keepsake

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 :)

 


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


Convertible Charms

We're hooked on charms.  Once we finished our Pics 'n' Chips creation, this idea evolved.  I went back and found photos of my kids from every Halloween (so far), and charmed them all.  I love being reminded of the silliness!   This top piece converts from a necklace to a bracelet using a hook-clasp, but works just as well with magnetic clasps.  

Check below for a cool idea for the back sides too!

Here's a different way to mount your charms, I used colored jumprings in the corners to attach them in this checkerboard pattern.

 

Using our Special Double-Sided Photo Paper, I printed a spiderweb design on the back of the cropped images.  Then I stuck some glittery number stickers on the back, showing her age that year, so it really tells a story!

 

Click HERE for a FREE how-to video


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 :)

Add any finding, like these keychains available in our shop

Here's a great example from our "Movie Themes" video, this photo shows the front and back of a fun charm bracelet"



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

How about your fuzzy loved ones?!         Here's a peek at the back side:

     

 


Kaleidoscopic

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

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!

 HOW-TO:  Lightweight and waterproof, these gorgeous earrings are made by coating kaleidoscope images with resin. You can make them any size and shape you like!

Materials:

  • 1-1/2” square Kaleidoscope image (available at little-windows.com)
  • 4x6” special waterproof photo paper with plain white back
  • LW Brilliant Resin with measuring cup and mixing wand
  • Paper towels
  • Ear wires (or headpins to create your own)

Tools:

  • Computer and inkjet printer
  • Scissors
  • Doming tray
  • Mini hand drill, or power drill with 1mm drill bit
  • Piece of cardboard or wood to drill on

Finished Size:  

  • These earrings measure 1-1/2” x ¾” plus ear wire, but you can make them any size you like.

Tips:

  • In place of this kaleidoscope graphic, you can use other photos, heavy scrapbook paper, magazine covers, or fabric backed with cardstock. You can also try printing on clear photo film, to make pieces that look like glass!
  • Prepare multiple pieces to be coated, as one batch of resin (1 TBSP), can coat about 10 pieces, or about 15 square inches.
  • Use this same technique and your extra pieces to create pendants, keychains, bracelets, zipper pulls, and other coordinating creations!

Print & Prep your images:

  • First you’ll need to print the kaleidoscope image on 4x6” waterproof photo paper, using any inkjet printer.
  • Using Microsoft Word or Photoshop, you can resize and duplicate this image, or fill your sheet with other images to make the most of your photo paper. Print at highest resolution on glossy photo paper setting.
  • Cut printed squares apart, cut each square in half, and round the corners so they’re not too sharp once resin is added.

Coat with Brilliant Resin:

  • Arrange your cut photos on doming tray, leaving at least ½” of space around each.
  • Measure 10ml of Part A and 5 ml of Part B into cup, mix slowly for 2-1/2 to 3 minutes, be sure to mix around the bottom edge of the cup with the point of the wand, then allow the resin to rest in the cup for 5-10 minutes before using.  
  • Pinch measuring cup to form a spout, and drip resin slowly into the center of each cut-out shape, forming a puddle. Be conservative, allow the resin a minute to flow to the edges. The bumps on the doming tray allow the resin to easily detect the edges of your cut-out shape, so it knows when to stop flowing. If it doesn’t make it all the way to each edge, simply use your mixing wand to add a few more drops of resin, or to pull the resin to the dry corners. The resin will automatically self-level and create glossy “domes” on each piece, rounding down to the edges.
  • Cover so that no dust can settle on your pieces while they set up. Let them rest for 10 minutes, then check for any stubborn bubbles that haven’t popped on their own.
  • Allow to cure (about 12 hours).
  • For a more finished look, flip your pieces over and coat the back side too, repeating the steps above.

Make your earrings!

  • Measure and mark the top center of each piece, about 1/8” down from the top edge.
  • Place your piece on cardboard, wood or other protective surface. Using a mini hand drill (or small power drill with 1mm bit), drill through each piece.
  • Straighten ear wires and feed one through each hole. Bend them back into shape, and they’re ready to wear!

Fran Valera is a resin fanatic, and the creator of Little Windows® Brilliant Resin & Photo Jewelry. A designer and product developer in Southern California, Fran loves teaching others about the unlimited ways to use resin. You’ll see more of Fran’s work and find lots of inspiration at little-windows.com/blog

Resources:  Brilliant Resin, Special waterproof photo paper, doming tray, drills are from little-windows.com. Kaleidoscope image was made with Kaleidoscope Kreator software that converts any photo into a kaleidoscope design: KalCollections.com   Contact your local craft or bead store for ear wires or headpins.

 

Here are some other projects made using Brilliant Resin with the Kaleidoscope Kreator
Software.
Click to check out Jeanie's blog and the Kaleidoscope Kreator website for more details and how-to's. 

 

 


Altered Dominoes

Awesome altered artist Denise Moore created these beautiful pieces by layering graphics, found accents (beads, watch parts, etc.), and Little Windows resin over dominoes!

 She sells these and other fab jewelry on Etsy, and has posted how-to instructions for us on her blog.  Thanks for the inspiration Denise!

Denise's Etsy Store           Altered Domino Tutorial

 

 


Travel Memory Magnets

Here’s a great idea for transforming memories of your favorite trips into awesome reminders that can live around you, not just on your computer!

MEMORY MAGNETS: I’ve used the Doming Technique and added some jump rings to connect our awesome pix to some simple graphics created in MicroSoft Word or Photoshop.  You can even cut pieces from postcards, brochures, maps….

TRAVEL COLLAGE: And here I use the Casting Technique to layer bits and pieces to create this wonderful collage.  Bottom layer is actually cut from a map and becomes a little translucent when you put it in the resin.  Second layer is a stamp, 3rd layer is a metal charm (I cut off the ring at the top).  Be sure to allow at least 4-5 hours between layers, more if your item is heavy.