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Bangle Bracelets, Ornaments, Trinket Dishes!

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.

Watch this tutorial, and have fun creating!!

Here's a close-up of some fun project ideas, you'll find details in the guide that comes with these molds, and they're all in the tutorial vid:

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 resin casting bangle bracelet mold alcohol inks button little windows


resin bangle bracelets tutorial

Here's one you can make 2 different ways - either print graphics on our Clear Photo Film and paint white acrylic paint on the back so the images are opaque, or just arrange stickers on a strip of clear plastic, or a piece of clear packing tape. I mixed a tiny bit of super-fine glitter in my resin 'cause Princess Bubblegum asked nicely.

resin cast bangle bracelet Adventuretime Stickers glitter

 
 
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Here's an excerpt from the full video above on casting candies in your resin.

More great bangles made with Black and White Resin Colorant and Glow In The Dark:

resin casting bangle bracelets black and white glow in the dark

Here's how the top right bracelet looks as it GLOWS IN THE DARK!

resin casting bangle bracelet mold glow in the dark

More things I've been making with the top sides of these molds:

resin cast photo magnet large circle mold giltter

 

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.

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The best gifts for everyone you know!

resin casting trinket dish photo keepsake mold 

resin tutorial trinket dishes

 

For these projects you'll need:

Brilliant Resin  (includes mixing cups and mixing wands)

Double-Sided Large Molds

Special Photo Paper  /  Resin Color Film  /  Dichro-ISH Films

Large Silicone Doming Tray

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.

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"Things we love on Amazon" page.

Have lots of fun making, and send pics of your creations
to fran@little-windows.com

 

Making Resin Buttons!

 

make resin buttons sewing casting doming embellishThere 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:

Resin your Fabric Scraps

Silicone Cabochons Mold Tutorial

Movie-Themed Project Ideas

 

and tutorials for the basic techniques of Casting, Doming, Layering, and Embedding just about anything are FREE in our F.A.Q.'s section.

 

Dichro-ISH Resin

New and full of gorgeous project ideas, scroll down to watch!

WATCH THIS HOW-TO VIDEO: 

 

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...

 

Love, love, LOVE these new looks we're getting with the new Little Windows Dichro-ISH supplies.

 

 

 

 

 

Here's our original Dichro-ISH video, some things have changed since this was created, like our Black Colorant has been improved from a black powder to an easier-to-blend, less messy gel:

 

For these projects you'll need:

FROM little-windows.com:
Brilliant Resin Set (includes mixing wands and cups)
Brilliant Molds
Dichro-ISH Supplies (black colorant + dichro films)
Doming Tray
Bezels
Findings (jumprings, chains, pins, etc.)
Drill (Spring Drill or Creative Drill recommended)
FROM HOME:
Dry paper towels
Sharp scissors
A timer
Dust covers  (come with Little Windows molds)

Click here to buy your Dichro-ISH Supplies!

Resin Dichro-ISH Supplies dichroic iridescent film colorant

Resin Dichro-ISH dichroic iridescent film colorant

 

Here's a Dichro-ISH Films color chart for your reference:

Resin Dichro-ISH dichroic Film Colorant Iridescent

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!


Fun Holiday Ideas

There's still time to create some resin treasures! 
Here are a few ideas to get your brain spinning:
 
 
Click the image for a link to the Doming How-To Video, then we drilled at the top and bottom of each domed piece, and added jump rings and a crystal drop.  Tie a ribbon on and what a great gift this will be!
For this one we printed on our Special Photo Paper and added a little glitter then domed it for a smooth shiny finish. 


 

Click this image to watch the how-to video.


 Create these gorgeous keepsakes with vintage photos!


Welcome your new lovies!


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. 



Start with the Doming Technique, allow your resin to set up for about 1 hour, then gently push the bent wire name into the gooey resin, which will hold it in place and bond it nicely.

Click here to learn how to make Twisted Resin Ornaments and jewelry.

And here are just a few of the creative projects sent in by our Amazing Makers:

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:

 
These are so cute!  Great to see how different this looks from the same technique shown above (we used vintage photos).
 

And for the fabulous pets in your life:
  

Love these linked Large and Small Cast pieces.  Cutting photos into outlined shapes shows the glitter behind and showcases this sweetie!
 

This ornament gets graphic with Little Windows Clear Photo Film.

Don't forget to send us photos of your creations :)

 

Costume / Cosplay Accessories!

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 :)

 

 

DIY Resin Eyes

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.

THIS JUST IN...  

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:

 

Here's a complete tutorial on making the 3 types above, Petri Eyes  would be similar to the Glitter eyes, but using the petri-resin technique instead: 

You can compare the 3 types above and decide which you want to make, or make some of each! 

Silly Eyes

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.

Realistic or Creature Eyes

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.

Photo Eyes

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!resin cast eyes polymer clay 

Here is a thorough tutorial for using your Silicone Cabochons Mold, with lots more project ideas:

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Secret FREE Mold!

Shhhhh, here's a secret, you can use the protectives tops from Secret and other solid deodorants to cast resin!

Fun designs for jewelry making, hair clips, knobs and more!

I love how this hair clip looks in dark hair, the Dichro-ISH film just glows and catches any available light.

Photo Ornaments

Perfect for everyone on your gift list, these easy resin photo ornaments are sure to be a hit!

You’ll just need your Pics, Brilliant Resin, a Large Mold Set, adhesive, and some ribbon.

Here’s how you make them:

 

 And here are some other examples:

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Layered Scarab Cab Pendant

Layered Scarab Cab Pendant

Oh how I love this piece.  It's great when I'm feeling gothy, or agressive, or on Halloween :)

You'll need this stuff to make one, plus any findings, chain, cord or pin-back you want to use.

 

and this stuff too.  You can use a frame, a bezel, drill and use a jump ring, or add a pin to the back.

You'll need to pour in layers to get this dimension.

Click to watch this video for more details:


Cabochons (half-spheres)

Soooo much fun to be had with our Silicone Cabochons Mold!

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Door knobs / drawer pulls...resin crafting cast cabochon dried flowers knob pull

Keychains and other keepsakes

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Buttons

Resin crafting cabochons fabric buttons

Jewelry

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Resin cabochon necklace jewelry red glitter shield hero

Resin Crafting Cabochon Necklace Black and White

Here are some other how-to's you might want to check out:

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PHOTO CABS

Although our flat-bottomed molds are better suited for making photo jewelry, you can also make shiny half-sphere resin photo domes using our new Silicone Cabochons Mold. 

SCROLL DOWN FOR HOW-TO VIDEO. 

On this one we added names to the back printed on Clear Photo Film:

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You can also layer components.  Here we combined our photo with wire and shells, layered over Resin Color Film (the blue part), and scrapbook paper.

And in this one I cut out our kitty cat's head and layered that with her name and type printed on Clear Photo Film.  Backed with a layer of white resin made with our White Resin Colorant

resin crafting cabochon layer photo type kitty cat

Here's a how-to video, skip to 6:46 for photo cabs:

Making Multiples

Making multiples for events, swaps or sports swag is easy with this technique.  My brother needed lots and lots of pendants to gift at Burning Man, so my daughter and I cast these for him.    SCROLL DOWN FOR A QUICK HOW-TO VIDEO

We used our Large Circle Molds, poured in less than 1/4" of resin, sprinkled in some Dichro-ISH Film bits and some Resin Color Film bits.  The words were printed on our Clear Color Film and laid on top of the resin.  If you have time, Dome Up these pieces.  Then we drilled, added a jump ring and a silk cord, and you can feel the love.  Hope they don't blind people in the desert sun!

Click to watch how-to video:

 If you have time, Dome Up another layer of resin to protect the printed film, and to give your pieces a more finished, rounded feel.

 

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Resin Photo Charms

Scroll down for how-to video

Personalized charms are ideal for:
  • - Bracelets
  • - Earrings
  • - Zipper pulls
  • - ID tags
  • - Wine charms
  • - Pins

For holidays and everyday, these make such a special gift.  Whether it's a single charm, or an assortment, it's a great way to show off kids, pets, vacation, and weddings, or to remember our loved ones.

 

How-To Video:

 

 

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