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!
Print & Prep your images:
Coat with Brilliant Resin:
Make your earrings!
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.
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.
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.”
Awesome altered artist Denise Moore created these beautiful pieces by layering graphics, found accents (beads, watch parts, etc.), and Little Windows resin over dominoes!
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.