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Mod Podge Dimensional Magic: the Ultimate Guide

What is Mod Podge Dimensional Magic? This acrylic epoxy-like product is great for making jewelry, gifts and more. Learn more about it here!

Scroll down to the bottom of the post to get a video all about this fantastic product. You’ll get to see it in action as well.

Questions & a Guide to Mod Podge Dimensional Magic

I’ve been getting a lot of questions about this product, so I thought I would utilize 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 is just plain wonderful. Like everything Mod Podge.

What is 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 sample projects or video in this post; 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.

Mod Podge Dimensional Magic vs resin - which one should you pick? Find out the differences and what projects we recommend using each.

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.

Resin is waterproof, heatproof, and hard to mark. It’s perfectly appropriate for larger projects such as countertops, tables, large trays, etc. For more reading, I wrote an entire guide all about the differences (and when you use each) here.

Do you have any tips for usage?

Why yes! Thank you for asking. Sometimes when Mod Podge Dimensional Magic 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.

What is Dimensional Magic? This acrylic epoxy-like product is great for making jewelry, gifts and more.
Photo by Rook No. 17

Why is my Dimensional Magic cloudy?

Typically it’s because there is moisture below the Dimensional Magic. 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.

If your Dimensional Magic gets cloudy, you’ll just have to wait and see if it clears up. If it doesn’t, you’re going to need to re-do the project; there’s no way to fix it. That’s why it’s very important that you let your project dry before application.

Where can I buy Dimensional Magic?

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 (find out where to buy Mod Podge here).


I hope this information 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. . .

Before you go, don’t forget to watch the video below that tells you everything you need to know about this fantastic project. Simply press “PLAY” in the middle of the video!

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Raquel Lopez

Saturday 8th of February 2014

Can I use modge podge dimensional magic as an alternative for resin? I made a small bowl out of polymer clay and I want to fill it with dimensional magic. Will it dry cleat and solid?

Amy

Saturday 8th of February 2014

Hi Raquel! Yes you can - depending on how deep the bowl is, you'll want to layer it so that it dries completely clear. Just do short layers and let them dry - they will all dry clear and solid on top of each other. Also don't put it under a fan and let it dry in a warm area . . . otherwise it will crack. Thank you!

Amy

Sunday 26th of January 2014

Is it a problem getting jewelry wet that uses DM since it is water based? I'm nervous about it because I know you can soak it in warm water to start over. Also any tips on preventing air bubbles?

Amy

Sunday 26th of January 2014

Hi there! You can get it wet as long as it's not submerged for too long - for instance, you could get caught in the rain and be fine (just dry it off). As far as air bubbles, I turn the bottle over and *LIGHTLY* tap the bottle against a table. Don't ever shake it. Besides that, I pick the bubbles out with a pin or my finger. Good luck!

Joanna

Wednesday 21st of August 2013

Hello,

I got this product recently and I like it very much, but I have a question, i also use it as glue, so I put a tiny drop to glue a gemstone but it looks a bit opaque, maybe it got some of mod podge DM over the crystal, is there a way to clean that up? and does MPDM replaces resin?

Thanks!

Amy

Thursday 22nd of August 2013

Hi Joanna - you can try to lightly scrape the crystal to see if you can remove it - I have done that before with success. As far as "replacing" resin, it's not exactly the same because they are made of different things, but for the most part, yes you can replace resin with it. Thanks!

Shana

Tuesday 12th of February 2013

Hi! So happy I found this! Okay so I have been using DM for .. pretty much everything! I just recently had my first complaint.. I was wondering if you could help me. I use DM for jewelry and it was completely fine, came out clear etc. etc. and then a week or so later, my customer said it began to crack on the surface to a point where she could feel it and see the cracks... what happened?! :[

Amy

Thursday 14th of February 2013

Hi Shana - that is really odd and I've not heard of it cracking after the fact. I would e-mail Plaid here: http://plaidonline.com/contact-plaid.aspx They are very quick to respond!

Tammy

Thursday 31st of January 2013

Can you mix glitter into the DM...I found a project sheet at HL and the pendent was made with Ice Resin and I would rather use something else because toxic fumes and pet birds don't mix.

Amy

Thursday 31st of January 2013

Hi Tammy! Yes, you can sprinkle it in - and layer it. So you can sprinkle it, let it dry and repeat.

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