Polymer Clay with Resin

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Little Windows Brilliant Resin is your best bet with polymer clay because...

  • It's safe easy to use.
  • You can mix in tiny batches if needed to avoid waste.
  • You can bake poly clay around your resin pieces - they won't crack or distort, and they will stay shiny. 
  • You can cast resin around your baked polymer clay pieces.
  • You can do a single pour or create layers.
  • Gentle formula with no solvents so your designs and intricate cane work stay crisp and clear.
  • See examples below! 

Also, our White Resin Colorant won't yellow with baking, so it's great for making eyes and other designs that require bright white shapes. 

Ways you can use Brilliant Resin with polymer clay:

CASTING

 

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You can also use Resin Color Film as a background with your polymer clay creations, like Veronica did in this piece.  Cast in our Oval Double-Sided Mold:

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DOMING ON CLAY

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The example above and below are from a collaboration with Mags Bonham of Really Unique Creations and show how you can dome thin or thick layers of Brilliant Resin over your baked polymer clay pieces for a great shiny finish.

 

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CLAY AND BAKE

You can also Sculpt around your cast Brilliant Resin cast pieces you've already made, and bake them with your clay. Just don't exceed polymer clay time and temperature recommendations.

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Here's another example of doll eyes made by Kendra at VirgosAlchemy.com, which Phyllis of PGM Sculpting worked with to create the lifelike gaze of this beautiful mermaid doll.

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Alcohol Inks in Resin

SCROLL DOWN FOR DIFFERENT TECHNIQUES

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PART 1: CASTING LARGE SHAPES

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Here's the first in a series of quick tutorials showing different effects you can create when layering alcohol inks behind photo silhouettes.

For these projects you'll need:

Brilliant Resin

Shiny finish molds

Special Photo Paper for Resin

Alcohol Inks - any colors + white  CLICK HERE for recommendations

Sharp scissors

Clear Packing Tape (optional)

Whatever ribbon, chains, or other findings you want to finish your projects.

This shows the fronts and backs of these pretty ornaments:

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Another example with another cheeky photo!

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PART 2:  CASTING Special Effects for JEWELRY MAKING

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For these projects you'll need:

Brilliant Resin

Shiny finish molds

Special Photo Paper for Resin

Alcohol Inks - any colors + white  CLICK HERE for recommendations

Sharp scissors, straight pin and/or toothpick

Paper towels

Clear Packing Tape (optional)

Whatever pins, jumprings, keychains, chains, or other findings you want to finish your projects.

 

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PART 3: DRAMATIC EFFECTS in Cabochon Castings

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resin casting jewelry making alcohol inks photo jewelry dramatic effects

Same supplies as above, used in different ways to create amazing and dramatic color effects in resin.  Try with our without photos for unique, dimensional resin castings!

 

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Same materials as above :)

More videos to come!

ALCOHOL INK DRIP TECHNIQUE

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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:

Simple colors

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. 

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STICKER RESIST TECHNIQUE

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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.

 

Here's one on a white cast resin piece, outlined in silver ink:

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DRIPPING INKS ON CLEAR PHOTO FILM

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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. 

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Here's what you'll need...

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Use the guide that comes with these molds to size your strips.

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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!

 

 

 

PETRI TECHNIQUES

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. 

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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:

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This is done in a similar way to the glitter eyes in this how-to video.

 

 

COLOR PHOTOS WITH ALCOHOL INK

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.


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