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  • Salt dough and varnishing

    This year I am trying to make some salt dough ornaments. One of the final steps is to coat the ornament with a polyurethane varnish to seal it and prevent it from future mould.

    Most of my ornaments are painted in watercolour and when applying the varnish, it's causing the colours to run and dulling the glitter. Any suggestions on how to prevent this?

    One thought was to buy a spray polyurethane and use that as the first coat to set the watercolours. Then once that's dry, go over it with a good clear wood varnish. I have no idea whether this would work.

    Any suggestions would be much appreciated.

  • #2
    Spray crossed my mind too
    MISI - http://www.misi.me.uk/store_info.php?user_id=741

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    • #3
      Cool! At least I'm not going daft.

      Another though: I'm using a glitter glue on some ornaments and the varnish is really dulling the effect. Do you think it would be ok to varnish then using the glitter glue, would the glitter glue hold on the varnish?

      Cheers!

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      • #4
        It wouldn't hurt to try
        MISI - http://www.misi.me.uk/store_info.php?user_id=741

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        • #5
          Just in case anyone Google's this looking for an answer, I can say that using a spray varnish will definitely set watercolours on salt dough. I was able to varnish with thicker liquid varnish afterwards and it did not cause the watercolours to run. Hooray!

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