Craft Product Review: Mod Podge Dimensional Magic


OK, I originally posted this in May, but it’s right on time for Mod Podge Week!

I use Mod Podge for a lot of my projects. A LOT. But there are some projects that need that extra “pop” of a raised glaze, or to fill a bezel. Enter Mod Podge Dimensional Magic by Plaid.

Now, back in the day, I was addicted to a glaze product by Plaid called Royal  Coat Dimensional Magic…but sadly, it was discontinued. I used in on bottle caps and ATC’s, altered dominoes and faux dichroic glass. (I bought up every bottle I could find!)

Now Plaid as “improved” the formula, and it’s relabeled under the Mod Podge brands. Okay by me, as I’ve found it’s just a reliable and functional as it’s predecessor.

Dimensional Magic is a syrup-consistancy, straight-from-the-bottle top coat and glaze. Not messy mixing or waiting for cures. Just apply it to your project and wait for it to air dry. Ta-Da! That’s it.

It’s a little opaque when you apply it, as you’ll see from the following pictures. But never fear, crafty peeps- it dries crystal clear!

Here, DM is applied to a polymer clay button. No worries about that big bubble on the left: I was able to pop it with a tooth pick. And the glitter in the clay really “pops” with that glossy top-coat!

Here, I used DM to layer iridescent films to make a faux-dichroic glass effect. Those plastic films just float, and it’s got great clarity. You can even still see the stamping I did on the glass before the films and Dimensional Magic was applied.

And here, I used alcohol inks on a Style Stone (the smaller piece) and scratchboard (“dream”.) Those little white inclusions aren’t bubbles, they’re glow in the dark glitter! Again, the silver in the alcohol inks really takes on a faboo shine that you just don’t get without a shiny glaze on top. One note here, though- I noticed that the inks ran somewhat (I also stamped with alcohol ink.) I’m going to try heat-setting the next time to see if I can eliminate that problem!

Lastly, I used it to fill a bottlecap collage. Oddly, the DM reacted with the metal ladybug charm, oxidizing it and turning the surrounding area a greenish color. Luckily, I’m OK with that sort of thing, but it’s something to be aware of.

I’m also happy to report that there is very little “sink” when Dimensional Magic dries. (You know, sometimes there is a bit of a dip in the center as the dries.) But DM holds it’s integrity well, and looks great. It’s also self-leveling, which means that even if your application is a little uneven, it’s very forgiving and will settle out on it’s own.

All in all, I’m loving it- it was a product I really missed. It’s like an old friend has moved back into the neighborhood! Keep your eyes peeled at your local craft stores, and try a bottle yourself.

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  1. Dana says

    Sadly, I can’t see the pictures! Not sure what I would use this on. Maybe some earrings or to make bottle cap magnets?

  2. susie carranza says

    can’t wait to try this! for starters – i’d use it to for jewelry making…then – who knows?

  3. Linh C says

    I’ll come back to see the pics, they aren’t showing up right now.

    I have bottle caps that I’d like to use with the MP Dimensional Magic to make magnets.

  4. Lindy says

    I would like to use to make bottle cap magnets for my frig. My wonderful daughter is constantly drawing pics for my husband and I so we need more magnets.

  5. Cath says

    Can’t wait to try this out on some ornaments, or baubles for year round display. Thanks for the tips.

  6. Mina says

    I haven’t used this before, so I’d need to experiment a bit, like most who commented here. Seems like a great product, though–I must try it out! I feel like making some faux sea glass with it… dunno if that’ll work, though. But it’s worth a try! To experiment is to play! :)

  7. Kristib says

    I’ve used this stuff and love it! Although, I have to admit, I’m a little disappointed with how much sink there is. I’ve tried to make that part of the project, but I would really prefer a level or even convex shape. But it won’t stop me from using it again, and again, and again…. Love it!

  8. says

    I currently use Diamond Glaze for some bottle cap magnets that I make and would like to try out this product to compare! :)

  9. Amanda says

    I would definitely use this to make some bottle caps. I have a few waiting to be set.

  10. Kaitlin says

    I’d love to win some outdoor modge podge- how fun. I can’t find anything good in the stores in my area, we just have the ol standard modge podge available, nothing fun like outdoor or fabric…

  11. says

    Oh this looks wonderful. I make jewelry outside of my papercrafting and I think this would be awesome for some sparkle.

  12. Scrapycandy says

    This is very cool! I would seal my embellies with it. It would make them look so much more substantial I think.

  13. Kory says

    I had no idea this existed! How fun. I think I would use it to make some new earrings. I have lots of neat papers, but they need a little dimension to make them look intentional and fabulous instead of like earrings a kid made me as a birthday present…

  14. says

    I recently purchased some DM. I can’t wait to try it out!! :) BTW, I used alcohol inks on dominoes and 2 different sealants made the alcohol run too. I’ll have to try the heat setting method. Thanks for the tip!!

  15. says

    I’ve seen some of the domino, bottle cap, and scrabble tile jewelry using Dimensional Mod Podge, and I’d love to try it. I can’t get it here.

  16. Angela says

    Like the others, I’ve never tried this, but I would totally use it to do bottle cap collages. I’ve tried with other products, but have yet to find the one I really like. This looks like it could fit the bill.

  17. Susan Spiers says

    I would make a picture charm bracelet with pics of my kids & grandkids. Thanks to Mod Podge for this great re-invention!

  18. says

    This looks awesome! I have to special order the diamond glaze I like and this would be a great alternative to try. I make little necklaces for my daughter using those wooden disks at craft stores. I drill a small hole, add a picture or patterned paper, and then string on some ribbon. It’s a nice way to make a kid friendly pendant.

  19. says

    I’ve never heard of this product before. I am really excited to find it at the store and try it out. I would defintely use it for jewelry and with polymer clay. I am always looking for a shiny glaze that can be used with polymer clay!

  20. Maria says

    I am getting ready for a fundraiser at my daughter’s high school. Their mascot is the Scots. We are ready to make Srabble tile necklaces (on chains and leather strips) with the silhouette of a bagpipe player. A chance to show school spirit in a cool-graphics and affordable way (plus the family gets to craft together!).

  21. says

    Oh, this kind looks the funnest of all! I think I would like to try one of the bottle caps–those are just so cute!

  22. Pippa says

    I’ve never used it before so I’d have to do some experimenting. Lots of experimenting. On everything. ;D

  23. says

    I would love to play around and experiment with the Dimensional Podge! I have some lovely bottlecaps sitting around waiting for a makeover; and some freshly garage sale’d Scrabble tiles … I think the husband has a Dremel for me to “borrow” …

    Looking forward to playing with it!

    Thanks for the opportunity!


  24. Emily says

    I have a friend who is OBSESSED with cufflinks and since Christmas is (sort of) coming up soon, I’d love to use Dimensional Magic for that!

  25. Kim Kiehl says

    My daughter & her friends want to make some bottlecap jewelery. This soounds like it would be a nice addition to their efforts.

  26. Elaine c. says

    I have not tried this yet but I am so excited to try this – unfortunately I couldn’t view you projects but the bottle cap art sounded right up my alley. Thank you once again for your detailed review.

  27. says

    oh, I so love with this dimensional too but can’t get it in my local store here (Malaysia). I have to use Ranger’s Glossy Accents instead.

  28. says

    I loved the old DM, but haven’t tried the new and improved version. I just saw it at Joann’s for the first time yesterday. If the new product is better than the old…than all I can say is wow, as it was great stuff.

  29. jane says

    Love this stuff! I have been using it to cover different types of objects in making jewelry. Like you, so glad they have brought something like this back. Thanks for the giveaway.

  30. beulahmom says

    I have never used this product but sure would like to give it a try! Thanks for the opportunity to win some!! :o)

  31. Judy G says

    I would like to use Mod Podge Dimensional Magic on some jewelry I plan on making with my nieces. Thanks for a great promotion!

  32. Lisa says

    I’ve always wanted to make those bottle-cap collages. I first saw them in the French Quarter of New Orleans, with images of saints and glitter!

  33. says

    I’d love to try the new DM – I went through bottles and bottles of the ‘old’ one. My favourite way of using it is to add gloss to chipboard alphabets on my scrapbook layouts.

  34. says

    My son and I could make up our own board game – something I used to do a lot as a child – and I would let him paint scrabble tiles (you can buy them from a craft store), which would act as the pawn pieces, and use Mod Podge Dimensional Magic to glaze over the top so they are nice and shiny and will last a long time.

  35. Kaci says

    I’ve only recently discovered Mod Podge. Not sure where it’s been my whole crafty life, but I am most excited to try out this product!

  36. Nancy says

    I’d use it on scrabble tiles with photos for a pendant. Never have done it, but this would be a great way to try it!

  37. says

    Oh I didn’t tell you how I have used it. I have used it on cured polymer clay, and embedded clockwork gears in it, just like any “real resin” ! It worked great! Then I discovered that you can’t bake it. 😉 Yeah you did say you could have told me that would happen, but sometimes you have to learn things the hard way…

  38. Wendee Hart says

    Just hearing the name “Mod Podge” takes me back… And looking at the things that you’ve done now makes me wanna start again!

  39. says

    THIS is what I’ve been DYING to try!!! I haven’t been able to find it in my craft store yet tho :( I want to try making some bottle cap embellies for hair bows and scrapbook pages and I think this would be perfect!


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