There's lots of fun to be had by incorporating alcohol inks into Brilliant Resin, here are a few techniques you can try, CLICK HERE for alcohol ink recommendations:
You can add color between layers of resin for beautiful organic looks, or to add dimension. Inks can be painted on, or dripped and blotted.
Step 1 - Cast clear layer of Brilliant Resin in any mold and allow to set up.
Step 2 - Place a monogram sticker on the resin, rub it down well, then drip, daub, or paint inks over it. Allow to dry, then remove the sticker.
Step 3 - Add a layer of clear Brilliant Resin to seal it in.
This is a fun way to create gorgeous glass-like looks. In the image above I dripped inks on a sheet of Clear Photo Film, which holds the inks very well, and then blew through a straw to splat them out.
Here's what you'll need...
Use the guide that comes with these molds to size your strips.
For these bangles and sun catchers, attach a sheet of Clear Photo Film to a stiff board (cardboard, a clipboard, or other white surface), prop it up at an angle and squeeze your inks at the top of the sheet, allowing them to run down. For distinct colors let each one dry before adding the next color. You can tip the sheet different ways to get all kinds of rivulet patterns, and try dripping pure alcohol in spots to create more intricate looks. CLICK HERE for alcohol ink recommendations. Have fun experimenting!
As anyone who has tried this technique knows, it's trial and error until you figure out how to get the look you want. Our friend Myriam of Myriam's Nature has tons of well done video tutorials that can save you time and money, and give you great new ideas.
Here are some resin eyes I made using our Silicone Cabochons Mold, Brilliant Resin, White Resin Colorant, alcohol inks, and a black nail polish pen:
This is done in a similar way to the glitter eyes in this how-to video.
You can also paint or blot alcohol inks onto our Special Photo Papers for selective color or design. While the inks stay put nicely even with layering resin, some colors of alcohol inks shift in resin, and some fade faster than others.
These low-priced, Double-Sided Molds are made from super high-quality, shiny silicone and have a deeper version of our original Large Geometric Mold shapes in the top, and a matching-shaped bangle mold in the bottom.
Each mold comes with a cropping template, clear dust covers, a thorough Maker's Guide, and wet-dry sandpaper to get rid of any sharp edges or bumps.
So much fun, and so versatile! You can cast from 1/8" thick up to 3/4" thick for a variety of looks. Single pour or lots of layers for dimension.
Brilliant Resin (includes mixing cups and mixing wands)
And whatever else you'd like to add to your creations.
On our Amazon Recommendations Page you'll find the things we love but don't sell, like alcohol inks, curved scissors, great printers, and more fun stuff.
There are so many ways to make your own buttons using Brilliant Molds or a Silicone Doming Tray. Insert button shanks into setting resin or drill any hole size once your resin has set up.
Tutorials for each of these projects are in the following videos:
and tutorials for the basic techniques of Casting, Doming, Layering, and Embedding just about anything are FREE in our F.A.Q.'s section.
Brilliant Resin (includes Mixing Cups and Mixing Wands)
and findings for the projects you make
Watch this tutorial for loads of ideas featuring Hollywood's cutest couple! Make your own using any photos or graphics.
Here are some of the projects featured in this tutorial, along with some shots of our process:
Here are the materials you'll need:
For these layered projects you'll need duplicate prints of each image. They can be sized using our Photo Cropping Software for smaller pieces, and using Photoshop, Microsoft Word, or GoogleDocs for the larger images. Click here for a how-to guide.
After printing on Special Photo Paper, punch or cut our your shapes with scissors.
This project can be made in 2 or 3 steps. First cast the bottom layer with a touch of glitter. Next either pour another layer and add the cut-out graphics, allow to cure then pop out and dome up, or just pop out after the first layer and add the top graphics in the Doming-Up step.
This project will be a nightlight, turning into a silhouette after dark.
Print your images onto Special Photo Paper and Clear Photo Film. Cut the full image in the back, and whatever silhouette you want for the front layer.
You will need to dome up both sides of the Clear Photo Film, you can dome either one or both sides of the silhouette image, do both if you want durability and more dimension.
Again, you can have a solid or clear background on these pieces, but you'll need to prints for each.
Cast the bottom layer, working face-up in the mold, and allow to set.
Pop out and Dome Up the top layer, as shown in the video.
These ones can be embellished with crystals, charms, wire, or any other doo dads. They can be made into charms, stickers, magnets, pins, or decorations, I added a magnet bar to the back of mine.
Here are some of the actual projects made during this video, although they are much more impressive, colorful and shiny in person :)
This pin was made by combining one of our cast pieces with one of the domed pieces:
CLICK HERE for tips on turning your resin creations into jewelry, buttons, drawer pulls and more.
And more from our previous post...
Here's another idea - use clear resin to Dome Up for buttons, rings, and hair bobbles like these:
Here's what Stephanie in Pensacola, FL has been making with Dichro-ISH, glitter and sequins, so cool!
This is an awesome technique you can try using Brilliant Resin domed on our Dichro-ISH and Texture Films, or on our Resin Color Films:
The workbench, mid-video!
You can make beautiful pieces as gifts or decorations
And if you like this technique, be sure to check out Julia Roger's twisted earrings using strips of Resin Color Film!
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.
Click here to learn how to make Twisted Resin Ornaments and jewelry.
First, look what Cheryl Nelson in TX made using Clear Photo Film cut using her die-cut machine, with a bit of glitter mixed into her Brilliant Resin. See more of Cheryl's work on Instagram Roux Bijoux Designs
Here's another beauty made with Resin Color Film, monograms can be stickers, rub-on transfers, or hand-painted:
Check out these ideas shared by Stephanie White, and click here for a link to her ETSY shop:
I've been happily using one type of GITD additive here's a link, which was really strong, 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.
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:
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.
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.
For the doming technique projects above you'll need:
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.
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:
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 :)
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.
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:
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: