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Dimensional Adhesives

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PRODUCTS
Diamond Glaze, Aleene's Paper Glaze

USE
Use for glazing photos, computer printed images, scrapbook papers, fabrics, inclusions (beads & other elements). Avoid shaking bottle to minimize bubbles. Water-soluble, but permanent when dry. Dries in 2-4 hours.

PROS
  • Easy to use.
  • Non-toxic.
  • Self-leveling.
  • Clear, smooth, durable, permanent finish.
  • Can be tinted with dye-based inks, watercolor, pearlescent pigments, and pastel chalks.
CONS
  • Can have a strong reaction to copper, creating a dark/blue tint where the glaze comes in contact with the metal.
  • Non-waterproof.

RESOURCES
Diamond Glaze FAQ

UV Resin

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PRODUCTS
Magic Glos Dimensional Gloss, Gel du Soleil

USE
Use for glazing photos, computer printed images, scrapbook papers, fabrics, inclusions (beads & other elements). Some elements may need to be glued into a design with E-6000 first if the design prevents UV light from reaching all areas. Allow time for glaze to spread evenly and for any bubbles to rise before placing in UV light. Remove bubbles by passing a heat source over the piece.

PROS
  • Easy to use.
  • Non-toxic.
  • Self-leveling.
  • Clear, permanent, waterproof finish.
  • Less darkening of paper and fabric than dimensional adhesives.
  • Great for layering, inclusions, and doming. Tint with transparent resin dyes.
  • Dries in minutes.
CONS
  • NEEDS UV lamp or sunlight.
  • Must get all finessing of the design done before it is placed in UV light.
  • Do no use with water-based adhesives.

RESOURCES
Lisa's Tips & Tricks

Two-Part Epoxy

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PRODUCTS
ICE Resin, Colores Resin System

USE
Use for glazing photos, computer printed images, scrapbook papers, fabrics, inclusions (beads & other elements). Use two layers for doming. For gluing crystallized elements, try 2-Ton Devcon 30 min. epoxy. Allow 24 hours for all epoxies to fully cure.

PROS
  • Clear, permanent, waterproof finish. Does not react to copper.
  • Very good for doming and thicker effects.
  • Can be tinted with mica powder and resin tints (such as RioGrande's Colores system).
CONS
  • Accurate measurements and mixing times are critical for good results.
  • Requires gloves and adequate ventilation.

RESOURCES
Fusion Beads
Ice Resin
3 Ways to Use 2-Part Epoxy Resin
Know your glue to avoid a sticky situation
Rio Grande Jewelry Making Supplies

Polymer Clay

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PRODUCTS
Sculpey, Fimo, Kato PolyClay

USE
Use polymer clays to shape, sculpt, and mold into picture and rivoli frames. Embellish as desired and bake as per product instructions. Some embellishments may need to be glued into place after baking.

PROS
  • Endless possibilities with polymer clay!
  • Baking is quick and easy.
CONS
  • Should have a dedicated toaster oven for clay work.

RESOURCES
Polymer Clay Central
Available at craft stores.

Epoxy Clay

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PRODUCTS
Crystal Clay, Apoxie Scult, DeCoRe'

USE
Use epoxy to mold and shape into picture frames or rivoli frames and use as a base for inclusions, paint, crystals, etc.

PROS
  • Can be rolled, shaped and embellished like clay, but no baking required.
  • Many colors to choose from.
  • Cures within a few hours.
CONS
  • Accurate measurements and mixing times are critical for good results.
  • Requires gloves and adequate ventilation.

RESOURCES
Fire Mountain Gems
Beadaholique.com

E6000

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USE
Use for gluing three dimensional elements into frames and rivoli holders. Allow 24 hours to fully cure. Dries to a more flexible hold than two-part epoxies.

PROS
  • Dries quickly.
CONS
  • Thick and goopy.
  • Not recommended for gluing Swarvovski crystallized elements.
  • Requires ventilation.

RESOURCES
Eclectic Products
Available at bead and craft stores.

G-S Hypo Cement

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USE
Use for gluing flat-back rhinestones into glue-in items.

PROS
  • Fine point application.
  • Dries quickly.
CONS
  • Requires ventilation.
  • Tip can seep.

RESOURCES
G-S Hypo Cement
Available at bead and craft stores.

General Tips

1

Print images on coated or presentation papers.

2

Always check permanence of ink. Seal images with clear tape or a spray fixative.

3

Use a thin layer of Super Glue (or similar) to glue images into frames to prevent glaze from seeping under the image.

4

For thick layers of glaze and/or doming effects use successive thin applications.

5

All products can slightly darken photos, printed images, papers and fabrics.

6

Watch for bubbles while drying and gently pop with pin or small brush -- or scoop out with tweezers.

7

Humidity and temperature can affect dry times.

8

When working with rivoli frames, press them into a piece of florist's foam (available at craft stores) or set in the grooves of a bead design board to hold them level while they dry.

9

Flatback rhinestones will "flatten out" if submerged in glazes. Glue them on top instead.

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