts was really amazing!”

This is because Gluminous powders are almost 2x smaller in diameter than other brands, meaning more surface area by weight and quicker transitions when placed in the sun.

Glow-in-the-dark Action Figures

Gluminous glow-in-the-dark powder can be integrated into many different mediums. It works especially well in our moldable plastic, InstaMorph. Gluminous pigments can be kneaded into the plastic while it’s warm and pliable and then attached to other plastic parts.

In this project, Jason made his nephews a trio of glowing action figures, complete with removable glowing swords.

Glow-in-the-dark Octopus

Jason made this glow-in-the-dark octopus figurine out of InstaMorph moldable plastic and Gluminous glow-in-the-dark powders. He used sky-blue and pink for the octopus body and green pigment powder for the kelp behind it. In these pictures, it’s sitting on a bed of sand with a UV lamp pointed at it in various angles.

You can see in the picture of it under normal light that the powder, once mixed in with a medium, is mostly white/unnoticeable. When fully charged or hit with a UV light source directly, it glows a brilliant blue and pink!

Jason was able to do this by mixing in a small amount of powder into the moldable plastic while it was in it’s malleable state. By “kneading” the pigment evenly into the plastic, he was basically able to make his own glow-in-the-dark plastic. How cool is that?!

When working with moldable plastic, we recommend you start with a small amount of plastic and pigment and fully distribute the color before molding. Also, be careful when using hot water to heat up your plastic. Water can deactivate some of the Gluminous glow-in-the-dark powders so they won’t glow as well, so try to remove as much water as possible before integrating the pigment powders.