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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:

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Photo Ornaments

Perfect for everyone on your gift list, these easy resin photo ornaments are sure to be a hit!

You’ll just need your Pics, Brilliant Resin, a Large Mold Set, adhesive, and some ribbon.

Here’s how you make them:

 

 And here are some other examples:

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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!

 

 


Bendy Resin Rings

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.

 

 

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:

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

Stock up in the Little Windows Shop!


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

 

When you're doming larger pieces like these (over 2"), 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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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:

     

 


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.



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.