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 Applying Top Coat Magic-Glos™  

by Tammy Honaman, Author, Jewelry-Making Expert and Educator,
Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®

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Step 1
Using a pair of scissors, cut out the waterslide image transfer you're planning to use for your project.
Step 2
Place a piece of metal leaf onto a conditioned layered of clay. Light-colored clay works best with the image transfer.

Tip: Working on a ceramic tile will make it easier to transport the uncured clay to the clay craft oven for curing.
Step 3
Dip your finger into the bowl of water. Apply the water to the back of the image transfer and let it sit for 30-60 seconds. Peel the paper backing away and dispose of it.

Step 4
Place the transfer, face up, onto the metal leaf on the layer of polymer clay. Smooth the image transfer so no air bubbles are present.
Step 5
Using an artist-quality paintbrush, apply a thin coat of Kato Polyclay™ clear medium liquid to the image transfer. The liquid will seal the image transfer. Use a toothpick or fine piece of wire to pop any bubbles that might be present.
Step 6
Place the tile into the clay craft oven and bake at 300-degrees Fahrenheit for the manufacturer's recommended amount of time.
Step 7
Apply a layer of Magic-Glos to the center of the design. The Magic-Glos is self leveling and will work its way to the edges.

Tip: If you would like, you can work the Magic-Glos to the edges by carefully tilting the design in all directions, until the surface is covered.
Step 8
Carefully move the design to a source of UV light--this can be a true UV light source or somewhere in direct sunlight. The curing time will vary depending on the intensity of the light.

Once the Magic-Glos is cured, the design can be finished into a piece of jewelry by adding a pin back or finding of your choice, or by incorporating it into another design.
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