We’re having weirdly warm weather here in SoCal, perfect for launching our new video on how to make 3-D Butterflies!
Use the Doming Technique and our new Clear Photo Film to make pieces that look like they’re about to take flight! These beauties can be turned into necklaces, earrings, pins, magnets or ornaments, and other eye-catching gifts.
NEW Clear Photo Film
Made for inkjet, this high-resolution film makes some amazing projects. From single, see-through images, to a variety of layering and dimensional effects, there’s so much you can do with this film! Available now at little-windows.com
At the Quilt Festival in Houston we met Jeanie, an incredible woman who has created software that turns your pix into kaleidoscope patterns.
Click Kaleidoscope Earrings PDF to download the graphic below, used to create earrings which were showcased in Beadwork’s Handcrafted Jewelry Magazine!
Traditionally used with fabrics (quilting +) and paper crafting, Jeanie’s kaleidoscope software can keep the people in your pix as the focus, or turn them into patterns. These ones were reduced, printed on LW Special Photo Paper, then made into Little Windows pendants using both the Casting and Doming techniques!
Click here to check out Jeanie’s blog for more details and how-to’s.
Click here to visit the Kaleidoscope Collections website.
It’s great to see you having fun with resin!! Check out this amazing bracelet created by Connie in Satsuma, FL. She used the Little Windows Small Oval Photo Cropping Software to shrink and crop her pix, then used the Doming Technique (see technique video) to create these gorgeous charms.
These beachy photos, linked in with some lovely drilled shells makes the perfect Summer Keepsake – a lightweight photo album you can wear and share!
Thanks again for sharing your beautiful creations Connie!
On my last trip to the Rose Bowl Flea Market I found some awesome old watches – cheap because they were broken. I didn’t care because I just came home and cracked them open, exposing the most amazingly intricate gears and parts, still brilliant even after 40+ years. Here are a few of the pieces I created from our finds, but I can’t decide what to make with them, …necklaces? …a big chunky bracelet? …bookmarks? hmmmm…… have any ideas?
I used the Medium Circles Mold and layered bits and pieces in our brilliant clear resin, to create floating dimension that is altered by whatever is placed behind it. Sort of like a window back in time
And here’s a close-up of one of the pieces so you can see the awesome way each shiny gear reflects up and around the edges.
I guess this falls in with the Steampunk trend, which is pretty popular in spots. In case you’re interested, here’s a bit from Wikipedia that sums up this funky fashion genre:
“Steampunk fashion (is a take on Victorian Fantasy, which) may include gowns, corsets, petticoats and bustles; suits with vests, coats and spats or military-inspired garments. Steampunk-influenced outfits will often be accented with a mixture of technological and period accessories: timepieces, parasols, goggles and ray guns. Modern accessories like cell phones or music players can be found in steampunk outfits, after being modified to give them the appearance of Victorian-made objects. You’ll also see the influence in neo-Victorianism, and the romantic goth subculture.”
This is an awesome gift for any mom, made with the Medium-size Circles Mold, some sterling link chain, and some fancy accents I found at my local bead shop. Follow the basic instructions for Casting, and add as many Little Windows as there are kids. She’ll love to show off her little ones, and your creation!
Awesome altered artist Denise Moore created these beautiful pieces by layering graphics, found accents (beads, watch parts, etc.), and Little Windows resin over dominoes!
She sells these and other fab jewelry on Etsy, and has posted how-to instructions for us on her blog. Thanks for the inspiration Denise!
Here’s a great idea for transforming memories of your favorite trips into awesome reminders that can live around you, not just on your computer!
MEMORY MAGNETS: I’ve used the Doming Technique and added some jump rings to connect our awesome pix to some simple graphics created in MicroSoft Word or Photoshop. You can even cut pieces from postcards, brochures, maps….
TRAVEL COLLAGE: And here I use the Casting Technique to layer bits and pieces to create this wonderful collage. Bottom layer is actually cut from a map and becomes a little translucent when you put it in the resin. Second layer is a stamp, 3rd layer is a metal charm (I cut off the ring at the top). Be sure to allow at least 4-5 hours between layers, more if your item is heavy.
Here’s another great idea to inspire you, these are Little Windows photo-flowers. They make beautiful gifts – be it one or a bunch! Just make your Little Windows, then glue them to the center of silk flowers.
OR add a pin-back to the flower top so she can wear it, or pin it to her hat.
OR add a magnet to the back of your LW, or to the back of the flower, for a practical gift with flair. The flower is also its own gift-wrap!
Speaking of inspiration, feast your eyes on these shiny treasures. With just a few supplies you can make a bunch of unique holiday keepsakes for everyone on your gift list! And any of these can be made wearable by adding a chain, pin or magnets!
Watch the basic how-to videos for Casting and Doming, then embellish any way you’d like!
I Aren’t these great?!! Rather than embedding real bugs, I got these amazing metal pieces from Susan Clarke Originals, and made these three stunners. The colors reflect so beautifully around the sides of the resin.
I’m not sure if I’ll make pendants or magnets from them yet – magnets, I think. I recently met Susan and her hubby Randy, what great people! The butterfly and bug were buttons, so I cut the shanks off, and the shamrock was an embellishment, so it plopped right into the Little Windows Resin without a bubble!
My girls keep trying to steal these, I’ll have to order some more to play with!
By the way, I’ve added two sizes of Super Strong Magnets to the little-windows.com store. These are the best magnets I’ve ever come across, and they’re so small and powerful you can super glue them onto the backs of even these see-through pieces and they won’t show!
Basic How-To Videos
Brilliant Project Ideas
- Photo Ornaments
- Doming Up! (cast + dome)
- Sweet Treats in Resin
- Amazing Makers!
- Dichro-ISH Resin
- bendy resin rings
- Double-Sided Doming Basics
- clear photo votives
- single cube bracelet
- perfect pet magnets
- brilliant 3-D butterflies!
- beachy charm bracelet
- cast photo circles necklace
- altered dominoes
- travel memory magnets
- keepsake ornaments!
- buggy buttons
- photos+beads combo
- fun with quilts & a “song”
- scrappy little windows
- fun with Obamicons
- beautiful bubble beads
- hello retro!
- Rubik’s photo cube
- double donut necklace
- gifts for mom
- cool press!
- “Gabby” domes & beads necklace