I really do need to sort out my approach to taking photos for the blog because I seem to be saying almost every week (or at least every time the photo features something shiny) that it looks better in reality.
What I've done is start with a gloss "flame" shape, then added a thin layer of Dimensional Magic, which I sprinkled with coarse red glitter. When it was thoroughly dry (overnight), I added a second thin layer which I sprinkled with fine gold glitter, onnce again leaving it overnight to dry. Lastly I added a final layer of DM.
The result was a "flame" that almost appears to have movement as you look at it from different angles and which really shines and sparkles. I would like to experiment a lot more with this technique, using different glitters and shapes, perhaps with patterned papers too.
A few words of warning.....if you don't wait for each layer to dry thoroughly the DM will tend to collapse into a hollow in the middle. If you use too thin a background layer, it will tend to curl as the liquid DM soaks in. If you try to flatten it the DM will crack. (Its not the end of the world, you can always rub a bit of ink over and call it "vintage" but it won't be the smooth domed result you envisaged). Gloss card will help stop this too.