Layering with Resin

Watch this tutorial for loads of ideas featuring Hollywood's cutest couple!             Make your own using any photos or graphics.

 

Here are some of the projects featured in this tutorial, along with some shots of our process:

resin layering projects casting doming dragons

Here are the materials you'll need:

resin layering materials dragons

For these layered projects you'll need duplicate prints of each image.  They can be sized using our Photo Cropping Software for smaller pieces, and using Photoshop, Microsoft Word, or GoogleDocs for the larger images.  Click here for a how-to guide.

resin layering projects in process Casting doming dragons

 

Casting In Layers:

resin layering projects casting dragons

After printing on Special Photo Paper, punch or cut our your shapes with scissors.

resin layering projects casting doming dragons

This project can be made in 2 or 3 steps. First cast the bottom layer with a touch of glitter.  Next either pour another layer and add the cut-out graphics, allow to cure then pop out and dome up, or just pop out after the first layer and add the top graphics in the Doming-Up step. 

resin layering projects casting dragons

resin layering projects casting dragons

 

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Layering with the Doming Technique:

resin layering projects doming dragons pin

resin layering projects doming dragons pin

resin layering projects doming dragons pin

layering resin dragons domed pin

 

Domed Layering with Clear Photo Film:

resin layering projects doming dragons nightlight

This project will be a nightlight, turning into a silhouette after dark.

resin layering projects doming dragons nightlight

Print your images onto Special Photo Paper and Clear Photo Film.  Cut the full image in the back, and whatever silhouette you want for the front layer.  

resin layering projects doming dragons nightlight Xacto

resin layering projects doming dragons nightlight

You will need to dome up both sides of the Clear Photo Film, you can dome either one or both sides of the silhouette image, do both if you want durability and more dimension.

 

resin layering projects doming dragons nightlight

layering resin dragons doming light

 

 

Domed-Up Pendants (Doming on top of cast pieces)

resin layering projects casting dragons jewelry

Again, you can have a solid or clear background on these pieces, but you'll need to prints for each.

resin layering projects casting dragons jewelry

Cast the bottom layer, working face-up in the mold, and allow to set.

resin layering projects casting dragons jewelry

Pop out and Dome Up the top layer, as shown in the video.

 Embellishing Doming with Rhinestone Crystals

 

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These ones can be embellished with crystals, charms, wire, or any other doo dads. They can be made into charms, stickers, magnets, pins, or decorations, I added a magnet bar to the back of mine.

Layering Resin Dragons Domed Magnet Pin

Have fun making your own, and send pics! 

 

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:

     

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:

First, look what Cheryl Nelson in TX made using Clear Photo Film cut using her die-cut machine, with a bit of glitter mixed into her Brilliant Resin.  See more of Cheryl's work on Instagram Roux Bijoux Designs

Here's another beauty made with Resin Color Film, monograms can be stickers, rub-on transfers, or hand-painted:

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:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Glitter Fun!

Ooooh, these are addictive. 

I'm not usually a glitter girl, but this is a slippery slope of fun!  Whether you're creating some Halloween flair, or just something sparkly and fun to wear any day, this is an easy and versatile additive. 

This video shows how to add glitters to resin for use in casting projects, which can be layered and embellished to your heart's content.  Have fun!

 

How-To Video:

 

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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!

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!

 

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

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 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.

 

WATCH THIS HOW-TO VIDEO: 

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 


FOR MORE INFO WATCH THIS HOW-TO VIDEO: 

 

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

 

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 

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:

  

 

Resin Jewelry with acrylic paint and punches

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 (includes Measure & Mix Cups and Mixing Wands)
Large Silicone Doming Tray
Punches - you can get our sets or select the matching medium and small shapes you want (eg; small circle + medium circle)
Spring Drill
Clear Button Shanks
Dust covers (can be from any of our mold sets, or you can use a plastic container)
Sturdy jump rings (or other findings)
Metallic acrylic paints and crummy brushes

 

Have fun and send me pics of your creations!

 


Layered Scarab Cab Pendant

Layered Scarab Cab Pendant

Oh how I love this piece.  It's great when I'm feeling gothy, or agressive, or on Halloween :)

You'll need this stuff to make one, plus any findings, chain, cord or pin-back you want to use.

 

and this stuff too.  You can use a frame, a bezel, drill and use a jump ring, or add a pin to the back.

You'll need to pour in layers to get this dimension.

Click to watch this video for more details:

Cabochons (half-spheres)

Soooo much fun to be had with our Silicone Cabochons Mold!

resin casting cast miniature dancers collage mixed media

Door knobs / drawer pulls...resin crafting cast cabochon dried flowers knob pull

Keychains and other keepsakes

resin crafting cast candy sprinkles letter beads

Collage mixed mediaResin Crafting cabochons collage mixed media paperweight

Buttons

Resin crafting cabochons fabric buttons

Jewelry

resin layers crafting cabochon jewelry necklace frog acrylic paint

Resin cabochon necklace jewelry red glitter shield hero

Resin Crafting Cabochon Necklace Black and White

Here are some other how-to's you might want to check out:

resin crafting glitter cabochons  resin crafting cosplay accessories raven belt cabochon  resin crafting cabochon scarab charm red gold

PHOTO CABS

Although our flat-bottomed molds are better suited for making photo jewelry, you can also make shiny half-sphere resin photo domes using our new Silicone Cabochons Mold. 

SCROLL DOWN FOR HOW-TO VIDEO. 

On this one we added names to the back printed on Clear Photo Film:

resin crafting cast wedding favors personalize photo

 

 

 

 

You can also layer components.  Here we combined our photo with wire and shells, layered over Resin Color Film (the blue part), and scrapbook paper.

And in this one I cut out our kitty cat's head and layered that with her name and type printed on Clear Photo Film.  Backed with a layer of white resin made with our White Resin Colorant

resin crafting cabochon layer photo type kitty cat

Here's a how-to video, skip to 6:46 for photo cabs:

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. 

SCROLL DOWN FOR HOW-TO VIDEO

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, but if you don't have any handy you can also use E6000 or another strong adhesive.

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:



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