I'm at my wits end with this stuff, any help would be VERY much appreciated!!!
The pendants I make involve decoupaging printed-out photos/images (using high quality photo paper) to a pendant base.
I have tried some different styles, including various wood tiles, glass tiles (with the image underneath), and currently metal bezels.
I've had pretty good luck with decoupaging onto the wooden tiles, BUT with every other method I run into one major problem every time! The ink from the image smears and runs.
There is only ONE kind of sealer that does not smear the ink, and it's an acrylic spray sealer, so I cannot use it for bezel pendants in which the whole is to pour the sealer so it has a built-up affect, like with Diamond Glaze. The built-up ones are what I've always liked best, so that's what I want to conquer.
I've done lots of reading and even personally asking Etsy sellers (who sell the supplies for this stuff) for help, and have not had any luck.
I've tried so many different techniques and products for making the ink stay put. Nothing works!
*I've used a protective spray meant to keep ink from running (works GREAT under my acrylic spray sealer, but nothing else)
*I've tried Diamond Glaze and 3D Crystal Lacquer on their own
*I've tried using my protective spray, THEN a nice coat of my acrylic spray sealer, THEN several coats of Diamond Glaze
*I've tried the protective spray, then Mod Podge (like, every kind of Mod Podge too), then Diamond Glaze
*I've used a protective anti-smear product called Micro Glaze
*I've tried using slightly less ink when I print the images
If you have any ideas I'm all ears. I'm losing hope!