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Fun Holiday Ideas

There's still time to create some resin treasures! 
Here are a few ideas to get your brain spinning:
 
 
Click the image for a link to the Doming How-To Video, then we drilled at the top and bottom of each domed piece, and added jump rings and a crystal drop.  Tie a ribbon on and what a great gift this will be!
For this one we printed on our Special Photo Paper and added a little glitter then domed it for a smooth shiny finish. 


 

Click this image to watch the how-to video.


 Create these gorgeous keepsakes with vintage photos!


Welcome your new lovies!


The name in this piece was made by bending soft sterling wire into letters.  The chain is from an old necklace I recycled, so dig through your jewelry box and reinvent whatever you're not using. 



Start with the Doming Technique, allow your resin to set up for about 1 hour, then gently push the bent wire name into the gooey resin, which will hold it in place and bond it nicely.

Click here to learn how to make Twisted Resin Ornaments and jewelry.

And here are just a few of the creative projects sent in by our Amazing Makers:

Check out these ideas shared by Stephanie White, and click here for a link to her ETSY shop:

 
These are so cute!  Great to see how different this looks from the same technique shown above (we used vintage photos).
 

And for the fabulous pets in your life:
  

Love these linked Large and Small Cast pieces.  Cutting photos into outlined shapes shows the glitter behind and showcases this sweetie!
 

This ornament gets graphic with Little Windows Clear Photo Film.

Don't forget to send us photos of your creations :)

 


HALLOWEEN IDEAS!

Scroll down for FREE how-to videos

Fun with Photos

For the doming technique projects above you'll need:

  • Special Photo Paper for Resin
  • Brilliant Resin
  • Doming Tray
  • Spring Drill (for jewelry)
  • Double-Stick Adhesive Sheet (for cell phone sticker)
  • Printer, scissors, timer

Creepy Spider in A Bezel

This is a multi-layer project, that can be done with or without the back glow-in-the-dark layer. 

Here's how mine looks in the dark WITH the back layer added in GITD aqua:

Follow this link for a tutorial on working will all kinds of bezels.

Yummy Color

The pendants above were cast in our Medium Molds, then Domed Up over a piece of Resin Color Film, with a bit of glitter mixed into the resin.  Let that set up an hour or two, then push bent wire forms into the resin making a ripple effect and glossy dimension.

Click here to watch a video on embedding wire in resin.

For this necklace I also embedded wire in cast pieces.  Images were printed on Clear Photo Film.  I embedded the film in clear Brilliant Resin using our Medium Silicone Mold and Cabochons Mold.  We then added GITD powder into the resin to Dome Up the backs of these pieces, and embedded the wire as they were setting up.    CLICK HERE for more Glow In The Dark Project Ideas.

 

Bendy Resin Pumpkins

Resin Color Film pumpkins, inspired by an expensive glass piece I saw.  

You'll need Brilliant Resin, Resin Color Film, a Doming Tray, and a Spring Drill, and some colored wire.  Cut strips were domed, then shaped (as shown in our Brilliant 3D Butterflies video), drilled, and attached with colored wire.  The top one is about 3-1/2" across, the bottom one is about 1-1/4" across, and can be made into a necklace or earring.

 

SPOOKY STICKERS

We used Dichro-ISH Films layered in Brilliant Resin, in our Large Circle Mold, with a cat sticker.  This shows how the color you put behind this film completely changes the look.

And this one has Resin Color Film behind the Dichro-ISH Texture Film.
This giant fridge magnet combines a photo with fun Halloween stickers.

This one has GITD powder mixed into the resin behind the stickers:

 

Domed Spider Necklaces

Here are two more pieces I just love, made with Dichro-ISH Films, but Domed.  For the first piece, we stabilized Texture Film by using Double-Sided Adhesive to stick two layers together.  Then we cut our shape, applied the sticker, and domed both sides. 

 

 
For this piece we printed the web and spider graphic on our Clear Photo Film, stuck that to our Dichro-ISH Film, then domed both sides.

 

Glittery stickers domed with Brilliant Resin on a Doming Tray.  To keep stickers from curling, cut through the backing in the shape you want, and leave it on as you dome the fronts.  Then peel it off to dome the backs.
 

 

GLITTERAMA

For all of these we used a variety of glitters, stickers, confetti and googly eyes.  Click at the bottom of this post to watch a FREE how-to Video.

 


 

 

 

CANDY CORN CREATIONS

I was surprised by how little actual candy corn resembles the candy corn I hold dear in my mind from ages gone by.  The ones from Target are big and kind of lumpy.  Once I embedded them in Brilliant Resin, they didn't look very interesting, so I layered a spooky sticker on top, Domed it Up, and now I have an awesome paper weight!  Click at the bottom of this post to watch a FREE how-to Video.

 
Here are some simpler creations, made with photo prints of a nicer looking candy corn!
 

 

 

 

PAINTED RESIN PIECES

These were cast with Resin Color Film as the colorant, then we domed them up with a bit of glitter mixed into the resin, and then painted designs.  You can paint between layers or on the outside.

VAMPIRE LOVE

OK, I'm a sucker for anything vampire-related (painful pun intended :)  These pieces use glitters, acrylic paints, nail polish, stickers and charms all embedded or layered in Brilliant Resin, using our Hearts Molds Set.  Click at the bottom of this post to watch a FREE how-to Video.
     
 

 

 
 

SUPER STANDEES

I made these charming photo frames for Halloween, but I can't seem to put them away.  They've been moving around my desk all year, reminding me of when my cutie girls were even cuter!
 

 

MULTI-PHOTO PROJECTS

Here are some great ways to show off your Halloween photos. I love having these keepsakes to show off my peeps.  Click at the bottom of this post to watch FREE how-to Videos.
These Photo Cubes make great gifts too, so fun to have on your desk to fidget with!
 

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!

 

How-To Videos Mentioned Above:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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!

Click to watch this how-to video:

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!

 


Summer Memories

Ahhh Summertime.  Have you thought about creating keepsakes to remind you of wonderful adventures or moments of bliss?  Try some of these ideas for yourself, your family or friends (scroll down for how-to videos)

Photos resized and cropped using our easy Photo Cropper, printed on Special Photo Paper, then cast in resin. This first one shows the layering technique - tutorial below.

These treasures were made by Jackie Lentz as souvenir magnets:

This project was made using the Double-Sided Doming Technique with gorgeous photos taken by my hubby in Baja California

And here's one that combines photos with paint chips in coordinating colors (tutorial below)
These pieces were made by printing photos on our Clear Photo Film, the first one uses the Bendy Resin technique (tutorials below)

The amazing bracelet below was created by Connie in Satsuma, FL.  She used the Small Oval from our Little Windows Photo Cropping Software to shrink and crop her pix, then used the Doming Technique to create these gorgeous charms. These beachy photos, linked in with some lovely drilled shells makes the perfect Summer Keepsake.

A lightweight photo album you can wear and share!

Thanks again for sharing your beautiful creations Jackie and Connie!

You can also work in bezels, which is lots of fun (tutorial below). These are magnets!

This tutorial covers both the casting and doming techniques, and can be applied to bracelets, necklaces and other multi-photo projects:

How-To Video combining photos and coordinating paint chips:

 

Here's a basic How-To Video for Layering:

 

Click to watch this how-to video:

This Bendy Resin Technique can be used with our Special Photo Papers too:

 Here are supplies you'll need:

Brilliant Molds (if casting)
Large Silicone Doming Tray (if doming)
You may need some of these basic tools too, depending on your project:

Have fun creating your own keepsakes :)

 


Personalize!!

Whether you're making gifts, pieces to sell, or something special for yourself, personalizing adds an extra-special touch to any creation. 

There are lots of ways to personalize your resin projects with names, initials and words. This video shows my favorite techniques:

Adding type with Photoshop

   

Layering Lettering

Wire Lettering

Stickers

Rub-On Transfers

Alphabet Beads and Charms

Card Cut-Outs

Pens, Paints, Ink, Glitter Glue

Alcohol Ink Resist



Here are some handy links mentioned in the video:

ADDING TYPE WITH PHOTOSHOP
RESIZE PHOTOS USING Microsoft Word or GoogleDocs
DOMING UP!
CLEAN, EASY COLOR WITH RESIN COLOR FILM
MULTI-PHOTO JEWELRY
PHOTO CABOCHONS
MAKING HOLIDAY PHOTO ORNAMENTS 
RESIN IN BEZELS
DIFFERENT WAYS TO COLOR YOUR RESIN
ADDING FINDINGS TO YOUR RESIN CREATIONS

 

Here are some of the key products used in this video:

BRILLIANT RESIN 
BRILLIANT MOLDS 
SPECIAL PHOTO PAPERS
PHOTO CROPPING SOFTWARE

For more ideas and inspiration:

AMAZING MAKERS GALLERY

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)

 

 


Paint, Punch & Resin

 

Can you believe these beautiful, durable pieces
were made from painted paper?!  
CLICK BELOW TO WATCH HOW-TO VIDEO
Click the image above to watch our new video featuring the little-windows.com Paper Punches, metallic acrylic paints and the Silicone Doming Tray. Here are some of the featured projects, just look how Brilliant Resin over the paints makes them glow.
Here's another idea, I'm always looking for unique hair clips to hold my mop out of my face.  This one used the bendy resin technique, then I attached a metal hair clip using E6000 for flexibility.

 

For these projects you'll need:

- Brilliant Resin

- Nesting Paper Punches

- Silicone Doming Tray

- Metallic acrylic paints and crummy brushes

- Jewelry Drill and findings

- Clear Button Shanks

Have fun and send me pics of your creations!

 


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!

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.

 

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Multi-Photo Bracelets

Oooooh, so many possibilities!   This is my favorite way to show off themed photos - family, weddings, vacation, school pics, pets, etc.   Here are some examples to inspire your creativity:

Domed vacation photos

 

Wearable Photo Album!

Here's a cast cubes bracelet using photos from the same vacation...

 

Wedding photos in Cast Cubes

Here's one of the bracelets I made for this video, featuring my friend Lis F's gorgeous wedding photos:

Here's the same photo cubes, but with wire-wrapped pearl spacers between each:

And here are the same photos, in color instead of black & white, with pearl spacers:

Best Friends Cast Cubes

If you love your pets - and who doesn't...

 

Family Photos Domed with Resin

Look at this gorgeous piece by Amazing Maker Jennifer Dooley!

 

Wanna make some?!

Here's a complete tutorial video to teach you how to make these keepsake bracelets:

 

Here's a video showing in more detail how to finish and wire wrap your resin pieces:

 

Materials Needed:

- Your photos, printed to size on Little Windows Special Photo Paper
- Brilliant Resin, mixing cup, mixing wand
- Little Windows Small Mold or a Doming Tray
- A drill - hand drill or power drill with small bits
- Jewelry Findings of your choice - headpins or jumprings, clasp, connectors
- Scissors, pliers, wire snippers, paper towels, timer, dust cover, piece of scrap wood
(Items in bold are available for purchase here in our shop)


Resin Your Fabric Scraps!

I'm loving this new technique for turning bits and pieces of fabric into jewelry, buttons, pins, magnets, all sorts of shiny treasures!  It's easy to do and super-versatile.  I'll let the images do the talking...and the how-to video! 

Click here to see the "Resin Your Fabrics" slide show presentation.

And here's the How-To Video:

 

 

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If you have more questions, please check our FAQ center.

 


Pics 'n' Paint Chips

This is my favorite new creation!  I shrunk down some of my favorite photos and picked paint chips to coordinate with them.  Domed them all, adding resin to both sides, then looped them onto this open-link chain, adding beads that tied in with my color scheme.

In this version I've used my vacation photos with shells for accents.  Watch the video to learn how to make your own!

How-To Video:

 

 

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If you have more questions, please check our FAQ center.

 

 


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!