Heart Framed Resin Photo Hearts
What you'll need to make this:
- Heart Punch Set
- Special Photo Paper for Resin 8-1/2 x 11" (6-pack)
- Resin 12 oz. Set (deals on multiples)
(selections can be changed at checkout)

You'll also need

- Photos printed on Special Photo Paper for Resin, or Mod Podge to seal any other paper you want to use. (You'll find a guide for re-sizing your photos using Microsoft Word or GoogleDocs below)

- Decorative paper to make the frame - this can also be another photo, or another copy of the same photo.

- Sharp Scissors

- Paper Towels

- Jewelry findings, if you want to turn these into pendants

- Magnets, if you want these to be magnets

- Ribbon and Double-Sided Adhesive, if you want to make these into ornaments or decorations

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If you want to add drama and bring more attention to your castings, try this layered framing technique. This is especially easy when you have the paper punches that fit our molds perfectly.  For each one you'll need 2 punch sizes.

Here are the dimensions of the shapes our Heart Punches make, these punched-out shapes will fit nicely into our Heart Molds.  For this technique you'll need to use the punch designed to fit the mold size you select, and the next smallest punch to create the center window:

Smallest Heart Punch makes shapes 1" across x 7/8" high, so size the part of your photo you want to use slightly larger so you have wiggle room when you punch.

Next smallest Heart Punch makes shapes almost 1.5" across x 1.25" high, so size the part of your photo you want to use slightly larger so you have wiggle room when you punch.

3rd largest Heart Punch makes shapes almost 2" across x 1.75" high, so size the part of your photo you want to use slightly larger so you have wiggle room when you punch.

Largest Heart Punch makes shapes almost 2.5" across x 2" high, so size the part of your photo you want to use slightly larger so you have wiggle room when you punch.

Step 1: Turn your punch upside-down so you can see exactly what you're punching through the metal outline, and feed in your photo.  You may need to trim your photo so it fits all the way into the punch the way you want.  Punch your main photo and the frame piece.  It's easier if you punch the smaller shape opening first, then position the larger shape so the smaller one is in the center.  

Step 2: Pour a layer of resin in your mold - no more than half way deep.  Slide your photo in and gently push it to the bottom.  Let it rest for 10 minutes and check for bubbles.  Repeat if necessary, then let that layer set up for at least 4 hours, or whenever you get back to it.

Step 3: Pour a second layer of resin and insert your frame piece.  Arrange with your Mixing Wand or Tiny Pointy Swabs, allow to rest 10 minutes then check for bubbles.  Allow this second layer to set up for a full 12 hours before de-molding to prevent fingerprinting. 

Step 4: Trim the top edge so it's nice and even.   If you'd like you can Dome Up your castings, here's a tutorial and some examples.

Step 5: Turn this piece into a wearable keepsake by adding jewelry findings, magnets, or ribbon so it becomes a decoration!

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