How-To's

Hearts!

I'm soooooo in love with our Little Windows Brilliant Hearts Mold Set!  

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Here are some of the pieces we've been making using the 4 sizes.

 

 
These bracelets show the smallest 1" size castings, the one on the left has a leather cord, the one on the right attaches to the sterling plated bracelet we have in our shop.

 

 
This shows how the sizes of molds that are in the Set compare.
cast resin hearts necklace
And here are just a few of the projects created in our last Little Windows Workshop!
 

So here they are, 

Brilliant Heart Molds!

Here's what's inside, 4 sizes of beautiful, reusable heart molds, plus a cropping template:

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 And to make it easy, I've got punches that match these hearts molds!  Here they are, available in our shop individually and as a set:

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Photo Ornaments

Perfect for everyone on your gift list, these easy resin photo ornaments are sure to be a hit!

You’ll just need your Pics, Brilliant Resin, a Large Mold Set, adhesive, and some ribbon.

Here’s how you make them:

 

 

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Action Standees

I made these for Halloween, but now that they're hanging out on my desk, I'm going to keep them there year-round!  It's like having a line-up of my kids as action figures and I love it!

Cut out the best part of your favorite photos, mount them on Clear Photo Film printed with a graphic design, and dome them up to make an awesome photo display for your home or office.  See this related video for a how-to.

You'll need:

Brilliant Resin

Special Photo Paper

Clear Photo Film

Doming Tray

Drill

Jumprings, or wire to connect them


Resin Photo Charms

Scroll down for how-to video

Personalized charms are ideal for:
  • - Bracelets
  • - Earrings
  • - Zipper pulls
  • - ID tags
  • - Wine charms
  • - Pins

For holidays and everyday, these make such a special gift.  Whether it's a single charm, or an assortment, it's a great way to show off kids, pets, vacation, and weddings, or to remember our loved ones.

 

How-To Video:

 

 

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Resin Mixed Media with Artist Belinda Spiwak

If you've stopped by our booth at a show, you've most likely seen some work by Mixed Media Artist Belinda Spiwak.  She combines found objects and scraps from other projects with a variety of other mediums like acrylic paint, texture paste, and color spritz, resulting in stunning collage effects.  She then pours resin over select areas, letting some of the original textures show through.  The results are dramatic 3-D scapes.  Some tell a story, others are just fun!

Here are some examples:

Here's one more way you can use Little Windows Brilliant Resin to enhance your creations.  Belinda collaged many elements in this piece, then dripped resin over it, in an irregular way, protecting the piece, securing the bits in place, and creating great contrasts in texture and finish.  Click the video link below to see how it's done.

 

 

 

Click this image for a link to Belinda's Facebook Page, and check out her latest creations.  She's a true talent, turning any material - from papers to fabrics to metals - into stunning, layered art.  Thank you Belinda!

 One of Belinda's favorite sources for interesting bits and pieces is a website called skybluepink.com, and I'll admit I'm obsessed with this site and their teeny-weeny puzzle pieces, micro-buttons, asian goodies, charms and ephemera of all sorts - lots to add to your resin creations.  So be sure to take a look for unique goodies at excellent prices!

 

 


Amazing Makers: Stacy Whetsell

Our friend Stacy in Texas is not only amazing, she's prolific in her resin-making!  Let me share just one of the things she's doing with her left-over scraps of Dichro-ISH films:

"So, I had lots of little left over pieces of Dichro-ISH film after I cut my shapes for other projects.  I was looking at a pile of it thinking how pretty it would be to have something made with all those colors… so… I got myself a coffee bean grinder, threw all the scraps in there, and created some awesome looking sparkle."  I asked Stacy if the bits clogged her grinder, to which she replied, "I got the el cheapo deluxe Black & Decker grinder from the grocery store for like $17.  The bowl is stainless and I had no issues with clean-up what so ever.  It was an easy rinse with water.  A more industrious person could use a q-tip or low powered blower to get all the goodness out instead of the quick rinse with water."

Then she added the bits  in this bezel bracelet, and domed them up with Little Windows Brilliant Resin.  Stacy's signature is a small candy heart included in the resin, which is a sweet touch!

Here's a link to see Stacy's latest creations on  Facebook.

 

Great idea Stacy, thanks for sharing!

 

 


Dichro-ISH Resin

 

Love, love, LOVE these new looks we're getting with the new Little Windows Dichro-ISH supplies.

 

 

 

 

 

Check out the how-to video and let me know what you think:

 

For these projects you'll need:

FROM little-windows.com:
Brilliant Resin Set (includes mixing wands and cups)
Brilliant Molds
Dichro-ISH Supplies (black colorant + dichro films)
Doming Tray
Bezels
Findings (jumprings, chains, pins, etc.)
Drill (Spring Drill or Creative Drill recommended)
FROM HOME:
Dry paper towels
Sharp scissors
A timer
Dust covers  (come with Little Windows molds)

Click here to buy your Dichro-ISH Supplies!

 

Here's another idea - use clear resin to Dome Up for buttons, rings, and hair bobbles like these:

 

Here's what Stephanie in Pensacola, FL has been making with Dichro-ISH, glitter and sequins, so cool!


Bendy Resin Rings

Use LW resin and mirror-finish molds to turn your pics into brilliant bendy rings!

Little Windows Bendy Rings In Hand

For these cast creations you'll need:

Brilliant resin, molds, special photo paper, a drill,
and some sterling or copper wire.

 

This video shows you how, step-by-step:

 

 

For best results use our Brilliant Molds (any shape), and Brilliant Resin

Little Windows brilliant molds - Med Sq  LW 12oz. Brilliant Resin Set

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Double-Sided Doming Basics

Scroll down for a fun video that shows you how to create a variety of double-sided domed pieces, with  step-by-step instruction.   Glue 2 domed photos back-to-back to use as charms, bracelets, keychains, pendants & more :)

2-Sided Domed Bracelets

2-Sided Domed Keychains 2-Sided Domed Charms - round 2-Sided Domed Pendants

Double-Sided Doming Basics

 

You'll need: brilliant resin, doming tray, special photo paper, double-stick adhesive, drill, ZapAGap, and findings of your choice.

Have fun, and send me pix of your creations!


Clear Photo Votives

 

I just finished editing this video and I LOVE the results.  Using our new Clear Photo Film, some resin, a drill, and some jumprings, we created a new way to showcase your pix!

Of course during the making of this video I thought of about 25 more projects using this technique.  Send me your ideas too and we'll add them to the mix!

Clear Candle Votives How-To Video

 

When you're doming larger pieces like these (over 2"), especially with the Clear Photo Film, you should stabilize them by adding a stiff paper like cardstock to the back before adding resin.  This will keep your pieces from curling up as they set.  You can use a few small pieces of double-stick tape to attach them.  Here's an example:

  

 

And here's an example I made using the same technique, but printing in color and cutting around my lovies.  I leave it open on my desk when not in use:

 

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Single Cube Bracelet

One of our favorite Little Windows designs is the single cube bracelet.  For this you can select any shape of mold, Small or Medium, and create a stunning and durable bracelet.

Click here for a printable PDF

cast resin cube bracelet

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Kaleidoscopic

At the Quilt Festival in Houston we met Jeannie, an incredible woman who has created software that turns your pix into kaleidoscope patterns.

Click  Kaleidoscope Earrings PDF   to 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!

 
Click here to check out Jeanie's blog and the Kaleidoscope Kreator website for more details and how-to's.