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Resin in Bezels

We get a lot of questions about working with resin in bezels (a container or frame), so this is an extensive video that covers working in closed-back bezels, open-back bezels, and also mounting resin pieces in bezels.  Lots of great info, enjoy!

Click to watch this how-to video:

Here are some of the projects created in this video, I only mixed 2 tablespoon-sized batches to make all of these!

Embed a magnet!

These inexpensive sports charms make great team gifts

Gorgeous possibilities with open-backed bezels

Have fun with bits and pieces!

Let light reflect off the metal with Clear Photo Film:

A layer of glitter under the photo really helps it pop!

Layer glitter, sticker, and a rhinestone for sparkly dimension:

 

SUPPLIES:

Bezels, bracelets, necklaces, basic findings

Resin

Special Photo Papers

Magnets

Color Film   

Dichro-ISH Supplies

Stickers, glitter and candy sprinkles can be found a your local craft shop

More bezel options can be found at your local bead store

Charms and other embedments - use broken jewelry, shop flea markets and yard sales

Bezel Examples:

Variety of materials, shapes and sizes can be used.

 


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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Twisted Resin

This is an awesome technique you can try using Brilliant Resin domed on our Dichro-ISH and Texture Films, or on our Resin Color Films:

 

 

The workbench, mid-video!

You can make beautiful pieces as gifts or decorations

 

 

And if you like this technique, be sure to check out Julia Roger's twisted earrings using strips of Resin Color Film!

 

 

For this technique you will need:

  • Dichro-ISH Texture Film and/or Dichro-ISH Film Multi-color and/or Resin Color Film
  • Clear Double-Stick Adhesive
  • Brilliant Resin
  • Silicone Doming Tray
  • Spring Drill  (or other drill with small drill bit)
  • From home:  Scissors, tape, paper towels, dust cover, timer, handle to wrap around (pen/chopstick/paint brush...), jewelry findings and/or ornament hangers

Here are some other Bendy Resin projects you might like:

     


Resin Your Fabric Scraps!

I'm loving this new technique for turning bits and pieces of fabric into jewelry, buttons, pins, magnets, all sorts of shiny treasures!  It's easy to do and super-versatile.  I'll let the images do the talking...and the how-to video! 

Click here to see the "Resin Your Fabrics" slide show presentation.

And here's the How-To Video:

 

 

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If you have more questions, please check our FAQ center.

 


Resin Mixed Media with Artist Belinda Spiwak

If you've stopped by our booth at a show, you've most likely seen some work by Mixed Media Artist Belinda Spiwak.  She combines found objects and scraps from other projects with a variety of other mediums like acrylic paint, texture paste, and color spritz, resulting in stunning collage effects.  She then pours resin over select areas, letting some of the original textures show through.  The results are dramatic 3-D scapes.  Some tell a story, others are just fun!

Here are some examples:

Here's one more way you can use Little Windows Brilliant Resin to enhance your creations.  Belinda collaged many elements in this piece, then dripped resin over it, in an irregular way, protecting the piece, securing the bits in place, and creating great contrasts in texture and finish.  Click the video link below to see how it's done.

 

 

 

Click this image for a link to Belinda's Facebook Page, and check out her latest creations.  She's a true talent, turning any material - from papers to fabrics to metals - into stunning, layered art.  Thank you Belinda!

 One of Belinda's favorite sources for interesting bits and pieces is a website called skybluepink.com, and I'll admit I'm obsessed with this site and their teeny-weeny puzzle pieces, micro-buttons, asian goodies, charms and ephemera of all sorts - lots to add to your resin creations.  So be sure to take a look for unique goodies at excellent prices!

 

 


Amazing Makers: Stacy Whetsell

Our friend Stacy in Texas is not only amazing, she's prolific in her resin-making!  Let me share just one of the things she's doing with her left-over scraps of Dichro-ISH films:

"So, I had lots of little left over pieces of Dichro-ISH film after I cut my shapes for other projects.  I was looking at a pile of it thinking how pretty it would be to have something made with all those colors… so… I got myself a coffee bean grinder, threw all the scraps in there, and created some awesome looking sparkle."  I asked Stacy if the bits clogged her grinder, to which she replied, "I got the el cheapo deluxe Black & Decker grinder from the grocery store for like $17.  The bowl is stainless and I had no issues with clean-up what so ever.  It was an easy rinse with water.  A more industrious person could use a q-tip or low powered blower to get all the goodness out instead of the quick rinse with water."

Then she added the bits  in this bezel bracelet, and domed them up with Little Windows Brilliant Resin.  Stacy's signature is a small candy heart included in the resin, which is a sweet touch!

Here's a link to see Stacy's latest creations on  Facebook.

 

Great idea Stacy, thanks for sharing!

 

 


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

cast resin cube bracelet

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Kaleidoscopic

At the Quilt Festival in Houston we met Jeannie, an incredible woman who has created software that turns your pix into kaleidoscope patterns.

Download the graphic below, used to create earrings which were showcased in  Beadwork's Handcrafted Jewelry Magazine!

Traditionally used with fabrics (quilting+), and paper crafting, Jeanie's kaleidoscope software can keep the people in your pix as the focus, or turn them into patterns.  These ones were reduced, printed on LW Special Photo Paper, then made into Little Windows pendants using both the Casting and Doming techniques!

 HOW-TO:  Lightweight and waterproof, these gorgeous earrings are made by coating kaleidoscope images with resin. You can make them any size and shape you like!

Materials:

  • 1-1/2” square Kaleidoscope image (available at little-windows.com)
  • 4x6” special waterproof photo paper with plain white back
  • LW Brilliant Resin with measuring cup and mixing wand
  • Paper towels
  • Ear wires (or headpins to create your own)

Tools:

  • Computer and inkjet printer
  • Scissors
  • Doming tray
  • Mini hand drill, or power drill with 1mm drill bit
  • Piece of cardboard or wood to drill on

Finished Size:  

  • These earrings measure 1-1/2” x ¾” plus ear wire, but you can make them any size you like.

Tips:

  • In place of this kaleidoscope graphic, you can use other photos, heavy scrapbook paper, magazine covers, or fabric backed with cardstock. You can also try printing on clear photo film, to make pieces that look like glass!
  • Prepare multiple pieces to be coated, as one batch of resin (1 TBSP), can coat about 10 pieces, or about 15 square inches.
  • Use this same technique and your extra pieces to create pendants, keychains, bracelets, zipper pulls, and other coordinating creations!

Print & Prep your images:

  • First you’ll need to print the kaleidoscope image on 4x6” waterproof photo paper, using any inkjet printer.
  • Using Microsoft Word or Photoshop, you can resize and duplicate this image, or fill your sheet with other images to make the most of your photo paper. Print at highest resolution on glossy photo paper setting.
  • Cut printed squares apart, cut each square in half, and round the corners so they’re not too sharp once resin is added.

Coat with Brilliant Resin:

  • Arrange your cut photos on doming tray, leaving at least ½” of space around each.
  • Measure 10ml of Part A and 5 ml of Part B into cup, mix slowly for 2-1/2 to 3 minutes, be sure to mix around the bottom edge of the cup with the point of the wand, then allow the resin to rest in the cup for 5-10 minutes before using.  
  • Pinch measuring cup to form a spout, and drip resin slowly into the center of each cut-out shape, forming a puddle. Be conservative, allow the resin a minute to flow to the edges. The bumps on the doming tray allow the resin to easily detect the edges of your cut-out shape, so it knows when to stop flowing. If it doesn’t make it all the way to each edge, simply use your mixing wand to add a few more drops of resin, or to pull the resin to the dry corners. The resin will automatically self-level and create glossy “domes” on each piece, rounding down to the edges.
  • Cover so that no dust can settle on your pieces while they set up. Let them rest for 10 minutes, then check for any stubborn bubbles that haven’t popped on their own.
  • Allow to cure (about 12 hours).
  • For a more finished look, flip your pieces over and coat the back side too, repeating the steps above.

Make your earrings!

  • Measure and mark the top center of each piece, about 1/8” down from the top edge.
  • Place your piece on cardboard, wood or other protective surface. Using a mini hand drill (or small power drill with 1mm bit), drill through each piece.
  • Straighten ear wires and feed one through each hole. Bend them back into shape, and they’re ready to wear!

Fran Valera is a resin fanatic, and the creator of Little Windows® Brilliant Resin & Photo Jewelry. A designer and product developer in Southern California, Fran loves teaching others about the unlimited ways to use resin. You’ll see more of Fran’s work and find lots of inspiration at little-windows.com/blog

Resources:  Brilliant Resin, Special waterproof photo paper, doming tray, drills are from little-windows.com. Kaleidoscope image was made with Kaleidoscope Kreator software that converts any photo into a kaleidoscope design: KalCollections.com   Contact your local craft or bead store for ear wires or headpins.

 

Here are some other projects made using Brilliant Resin with the Kaleidoscope Kreator
Software.
Click to check out Jeanie's blog and the Kaleidoscope Kreator website for more details and how-to's. 

 

 


Beachy Charm Bracelet

It's great to see you having fun with resin!!  Check out this amazing bracelet created by Connie in Satsuma, FL.  She used the Little Windows Small Oval Photo Cropping Software to shrink and crop her pix, then used the Doming Technique (see technique video) to create these gorgeous charms.

Beachy Shell Resin Charm Bracelet

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 Connie!

 

 


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.”


Altered Dominoes

Awesome altered artist Denise Moore created these beautiful pieces by layering graphics, found accents (beads, watch parts, etc.), and Little Windows resin over dominoes!

 She sells these and other fab jewelry on Etsy, and has posted how-to instructions for us on her blog.  Thanks for the inspiration Denise!

Denise's Etsy Store           Altered Domino Tutorial

 

 


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.