Becky at Nunn Design sent me some of their Open Frame Hoops to play with, and boy are these fun. They come in Silver, Copper, Gold and antiqued finishes. There are so many ways you can use these!
First, cut circles of Resin Color Film to fit behind each of the Hoops - they don't have to be perfectly cut as the hoops will hide the edges. Cut the middle out of each circle where the next smallest hoop will be, so that colors don't overlap.
I used the flat back of our Silicone Doming Tray as an easy-release surface. Arrange the colors and hoops however you'd like.
I used only 3 colors and hoops for the matching earrings.
Place only the largest hoop on top of your Resin Color Film Shapes. Allow your mixed resin to set up for 30 minutes to thicken up, then slowly pour resin inside of the hoop, filling about half-way up the hoop. Allow resin to set for another 30 minutes until it's nice and thick. Then place the inner hoops, lining them up with your circles of Resin Color Film. Allow to set up for at least 24 hours (better if you have 2-3 days, so it can really harden).
The dark parts you see show where resin leaked behind the film, but it doesn't matter in this case because you'll be doming the back, just make sure the resin doesn't escape from the metal hoop.
Then flip over your pieces and dome the back side with Brilliant Resin. Allow to set up.
Place pieces on a hard wood surface and use your Spring Drill to make holes for your jewelry findings. I used 2-1/2" long sterling silver head pins in these, bent to shape.
Here's a variation using other colors in the Resin Color Film - Pale Tints Pack (Pale Apricot, Pale Peach, Pale Pink and Pale Lilac, with Nunn Design Copper Open Frame Hoops:
So cute! I was playing with the Open Frame Hoops from Nunn Design, and came up with this guy. My original plan was to make the center piece with just the 3D eyes, but then I was playing with wire and decided this creature should be feline.
To get the ripple effect around the eyes, start by creating the smallest black pupil hoops. Stick 2 of the Mini Hoops and 2 of the Small Hoops onto a piece of packing tape, press down to make sure they are stuck well. Mix Black Resin Colorant into a little bit of Brilliant Resin and pour it inside the Mini Hoops. Allow to set for at least 12 hours before touching.
Once the black centers are set up, peel them off of the tape and set them aside. Mix a new batch of resin and blend in some White Resin Colorant, pour this into the 2 Small Hoops, filling about 1/2 way. Let the White Resin set up for about 2 hours so it's nice and thick, then place the smaller Black Resin Hoops into the White Resin and press down a bit. Allow your eyes to set up completely before touching.
Cut a circle of Dichro-ISH Texture Film to fit inside the largest hoop. Cut a circle of packing tape about 1/4" smaller than the inside of your largest hoop. Then cut another strip of packing tape about 6" long. Stick the circle-shaped tape onto the strip, adhesive sides together (in the photo I'm using a piece of white non-stick paper so you can see what I'm doing, yours will be clear).
This will create a ring of adhesive for the project to stick to, without having stickiness in the center of the piece. This will make it easier to peel off later, without damaging the Texture Film. Fold over both ends of tape strip so that you don't stick to it while you are working.
Center the Dichro-ISH Film circle on the tape, then center the largest hoop on the tape so it surrounds the Film, pressing down to ensure it's stuck well all around. Mix a new batch of resin and pour some into the large hoop until the resin domes just a bit, without overflowing the hoop.
Allow this resin to set up for about 2 hours until it's nice and thick, then place your eyes wherever you want them. Let your assembled resin piece set up to fully harden before peeling off of the tape - minimum of 1 day, 2-3 days preferred.
Create wire accents (I made ears), flip your piece over on the Silicone Doming tray and make sure your piece is level so the resin won't flow off the sides. Mix up a new batch of resin, let it thicken in the mixing cup for about 30 minutes, then dome up the back of your creation. Watch this Doming Up video to see this technique in action.
Allow it to further thicken for about 30 minutes, then embed your wire accents. I bent copper wire into ears, but you can make anything you'd like. Let resin cure fully and enjoy your Dichro Hoop Kitty Cat! Hang it by the ears from chain, make it into a pin or a magnet, or whatever you want. Color shift based on what's behind the film!
Then I figured out how to create these tie-dye type looks:
You can mix a little alcohol ink into your resin for transparent color, but results vary, and if you add too much it will affect resin set-up.
More fun project ideas for Halloween, mixed in with favorites:
The pendants above were cast in our Medium Molds, then Domed Up over a piece of Resin Color Film, with a bit of glitter mixed into the resin. Let that set up an hour or two, then push bent wire forms into the resin making a ripple effect and glossy dimension.
For this necklace I also embedded wire in cast pieces. Images were printed on Clear Photo Film. I embedded the film in clear Brilliant Resin using our Medium Silicone Mold and Cabochons Mold. We then added GITD powder into the resin to Dome Up the backs of these pieces, and embedded the wire as they were setting up. CLICK HERE for more Glow In The Dark Project Ideas.
You'll need Brilliant Resin, Resin Color Film, a Doming Tray, and a Spring Drill, and some colored wire. Cut strips were domed, then shaped (as shown in our Brilliant 3D Butterflies video), drilled, and attached with colored wire. The top one is about 3-1/2" across, the bottom one is about 1-1/4" across, and can be made into a necklace or earring.
How-To Videos Mentioned Above:
I am sooooo hooked on making resin eyes. I've found 3 ways to do it, each has its uses. All of them were made with our Brilliant Resin and Silicone Cabochons Mold, and all require layers of resin, so leave yourself at least 4-6 hours between each layer for set-up.
These are easy to make, by mixing either opaque colorants or glitters into the resin for each layer. You can use fine or chunky glitters, and even different shapes of glitter, depending on what effect you're going for. Make your layers as thick or thin as you'd like.
These were made by painting nail polish (or you can use acrylic paint), between cured layers of resin. It's important to have a clear layer between colors to give them dimension.
You can also print images of eyes onto our Special Photo Paper for realistic eyes. For these we poured a clear layer of resin about the same size as the iris cut-out, and let it set up. Then we poured another thin layer of resin and pushed our eye print down onto the hardened layer below, to squish out any trapped bubbles. It's best to fill the mold about half-way, so the eyeballs aren't too domed.
This one was made using our Clear Photo Film, and surrounded with POLYMER CLAY and some fake eyelashes!
Here is a thorough tutorial for using your Silicone Cabochons Mold, with lots more project ideas:
These earrings were made in 2 layers, first pour a thin layer of resin with silver glitter mixed in, and let this layer set up.
Resin Color Film (we used the Jewel Colors Pack)
Hearts Molds (we used the 1" and 2" sizes)
Brilliant Resin, measuring cup and mixing wand, paper towels
Scissors and Hearts Punches (punches optional, but they sure make it easier :)
Jewelry findings (ear wires and colored jump rings shown here)