Brilliant Resin (includes Mixing Cups and Mixing Wands)
and findings for the projects you make
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!
I am sooooo hooked on making resin eyes. I've found 3 ways to do it, each has its uses. All of them were made with our Brilliant Resin and Silicone Cabochons Mold, and all require layers of resin, so leave yourself at least 4-6 hours between each layer for set-up.
Since shooting this video I've discovered that you can make some incredible irises using the petri-resin technique in which you drip colored and white alcohol inks into the resin while it's liquid in the mold, here are some of mine:
These are easy to make, by mixing either opaque colorants or glitters into the resin for each layer. You can use fine or chunky glitters, and even different shapes of glitter, depending on what effect you're going for. Make your layers as thick or thin as you'd like.
These were made by painting nail polish (or you can use acrylic paint), between cured layers of resin. It's important to have a clear layer between colors to give them dimension.
You can also print images of eyes onto our Special Photo Paper for realistic eyes. For these we poured a clear layer of resin about the same size as the iris cut-out, and let it set up. Then we poured another thin layer of resin and pushed our eye print down onto the hardened layer below, to squish out any trapped bubbles. It's best to fill the mold about half-way, so the eyeballs aren't too domed.
This one was made using our Clear Photo Film, and surrounded with POLYMER CLAY and some fake eyelashes!
Here is a thorough tutorial for using your Silicone Cabochons Mold, with lots more project ideas:
(More new projects below :)
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!
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:
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
Variety of materials, shapes and sizes can be used.
Here is another example of resin in a bezel, this time I found a carved bead with an oval opening that let me pour in 3 layers, using graphics printed on our Clear Photo Film, and a final layer using thickened, goopy resin to "Emboss" just on the spider to make it extra creepy!
Here are some examples of how you can layer Resin Color Film:
Layers with colorant and glitter mixed in. Shallow cast in 2" cavities.
You can have fun mixing colors too, either letting one set up a bit before adding another, or blending them together to create unique designs. Both of these were made in our brilliant mirror-finish molds.
This piece was incorporated into a cabochons necklace.
These are acrylic paint skins, punched into heart shapes and domed with Brilliant Resin. They're lightweight and each one is unique so they make great jewelry.
For this test I spashed alcohol inks onto our Clear Photo Film, then punched out some circles and domed them with Brilliant Resin.
Then I figured out how to create these tie-dye type looks:
You can mix a little alcohol ink into your resin for transparent color, but results vary, and if you add too much it will affect resin set-up.
In the Petri Technique you drip white and colored alcohol inks into resin, here are some examples of how this can look in cast eyes:
This technique is random, some are amazing others are duds. Here are some of my favorites:
These earrings were made in 2 layers, first pour a thin layer of resin with silver glitter mixed in, and let this layer set up.
Resin Color Film (we used the Jewel Colors Pack)
Hearts Molds (we used the 1" and 2" sizes)
Brilliant Resin, measuring cup and mixing wand, paper towels
Scissors and Hearts Punches (punches optional, but they sure make it easier :)
Jewelry findings (ear wires and colored jump rings shown here)
There are many ways you can add findings to your resin creations, turning them into jewelry, accessories, buttons, or decorative items like the ones shown below.
SCROLL DOWN FOR HOW-TO VIDEO
You can drill holes into or through your resin pieces. Then you can either glue in an eye-screw, or add a jumpring or a wire through the hole. If your piece is clear, drill at an angle so the finding will hide the white drill line.
If your piece is colored, you can drill straight in and then glue in an eye-screw finding.
Once your piece is made, you can add another thin layer of resin to the back and embed a finding, to make a bail or link, or turn your pieces into all types of jewelry, buttons, and decorative pieces, like the handles below.
A drop or two of resin is the very best way to create a permanent, waterproof bond, and you can mix a batch as small as 6ml Part A + 3ml Part B to do this.
If you don't have any handy you can also use E6000 or another strong adhesive, just make sure you use it outside or in a well ventilated area, as it really stinks and it's not healthy to breathe (or get on you).
You can work polymer clay around your cast resin pieces, and bake them together as long as you don't exceed the time or temperature recommended on the polymer clay packaging. After baking you can add findings through the polyclay.
Or, you can first bake your polyclay pieces, then Dome Up with Brilliant Resin, and add findings after.
Orrrr, bake your polymer clay into bezels with built-in handles, then Dome Up with Brilliant Resin after, like Amazing Maker Sue Herst did in these beauties:
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.
Scroll down for the how-to video. This started with our cute Pumpkin Ornaments, but so much more is possible! These pieces are all made using our Resin Color Films, domed with Brilliant Resin. This was my original idea, inspired by an expensive glass pumpkin I saw:
Here's a design with 2 variations, one with a beaded accent wired into the center, and another with a domed photo in the center. I love them both! These are beautiful as ornaments, a photo desk display, or as a pin. LOOK OUT CHIHULY!
This same technique can be used to make Bendy Resin Bracelets like these: