You can make beautiful, everlasting roses with Little Windows Resin Color Film, a Silicone Doming Tray and some wire. First, cut petals out and dome them with Brilliant Resin. The shapes on the left below have resin applied.
After 1-1/2 to 2 hours, when the resin is getting really goopy, insert wire shapes and let them set up. Bend the wire so it is resting on your table, to keep the pieces from tipping up as the resin sets. Pieces being domed need to stay flat.
After 12 hours you can bend each petal and hold it place with either scotch tape or our Amazing Tape. They should be different shapes and amounts of bend, as real rose petals are. The embedded wire will help each piece retain its bend. Wrap the smallest petals around a pencil or pen. If you'd like to see how this works, have a look at these 2 videos on the Bendy Resin technique:
Roll and tape the scalloped triangle shape. This will form the center of your rose and you will attach the other petals to this base. Allow all of these shapes to harden overnight, then you can remove the tape and assemble your rose.
Arrange the petals one at a time into an open bloom or more of a bud, using a jewelry glue and twisting the wires into a stem. You can snip this off or wrap the stem with green wire.
These look so gorgeous as the sun shines through the resined films!
Long Stemmed Resin Roses
Here's a simpler look you can try. It's the same technique above, but with much longer wire pieces embedded into each shape, mine were about 12" long. The center piece is a 2" round circle cut from the Resin Color Film - seen in an image below - then wrapped into a cone shape (no wire on this center piece). The petals were made using the same technique described above, the embedded wire lets you shape the leaves without tape. Once bent and hardened, use the wire as a stem and wrap more green wire around the bunch.
The leaf on the left is flat, the one on the right has been bent into the shape I wanted.
See how this sparkles in the sun! The clear, saturated color of our Resin Color Film is so beautiful.
Bendy Resin Film Flowers
Here is another flower I made without wire, to show the variety you can make with this simple technique. Each of these petals started as a circle of Resin Color Film, rolled into a cone, then glued together with jewelry glue. I'd love to wear this as a pin or add it to a fancy hat, or just stare at it all day :)
Start with a bunch of circles cut (or punched) out of our Resin Color Film. For this flower I used our 1" Circle Punch on colors from both the Jewels and Pale Tints Packs (the small punched circles are for another project :)
Apply resin to each piece and allow to set up for 12 hours (I love the look of this :) The large red circle and green leaves were used in the long stem rose shown above.
Wrap each circle into a cone shape and tape in place using scotch tape or Amazing Tape, and allow to harden another day. Then glue together in any configuration.
Wire Frame Flowers
This technique mimics the now-outlawed wire-dip from long ago (toxicity=bad).
Create wire shapes as outlines for petals and leaves. Dip into resin and place onto Resin Color Film. The resin will adhere the wire to the Resin Color Film.
Allow to cure, then cut around each shape close to the wire, place them on your Doming Tray, and dome each shape on the wire side (sorry, I forgot to take a photo of this step, but I'm sure you can imagine it :) After 12 hours bend the petals and leaves into shapes you like. The wire should hold them in place, but you can use Amazing Tape if needed. Then arrange them however you'd like, and twist the wires together. Then wrap the stem with green wire for a more finished look. I'm not a tidy wire wrapper, so I'm embracing the lumpiness!
I had a little resin left over in my mixing cup so I quickly twisted up some colored wire and stuck it in.
After popping it out there was a little stickiness around the rim from unblended resin from the very bottom of my mixing cup. So I domed up the bottom which became the ffront, then embedded a magnet into white resin for the back. Because this was leftover resin from the cup, which had been dipped into many times, there are more bubbles than usual, but nothing goes to waste around here!
Look at Pearl's beautiful suggestion for how to gift these treasures! If you haven't visited her site, the Beading Gem is the best resource around for all things related to jewelry-making. An awesome library of techniques, tools, inspiration and reviews. You'll love it!
Real Flowers in Resin
And of course you can embed real flowers to make beautiful keepsakes, but they need to be completely dried. Water and resin don't play well, so you want to be sure all the moisture has been removed before putting any natural element into resin. Here's a piece by Amazing Maker Alice Bignami Todd, who embedded a pressed Briar Rose into Brilliant Resin.
Here are some we made using the Silicone Cabochons Mold, these can be done in any shape of mold, in a single pour or in layers to create dimension.
Here's a real dried orchid embedded in a resin cabochon, and I added a little glitter into a final layer in the back to create a backdrop for this alien-looking flower.
You can buy dried flowers both full or pressed - some natural, some enhanced with dyes. If you'd like to dry your own flowers, here are some links that will be of help from Pearl at the Beading Gem...
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!
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
Ear wires (or headpins to create your own)
Computer and inkjet printer
Mini hand drill, or power drill with 1mm drill bit
Piece of cardboard or wood to drill on
These earrings measure 1-1/2” x ¾” plus ear wire, but you can make them any size you like.
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