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Summer Memories

Ahhh Summertime.  Have you thought about creating keepsakes to remind you of wonderful adventures or moments of bliss?  Try some of these ideas for yourself, your family or friends (scroll down for how-to videos)

Photos resized and cropped using our easy Photo Cropper, printed on Special Photo Paper, then cast in resin. This first one shows the layering technique - tutorial below.

These treasures were made by Jackie Lentz as souvenir magnets:

This project was made using the Double-Sided Doming Technique with gorgeous photos taken by my hubby in Baja California

And here's one that combines photos with paint chips in coordinating colors (tutorial below)
These pieces were made by printing photos on our Clear Photo Film, the first one uses the Bendy Resin technique (tutorials below)

The amazing bracelet below was created by Connie in Satsuma, FL.  She used the Small Oval from our Little Windows Photo Cropping Software to shrink and crop her pix, then used the Doming Technique to create these gorgeous charms. These beachy photos, linked in with some lovely drilled shells makes the perfect Summer Keepsake.

A lightweight photo album you can wear and share!

Thanks again for sharing your beautiful creations Jackie and Connie!

You can also work in bezels, which is lots of fun (tutorial below). These are magnets!

This tutorial covers both the casting and doming techniques, and can be applied to bracelets, necklaces and other multi-photo projects:

How-To Video combining photos and coordinating paint chips:

 

Here's a basic How-To Video for Layering:

 

Click to watch this how-to video:

This Bendy Resin Technique can be used with our Special Photo Papers too:

 Here are supplies you'll need:

Brilliant Molds (if casting)
Large Silicone Doming Tray (if doming)
You may need some of these basic tools too, depending on your project:

Have fun creating your own keepsakes :)

 


Personalize!!

Whether you're making gifts, pieces to sell, or something special for yourself, personalizing adds an extra-special touch to any creation. 

There are lots of ways to personalize your resin projects with names, initials and words. This video shows my favorite techniques:

Adding type with Photoshop

   

Layering Lettering

Wire Lettering

Stickers

Rub-On Transfers

Alphabet Beads and Charms

Card Cut-Outs

Pens, Paints, Ink, Glitter Glue

Alcohol Ink Resist



Here are some handy links mentioned in the video:

ADDING TYPE WITH PHOTOSHOP
RESIZE PHOTOS USING Microsoft Word or GoogleDocs
DOMING UP!
CLEAN, EASY COLOR WITH RESIN COLOR FILM
MULTI-PHOTO JEWELRY
PHOTO CABOCHONS
MAKING HOLIDAY PHOTO ORNAMENTS 
RESIN IN BEZELS
DIFFERENT WAYS TO COLOR YOUR RESIN
ADDING FINDINGS TO YOUR RESIN CREATIONS

 

Here are some of the key products used in this video:

BRILLIANT RESIN 
BRILLIANT MOLDS 
SPECIAL PHOTO PAPERS
PHOTO CROPPING SOFTWARE

For more ideas and inspiration:

AMAZING MAKERS GALLERY

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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Double-Sided Doming Basics

Scroll down for a fun video that shows you how to create a variety of double-sided domed pieces, with  step-by-step instruction.   Glue 2 domed photos back-to-back to use as charms, bracelets, keychains, pendants & more :)

Add any finding, like these keychains available in our shop

Here's a great example from our "Movie Themes" video, this photo shows the front and back of a fun charm bracelet"



Double-Sided Doming Basics

 

You'll need: brilliant resin, doming tray, special photo paper, double-stick adhesive, drill, ZapAGap, and findings of your choice.

Have fun, and send me pix of your creations!


Single Cube Bracelet

One of our favorite Little Windows designs is the single cube bracelet.  For this you can select any shape of mold, Small or Medium, and create a stunning and durable bracelet.

Click here for a printable PDF

How about your fuzzy loved ones?!         Here's a peek at the back side:

     

 


Steampunk

On my last trip to the Rose Bowl Flea Market I found some awesome old watches - cheap because they were broken.  I didn't care because I just came home and cracked them open, exposing the most amazingly intricate gears and parts, still brilliant even after 40+ years.  Here are a few of the pieces I created from our finds, but I can't decide what to make with them,  ...necklaces?  ...a big chunky bracelet?  ...bookmarks?   hmmmm...... have any ideas?

I used the Medium Circles Mold and layered bits and pieces in our brilliant clear resin, to create floating dimension that is altered by whatever is placed behind it.  Sort of like a window back in time.

And here’s a close-up so you can see the awesome way each shiny gear reflects up and around the edges.

  I guess this falls in with the Steampunk trend, which is pretty popular in spots.  In case you’re interested, here’s a bit from Wikipedia that sums up this funky fashion genre:

“Steampunk fashion (is a take on Victorian Fantasy, which) may include gowns, corsets, petticoats and bustles; suits with vests, coats and spats or military-inspired garments. Steampunk-influenced outfits will often be accented with a mixture of technological and period accessories: timepieces, parasols, goggles and ray guns. Modern accessories like cell phones or music players can be found in steampunk outfits, after being modified to give them the appearance of Victorian-made objects. You’ll also see the influence in neo-Victorianism, and the romantic goth subculture.”


Travel Memory Magnets

Here’s a great idea for transforming memories of your favorite trips into awesome reminders that can live around you, not just on your computer!

MEMORY MAGNETS: I’ve used the Doming Technique and added some jump rings to connect our awesome pix to some simple graphics created in MicroSoft Word or Photoshop.  You can even cut pieces from postcards, brochures, maps….

TRAVEL COLLAGE: And here I use the Casting Technique to layer bits and pieces to create this wonderful collage.  Bottom layer is actually cut from a map and becomes a little translucent when you put it in the resin.  Second layer is a stamp, 3rd layer is a metal charm (I cut off the ring at the top).  Be sure to allow at least 4-5 hours between layers, more if your item is heavy.



Scrappy Little Windows

Want to make your creations even more unique?  Here's a great crossover from scrapbooking, which adds coordinating elements and a name, date, or saying of your choice.  Basic Photoshop tutorial included, so if you haven't given it a try, here's a great way to dip your toes in the water of photo editing!

 Click here for a printable how-to PDF.


Beautiful Bubble Beads

This necklace is pretty easy to make - no computer or printer needed!  You can use any bits of color you can find;  a few glass beads, paper, or scrap leftover from another project.  Use your Medium Circle and Small Circle Molds to cast these "bubble beads".      I absolutely love the way color and texture bounces and reflects up the edges of each Little Window, creating a frame of color. 

Arrange them on your table any way you like, then drill holes where they touch.  You'll link them together with thin colored wire in colors that coordinate with the beads, or with large jump rings.  I didn't have a chain to go with mine, so I quickly finger-crocheted the cord to fashion this design.
Here’s the same piece backlit, so you can see it would be great for suncatchers, earrings, lampshades, whatever!
For more detailed how-to's, check out the free "Embedding" video at little-windows.com.

Double Donut Necklace

Here's a gorgeous new look!  This is one of my designs, using the Doming technique to create a spinning inset within shell donut beads.  This is all put together with a simple wire-wrapping technique.

The tricky part is finding donuts that fit within one another.  So don't feel like you have to stick with shell beads, you can try those cool resin donuts, metal ones, anything you can find, really.  And the inside one doesn't even have to be a donut, it can be a flat bead too.  You can get these beads online, and they may have them at your local craft store or bead shop, just be sure the holes are drilled straight.   I've made my domed pieces a bit smaller than the inner bead so the pink of the shell will show, but it can cover the whole bead too.  There are lots of ways to customize this design, from the type of chain to the accent beads and the charm you use at the bottom.

Donut Necklace How-To Video