Your mother probably warned you, "If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.".
I'm not going to call your mom a liar, but I do have to call her out on this one. In the case of Glamour Stickies, that statement is simply not true.
Why Glamour Stickies? Because time is money, and why wait around for your liquid adhesive to dry when you can peel and stick and wear right away? You can literally make your pendants on the fly. Like, "Oh no! I'm leaving in 5 minutes and I need jewelry to match my new outfit." Problem solved. It's just like that.
This is a super easy to make project, anyone can do it. There's nothing fancy or complicated, and nothing even remotely necessary. You don't need a printer, you don't need a paper towel. You don't even need scissors!
It's a daily frustration for many people, and I should know because I receive the phone calls and emails from frustrated crafters who've learned the hard and expensive way that packing tape, MicroGlaze, and nail polish do not prevent the dreaded blue tint you see in the example above.
What's going on? Why do some pendants turn blue, others green, and some never turn colors?
The answer is simple: the pendant trays that are copper and bronze are plated with real copper and real bronze, both of which oxidize (change colors) when exposed to water. Chances are pretty good your adhesive is water based. Put the water based adhesive and the bronze or copper plated pendant trays together and you've got trouble.
SAY NO TO PRODUCTS THAT DON'T WORK!
What is MicroGlaze? It's a beautiful citrusy-smelling wax that is meant to protect inkjet prints and other water based inks from smearing when being handled. Like on the cover of a scrapbook. It's also versatile, and I've used it to protect silver jewelry from tarnishing. I love how it smells. I love how it works and how easy it is to use. I love the stuff.
But it's not the right product to make photo jewelry.
Desperate and frustrated emails flood into my mailbox that their water based glaze is not sticking to the images that are coated with MicroGlaze. Why is it their glaze is peeling off their images? Because MicroGlaze is a wax.
Let's break it down.
What happens when it rains on your freshly waxed car? Does the water bead up on it and allow the rain to effortlessly flow from your car? Does the wax repel the rain water? The answer is yes.
So why would you use wax with your water based glaze if the wax prevents them from sticking to each other? If you knew MicroGlaze was a wax, you'd probably not use it for photo jewelry. But someone probably pinned a tutorial they never really used to Pinterest, and the rest is history.
Additionally, you cannot use wax with epoxy resins. The wax will flake off the image surface and float to the top of the resin. You can use it around the resin, such as on the sides of the image, but not on the surface.
And for those of you inquiring, MicroGlase is not an adhesive. It's a wax.
This one is my favorite to debunk because the idea that packing tape is a good idea is funny to me.
First, the water based glaze is never going to dry sandwiched between plastic and glass because it needs air to dry (water dries with air), so you end up with a cloudy film for days and weeks on end. If you're anything like me, you don't have days and you don't have weeks to sit around and wait.
Second, you know the packing tape ends where the edge of the paper is and you know while it sits around for the next 3 weeks drying, the moisture is going to seep into the paper on those edges.
Third, it looks less than professional.
Fourth, packing tape is sticky and picks up fingerprints as you handle it. You will see these (ie. your) fingerprints in your finished work. Lovely.
These points 4 aside, the concept makes sense, but as you may already know, it simply doesn't work, and gives inferior results.
Without going into too much detail, here are some basic facts about nail polish:
1. It will yellow
2. It doesn't work
3. It will yellow
SAY YES TO A PRODUCT THAT DOES WORK!
I've been helping people make photo jewelry for many years now. My first kit launched in May 2008, and I've written and revised many tutorials and kits since then. Because my company is founded on helping people and solving problems, having issues like smearing inkjet prints and images turning blue have really bothered me. The status quo was not OK for me, and it's not OK for you. As a result, I've spent the past few years researching adhesives and working with manufacturers to develop the ideal adhesive for inkjet prints, while avoiding discoloration due to metals on some pendant trays.
And I have the answer. A lovely, fantastic, affordable answer.
The answer isGlamour Seal which can be used with both laser prints and inkjet prints. It will not cause your pendant trays to turn funky colors. Since January 2013, we've been successfully helping photo jewelry businesses and hobbyists alike make the most beautiful jewelry using Glamour Seal. Some facts about Glamour Seal.
Glamour Seal will not cause inkjet prints to smear
Glamour Seal will not cause your pendant trays to turn blue or green
Glamour Seal is a strong adhesive
Glamour Seal is a sealant
Glamour Seal can be used with inkjet prints and laser prints and scrapbook paper and Chiyogami paper, etc.
Glamour Seal dries faster than water based glazes
Glamour Seal is very affordable
Glamour Seal is shipped internationally
Glamour Seal is odorless and safe to handle
Glamour Seal is the definitive answer!
Below are 2 example pendants made with Glamour Seal. Images compliments of Piddix.com
And here are just a few actual customer testimonials Glamour Seal has received:
Glamour Seal Customer Testimonials:
Something that works on Inkjet printers YAY!!”
“Finally, I found a product that works with my pendants!
Speedy delivery and wonderful customer service. Thank you!”
“AMAZING PRODUCT!!! Just what I needed!”
“This stuff is GREAT!!”
“Exactly as described, excellent product and price.
“Great product!! It works wonderfully on my inkjet prints
for my glass pendants. I would definitely recommend Annie Howes Glamour Seal.”
“I used it ....and....BAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Clear
beautiful image under glass! THANK YOU SO MUCH!”
“IT WORKS LIKE MAGIC THANK YOU SO MUCH WOW”
“I know you’re a very busy lady but I just wanted to let
you know how wonderful
your glamour seal is! It has solved all my problems
regarding color bleeding.
I don't get nervous anymore when I get a glass tile
Thanks you so much for taking the time to help me solve
this major issue I WAS having!”
“This stuff really works well! The more you add, the less
bubbles on the glass and it dries crystal clear. Great product.”
“I am obsessed with this product! Tried everything and
this is BEST!! I will repurchase soon :)”
“Finally a product that works! Will definitely buy from
“The Glamour Seal is great! It isn't hard to use &
works well :-)”
“Great product. I use it religiously.”
“Love this product. It's a reorder.”
“Finally! A product that seals the
pictures for my glass jewelry, but doesn't make the colors bleed. I've tried
countless different ways, but this is the first product that does exactly what
it said it would. It works like a charm and only a small amount is needed so it
will last a really long time!”
“This product is amazing! It truly is
the best for glass pendants! I have struggled for so long with many, many
different products. Air bubbles were a constant issue, sometimes processing the
same project 10 times just to get a clear bubble free result. I wish I would
have tried this product sooner! Now my pendants come out clear the very first
time! 5 star product!”
“Really really quick shipping and product works perfectly
(the only product I have found that works perfectly...and I've tried quite a
Thank you for voting on the Gingerbread Houses! This was not necessarily a beauty contest, this was a voting process purely for fun to pick a house and offer the discount associated with that house, and I hope you had as much fun as we did!
Each of these houses was carefully crafted by a member of the studio at www.anniehowes.com. Houses 1 and 2 were decorated by Ryan and Sophie, respectively. House 3 was decorated by Bridget, my daughter, and house 4 was decorated by Katy's girls. Each house was a joy to see, and I think despite some groans, each was fun to decorate.
With one exception, the houses were identical, and the rules were loose: use whatever found objects to decorate. Everyone stuck to the contents of the box, except Kay's girls who included a Santa figure and coconut flakes, which were creative touches.
There was one boxed Gingerbread house that was slightly different from the others. One corner of the box was a bit damaged, and worried there might be a disaster inside. I reserved that kit to decorate myself. Bridget offered to decorate it for me, and because the deadline was fast approaching and I was swamped, I was relieved to have her help.
As suspected, there was some pretty serious damage. Upon opening the box, we learned each wall and both roof panels of the house were broken in at least one place. This could have been a disaster, but instead it led to the creative diagonal line along the walls on the house which may or may not have influenced your vote.
And I learned something through this about how we can start with something that's imperfect and turn it into something we can be proud of. It's not how it looks when we begin a project, it's how it looks when we finished it. It's not what we are given, it's what we make of it. This Gingerbread house could have been picked last in gym, but you voted it #1!
If you're a VIP Club member, then you've already received your discount code. Check your email =)
And, did I say thank you?
P.S. Here's the discount sheet that was sealed inside an envelope...just so you know, at the last moment, I increased the discount to 35%! Please check your email for your discount code!