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Postage Stamp Necklace with Crystal Beading

Postage Stamp Necklace with Crystal Beading

Twisted Resin Jewelry and Ornaments

Twisted Resin Jewelry and Ornaments

Black & White Resin Projects

Black & White Resin Projects


Embossed DICHRO Color-Shift Jewelry

Embossed DICHRO Color-Shift Jewelry

Create sparkling color-shifting beauty with some JUMBO Dichro-ISH Films and texture tools.   You can use a single sheet or multiple layers to create depth, dimension and shine in your resin work.  Embossing, Casting, Doming, Demolding, and adding findings are all demonstrated in this tutorial.  Have fun!

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Here are close-ups of the projects from this video:

resin jewelry cast bangle bracelets with dichro films embossed

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resin jewelry making cast bangle bracelets cat judge 

This pair of earrings looks totally different depending on the lighting.  Dichro-ISH Film embossed with the gear pattern folder, then domed on both sides with jewelry findings embedded in the resin. They are long but lightweight!

resin jewelry making earrings long gear dichro ish on cactus

resin jewelry making long drop earrings gear reflectiveresin jewelry making long dichro gear earrings on pot metallic

 

Doubled-up Texture Film, domed on both sides then drilled with our Spring Drill. 

resin jewelry earring doming heart texture film green blueResin crafting casting jewelry making earrings dichro film color shift iridescentresin jewelry earring doming heart texture film on plant

 

This pair was also made with doubled-up Texture Film, domed on both sides, with crystals embedded as the resin set up.  Holes added with our Spring Drill, ear wires were hand-formed with copper wire.

resin jewelry earring doming long texture film display

resin jewelry earrings doming long opal texture film on display

 

These tiny shiny beauties were made from scraps from a bracelet project, domed on both sides, with the jewelry findings (sterling silver head pins), embedded in the resin.

 

resin jewelry earring doming aqua opal on

Dichro-ISH Film embossed with the Gear pattern, cast in Brilliant Resin in our Medium Squares Mold.  This one changes from gold to green to blue, depending on the lighting and angle.

resin jewelry cast necklace dichro ish gold green bee

 

Dichro-ISH Films are too flimsy to dome if they are just a single layer.  For this piece I took a piece of clear packing tape, sprinkled some chunky glitter, then pressed a sheet of Texture Film onto the tape.  Then cut out my shape and domed it on both sides with Brilliant Resin.  Used my Spring Drill to make holes for these super-strong sterling silver plated jumprings, and strung it onto one of our sterling plated snake chains.  So simple, so sweet.

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Ooooh, these are some of my favorite pieces from the embossed Dichro-ISH Films video, they're simple but the hex pattern in blue is so eye-catching as it shifts in the light.  This first piece was cast in our Medium Rectangles Mold.

resin jewelry cast necklace embossed dichro film hex blue rectangle

Here are 2 jewelry options for the same piece!

resin crafting jewelry making embossed dichro jewelry color shift hex earrings necklace

And here's what if looks like if you turn that piece sideways, and drill the corners.

resin jewelry doming necklace embossed dichro film blue hex bar

 

Now for some deliciousness!!!  Doming in progress...

resin jewelry doming dichro film embossed on silicone doming tray

resin jewelry doming dichro film suncatchers bookmarks reflective

resin jewelry doming suncatchers dichro films refractions through window

 

 

Here I'm following the Twisted Resin Technique from this tutorial.

resin jewelry doming ornament dichro films twisting on stickresin jewelry doming twisted suncatchers ornaments dichro films

This is the very same ornament, on the left it's shown with light reflecting off it, which lets the metallic reflective coating shine.  The image on the right has light BEHIND the ornament, this shows off the beautiful base colors of the film.

resin jewelry doming twisted ornament dichro films embossed

resin jewelry doming ornament twisted texture film on tree

Have fun with this technique, and send me photos of your creations!

Resin crafting casting jewelry making dichro film color shift iridescent

 

How to work with Resin in all kinds of Bezels

How to work with Resin in all kinds of Bezels

 

Making Multiples in Resin

Making Multiples in Resin


Bendy Resin Ornaments

Bendy Resin Ornaments

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:

 

Now look what else you can do!

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!

 

Watch and learn how to make these yourself!

 This same technique can be used to make Bendy Resin Bracelets like these:

bendy resin bracelets jewelry making photo jewelry

Here are some other Bendy Resin projects you might like:

     

 

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Colorful Resin Hoops Jewelry

Colorful Resin Hoops Jewelry

DIY - All Kinds of Resin Eyes

DIY - All Kinds of Resin Eyes

 

 


Ways to COLOR RESIN

Ways to COLOR RESIN

There are many ways to add color to Brilliant Resin, they each have pros and cons.  Here are the ones I love best, WITH HOW-TO VIDEOS:

 

Resin Color Film

This is the cleanest and easiest way if you're going for transparent color.  Just cut to fit the shape of your mold or resin piece.

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resin color film triangles

 


resin cast cabochon collage sea vacation

 

resin bezel jewelry color film rose nunn hoops

resin jewelry color necklace earrings doming

WATCH THIS HOW-TO VIDEO: 

 

Here are some examples of how you can layer Resin Color Film:

resin jewelry layered color necklace casting

resin jewelry color film glitter heart necklace

 

Dichro-ISH Films 

Used with or without a black resin backing, these films add beautiful color and dimension.  Add a sheet, bits and pieces, or a cut-out shape.



WATCH THIS HOW-TO VIDEO: 

 

 

Liquid/Gel Resin Colorant

Great options for opaque color, these blend easily without adding many bubbles.  The black pieces below were made with our Dichro-ISH Black Colorant, the white stripes were made with our opaque White Resin Colorant.

resin crafting cast black with white stripes ASMR resin art black and white ASMR

resin crafting black and white hair clip barrette bracelet jewelry

 

 

resin casting black white marble jewelry making

 

resin casting jewelry making black white in bezels

Layers with colorant and glitter mixed in.  Shallow cast in 2" cavities.

resin casting color bands red glitter white black

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. 

I made the projects below using a bit of leftover black and white colored resin. I had some in my mixing cup from another project.  It was nice and thick as it had been sitting for about 1/2 hour, so I used it to make spots in the bottom of my Medium Rectangle Mold. I let those spots harden, then poured resin with our White Colorant mixed in over it. For the one with the white spots and black background I reversed the application.


This is a super-easy project, but the key is to let the color you'll use for the spots get nice and thick so it stays where you put it in your mold.

 

resin casting black white coloring cow designs moo

 

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Layering paint, nail polish, glitter, or photos:

resin casting crafting eyes glitter costume dragons

WATCH THIS HOW-TO VIDEO: 

 

Glitter 

From fine cut to big and chunky, WE LOVE GLITTER!  You can mix any color in with your resin batch.  CLICK "Resin Glitter Fun" to the right for more info and a how-to video 

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resin casting glitter hearts for jewelry making

resin casting Halloween glitter hearts

resin casting photo glitter ornament stickers
resin casting glitter hearts hair clip

FOR MORE INFO WATCH THIS HOW-TO VIDEO: 

 

Combine Resin Color Film and Glitter!

resin casting cabochons glitter color jewelry making

 

resin casting earrings glitter hearts color film

 

resin casting color film glitter wire pumpkin necklace

 

Acrylic Paint 

Between layers of set resin, not mixed in as that can affect cure time and final results.

This piece was incorporated into a cabochons necklace.

resin casting cabochon frog on bezel 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.

resin acrylic paint pour jewelry

 

resin acrylic paint pour jewelry making

 

 

Nail Polish

As with acrylics, paint between or over layers of set resin, don't mix it in as that can affect cure time and final results.

 

You can also combine acrylic paint and nail polish

FOR MORE INFO WATCH THIS HOW-TO VIDEO: 

 

Alcohol Inks 

Such fun!  From petri projects to painting on photos to splatter patterns, alcohol inks are so much fun to use in Brilliant Resin!  Here are some projects from our Double-Sided Molds tutorial
You can see the petri bangle technique in detail in this tutorial from Myriam's Nature
resin alcohol inks bangle bracelet mold petri technique
This can be hit-or-miss as some ink colors react with the resin in weird ways. Here are some experiments we've done by applying inks to a photo, and between layers of resin:

 

For this test I spashed alcohol inks onto our Clear Photo Film, then punched out some circles and domed them with Brilliant Resin.

brilliant resin alcohol inks splash on Clear Photo Film

Then I figured out how to create these tie-dye type looks:

Here's a hit from our friend Chrissy Lampitt, she added inks to the tile, then stamped, then sealed it all with resin:

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:

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON COLORANTS:

In this how-to video, you can fast-forward to 5:30 and 10:00 to focus on colorants:

  

 

4th OF JULY Resin Jewelry Projects

4th OF JULY Resin Jewelry Projects

Adding Findings to your Resin Creations

Adding Findings to your Resin Creations

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 VIDEOS

Drill a hole:

You can drill holes into or through your resin pieces.  Then you can either glue in an eye-screw, or add a jumpring, a headpin, 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.

Embed findings in resin:

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. 
resin jewelry embedding wire bail in bracelet charm

Glue on flat-back bails:

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).


Wire wrap your pieces:


Mount your resin piece in a Bezel:

resin jewelry mount casting in bezel cat kitty
resin jewelry mount casting in bezel frog layers
 

Mount your casting in Polymer Clay:

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:
 
 

Tutorials for the techniques above:  

 
 
In this how-to video, you can fast-forward to 11:38 for a focus on findings:
 
 
And here's a demo of clean and easy drilling with our Spring Drill: