Presented by Lisa Pavelka, Award-Winning Artist, Author and Instructor,
Instructions by Ian, Content Development Group, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®
Lisa Pavelka, mixed media artist extraordinaire, shows how easy it is to give any flat surface a glass-like effect for jewelry making, even if it doesn’t have a bezel wall, thanks to the self-leveling UV resin called Magic-Glos®.
Place a grape-size ball of scrap polymer clay onto an easy to move surface, such as a playing card, small mirror or tile. Press the project item that will be receiving the Magic-Glos® onto the scrap ball of clay for stabilization and to keep it level.
Note: The item is placed onto the clay for easy movement, rotation and manipulation.
Apply a few drops of Magic-Glos to the center of the project item. Watch as the Magic-Glos spreads across the surface; if it begins to unevenly pool in one direction simply adjust the angle that the project item is sitting on and use a needle tool to pull the Magic-Glos where it is wanted.
Tip: Use less Magic-Glos than you think you will need when applying.
A few more drops of Magic-Glos can be applied to the center of the project item if it is not thoroughly covering the surface.
If bubbles have formed in the Magic-Glos, very quickly and carefully pass over the surface with the flame of a butane torch to remove the bubbles. Place in direct sunlight or under a long wave UV lamp for five to ten minutes.
Note: After five to ten minutes of curing, the surface of the Magic-Glos will be rock hard but the inside will be jelly soft for up to an hour.
Repeat Steps 2 and 3 to create a second layer.
This layer will create a smooth border right up to the edge of the project item.
If there are still exposed areas around the edges, repeat Steps 2 and 3 as needed.
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