Glazes Comparison Sheet


Which glaze should you use for your jewelry-making project? Read the descriptions below to see which one is best for your type of project.

Name of GlazeGood to Know
Drying Time

A easy, inexpensive way to achieve a clear, glossy finish.

  • A thin coat can dry in as little time as 30 minutes, and will result in a smooth finish. (The glaze is self-leveling.)
  • It has a blue tint when wet, but dries clear.
  • A thick coat can give your image a bluish tint, even when dry, and may need up to overnight to dry.
  • A water-based adhesive, Diamond Glaze flows very smoothly and should be used with bezel settings. (It will drip off metal blanks without edges/non-bezel blanks.)
  • Can be applied directly over laser jet images, acid-free paper (like scrapbook paper) and images made from colored pencils, permanent markers and alcohol inks; no sealant needed.
  • Ink jet images should be sealed to create a waterproof barrier before applying Diamond Glaze. (Use clear packing tape, transparent shelf liner, or laminating film.)
  • Cannot be applied directly over ribbon or most fabrics. (It will result in a dark, "wet" look.)
  • Can imbed objects easily. Does not need UV light to cure.
  • Can have a strong reaction to copper, creating a dark/blue tint where the glaze comes in contact with the metal.
  • Use a small pin to pop bubbles as they occur. (Using a heat source to eliminate bubbles will cook & warp the glaze.)
  • Does not dry to a glass-like hardness.
  • Not waterproof.
  • If left in the sun or near a heat source, it can yellow over time.
1 hour - overnight

Sunlight-curing epoxy that sets in seconds with direct UV light, cures to a glass-like hardness in just 20 minutes!

  • Works with copper bezels without discoloration.
  • A thick coat will result in a high-domed effect.
  • Waterproof.
  • Will not cure sitting on a window sill or under incandescent black lights. Needs direct UV light in order to cure.
  • Partly cloudy conditions, adding inclusions and thicker layers may mean the glaze takes longer to harden.
  • Photographic paper, regular paper and fabric should be sealed to create a waterproof barrier before applying Gel Du Soleil. (Use clear packing tape, transparent shelf liner, or laminating film.)
  • Papers and fabrics coated with water-soluble sealers such as Diamond Glaze, DG3 or decoupage fluid should NOT be coated with Gel Du Soleil.
  • Images and papers NOT sealed will become blurry and will darken with time.
20 minutes with direct
UV light

One-step, single-part resin that cures with direct UV light.

  • Typical curing time is 5-15 minutes (not hours) when exposed to direct UV light.
  • It cures in the sun (outdoors), or under UV lighting using a 40-watt fluorescent black light.
  • Will not cure sitting on a window sill or under incandescent black lights. Needs direct UV light in order to cure.
  • Partly cloudy conditions, adding inclusions and thicker layers may mean the glaze takes longer to harden.
  • Has few if any air bubbles.
  • Air bubbles are easily removed by passing a direct heat source like a butane torch or embossing gun a few times over the gloss very quickly.
  • Results in a domed cabochon effect, and a thick layer can magnify images underneath.
  • Waterproof.
  • Photographic paper, regular paper and fabric should be sealed to create a waterproof barrier before applying Magic-Glos. (Use clear packing tape, transparent shelf liner, laminating film.)
  • Papers and fabrics coated with water-soluble sealers such as Diamond Glaze, DG3 or decoupage fluid should NOT be coated with Magic-Glos.
  • Images and papers NOT sealed will become blurry and will darken with time.

    For more Magic-Glos tips & FAQs, click here.
5-15 minutes with direct
UV light

All-purpose 3-D medium to accent, brighten, and magnify distinct areas with a glossy finish.

  • Dries on the thicker side, and doesn't spread, so it can be applied to metal blanks without edges/non-bezel blanks.
  • Can be applied directly over images made from alcohol inks; no sealant needed.
  • Ink jet images should be sealed to create a waterproof barrier before applying Glossy Accents. (Use clear packing tape, transparent shelf liner, or laminating film.)
  • Can imbed objects easily.
  • Does not need UV light to cure.
  • Can take anywhere from an hour to overnight to dry, depending on how thick your application is.
  • Use a small pin to pop bubbles as they occur. (Using a heat source to eliminate bubbles will cook & warp the glaze.)
  • Dries hard, but not to a glass-like hardness.
  • Not waterproof.
1 hour
- 24 hours
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