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Topics: Jeweler's Tools, Fixative, Top Coat

Hi - I've heard that to prevent costume jewelry from changing color, you can apply some clear nail polish on it. Is this true?
- Chantal
Use an artist's fixative or DesignaSeal top coat to seal and protect metal beads and components. Clear nail polish can yellow over time. Use a paintbrush to apply a thin coat of DesignaSeal to all areas then let dry. DesignaSeal is dry to the touch in approximately 15 minutes and if desired, a second coat can be added after approximately 45 minutes. A full drying time of 24 hours is recommended.

DesignaSeal also works well as a coating for polymer clay beads, hand painted beads and gold leaf designs.

- Michelle Wood, Jewelry-Making Expert


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children 14 years of age or younger should use these products with adult direction.

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