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GLOW IN THE DARK Resin!

resin crafting jewelry making glow in the dark GITD casting

We've loved this product for years, and now you can now enjoy the best possible glow-in-the-dark resin additive at a reasonable price, packaged with a fine tip to keep your work area clean!  Just click here or the image below to shop.

I've been using 1/4 TSP per 15ml batch.

resin casting jewelry making glow in the dark GITD

We've tested a lot of "glow in the dark" additives over the years, and nothing compares to Glow Worm.

I've been happily using one type of GITD additive here's a link, which was really strong, but this year I thought I'd test out some others to see how they compare.  In this experiment I tested the following phosphorescent additives:  Glow Worm, Europium Ultraglow, Art'n Glow, Glominex, HXDZFX Glow Powders, TechnoGlow, as well as Glomania ProFX GITD Paint, and GITD Nail Polish.  Of all of these, Glow Worm had by far the strongest glow, followed by Europium Ultraglow.  The GITD paints and nail polish barely glowed at all - what a waste.

I mixed in an equal amount of additive to Brilliant Resin and cast a 1" smooth circle with each.  I tested the basic white/yellow-greens, as well as some colored options.  Some of the powders sunk to the bottom while others stayed suspended. 

For the paints and nail polish (at the bottom of the board), I painted a thick layer on top of a clear cast piece. They all appear pretty whitish in daylight.

       

After 10 minutes charging in the sun, here's how they look in the dark.  It's hard to tell here, but while the top row looked about the same in daylight, the Glow Worm (top left) had a much stronger glow than the others. The greens and aquas all looked similar and all glowed pretty well, and I do like the purple/blue ones in the last row, their glow wasn't too strong but they were pretty.  The paler blues, the "pink" and orange were pretty ugly and looked much duller than in this photo. 

And here's how they looked after 1 hour in the dark, I hoped they would glow longer, but they do recharge quickly.

They look really pretty and colorful in the daylight while they still have a bit of glow but they dull back down to the way they looked in the first image pretty quickly.

The stronger the glow, the more expensive it'll be.

Here's a bangle bracelet we cast in our Double-Sided Square Mold, using Black Resin Colorant along with GITD powder mixed into Brilliant Resin:

resin casting bangle bracelet glow in the dark GITD halloween 

Here are some more of the awesome projects we made with our favorite GITD powders with Brilliant Resin and Clear Photo Film!

These eyes were made using 3 different GITD additives, the one on the top (bottom below) is Glow Worm, you can see how that one glows the strongest.

You glow girl!

I love this aqua colored glow-in-the-dark, a whitish powder I mixed into Brilliant Resin. The graphics were printed on our Clear Photo Film and cut into different shapes, domed with resin on both sides, then drilled for jewelry findings.  

Here's a simpler version, with just the creepy spider drops:

This piece can be made with or without the GITD layer, but looks entirely different from day to night.

Hop over to our Resin In Bezels post for more details.

And more in the traditional bright yellow-green:


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 $

 

STEP 2: Pop out cast pieces, stick on clear-backed stickers/insert images/paint on designs, and Dome them Up (click here to watch Doming Up how-to video).

 

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:

 

 

The pendant on this spider necklace was made using our Medium Silicone Mold, the "beads" were made in our Silicone Cabochons Mold. For these, we printed these images on Clear Photo Film, and cast them in Brilliant Resin.  We then mixed GITD Powder into a new batch of resin, and Domed Up the backs. After 1-1/2 hours, I was able to embed the wire into the cast shapes. See this how-to video for reference on embedding wire in resin.

 

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

Again, here's a link to the Glow Powder I used which was really strong, but try to find a smaller container for sale or you'll have enough for a lifetime.

Dichro Hoop Kitty Cat

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!

 

Movie Themed Photo Jewelry

Here's a complete tutorial: 

 

If you haven't seen the movie  Kubo and the Two Strings  you should watch it as soon as you can.  It's beautiful and inspiring and made me want to create!!

Here are some jewelry pieces I made using imagery from this movie as an example, but you can use pics from any movie, TV Show, book, comic book, favorite band, or whatever you love.  
Ready to get started? 
You'll need:  LW Special Photo Paper, Brilliant Resin, Silicone Doming Tray
Optional: Molds, Spring Drill, Jewelry Findings, Super-Strong Magnets
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These should only be for your personal use or gifts, not to sell.
The rings above were made with our brand new Small Shapes Silicone Mold!!
(on the left, next to our lovely Medium Shapes Silicone Mold :)
These ones were all made on the Silicone Doming Tray:
And this beauty was made in one of our Sterling Plated Bezels:

 

Here is some info on our Brilliant Silicone Molds: