I finally broke down and purchased some Art Resin from my local art store. My amazing husband helped me to work through the finer points of leveling the piece (Very important it turns out), and torching the bubbles. When I was no longer able wait another minute to peek I was stunned at the shiny beauty of that gleaming surface !! It gave the artwork an almost 3D quality that added immensely to the depth of the work. Be on the lookout for more Resin artwork to be showcased soon!