Testing Mod Podge Dimensional Magic on Polymer Clay

Mod Podge on Polymer ClayVideo #536: It’s harder than other shiny coatings I’ve tested on polymer clay… and is water-based, so clean-up is nice and easy.

Topics Covered In This Video:

  • Testing Mod Podge Dimensional Magic on a baked sample of Premo Polymer Clay.
  • Sample was coated and left to rest for 3 months.
  • Good doming action, though it sunk a little in the center. Second layer may help.
  • Finish has milky consistency when wet, clear when dry.
  • Not sticky, and no bad reactions, so it is compatible with polymer clay.
  • Finish is hard… won’t leave mark when pressed with your fingernail.
  • Harder than other dimensional finishes I’ve tested.
  • Pulled from edges just slightly.
  • Easy to use.
  • Soap and water cleanup.
  • Odorless.
  • Pour directly on piece… holds to surface and doesn’t run off sides.
  • Use needle to pull product to edges of piece and to pop bubbles.
  • Dries in 3 hours. Let sit 24 hrs before use.
  • Seems like a good product for polymer clay.
  • Might be a good alternative to resin.

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  1. Dixie Ann, 19 June, 2014

    hi Cindy, sounds like ModPodge could be a nice product to use. I had never heard of the Dimensional Magic before so thank you so much for the heads up on this new product. I will probably get some and try it. (I’m needing a Michaels fix anyway LOL)

  2. Catalina, 19 June, 2014

    What good timing! I had someone ask me about ModPodge and it’s compatibility with polymer clay. Glad it works pretty good. But, I had someone ask me if you could make polymer clay items to put in an aquarium? I wasn’t sure about that. And she asked if it was ok, do you have to seal the items and what would be good to use in water and not harm the fish? This lady asked about using ModPodge. I never used ModPodge so again I was stumped! i thought maybe UV Resin would be good to use. But, I knew who I could ask to find the answers! You, my PolymerClayTutor!! So, is polymer clay safe to use in aquariums? Do they need to be sealed and if so what can you use? Thanks so much!

  3. Cindy Lietz, 23 June, 2014

    Hi Catalina, I heard that it would not be a good idea to use polymer clay items in an aquarium, because the clay might leach plasticizers into the water and harm the fish. I definitely think adding a finish would not help enough either. I don’t know if I would risk it, especially with expensive fish.

  4. Catalina, 23 June, 2014

    I thought you would say that. Thanks so much. It is best to be safe than sorry.

  5. Marion Rayner, 19 June, 2014

    I’ve had Modge Podge sitting in my hobby drawer for ages, never thought of using it on polymer clay! Thank you so much for that Cindy. I’ll be using it this morning!

  6. Marilyn P, 20 June, 2014

    Can you do something on Mokume-Gane. I have tried but without a lot of success. Have also read up on it in a number of books….maybe seeing one of your famous videos would help! Thanking you in advance. marilyn peters

  7. Cindy Lietz, 23 June, 2014

    Hi Marilyn, type Mokume Gane into the search box at the top of the page and you will see I have already done several tutorials on the subject.

  8. Olga P, 21 June, 2014

    I used this product on my polymer clay brooch with no luck. It pulls out from edges while drying (like line moving to the center of brooch step-by step day-by-day till completely dried). Scratches easily with a finger nail, and in a couple of months of wearing the brooch, the edges started peeling off . Finally, I was be able to pick a peeling part and to tear it off. Now I’m going to use resin on this brooch. It was my experience with Mod Podge Dimensional Magic . May be someone will have more luck :)

  9. Cindy Lietz, 23 June, 2014

    That is very strange Olga. Do you think there may have been something on the clay like oil or something that caused it not to bond with the clay at all? Mine has been on there for several months and what you described has not happened at all. Thanks for letting us know. Maybe others have had a similar issue?

  10. Angela C, 29 September, 2014

    I think humidity plays a factor, plus if the clay ( baked) has any oil or etc from being handled could cause adhesion issues. I had sticky pendants, that peeled after the first wear!

  11. Beth Sullivan, 03 June, 2015

    Had similiar pulling and peeling, but on 2nd attempt, soaked piece in rubbing alcohol for 15 minutes, then removed with tongs and held piece with jewelry pins (no touching after cleansing with alcohol and it seemd to be working great. Any defect or dirt no matter how tiny will cause a defect in the finish I have found

  12. Jo Ann Hamer, 04 July, 2014

    How do you use a bezel with polymer clay? Do you have any tips for that?

    And I saw the video on your Atlas pasta machine. Where did you order that from?

    Thank you.

  13. Cindy Lietz, 07 July, 2014

    Hi Jo Ann, type the word bezel into the search box at the top of the page and you will find info on that.

    And here is the Amazon link for buying the Gold Atlas Pasta Machine.

    Hope that helps~

  14. Christl Pelikan, 16 May, 2015

    Hi, Cindy, have not been around here for a while. Just got some Renaissance Wax, I did get enlightened as to why I could not get a shine, but what about the smell. It has such a strong smell, and my piece, after a few days, still smells from the wax. Any ideas? Thanks so much for your help and carry on the fantastic work you do for all of us!

  15. Cindy Lietz, 27 May, 2015

    Thanks Christl, Are you maybe putting on too much? It should just be a super thin coat and then buffed. There shouldn’t be much of a smell after it has dried, though it is not a smell that bothers me. (Kato Polyclay’s smell is one that I have not been able to handle, so I guess it just depends on what types of smells you are sensitive to. ) Hopefully that helps!

  16. lise ceniceros, 03 July, 2015

    Dear Cindy, thank you for the wonderful videos. I covered a carved pendant on all sides with Modge Podge’s Dimensional Magic and was sad to discovered a sticky residue on the facet that was habitually in contact with my skin. When I rubbed it the gunk came off leaving an opaque matt surface. Do you think you do a test on Dimensional Magic by actually wearing it? many thanks. Lise

  17. Cindy Lietz, 14 July, 2015

    Hi Lise, I will put your suggestion on the list. I am guessing that the finish is reacting to the oils/lotions/perfumes/moisture on your skin. It may be the type of product that should just be used on the front side of pendants and other jewelry items that may have prolonged contact with the skin. There are many other products that may work better for you like UV Resin, Renaissance Wax or Varathane. Just type the word finishes in the search box and you will find lots of good information that should help you.

  18. Lisa H, 03 February, 2021

    Hi, ok, I have some DAS air dry clay. Want to make some pendants for a 4-H class. I tried the DAS air dry clay, but it seems so fragile?? If I put a layer of modge podge would that be enough to not break. I am teaching girls from 10 to 17 years old. What would you recommend for paint and finish. Do you have a good video on air dry?

    Should I use polymer clay instead and bake it.
    Can air dry be strong enough to be worn and not break..
    Many thanks!!! Lisa

  19. Cindy Lietz, 04 February, 2021

    Hi Lisa, I don’t work a lot with Air-Dry clay. Since I make a lot of jewelry, I prefer the durability and the waterproof nature of baked polymer clay over air-dry which is quite fragile when dry and will fall apart if it gets wet. Adding a finish like Modpodge would help with the moisture vulnerability but it won’t help with strength. Only something thick and strong like resin would help with strength but I don’t suggest you use resin because there is a lot to learn with it and it requires safety precautions since it is a toxic material. I would suggest you buy Sculpey SoufflĂ© Clay for a project like you’re suggesting. (Avoid Sculpey III or Craftsmart becuase they are too brittle for jewelry.) It has a nice matte finish that looks nice and is very forgiving for beginners. And it is a pretty strong clay suitable for jewelry when baked properly. I have several baking videos and simple starter supply videos that will help you. Just use the search box at the top of the page to find them. Good luck and have fun making jewelry with your 4-H Class!

  20. Jody Love, 31 July, 2022

    i am very new at clay I have bought some airdry clay. I want to know how to color it and with what and less mess how to seal and less mess what type of molds are good. I have bezel pendants how can i use them with clay. What kind of glue can I use? what other things can i use in the clay glitter sequins.

  21. Cindy Lietz, 01 August, 2022

    Hi Jody, that’s a lot of questions about Air-Dry clay! Sadly, I won’t be able to help you too much on the subject, since I haven’t worked with it very much. I’m guessing a glue like Weldbond would work really well with Air-dry clay. I have seen people using PVA glues with it, and Weldbond is one of the best. A polyurethane finish like DuraClear would be what I would try first… though, make sure your piece is VERY dry before sealing it. You could have issues with the clay not drying properly or the finish lifting if you don’t. I’d suggest doing a search on YouTube for artists that use Air-dry clay. Hopefully, they will have better answers for you. Good luck, and if you ever want to learn about regular polymer clay (the kin you must bake), the search box at my blog here will be a tremendous resource for you!

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