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Black & White Resin Projects

resin craft jewelry decor black white colorant art resin

Oooh, we've been having fun with our Black and White Colorant, these techniques make amazing pieces, and are super satisfying!

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Here's what you'll need:

Brilliant Resin (includes Mixing Cups and Mixing Wands)

Black and White Resin Colorant

Brilliant Resin Molds

Silicone Doming Tray

Spring Drill

and findings for the projects you make

 

Here are some of the projects you'll see demonstrated:

resin craft jewelry black white casting art resin

resin craft jewelry marbled black white casting

 
resin crafting jewelry cast black with white stripes
 
resin jewelry making black and white necklace 
resin craft jewelry black white casting art resin
 
resin craft jewelry black white knobs pulls art resin
 
resin craft jewelry black white casting art resin
 
resin craft jewelry black white casting art resin
resin craft jewelry black white casting art resin
resin craft jewelry black white casting art resin
resin craft jewelry black white casting art resin
resin craft jewelry black white casting art resin cow
resin craft jewelry black white casting art resin
resin craft jewelry black white casting art resin
 
resin craft jewelry white color casting art resin
resin craft jewelry black white casting art resin
resin craft jewelry black white alcohol casting art resin
resin craft jewelry black white casting art resin
resin craft jewelry black white casting art resin
resin craft jewelry black white spooky trees art resin
resin craft jewelry black white barette art resin
resin craft badge holder black white bezel art resin
resin craft jewelry black white art resin marbled
resin craft jewelry black white bezel love art resin marbled
resin craft jewelry black white bezel love art resin marbled

resin craft jewelry black white bezel art resin marbled

Have lots of fun, and let me know how your creations turn out! 

Twisted Resin

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!

 

 

For this technique you will need:

Here are some other Bendy Resin projects you might like:

     

DIY Resin Eyes

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.

THIS JUST IN...  

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:

 

Here's a complete tutorial on making the 3 types above, Petri Eyes  would be similar to the Glitter eyes, but using the petri-resin technique instead: 

You can compare the 3 types above and decide which you want to make, or make some of each! 

Silly Eyes

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.

Realistic or Creature Eyes

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.

Photo Eyes

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!resin cast eyes polymer clay 

Here is a thorough tutorial for using your Silicone Cabochons Mold, with lots more project ideas:

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Resin in Bezels

(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!

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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:

 

SUPPLIES:

Bezels, bracelets, necklaces, basic findings

Resin

Special Photo Papers

Magnets

Color Film   

Dichro-ISH Supplies

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

Bezel Examples:

Variety of materials, shapes and sizes can be used.

 

THIS JUST IN... (added after original posting)

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!

 

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.

resin color film triangles

 


resin jewelry rose nunn color film doming

resin jewelry color necklace earrings doming

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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.



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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 crafting marbled black and white art resin

resin crafting black and white in bezels

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

resin jewelry cabochon glitter shield necklace

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.

 

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Layering paint, nail polish, glitter, or photos:

resin casting crafting eyes glitter costume dragons

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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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Combine Resin Color Film and Glitter!

 

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.

little windows brilliant resin frog cabochon acrylic paint layers

 

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

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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 Projects

 

 

 

Our Resin Color Film is so versatile and easy to use!  These clean, patriotic pieces were made in our Hearts Molds.   You can use the same technique with your own school, state, or country colors! 

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.

Use the template that comes with your Hearts Mold Set to cut one red and one blue heart (or use our Heart Punches).
 
Cut a strip from the middle of each heart so there's a silver stripe down the middle, pour a thin layer of clear resin and position one red and one blue piece in each heart.  Let that set up, then drill for your findings.

 

Resin Color Film on glitter really shines in the sun!

 

Materials:

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 :)

Spring Drill

Silver Glitter

Jewelry findings (ear wires and colored jump rings shown here)

 

 


Adding Findings

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. 

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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 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. 

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:

Finish your resin creations using headpins and jumprings as findings:

 

 

 

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:

 

Mount your resin pieces in POLYMER CLAY or into a bezel:

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

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!

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 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.

 

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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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