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!
- 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)
- Computer and inkjet printer
- Doming tray
- Mini hand drill, or power drill with 1mm drill bit
- Piece of cardboard or wood to drill on
- These earrings measure 1-1/2” x ¾” plus ear wire, but you can make them any size you like.
- 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
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.”
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!