So this is a post I'll be adding to as we come up with more ideas. First up, 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 :)
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 $
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:
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
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.
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.
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:
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
HALLOWEEN 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!
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!
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:
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!
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!
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...
Jewelry Findings (I used 2.5" headpins and a necklace wire)
Pliers, small sharp scissors or an X-acto Knife, tweezers
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. 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).
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.
DICHRO HOOP KITTY CAT MATERIALS NEEDED:
Nunn Design Open Frame Hoops in Copper - Grande (about 50mm outside), Small (25m), Mini (12mm)
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!
There are many ways to add color to Brilliant Resin, they each have pros and cons. Here are the ones I love best, WITH HOW-TO VIDEOS:
Resin Color Film
This is the cleanest and easiest way if you're going for transparent color. Just cut to fit the shape of your mold or resin piece.
WATCH THIS HOW-TO VIDEO:
Used with or without a black resin backing, these films add beautiful color and dimension. Add a sheet, bits and pieces, or a cut-out shape.
WATCH THIS HOW-TO VIDEO:
Liquid/Gel Resin Colorant
Great options for opaque color, these blend easily without adding many bubbles. The black pieces below were made with our Dichro-ISH Black Colorant, the white stripes were made with our opaque White Resin Colorant.
WATCH THIS HOW-TO VIDEO:
From fine cut to big and chunky, WE LOVE GLITTER! You can mix any color in with your resin batch. CLICK "Resin Glitter Fun" to the right for more info and a how-to video
FOR MORE INFO WATCH THIS HOW-TO VIDEO:
Combine Resin Color Film and Glitter!
Between layers of set resin, not mixed in as that can affect cure time and final results.
As with acrylics, paint between or over layers of set resin, don't mix it in as that can affect cure time and final results.
You can also combine acrylic paint and nail polish
FOR MORE INFO WATCH THIS HOW-TO VIDEO:
This can be hit-or-miss as some ink colors react with the resin in weird ways. Here are some experiments we've done by applying inks to a photo, and between layers of resin:
Then I figured out how to create these tie-dye type looks:
Here's a hit from our friend Chrissy Lampitt, she added inks to the tile, then stamped, then sealed it all with resin:
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.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
In this how-to video, you can fast-forward to 5:30 and 10:00 to focus on colorants: