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