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Amazing Makers: Stacy Whetsell

Our friend Stacy in Texas is not only amazing, she's prolific in her resin-making!  Let me share just one of the things she's doing with her left-over scraps of Dichro-ISH films:

"So, I had lots of little left over pieces of Dichro-ISH film after I cut my shapes for other projects.  I was looking at a pile of it thinking how pretty it would be to have something made with all those colors… so… I got myself a coffee bean grinder, threw all the scraps in there, and created some awesome looking sparkle."  I asked Stacy if the bits clogged her grinder, to which she replied, "I got the el cheapo deluxe Black & Decker grinder from the grocery store for like $17.  The bowl is stainless and I had no issues with clean-up what so ever.  It was an easy rinse with water.  A more industrious person could use a q-tip or low powered blower to get all the goodness out instead of the quick rinse with water."

Then she added the bits  in this bezel bracelet, and domed them up with Little Windows Brilliant Resin.  Stacy's signature is a small candy heart included in the resin, which is a sweet touch!

Here's a link to see Stacy's latest creations on  Facebook.

 

Great idea Stacy, thanks for sharing!

 

 

Travel Memory Magnets

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.


Scrappy Little Windows

Want to make your creations even more unique?  Here's a great crossover from scrapbooking, which adds coordinating elements and a name, date, or saying of your choice.  Basic Photoshop tutorial included, so if you haven't given it a try, here's a great way to dip your toes in the water of photo editing!

 Click here for a printable how-to PDF.


Beautiful Bubble Beads

This necklace is pretty easy to make - no computer or printer needed!  You can use any bits of color you can find;  a few glass beads, paper, or scrap leftover from another project.  Use your Medium Circle and Small Circle Molds to cast these "bubble beads".      I absolutely love the way color and texture bounces and reflects up the edges of each Little Window, creating a frame of color. 

Arrange them on your table any way you like, then drill holes where they touch.  You'll link them together with thin colored wire in colors that coordinate with the beads, or with large jump rings.  I didn't have a chain to go with mine, so I quickly finger-crocheted the cord to fashion this design.
Here’s the same piece backlit, so you can see it would be great for suncatchers, earrings, lampshades, whatever!
For more detailed how-to's, check out the free "Embedding" video at little-windows.com.

Photo-Flowers

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 cast some Medium Circle-sized pieces, then glue them into 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!

Colorful Resin Hoops Jewelry

 

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!

create resin jewelry with color film

 

create resin jewelry with color film

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.

create resin jewelry with color film

I used the flat back of our Silicone Doming Tray as an easy-release surface.  Arrange the colors and hoops however you'd like.  As you can see, the circles don't need to be completely perfect as the metal hoops will cover the edges where they meet.

The resin shouldn't seep under the edge of this outer ring because...

1. Nunn Design rings are quite heavy and nicely shaped.

2. The silicone on the doming tray adheres nicely to the ring and the film, keeping it in place.

3. You'll be using thickened Brilliant Resin, so the chances of leak-under are slim.

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 in the rings 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).  

create resin jewelry with color film

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.

create resin jewelry with color film
create resin jewelry with color film
create resin jewelry with color film

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.

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create resin jewelry with color film

create resin jewelry with color filmcreate resin jewelry with color film Nunn Design Hoops

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:

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