resin project ideas with texture and color

Embossed DICHRO Color-Shift Jewelry

by Fran Valera

Create sparkling color-shifting beauty with some JUMBO Dichro-ISH Films and texture tools.   You can use a single sheet or multiple layers to create depth, dimension and shine in your resin work.  Embossing, Casting, Doming, Demolding, and adding findings are all demonstrated in this tutorial.  Have fun!


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Here are close-ups of the projects from this video:

resin jewelry cast bangle bracelets with dichro films embossed

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Our general manager approves :)

resin jewelry making cast bangle bracelets cat judge 

This pair of earrings looks totally different depending on the lighting.  Dichro-ISH Film embossed with the gear pattern folder, then domed on both sides with jewelry findings embedded in the resin. They are long but lightweight!

resin jewelry making earrings long gear dichro ish on cactus

resin jewelry making long drop earrings gear reflectiveresin jewelry making long dichro gear earrings on pot metallic


Doubled-up Texture Film, domed on both sides then drilled with our Spring Drill. 

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This pair was also made with doubled-up Texture Film, domed on both sides, with crystals embedded as the resin set up.  Holes added with our Spring Drill, ear wires were hand-formed with copper wire.

resin jewelry earring doming long texture film display

resin jewelry earrings doming long opal texture film on display


These tiny shiny beauties were made from scraps from a bracelet project, domed on both sides, with the jewelry findings (sterling silver head pins), embedded in the resin.


resin jewelry earring doming aqua opal on

Dichro-ISH Film embossed with the Gear pattern, cast in Brilliant Resin in our Medium Squares Mold.  This one changes from gold to green to blue, depending on the lighting and angle.

resin jewelry cast necklace dichro ish gold green bee


Dichro-ISH Films are too flimsy to dome if they are just a single layer.  For this piece I took a piece of clear packing tape, sprinkled some chunky glitter, then pressed a sheet of Texture Film onto the tape.  Then cut out my shape and domed it on both sides with Brilliant Resin.  Used my Spring Drill to make holes for these super-strong sterling silver plated jumprings, and strung it onto one of our sterling plated snake chains.  So simple, so sweet.

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Ooooh, these are some of my favorite pieces from the embossed Dichro-ISH Films video, they're simple but the hex pattern in blue is so eye-catching as it shifts in the light.  This first piece was cast in our Medium Rectangles Mold.

resin jewelry cast necklace embossed dichro film hex blue rectangle

Here are 2 jewelry options for the same piece!

resin crafting jewelry making embossed dichro jewelry color shift hex earrings necklace

And here's what if looks like if you turn that piece sideways, and drill the corners.

resin jewelry doming necklace embossed dichro film blue hex bar


Now for some deliciousness!!!  Doming in progress...

resin jewelry doming dichro film embossed on silicone doming tray

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Here I'm following the Twisted Resin Technique from this tutorial.

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This is the very same ornament, on the left it's shown with light reflecting off it, which lets the metallic reflective coating shine.  The image on the right has light BEHIND the ornament, this shows off the beautiful base colors of the film.

resin jewelry doming twisted ornament dichro films embossed

resin jewelry doming ornament twisted texture film on tree

Have fun with this technique, and send me photos of your creations!

Resin crafting casting jewelry making dichro film color shift iridescent


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Dichro-ISH Resin Jewelry and Decor

by Fran Valera

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



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:

Brilliant Resin Set (includes mixing wands and cups)
Brilliant Molds
Dichro-ISH Supplies (black colorant + dichro films)
Doming Tray
Findings (jumprings, chains, pins, etc.)
Drill (Spring Drill or Creative Drill recommended)
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!

Resin mold for jewelry making

Secret FREE Resin Mold!

by Fran Valera




by Fran Valera

There are many ways to add color to Brilliant Resin, they each have pros and cons.  Here are the ones I love best, WITH HOW-TO VIDEOS:


Resin Color Film

This is the cleanest and easiest way if you're going for transparent color.  Just cut to fit the shape of your mold or resin piece.

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resin color film triangles


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resin bezel jewelry color film rose nunn hoops

resin jewelry color necklace earrings doming



Here are some examples of how you can layer Resin Color Film:

resin jewelry layered color necklace casting

resin jewelry color film glitter heart necklace


Dichro-ISH Films 

Used with or without a black resin backing, these films add beautiful color and dimension.  Add a sheet, bits and pieces, or a cut-out shape.




Liquid/Gel Resin Colorant

Great options for opaque color, these blend easily without adding many bubbles.  The black pieces below were made with our Dichro-ISH Black Colorant, the white stripes were made with our opaque White Resin Colorant.

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resin crafting black and white hair clip barrette bracelet jewelry



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resin casting jewelry making black white in bezels

Layers with colorant and glitter mixed in.  Shallow cast in 2" cavities.

resin casting color bands red glitter white black

You can have fun mixing colors too, either letting one set up a bit before adding another, or blending them together to create unique designs. 

I made the projects below using a bit of leftover black and white colored resin. I had some in my mixing cup from another project.  It was nice and thick as it had been sitting for about 1/2 hour, so I used it to make spots in the bottom of my Medium Rectangle Mold. I let those spots harden, then poured resin with our White Colorant mixed in over it. For the one with the white spots and black background I reversed the application.

This is a super-easy project, but the key is to let the color you'll use for the spots get nice and thick so it stays where you put it in your mold.


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Layering paint, nail polish, glitter, or photos:

resin casting crafting eyes glitter costume dragons




From fine cut to big and chunky, WE LOVE GLITTER!  You can mix any color in with your resin batch.  CLICK "Resin Glitter Fun" to the right for more info and a how-to video 

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resin casting glitter hearts for jewelry making

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Combine Resin Color Film and Glitter!

resin casting cabochons glitter color jewelry making


resin casting earrings glitter hearts color film


resin casting color film glitter wire pumpkin necklace


Acrylic Paint 

Between layers of set resin, not mixed in as that can affect cure time and final results.

This piece was incorporated into a cabochons necklace.

resin casting cabochon frog on bezel necklace


These are acrylic paint skins, punched into heart shapes and domed with Brilliant Resin.  They're lightweight and each one is unique so they make great jewelry.

resin acrylic paint pour jewelry


resin acrylic paint pour jewelry making



Nail Polish

As with acrylics, paint between or over layers of set resin, don't mix it in as that can affect cure time and final results.


You can also combine acrylic paint and nail polish



Alcohol Inks 

Such fun!  From petri projects to painting on photos to splatter patterns, alcohol inks are so much fun to use in Brilliant Resin!  Here are some projects from our Double-Sided Molds tutorial
You can see the petri bangle technique in detail in this tutorial from Myriam's Nature
resin alcohol inks bangle bracelet mold petri technique
This can be hit-or-miss as some ink colors react with the resin in weird ways. Here are some experiments we've done by applying inks to a photo, and between layers of resin:


For this test I spashed alcohol inks onto our Clear Photo Film, then punched out some circles and domed them with Brilliant Resin.

brilliant resin alcohol inks splash on Clear Photo Film

Then I figured out how to create these tie-dye type looks:

Here's a hit from our friend Chrissy Lampitt, she added inks to the tile, then stamped, then sealed it all with resin:

You can mix a little alcohol ink into your resin for transparent color, but results vary, and if you add too much it will affect resin set-up.


In the Petri Technique you drip white and colored alcohol inks into resin, here are some examples of how this can look in cast eyes:

This technique is random, some are amazing others are duds.  Here are some of my favorites:



In this how-to video, you can fast-forward to 5:30 and 10:00 to focus on colorants: