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May 27, 2015

Comparing five different dimensional adhesives, including Glossy Accents and Diamond Glaze.




I am on a mission to find the best dimensional adhesive.  Come along as I share my results.







I have long used Glossy Accents by Ranger to create glossy, dimensional effects.  Over the years I have developed a love/hate relationship with this product.  I hate that the applicator consistently clogs.  So I have made it my mission to find a better option.

Just in case you don't know what a dimensional adhesive it, it a thick liquid adhesive that dries clear, but holds it shape.  Generally is dries to a glossy finish.  Some of the ones I tested dried more clear than others. Some had a slightly yellow tint.

I chose to test five different brands: Glossy Accents, Diamond Glaze, Dimensional Magic, Paper Glaze and Pouring Medium. (There are others available, but a girl only needs so many dimensional adhesives.) I have listed the results below.  I have also included a video and reviews each adhesive in greater detail.  Finally, I have included some finish projects using dimensional adhesives.

Please note.  These are my opinions.  I am not paid by any of these companies.  Prices are an average of what I found online.  You might find a better deal, especially if you use a coupon. :)  And finally, be sure not to shake the product before use as it will increase the chances of bubbles.

Product Overview
Diamond Glaze from Judikins

Pros: Thick and sticky.  Great for attaching small items.  Mixable with ink.

Cons: Applicator clogs and needs to be unclogged for each use.  Slightly yellow color.  Lots of little tiny bubbles.

Cost: $6 for 2oz.
Dimensional Magic from Mod Podge

Pros: Easy flow applicator.  Did not clog.  Dried clear.

 Cons: None at this time.  Might be a bit harder to find.  I purchased mine on Amazon.

Cost:  $6 for 2oz.
Glossy Accents from Ranger

Pros: Thick and sticky.  Great for attaching small items. Easy to find.

Cons: Applicator clogs and needs to be re-opened for each use.  Slightly yellow color.  Lots of little tiny bubbles.

Cost: $7 for 2oz.
Paper Glaze from Aleene's

 Pros: Easy flow applicator.  Did not clog.  Dried clear.

Cons: Lead to a bit more warping of the paper.

Cost: $5 for 2 oz.
Pouring Medium from Liquitex

Pros: Easy flow applicator.  Did not clog.  Dried clear. Excellent price per ounce. Mixable with paint and ink.

Cons: Need to transfer it to a writer paint bottle for smaller projects. (Which is most of what I do.)

Cost: $23 for 32oz. (Price from Dick Blick.)



  


Video Review




Finish Projects
I used dimensional adhesive on each heart for this tag.  The base tag came from my Big Book of Backgrounds.  This is the background I wanted to lighten.  I added additional layers to lighten the tag even more.  Love the faux torn paper effect.....I promise to share that technique in a future post.



For this tag I used dimensional adhesive to add the beads to the flower.



Your Turn
I hope you enjoyed my journey to find the best dimensional adhesive for my projects.  Do you have a favorite?  I would love to know if you use dimensional adhesives and what your favorite techniques are.

Thanks for stopping by,
Jeri'

15 comments:

  1. Very informative! The only one of these I knew about was Glossy Accents. I did not know these products were similar - I have Glossy Accents and I recently bought Modge Podge Dimensional Magic (it was in a clearance bin) but I didn't know what it was used for. I won't open it yet since I already have GA. Thank you! This was a great review and comparison. I love your videos, Jeri!

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  2. Thank you. I am like you....I did not know what was available other the Glossy Accents for a long time. I have definitely found some new favorites. :)

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    1. Thank you! More to come on that topic tomorrow. :)

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  4. The one you missed, Glastique by Sweet Stamps/Piccolo is my favorite. It stays dimensional, has few to no air bubbles and stays crystal clear over time.

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    1. Thanks for sharing Candy. I know there are others so I hope more readers will share their experiences. I had to limit myself to five.....or my budget limited me to five. LOL! :)

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  5. I have GA and DG, but prefer to use CRYSTAL LAQUER as it is a bit thicker and mounds quicker and higher, and is easier to apply, does not yellow. I have started using a FINELINE applicator with my PVA glues so they never clog...will try to use my Crystal LAQUER with one of the FINELINE bottles...may need to get a medium applicator if the fine one is too small...will see how it goes.
    Thanks for the critique!
    Paper Hugs,
    Jan

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    1. Thanks for adding your thoughts and information. I did read about the fineline applicator, but have yet to purchase it. I actually like the ones that were a bit thinner, I found them easier to manipulate for the projects I used them for. Thanks for sharing. :)

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  6. very informative, love you share with all of us. thanks a lot

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    1. Thank you Angie. I have become soooooo addicted to dimensional adhesives. I think I may need an intervention soon. :)

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    2. Hi Jeri! Can you take a look at the question I posted below. I am a newby!

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  8. I am new to this and am just realizing I could use the left over acrylic "skins" to make jewelry. I was at the craft tore and they were out of a lot of the item in that category. I bought some peel and stick clear 30 mm round face fronts. I used mod podge as an adhesive on the back of the skin to attach it then I just peeled the clear disc and placed it on the front. Was really easy but was wondering if you guys can tell me why I should use glass instead. You guys seem to have been doing this for a while.

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    1. Hey Sharon,those peel and stick rounds are more for scrapbooking where they won't take much wear and tear in a book or on a card. Glass is recommended for jewelry because it'll handle fabrics, groceries, table tops, etc. that bracelets and necklaces put up with.

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  9. Hi there I am new to all these glazes, and am wondering would they be good enough to use to adhere paper images to the bottom of glass paperweights, I have tried a number of glues but the brush marks show through the glass and also mod podge but once again brush marks ruin the paper weight magnifying image effect. Do you have any advice for me at all? Thanks so much Shez from Australia. x

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