Now, back in the day, I was addicted to a glaze product by Plaid called RoyalÂ 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!
Here, I used DM as a thin topcoat on a paper embellishment. It really allowed the mica powders to shimmer and shine. On this second StyleStone, I used it and added the rhinestone. Note that little bit ofÂ bleeding…
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!