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Fun Holiday Ideas

There's still time to create some resin treasures! 
Here are a few ideas to get your brain spinning:
 
 
Click the image for a link to the Doming How-To Video, then we drilled at the top and bottom of each domed piece, and added jump rings and a crystal drop.  Tie a ribbon on and what a great gift this will be!
For this one we printed on our Special Photo Paper and added a little glitter then domed it for a smooth shiny finish. 


 

Click this image to watch the how-to video.


 Create these gorgeous keepsakes with vintage photos!


Welcome your new lovies!


The name in this piece was made by bending soft sterling wire into letters.  The chain is from an old necklace I recycled, so dig through your jewelry box and reinvent whatever you're not using. 



Start with the Doming Technique, allow your resin to set up for about 1 hour, then gently push the bent wire name into the gooey resin, which will hold it in place and bond it nicely.

Click here to learn how to make Twisted Resin Ornaments and jewelry.

And here are just a few of the creative projects sent in by our Amazing Makers:

Check out these ideas shared by Stephanie White, and click here for a link to her ETSY shop:

 
These are so cute!  Great to see how different this looks from the same technique shown above (we used vintage photos).
 

And for the fabulous pets in your life:
  

Love these linked Large and Small Cast pieces.  Cutting photos into outlined shapes shows the glitter behind and showcases this sweetie!
 

This ornament gets graphic with Little Windows Clear Photo Film.

Don't forget to send us photos of your creations :)

 


GLOW IN THE DARK Resin!

I've been happily using one type of GITD additive, but this year I thought I'd test out some others to see how they compare.  In this experiment I tested the following phosphorescent additives:  Glow Worm, Europium Ultraglow, Art'n Glow, Glominex, HXDZFX Glow Powders, TechnoGlow, as well as Glomania ProFX GITD Paint, and GITD Nail Polish.  Of all of these, Glow Worm had by far the strongest glow, followed by Europium Ultraglow.  The GITD paints and nail polish barely glowed at all - what a waste.

I mixed in an equal amount of additive to Brilliant Resin and cast a 1" smooth circle with each.  I tested the basic white/yellow-greens, as well as some colored options.  Some of the powders sunk to the bottom while others stayed suspended. 

For the paints and nail polish (at the bottom of the board), I painted a thick layer on top of a clear cast piece. They all appear pretty whitish in daylight.

       

After 10 minutes charging in the sun, here's how they look in the dark.  It's hard to tell here, but while the top row looked about the same in daylight, the Glow Worm (top left) had a much stronger glow than the others. The greens and aquas all looked similar and all glowed pretty well, and I do like the purple/blue ones in the last row, their glow wasn't too strong but they were pretty.  The paler blues, the "pink" and orange were pretty ugly and looked much duller than in this photo. 

And here's how they looked after 1 hour in the dark, I hoped they would glow longer, but they do recharge quickly.

They look really pretty and colorful in the daylight while they still have a bit of glow but they dull back down to the way they looked in the first image pretty quickly.

Pricing and available container sizes vary, but you can get a small amount on Amazon for just a few dollars. The stronger the glow, the more expensive it'll be.

 

Here are some more of the awesome projects we made with our favorite GITD powders with Brilliant Resin and Clear Photo Film!

These eyes were made using 3 different GITD additives, the one on the top (bottom below) is Glow Worm, you can see how that one glows the strongest.

You glow girl!

I love this aqua colored glow-in-the-dark, a whitish powder I mixed into Brilliant Resin. The graphics were printed on our Clear Photo Film and cut into different shapes, domed with resin on both sides, then drilled for jewelry findings.  

Here's a simpler version, with just the creepy spider drops:

This piece can be made with or without the GITD layer, but looks entirely different from day to night.

Hop over to our Resin In Bezels post for more details.

And more in the traditional bright yellow-green:


This high-contrast look can be done 3 ways: by printing images onto Clear Photo Film, by painting by hand, or with clear-backed stickers.

 

STEP 1: Mix Glow In The Dark powder into Brilliant Resin and pour a thin layer in your mold 
These powders give a much better glow than GITD nail polish, and can be found in many places.  Here's a link to the one I used, which was great, but the container had waaaaaay more than I needed for years to come, so see if you can get a smaller amount to save $

 

STEP 2: Pop out cast pieces, stick on clear-backed stickers/insert images/paint on designs, and Dome them Up (click here to watch Doming Up how-to video).

 

The projects below were done the same way, but with images printed onto our Clear Photo Film  The round NBC Jack Skellington pendant, the creepy skeleton pendant, and the skull keychain were made using the Doming Technique - clear resin on one side, resin with GITD Powder on the back side:

 

 

The pendant on this spider necklace was made using our Medium Silicone Mold, the "beads" were made in our Silicone Cabochons Mold. For these, we printed these images on Clear Photo Film, and cast them in Brilliant Resin.  We then mixed GITD Powder into a new batch of resin, and Domed Up the backs. After 1-1/2 hours, I was able to embed the wire into the cast shapes. See this how-to video for reference on embedding wire in resin.

 

Here's another using an image copied onto Clear Photo Film, this one's in color and domed on both sides.  On the back I added GITD Powder, and embedded a pin into the resin as it was setting.  It looks very different from day to night.

 And what's Halloween without some eyeballs?!

These eyeballs were cast in layers (see this video for how-to's), then I painted designs on the outside of the castings with black nail polish.f

Again, here's a link to the Glow Powder I used which was really strong, but try to find a smaller container for sale or you'll have enough for a lifetime.


HALLOWEEN IDEAS!

Scroll down for FREE how-to videos

Fun with Photos

For the doming technique projects above you'll need:

  • Special Photo Paper for Resin
  • Brilliant Resin
  • Doming Tray
  • Spring Drill (for jewelry)
  • Double-Stick Adhesive Sheet (for cell phone sticker)
  • Printer, scissors, timer

Creepy Spider in A Bezel

This is a multi-layer project, that can be done with or without the back glow-in-the-dark layer. 

Here's how mine looks in the dark WITH the back layer added in GITD aqua:

Follow this link for a tutorial on working will all kinds of bezels.

Yummy Color

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.

Click here to watch a video on embedding wire in resin.

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.

 

Bendy Resin Pumpkins

Resin Color Film pumpkins, inspired by an expensive glass piece I saw.  

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.

 

SPOOKY STICKERS

We used Dichro-ISH Films layered in Brilliant Resin, in our Large Circle Mold, with a cat sticker.  This shows how the color you put behind this film completely changes the look.

And this one has Resin Color Film behind the Dichro-ISH Texture Film.
This giant fridge magnet combines a photo with fun Halloween stickers.

This one has GITD powder mixed into the resin behind the stickers:

 

Domed Spider Necklaces

Here are two more pieces I just love, made with Dichro-ISH Films, but Domed.  For the first piece, we stabilized Texture Film by using Double-Sided Adhesive to stick two layers together.  Then we cut our shape, applied the sticker, and domed both sides. 

 

 
For this piece we printed the web and spider graphic on our Clear Photo Film, stuck that to our Dichro-ISH Film, then domed both sides.

 

Glittery stickers domed with Brilliant Resin on a Doming Tray.  To keep stickers from curling, cut through the backing in the shape you want, and leave it on as you dome the fronts.  Then peel it off to dome the backs.
 

 

GLITTERAMA

For all of these we used a variety of glitters, stickers, confetti and googly eyes.  Click at the bottom of this post to watch a FREE how-to Video.

 


 

 

 

CANDY CORN CREATIONS

I was surprised by how little actual candy corn resembles the candy corn I hold dear in my mind from ages gone by.  The ones from Target are big and kind of lumpy.  Once I embedded them in Brilliant Resin, they didn't look very interesting, so I layered a spooky sticker on top, Domed it Up, and now I have an awesome paper weight!  Click at the bottom of this post to watch a FREE how-to Video.

 
Here are some simpler creations, made with photo prints of a nicer looking candy corn!
 

 

 

 

PAINTED RESIN PIECES

These were cast with Resin Color Film as the colorant, then we domed them up with a bit of glitter mixed into the resin, and then painted designs.  You can paint between layers or on the outside.

VAMPIRE LOVE

OK, I'm a sucker for anything vampire-related (painful pun intended :)  These pieces use glitters, acrylic paints, nail polish, stickers and charms all embedded or layered in Brilliant Resin, using our Hearts Molds Set.  Click at the bottom of this post to watch a FREE how-to Video.
     
 

 

 
 

SUPER STANDEES

I made these charming photo frames for Halloween, but I can't seem to put them away.  They've been moving around my desk all year, reminding me of when my cutie girls were even cuter!
 

 

MULTI-PHOTO PROJECTS

Here are some great ways to show off your Halloween photos. I love having these keepsakes to show off my peeps.  Click at the bottom of this post to watch FREE how-to Videos.
These Photo Cubes make great gifts too, so fun to have on your desk to fidget with!
 

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!

 

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Costume / Cosplay Accessories!

Inspired by Amazing Maker Vicky Fisher, I'm so excited to explore cosplay applications!  Here are some accessories she's made for her beautiful daughter:

So this is a post I'll be adding to as we come up with more ideas.  My daughter asked for help to create her Halloween costume this year, Raven from Teen Titans.  She pulled together the costume, and I made the accessories - belt, cape pin, hand amulets and upside-down diamond-shaped bindis.  I think they came out pretty amazing so I thought I'd share in case you want to try something similar:

For the gems:  Cast Brilliant Resin in our Silicone Cabochons Mold, mounted Resin Color Film in Jewel Red on the back of each, followed by a cut circle of aluminum foil applied with a thin coat of resin for optimal reflection.

For the gold belt:  You can buy a gold belt, but I just got some fake leather and a clip from JoAnn Fabrics and made one on the cheap.  Cast thin round shapes to back gems in our Large Circles Molds (psst - you can customize our Large or Hearts mold sets to get multiples of the shape you want!)  I mixed gold powder into the resin thinking the resulting cast would be shiny - nope, just cast them clear to keep it simple.  

So I spray painted these cast Brilliant Resin pieces and the belt to get the look I wanted.

For the Cloak Pin:  I made a larger jewel and needed a larger lightweight piece in gold to back it.  I found this perfectly-sided canning top at JoAnn Fabrics (spray painted above).  I didn't need the slit in the middle, but it would be covered with the jewel so it didn't matter.  I applied 2 pin-backs to this piece so make it really secure.

You could attach these pieces all together in many different ways, but since I had Brilliant Resin on-hand, I embedded the belt and the pins into thickened resin on the backs of each piece.  I waited about 1 hour before pushing the belt and pin-backs into the resin, but it was 104F here, so if it's a normal temp where you're working, you may want to wait a bit longer to let your resin get nice and thick.

I placed the belt in the top half of each gem-back instead of in the center, so the gems wouldn't flip over while the belt is worn.  The finished pieces have a nice weight to them.

Finally I attached the gems to the golden belt circles using Gorilla Glue Clear (love this stuff, by the way :)

For the Bindi:  I made a few sizes (not having her head handy), simply cut shapes out of our Resin Color Film, domed them with Brilliant Resin, and once they were set up I painted the back with silver nail polish.  You could do this on the larger pieces too but they won't reflect as well. She applied it with eyelash glue.

Finished costume (minus the wig, saving that for party night :)

 

More to come :)

 

 


DIY Resin Eyes

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.

THIS JUST IN...  

Since shooting this video I've discovered that you can make some incredible irises using the petri-resin technique in which you drip colored and white alcohol inks into the resin while it's liquid in the mold, here are some of mine:

 

Here's a complete tutorial on making the 3 types above, Petri Eyes  would be similar to the Glitter eyes, but using the petri-resin technique instead: 

You can compare the 3 types above and decide which you want to make, or make some of each! 

Silly Eyes

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.

Realistic or Creature Eyes

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.

Photo Eyes

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:

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Resin Glitter Fun!

Ooooh, these are addictive. 

I'm not usually a glitter girl, but this is a slippery slope of fun!  Whether you're creating some Halloween flair, or just something sparkly and fun to wear any day, this is an easy and versatile additive. 

This video shows how to add glitters to resin for use in casting projects, which can be layered and embellished to your heart's content.  Have fun!

 

How-To Video:

 

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Resin in Bezels

(More new projects below :)

We get a lot of questions about working with resin in bezels (a container or frame), so this is an extensive video that covers working in closed-back bezels, open-back bezels, and also mounting resin pieces in bezels.  Lots of great info, enjoy!

Click to watch this how-to video:

Here are some of the projects created in this video, I only mixed 2 tablespoon-sized batches to make all of these!

Embed a magnet!

These inexpensive sports charms make great team gifts

Gorgeous possibilities with open-backed bezels

Have fun with bits and pieces!

Let light reflect off the metal with Clear Photo Film:

A layer of glitter under the photo really helps it pop!

Layer glitter, sticker, and a rhinestone for sparkly dimension:

 

SUPPLIES:

Bezels, bracelets, necklaces, basic findings

Resin

Special Photo Papers

Magnets

Color Film   

Dichro-ISH Supplies

Stickers, glitter and candy sprinkles can be found a your local craft shop

More bezel options can be found at your local bead store

Charms and other embedments - use broken jewelry, shop flea markets and yard sales

Bezel Examples:

Variety of materials, shapes and sizes can be used.

 

THIS JUST IN... (added after original posting)

Here is another example of resin in a bezel, this time I found a carved bead with an oval opening that let me pour in 3 layers, using graphics printed on our Clear Photo Film, and a final layer using thickened, goopy resin to "Emboss" just on the spider to make it extra creepy!

 


Summer Memories

Ahhh Summertime.  Have you thought about creating keepsakes to remind you of wonderful adventures or moments of bliss?  Try some of these ideas for yourself, your family or friends (scroll down for how-to videos)

Photos resized and cropped using our easy Photo Cropper, printed on Special Photo Paper, then cast in resin. This first one shows the layering technique - tutorial below.

These treasures were made by Jackie Lentz as souvenir magnets:

This project was made using the Double-Sided Doming Technique with gorgeous photos taken by my hubby in Baja California

And here's one that combines photos with paint chips in coordinating colors (tutorial below)
These pieces were made by printing photos on our Clear Photo Film, the first one uses the Bendy Resin technique (tutorials below)

The amazing bracelet below was created by Connie in Satsuma, FL.  She used the Small Oval from our Little Windows Photo Cropping Software to shrink and crop her pix, then used the Doming Technique 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 Jackie and Connie!

You can also work in bezels, which is lots of fun (tutorial below). These are magnets!

This tutorial covers both the casting and doming techniques, and can be applied to bracelets, necklaces and other multi-photo projects:

How-To Video combining photos and coordinating paint chips:

 

Here's a basic How-To Video for Layering:

 

Click to watch this how-to video:

This Bendy Resin Technique can be used with our Special Photo Papers too:

 Here are supplies you'll need:

Brilliant Molds (if casting)
Large Silicone Doming Tray (if doming)
You may need some of these basic tools too, depending on your project:

Have fun creating your own keepsakes :)

 


Personalize!!

Whether you're making gifts, pieces to sell, or something special for yourself, personalizing adds an extra-special touch to any creation. 

There are lots of ways to personalize your resin projects with names, initials and words. This video shows my favorite techniques:

Adding type with Photoshop

   

Layering Lettering

Wire Lettering

Stickers

Rub-On Transfers

Alphabet Beads and Charms

Card Cut-Outs

Pens, Paints, Ink, Glitter Glue

Alcohol Ink Resist



Here are some handy links mentioned in the video:

ADDING TYPE WITH PHOTOSHOP
RESIZE PHOTOS USING Microsoft Word or GoogleDocs
DOMING UP!
CLEAN, EASY COLOR WITH RESIN COLOR FILM
MULTI-PHOTO JEWELRY
PHOTO CABOCHONS
MAKING HOLIDAY PHOTO ORNAMENTS 
RESIN IN BEZELS
DIFFERENT WAYS TO COLOR YOUR RESIN
ADDING FINDINGS TO YOUR RESIN CREATIONS

 

Here are some of the key products used in this video:

BRILLIANT RESIN 
BRILLIANT MOLDS 
SPECIAL PHOTO PAPERS
PHOTO CROPPING SOFTWARE

For more ideas and inspiration:

AMAZING MAKERS GALLERY

Secret FREE Mold!

Shhhhh, here's a secret, you can use the protectives tops from Secret and other solid deodorants to cast resin!

Fun designs for jewelry making, hair clips, knobs and more!

I love how this hair clip looks in dark hair, the Dichro-ISH film just glows and catches any available light.


All Kinds of Resin Roses

Bendy Resin Roses

You can make beautiful, everlasting roses with Little Windows Resin Color Film, a Silicone Doming Tray and some wire.  First, cut petals out and dome them with Brilliant Resin.  The shapes on the left below have resin applied.

After 1-1/2 to 2 hours, when the resin is getting really goopy, insert wire shapes and let them set up.  Bend the wire so it is resting on your table, to keep the pieces from tipping up as the resin sets. Pieces being domed need to stay flat.
After 12 hours you can bend each petal and hold it place with either scotch tape or our Amazing Tape. They should be different shapes and amounts of bend, as real rose petals are. The embedded wire will help each piece retain its bend. Wrap the smallest petals around a pencil or pen.  If you'd like to see how this works, have a look at these 2 videos on the Bendy Resin technique:
Bendy Resin Ornaments
Twisted Resin
Roll and tape the scalloped triangle shape. This will form the center of your rose and you will attach the other petals to this base.  Allow all of these shapes to harden overnight, then you can remove the tape and assemble your rose.
Arrange the petals one at a time into an open bloom or more of a bud, using a jewelry glue and twisting the wires into a stem.  You can snip this off or wrap the stem with green wire.
These look so gorgeous as the sun shines through the resined films!

Long Stemmed Resin Roses

Here's a simpler look you can try.  It's the same technique above, but with much longer wire pieces embedded into each shape, mine were about 12" long. The center piece is a 2" round circle cut from the Resin Color Film - seen in an image below - then wrapped into a cone shape (no wire on this center piece).  The petals were made using the same technique described above, the embedded wire lets you shape the leaves without tape. Once bent and hardened, use the wire as a stem and wrap more green wire around the bunch.
The leaf on the left is flat, the one on the right has been bent into the shape I wanted.
See how this sparkles in the sun!  The clear, saturated color of our Resin Color Film is so beautiful.

Bendy Resin Film Flowers

Here is another flower I made without wire, to show the variety you can make with this simple technique.  Each of these petals started as a circle of Resin Color Film, rolled into a cone, then glued together with jewelry glue.  I'd love to wear this as a pin or add it to a fancy hat, or just stare at it all day :)
Start with a bunch of circles cut (or punched) out of our Resin Color Film.  For this flower I used our 1" Circle Punch on colors from both the Jewels and Pale Tints Packs (the small punched circles are for another project :)
Apply resin to each piece and allow to set up for 12 hours (I love the look of this :)  The large red circle and green leaves were used in the long stem rose shown above.
Wrap each circle into a cone shape and tape in place using scotch tape or Amazing Tape, and allow to harden another day.  Then glue together in any configuration.

Wire Frame Flowers

This technique mimics the now-outlawed wire-dip from long ago (toxicity=bad). 

Create wire shapes as outlines for petals and leaves.  Dip into resin and place onto Resin Color Film.  The resin will adhere the wire to the Resin Color Film.

Allow to cure, then cut around each shape close to the wire, place them on your Doming Tray, and dome each shape on the wire side (sorry, I forgot to take a photo of this step, but I'm sure you can imagine it :)  After 12 hours bend the petals and leaves into shapes you like.  The wire should hold them in place, but you can use Amazing Tape if needed. Then arrange them however you'd like, and twist the wires together.  Then wrap the stem with green wire for a more finished look.  I'm not a tidy wire wrapper, so I'm embracing the lumpiness!

  

Wire Rosettes

I had a little resin left over in my mixing cup so I quickly twisted up some colored wire and stuck it in.  
After popping it out there was a little stickiness around the rim from unblended resin from the very bottom of my mixing cup.  So I domed up the bottom which became the ffront, then embedded a magnet into white resin for the back. Because this was leftover resin from the cup, which had been dipped into many times, there are more bubbles than usual, but nothing goes to waste around here!
      

  

Photos Roses in Resin

How about photos from a beloved garden or bouquet?  Crop and print your photos on our Special Resin Photo Papers, then cast or dome them to make lovely keepsakes like these, made by Pearl at the Beading Gem. Click this link for a how-to guide and product review.  Thank you Pearl!
Look at Pearl's beautiful suggestion for how to gift these treasures!  If you haven't visited her site, the Beading Gem is the best resource around for all things related to jewelry-making. An awesome library of techniques, tools, inspiration and reviews. You'll love it!

Real Flowers in Resin

And of course you can embed real flowers to make beautiful keepsakes, but they need to be completely dried.  Water and resin don't play well, so you want to be sure all the moisture has been removed before putting any natural element into resin.  Here's a piece by Amazing Maker Alice Bignami Todd, who embedded a pressed Briar Rose into Brilliant Resin.
Here are some we made using the Silicone Cabochons Mold, these can be done in any shape of mold, in a single pour or in layers to create dimension.
Here's a real dried orchid embedded in a resin cabochon, and I added a little glitter into a final layer in the back to create a backdrop for this alien-looking flower.
You can buy dried flowers both full or pressed - some natural, some enhanced with dyes.  If you'd like to dry your own flowers, here are some links that will be of help from Pearl at the Beading Gem...
How to dry flowers in prep for resining 
Here's another drying method
How to resin your dried flowers
Pretty projects made with these pieces
Here is one of Pearl's creations:

Have fun, and please let me know how your creations turn out :)

 


POLISHING RESIN

Here are more samples from the video, using the two different techniques demonstrated.  The before and afters show the shine you can achieve with either polish or painting:

Here's a close-up:

Deep scratches will require wet-sanding with high-grit paper before polishing. 

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