I've been getting a lot of questions about Mod Podge Dimensional Magic, so I thought I would take a blog entry to give you all of the information. Even if you don't think you need to know about this amazing product, I promise you, you do. Dimensional Magic just plain wonderful. Like everything Mod Podge.
Before we get to the questions, I'd love for you to check out this video by my friend Candie Cooper. In it, she makes a jewelry project using Dimensional Magic – you get to see this formula in action!
Now onto the questions!
What is Mod Podge Dimensional Magic? First of all, it's a waterbased product, and it's non-toxic. Secondly, it creates an epoxy-like finish on a project surface. You can see it in the picture above – it's glassy and three-dimensional, and it adds interest to the surface of your project. Think Envirotex on a much smaller, less-toxic scale. It goes on cloudy but dries completely clear.
What projects do you recommend it for? Anything really, but it works very well on jewelry, accessories and cards. Your best bet is to use it to accent small areas. It looks very sharp on bracelets, rings, brooches, belt buckles, necklaces, etc. I also like it on handmade cards. I'm a big fan of Mod Podging stuff down and then using Dimensional Magic on top of my decoupaged surface.
What surfaces can I use it on? Just about anything – wood, tin, glass, plastic/acrylic, paper . . . it will dry crystal clear on all of them.
What is the difference between Mod Podge Dimensional Magic and resin? DM is a waterbase, acrylic product as I said before. This means that you can get it on your fingers and wash it off – and it's not going to hurt you. You don't need to wear a mask or gloves to apply it and the fumes aren't toxic. There's also no mixing required – the formula can be applied as-is. Dimensional Magic is used for small projects. You wouldn't use it to cover a table.
Resin is a “reactive polymer compound” and typically a two part process. For example, the most common resin (that I have used before) is Envirotex Lite. It's MUCH thicker than Dimensional Magic, and creates a much thicker finish (the box says one coat is equivalent to 50 coats of varnish). I'm not an expert in reactive polymer compounds, but I can tell you this stuff is toxic. Not that you shouldn't use it, but you have to wear gloves when you do. You mix two parts together, apply immediately, and then it hardens into a VERY thick coat. It's waterproof, heatproof, and hard to mark. It's perfectly appropriate for larger projects such as countertops, tables, large trays, etc.
Do you have any tips for usage? Why yes! Thank you for asking. Sometimes when DM dries, because it's waterbase, there's a dip in the middle. When that happens, just layer it! Yes, you can layer it on top of itself and it dries crystal clear.
I also have a second tip. If you decoupage below your Dimensional Magic, make sure the surface is completely dry for several hours before applying the DM. If there is moisture below the DM, it can get cloudy when dry.
Where can I buy it? This is probably the question I've been asked most often. You can get it online at Amazon, and it's also sold at most craft stores including Jo-Ann, Hobby Lobby, A.C. Moore and Michaels.
I hope this helps. Complete instructions for usage are on the back of the package, and I'm telling you that it's just about as easy as Mod Podging. I'm off to DM a fake eyeball! Or something. . .
Now that you know what it is, do you want some project ideas for Mod Podge Dimensional Magic? Take a peek: