Bumble Bee Jewelry

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I had sooooo much fun making bee jewelry for Mother's Day.  I started with an adorable graphic, resized and printed it on a sheet of our Clear Photo Film, then colored them in different ways. I've got bee earrings, bee necklaces, bee hairclips, boingy-bee plant stakes.....  bees, bees, bees!
MATERIALS:
  • Alcohol Inks / Nail Polish
  • Wire - 18 or 20 gauge
  • Other jewelry findings
 resin jewelry making domed bumble bee texture film plant stake
Boingy plant stake made by embedding wire when doming the back side with Brilliant Resin (see this tutorial for a technique demo).  I colored this bee with Texture Film and Yellow Resin Color Film from my Jewel Colors pack.
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Here's a second one, a little smaller, I embedded a hair clip in the back side when I domed it with Brilliant Resin.
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This bee pin was colored with alcohol inks, which are clear, then a layer of white alcohol ink to make these colors shine.  You could also paint a layer of white acrylic paint instead of white alcohol ink.
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These bee earrings were colored with 2 things - yellow nail polish for the bodies and alcohol ink on the wings for an iridescent fairy look that bounces the light.
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resin jewelry making domed bumble bee earrings alcohol ink
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And this pendant was made the same way - nail polish on the body, and sparkly alcohol inks on the wings. 

Adorn yourself with adorable bumbly bees!

Resin Jewelry Making - Starter Kit Tutorial

This video was made as a guide for our Brilliant Resin Starter Kit, and teaches the most popular resin jewelry techniques: CASTING in Molds, DOMING on photos and stickers, and working in metal BEZELS.  Also shows how our PHOTO CROPPING SOFTWARE works, and teaches several JEWELRY MAKING methods.

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This kit includes all you'll need, but you can use open stock materials too and embed anything you'd like. Here are the techniques featured in this tutorial and some of the projects we made:

Casting in Molds:

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Doming photos, stickers and more flat stuff:

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Working In Bezels:

Resin Jewelry Making metal bezels necklace bracelet epoxy photo jewelry tutorial

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HALLOWEEN IDEAS!

Scroll down for FREE how-to videos

PHOTO KEEPSAKE PROJECTS

Here are some great ways to show off your Halloween photos. I love having these keepsakes to remember good times with my kiddos.  

These Photo Cubes make great gifts, so fun to fidget with!


For the doming technique projects above here are the products you'll need:

From little-windows.com:

  • Special Photo Paper for Resin
  • Brilliant Resin
  • Doming Tray
  • Spring Drill (for jewelry)
  • Double-Stick Adhesive Sheet (for cell phone sticker)
  • Rubik's Photo Cube

And from home... printer, scissors, paper towels, timer

 

    Creepy Spider in A Bezel

    This is a multi-layer project, that can be done with or without the back glow-in-the-dark layer. 

    Here's how mine looks in the dark WITH the back layer added in GITD aqua:

    Follow this link for a tutorial on working will all kinds of bezels.

    Yummy Color

    The pendants above were cast in our Medium Molds, then Domed Up over a piece of Resin Color Film, with a bit of glitter mixed into the resin.  Let that set up an hour or two, then push bent wire forms into the resin making a ripple effect and glossy dimension.

    Click here to watch a video on embedding wire in resin.

    For this necklace I also embedded wire in cast pieces.  Images were printed on Clear Photo Film.  I embedded the film in clear Brilliant Resin using our Medium Silicone Mold and Cabochons Mold.  We then added GITD powder into the resin to Dome Up the backs of these pieces, and embedded the wire as they were setting up.    CLICK HERE for more Glow In The Dark Project Ideas.

     

    Bendy Resin Pumpkins

    Resin Color Film pumpkins, inspired by an expensive glass piece I saw.  

    You'll need Brilliant Resin, Resin Color Film, a Doming Tray, and a Spring Drill, and some colored wire.  Cut strips were domed, then shaped (as shown in our Brilliant 3D Butterflies video), drilled, and attached with colored wire.  The top one is about 3-1/2" across, the bottom one is about 1-1/4" across, and can be made into a necklace or earring.

     

    SPOOKY STICKERS

    We used Dichro-ISH Films layered in Brilliant Resin, in our Large Circle Mold, with a cat sticker.  This shows how the color you put behind this film completely changes the look.

    And this one has Resin Color Film behind the Dichro-ISH Texture Film.
    This giant fridge magnet combines a photo with fun Halloween stickers.

    This one has GITD powder mixed into the resin behind the stickers:

     

    Domed Spider Necklaces

    Here are two more pieces I just love, made with Dichro-ISH Films, but Domed.  For the first piece, we stabilized Texture Film by using Double-Sided Adhesive to stick two layers together.  Then we cut our shape, applied the sticker, and domed both sides. 

     

     
    For this piece we printed the web and spider graphic on our Clear Photo Film, stuck that to our Dichro-ISH Film, then domed both sides.

     

    Glittery stickers domed with Brilliant Resin on a Doming Tray.  To keep stickers from curling, cut through the backing in the shape you want, and leave it on as you dome the fronts.  Then peel it off to dome the backs.
     

     

    GLITTERAMA

    For all of these we used a variety of glitters, stickers, confetti and googly eyes.  Click at the bottom of this post to watch a FREE how-to Video.

     


     

     

     

    CANDY CORN CREATIONS

    I was surprised by how little actual candy corn resembles the candy corn I hold dear in my mind from ages gone by.  The ones from Target are big and kind of lumpy.  Once I embedded them in Brilliant Resin, they didn't look very interesting, so I layered a spooky sticker on top, Domed it Up, and now I have an awesome paper weight!  Click at the bottom of this post to watch a FREE how-to Video.

     
    Here are some simpler creations, made with photo prints of a nicer looking candy corn!
     

     

     

     These projects were all made using photos of candy corn with the Doming Technique!

     

    PAINTED RESIN PIECES

    These were cast with Resin Color Film as the colorant, then we domed them up with a bit of glitter mixed into the resin, and then painted designs.  You can paint between layers or on the outside.

    VAMPIRE LOVE

    OK, I'm a sucker for anything vampire-related (painful pun intended :)  These pieces use glitters, acrylic paints, nail polish, stickers and charms all embedded or layered in Brilliant Resin, using our Hearts Molds Set.  Click at the bottom of this post to watch a FREE how-to Video.
         
     

     

     
     

    SUPER STANDEES

    I made these charming photo frames for Halloween, but I can't seem to put them away.  They've been moving around my desk all year, reminding me of when my cutie girls were even cuter!
     

     

    HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!

     

    How-To Videos Mentioned Above:

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


    Resin Jewelry with acrylic paint and punches

    Paint, Punch & Resin

     

    Can you believe these beautiful, durable pieces
    were made from painted paper?!  
    CLICK BELOW TO WATCH HOW-TO VIDEO
    Click the image above to watch our new video featuring the little-windows.com Paper Punches, metallic acrylic paints and the Silicone Doming Tray. Here are some of the featured projects, just look how Brilliant Resin over the paints makes them glow.
    Here's another idea, I'm always looking for unique hair clips to hold my mop out of my face.  This one used the bendy resin technique, then I attached a metal hair clip using E6000 for flexibility.

     

    For these projects you'll need:

    Brilliant Resin (includes Measure & Mix Cups and Mixing Wands)
    Large Silicone Doming Tray
    Punches - you can get our sets or select the matching medium and small shapes you want (eg; small circle + medium circle)
    Spring Drill
    Clear Button Shanks
    Dust covers (can be from any of our mold sets, or you can use a plastic container)
    Sturdy jump rings (or other findings)
    Metallic acrylic paints and crummy brushes

     

    Have fun and send me pics of your creations!

     

    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.

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    You can also use a photo of fabric, which allows you to duplicate, resize, or manipulate if needed to coordinate with your pieces:

    resin fabric photo buttons

     

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     And here's the How-To Video:

     

    We've also made some lovely buttons with fabric scraps using our Silicone Cabochons Mold:

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    Convertible Charms

    We're hooked on charms.  Once we finished our Pics 'n' Chips creation, this idea evolved.  I went back and found photos of my kids from every Halloween (so far), and charmed them all.  I love being reminded of the silliness!   This top piece converts from a necklace to a bracelet using a hook-clasp, but works just as well with magnetic clasps.  

    Check below for a cool idea for the back sides too!

    Here's a different way to mount your charms, I used colored jumprings in the corners to attach them in this checkerboard pattern.

     

    Using our Special Double-Sided Photo Paper, I printed a spiderweb design on the back of the cropped images.  Then I stuck some glittery number stickers on the back, showing her age that year, so it really tells a story!

     

    Click HERE for a FREE how-to video


    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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    Bendy Resin Rings and Bracelets

    Scroll down for how-to video!

    Use LW resin and mirror-finish molds to turn your pics into brilliant bendy rings!

    For these cast creations you'll need:

    Brilliant resin
    Molds
    Special photo paper
    A drill
    and some sterling or copper wire.

    For best results use our Brilliant Molds (any shape), and Brilliant Resin

     

    This video shows you how, step-by-step:

     

    This one is embellished with our Dichro-ISH Film, and glued onto a ring base using a bit of resin leftover from our next batch:

    You can also make bendy resin bracelets using larger molds or with the Doming Technique.

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    Here's a link to a video you can follow to bend your resin into bracelet shapes.

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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!


    Clear Photo Votives

     

    I just finished editing this video and I LOVE the results.  Using our new Clear Photo Film, some resin, a drill, and some jumprings, we created a new way to showcase your pix!

    Of course during the making of this video I thought of about 25 more projects using this technique.  Send me your ideas too and we'll add them to the mix!

    Clear Candle Votives How-To Video

     

    TIP: 

    When you're doming larger pieces like these (over 2" or anything long), especially with the Clear Photo Film, you should stabilize them by adding a stiff paper like cardstock to the back before adding resin.  This will keep your pieces from curling up as they set.  You can use a few small pieces of double-stick tape to attach them.  Here's an example:

      

     

    And here's an example I made using the same technique, but printing in color and cutting around my lovies.  I leave it open on my desk when not in use:

     

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