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« on: September 30, 2007 05:08:33 PM »

Sorry if this has been asked before; I did a search, but came up with nothing helpful.  It seems like the type of question that would have been asked before, however, so maybe I'm just searching-impaired.

Anyway, I'm working on a decoupaged jewelry/trinket box that will be given as a gift (i.e. I want the final product to be fairly high-quality and to last for a decent amount of time).  I've done the decoupaging with Modge Podge, but I'm worried about the lid of the box sticking to the body of the box and tearing off bits of paper as it is in use.  Is there a good sealant I could put over the Modge Podge to eliminate tackiness?   

Also, how many coats of Modge Podge do you usually use on a Decoupage project?

Thanks for any help!

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« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2007 05:17:52 AM »

i actually asked a similar question awhile back when i covered an unfinished wood box with fabric. someone suggested Laminate It!, but they don't carry it at joann's, so i used aileen's. it's not tacky at all, came out super smooth. i used mod podge to affix the fabric and i coated it with the aileen's. now, i will say that the aileen's looks exactly like mod podge, so there may be no difference, but my box definitely isn't tacky. hope this helps! Smiley
« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2007 09:06:02 AM »

Thanks, Elizabeth!  I'll try it out.  My box is getting a little tacky in the current humidity.  It's not too noticeable, but the lid does stick to the box slightly, and I would prefer that it not stick at all.

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« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2007 07:05:04 AM »

I recently use a spray poly from the hardware store.  It worked great.  I did an altered book and the pages were really sticking together until I sprayed them.  Voila, no sticky.

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« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2008 06:21:36 AM »

to be totally sealed & thick I use about 4 coats..

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« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2008 11:30:07 PM »

I use three or four coats of mod podge, and then finish with a matte clear acrylic sealer that I got from WalMart.  The brand is PLAID, which is the same brand that makes Mod Podge, and I got it because the Mod Podge jar says "To eliminate tackiness, apply clear acrylic sealer."

It's a spray, and the smell is pretty toxic so be sure to use it with windows open.  I really like the finish a lot.  It makes it look more "finished," and definitely conquers the tackiness problem.

Lids sticking is a nightmare all its own.  On my next box-y project, I think I'll be very careful with the area where the lid attaches.  I'll keep it clear of Mod Podge so it doesn't get too built up, if you know what I mean, and cover both the top of the box and the inside rim of the top with just the sealer.  I'm hoping that will work, because this is, well, a sticky problem!

Good luck!

« Reply #6 on: February 09, 2009 04:38:14 PM »

I'm impressed at my search skills, I had this same question and knew that someone must have already answered it (and I managed to find it!)! 

I'm making my bf a 52 reasons you're awesome book for that stupid consumer driven holiday coming up Tongue  and decided it was a "bright" idea to modge podge all the pages.  Now all my cards are sticking together.  I bought one kind of sealer, and it doesn't seem to solve the problem, guess I'll just have to try one of the suggestions above.

If anyone has any ideas how to solve this problem, I'd still like to hear it. I considered putting paper or something between the pages, but the book is already super fat to begin with!

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