* Polished to a mirror finish so whatever colors and textures you put in will be reflected up and around the sides, creating a gorgeous "frame of light"
* Fine-tooled geometric shapes in 3 sizes + hearts
* Great depth for variety in casting
* Re-usable over and over
* No mold release needed
* Our Little Windows Cropping Software re-sizes and crops your pix to fit perfectly in each of the Small and Medium Shapes!
Try out our Medium 1" Square shape cropping software for free, and if you like it, the other Small and Medium shapes are available in our shop. When you purchase our Croppers, you'll have instant access to your new shapes.
Here are the sizes for all of our Little Windows mirror-finish molds. Our mold sets include cropping templates, we have Cropping Software available in our shop, or you can use Photoshop or Microsoft Word to re-size your pics. These dimensions are approximate, your cut out should fit at bottom of the mold, and molds angle out a bit, so the finished cast piece dimension depends on how thick your castings are.
Size & Shape Photo/Paper/Fabric should be… Cast piece will be about…
Small square 5/8” (16mm) ¾” (19mm)
Small circle 5/8” (16mm) ¾” (19mm)
Small oval 5/8 x 15/16” (16 x 24mm) 3/4 x 1” (19 x 25mm)
Small rectangle 9/16 x 15/16” (15 x 23mm) 11/16 x 1” (18 x 25mm)
Medium square 1” (25mm) 1-1/8” (29mm)
Medium circle 1” (25mm) 1-1/8” (29mm)
Medium oval 1” x 1-3/8” (25 x 35mm) 1-1/8 x 1-1/2” (29 x 38mm)
Medium rectangle 7/8 x 1-3/8” (21 x 35mm) 1” x 1-1/2” (25 x 38mm)
Large square 2” (50mm) + 1/8" - 1/4"
Large circle 2” (50mm) + 1/8" - 1/4"
Large oval 2” x 2-1/2” (45 x 63mm) + 1/8" - 1/4"
Large rectangle 1-3/4" x 2-1/2” (45 x 63mm) + 1/8" - 1/4"
1" Heart 1"W x 13/16”H (25 x 21mm) + 1/8" - 1/4"
1-1/2" Heart 1-1/2"W x 1-3/16”H (35 x 30mm) + 1/8" - 1/4"
2" Heart 2"W x 1-5/8”H (50 x 41mm) + 1/8" - 1/4"
2-1/2" Heart 2-1/2”W x 2"H (60 x 50mm) + 1/8" - 1/4"
Small - castings can be as thin as 1/8" (3mm), up to about 1/4" (8mm)
Medium - castings can be as thin as 1/8", up to about 3/8" (9mm)
Large and Hearts - castings can be as thin as 1/8", up to about 1/2" (14mm)
All cast pieces can be then domed higher, see "Doming Up" How-to Video in our Project Center.
We offer online Cropping Software for all Small and Medium shapes, if you would like to resize your photos for any of our molds, click here for a guide on Resizing Photos Using Microsoft Word or GoogleDocs.
Sometimes in shipping our molds can be bent or curved. Simply bend it back the opposite way and it should lie flat. Another way to make sure each cavity is level with your surface is to cut them apart to use individually. A third option would be to tape the ends down to your work surface, but I prefer one of the first two options.
Yes! But your results will vary depending on what the mold is made of, and how well it's made. The finish on the inside of the mold determines the finish on your cast piece.
Silicone molds work well, but come in a variety of finishes - some rough, others seem smooth but will leave your surface looking cloudy/frosted, some are shiny. You'll have to experiment to see what you get. You can make your own molds using silicone putty too, which is lots of fun!
You can use any mold that was made for resin casting, but be sure to follow the manufacturer's suggestions for which mold release chemicals to use. Avoid thin plastic molds (like those made for candy-making), as resin will stick to that type of plastic and you'll have difficulty getting your cured pieces out.
Our proprietary epoxy resin formula is the best ever! Developed for use with photos and other delicate items, it's the safest 2-part mix you'll find. I wanted something you could use at your kitchen table, so this is not a toxic product and doesn’t have the wicked smell you find with most resins.
Beyond its great performance with casting, doming, layering, coating and filling bezels and other forms, the basic advantages are:
* One single formula can Cast, Dome, Layer, Fill Bezels, and be a 1-coat Varnish!
* Blends easily, so you won’t get sticky spots
* Small mix quantity required (1 tbsp per batch), so no waste
* Not a toxic product
* No bad odor
* Very low bubbling
* Can put anything into it, even delicate items
* Works well with other mediums and favorite supplies
* 30+ minute working time, 12 hour cure
* Crystal clear and color stable
Little Windows Brilliant Resin is a pure formula without solvents or dangerous additives. The 2:1 mix ratio is crucial, but you can double or triple your batch size as needed:
1. Mix 2-parts of A with 1-part of B (e.g.; 10ml + 5ml).
2. Stir slowly for 2-1/2 minutes, until swirls disappear. For larger batches, stir for 3 minutes.
3. Let rest for 5 minutes, then skim off any remaining bubbles on surface.
4. Pour slowly into mold when casting, scoop onto items when doming, or drip into bezels. Allow to cure for at least 12 hours before handling.
Almost anything you like! Paper, plastic, fabric, metal, clay, wood, natural elements, glitters and powders, and any combination of these elements work well. Things that contain moisture should be avoided, for example, fresh flowers and leaves. The water will react with the resin, turning the leaves and petals brown. Dried flowers and leaves work beautifully. There are some things that don't look so great - iridescent feathers will lose their shine, locks of hair may clump together and look like a claw.
Little Windows Brilliant Resin is designed to set up in 12 hours, so you can remove it from your molds or Doming Tray after that time. For the first day your pieces will be a bit flexible, so this is the easiest time to drill and finish your creations. If you'd like, you can bend them into different shapes (watch our Bendy Rings Video for How-To's). They should not be sticky.
For most humans, properly used, our resin is not a toxic product. In fact, it's the safest epoxy you'll find, it does not contain chemicals which produce dangerous off-gassing that can lead to chronic issues. There are no solvents, nor any nonylphenol, which is a dangerous chemical contained in Part B of most other resins you'll find. Also, ours doesn't have a stinky or strong odor.
Even though its safe for most humans, our labeling works to prevent the extreme possibilities of misuse - as you'll see, the directions cover mostly common sense things (don't drink it, don't get it in your eyes), as well as "avoid breathing fumes and getting on skin" because if people sniff directly from the bottles or leave it on their skin for extended periods, it can be irritating.
Whether or not it is completely non-toxic depends on how you use it/misuse it, your history with respiratory issues, and your chemical sensitivities. Another thing you'll note in our directions is "keep out of reach of children", another plea for common sense. We don't want kids or pets ingesting it, or getting it on your carpet, where it's difficult to clean up.
Little Windows Brilliant Resin is a proprietary, pure formula, which starts life as a solid. If it gets colder than it likes, it can begin to crystallize and thicken, and may even solidify. You can remedy this by heating your Part A, and the easiest way to do that is in the microwave. Remove your cap and microwave for 10 seconds. If not clear and thin, replace the lid and shake a bit to blend in any crystallized resin around the inner neck of your bottle, then remove lid and heat for an additional 10 seconds.
For safety, do not heat more than 30 seconds total as it may be too hot to handle. Allow it to come back to room temperature before mixing in with your Part B. This can be repeated as necessary.
WARNING: DO NOT MICROWAVE ANY OTHER BRAND OF RESIN OR TYPE OF CHEMICAL, AS THEY CAN RELEASE HARMFUL GASSES. Little Windows Brilliant Resin formula complies with FDA standards for food safety, and does not contain any solvents.
Yes, and there are many way to color Little Windows brilliant resin, depending on the look you're going for. Dyes, glitters or pearl powders, metal flakes or mica, oil paint, and acetate. Since our molds are so reflective, I prefer using clear acetate in the color of my choice, cut a piece to fit snug at the bottom of my mold, then cast the piece. The molds will reflect whatever color or texture you put at the bottom of the resin, up and around the sides, making it look as if the piece is colored throughout. If I need to layer, I'll let the first layer with acetate set up, then add more resin and elements on top.