Glazes Comparison Sheet

Which glaze should you use for your jewelry-making project? Read the descriptions below to see which one is best for your type of project.

Name of Glaze Good to Know Drying Time

A easy, inexpensive way to achieve a clear, glossy finish.

  • A thin coat can dry in as little time as 30 minutes, and will result in a smooth finish. (The glaze is self-leveling.)
  • It has a blue tint when wet, but dries clear.
  • A thick coat can give your image a bluish tint, even when dry, and may need up to overnight to dry.
  • A water-based adhesive, Diamond Glaze flows very smoothly and should be used with bezel settings. (It will drip off metal blanks without edges/non-bezel blanks.)
  • Can be applied directly over laser jet images, acid-free paper (like scrapbook paper) and images made from colored pencils, permanent markers and alcohol inks; no sealant needed.
  • Ink jet images should be sealed to create a waterproof barrier before applying Diamond Glaze. (Use clear packing tape, transparent shelf liner, or laminating film.)
  • Cannot be applied directly over ribbon or most fabrics. (It will result in a dark, "wet" look.)
  • Can imbed objects easily. Does not need UV light to cure.
  • Can have a strong reaction to copper, creating a dark/blue tint where the glaze comes in contact with the metal.
  • Use a small pin to pop bubbles as they occur. (Using a heat source to eliminate bubbles will cook & warp the glaze.)
  • Does not dry to a glass-like hardness.
  • Not waterproof.
  • If left in the sun or near a heat source, it can yellow over time.
1 hour - overnight

Sunlight-curing epoxy that sets in seconds with direct UV light, cures to a glass-like hardness in just 20 minutes!

  • Works with copper bezels without discoloration.
  • A thick coat will result in a high-domed effect.
  • Waterproof.
  • Will not cure sitting on a window sill or under incandescent black lights. Needs direct UV light in order to cure.
  • Partly cloudy conditions, adding inclusions and thicker layers may mean the glaze takes longer to harden.
  • Photographic paper, regular paper and fabric should be sealed to create a waterproof barrier before applying Gel Du Soleil. (Use clear packing tape, transparent shelf liner, or laminating film.)
  • Papers and fabrics coated with water-soluble sealers such as Diamond Glaze, DG3 or decoupage fluid should NOT be coated with Gel Du Soleil.
  • Images and papers NOT sealed will become blurry and will darken with time.
20 minutes with direct
UV light

One-step, single-part resin that cures with direct UV light.

  • Typical curing time is 5-15 minutes (not hours) when exposed to direct UV light.
  • It cures in the sun (outdoors), or under UV lighting using a 40-watt fluorescent black light.
  • Will not cure sitting on a window sill or under incandescent black lights. Needs direct UV light in order to cure.
  • Partly cloudy conditions, adding inclusions and thicker layers may mean the glaze takes longer to harden.
  • Has few if any air bubbles.
  • Air bubbles are easily removed by passing a direct heat source like a butane torch or embossing gun a few times over the gloss very quickly.
  • Results in a domed cabochon effect, and a thick layer can magnify images underneath.
  • Waterproof.
  • Photographic paper, regular paper and fabric should be sealed to create a waterproof barrier before applying Magic-Glos. (Use clear packing tape, transparent shelf liner, laminating film.)
  • Papers and fabrics coated with water-soluble sealers such as Diamond Glaze, DG3 or decoupage fluid should NOT be coated with Magic-Glos.
  • Images and papers NOT sealed will become blurry and will darken with time.

    For more Magic-Glos tips & FAQs, click here.
5-15 minutes with direct
UV light

A Jeweler’s Grade, naturally doming, self-leveling & healing, crystal clear resin

  • Two parts - must mix to use.
  • Jeweler’s Grade – your creativity will last a lifetime.
  • Crystal Clear –the beautiful, glass-like finish is more transparent. Properly cared for, your jewelry will not fade or become brittle.
  • Naturally Doming—like water bubbles on a freshly waxed car, ICE Resin has surface tension, and this tension allows the user to fill a bezel and make a dome
  • Self-Leveling—because of its surface tension, ICE Resin levels itself in a project.
  • Self-Healing—the user can sand an area of ICE Resin out of a project, mix a new batch of ICE Resin and paint the resin on or pour the resin into the area and viola! Just like the cat hair, stray piece of glitter, et cetera never happened.
  • Cold Cure –because ICE Resin® was formulated with an 8 to 12 hour drying time and 3 day cure time, the user can color the resin with organics an/or place organic matter in their arts and crafts projects.
  • You may wear your jewelry as soon as ICE Resin® is dry to the touch.
8 to 12 hour drying time;
3 day cure time

 

 

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