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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!

 

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Resin Jewelry with acrylic paint and punches

Paint, Punch & Resin

 

Can you believe these beautiful, durable pieces
were made from painted paper?!  
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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!

 

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!

 

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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!

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Brilliant 3-D Butterflies!

We're having weirdly warm weather here in SoCal, perfect for launching our new video on how to make 3-D Butterflies!

Use the Doming Technique and our Clear Photo Film to make pieces that look like they're about to take flight!    These beauties can be turned into necklaces, earrings, pins, magnets or ornaments, and other eye-catching gifts.

 

 

Use our Amazing Tape to hold your shapes in place without bothering the surface:

 

 

And just feast your eyes on these creations by our Amazing Makers:

This inspiring piece was created by artist Lynn Dodge as a memorial for those killed in the Montecito mud slide, made with debris from that tragic event.  It's so evocative.  75% of the sale will go to a local charity.  See below for a note from this fine artist, I think she's an angel.

"Hi Fran,

This is a piece of art I created using Little Windows Brilliant Resin.  It is called “Transformation” and was made with the debris from the Montecito mud slide in Montecito, Ca. In memory of the 23 lives that were lost that day.  

I found a laminated USA wall map in the dirt, all muddy and torn up.  I took it home, cleaned it up and cut out the butterflies.  I knew I wanted to make them look like they are flying free and that’s where your wonderful resin came into play.
I cut out each butterfly and then applied your Little Window resin per the directions to each Butterfly to give them dimension.  After about 12 hours I was able to bend them and tape into position.  Afterwards I glued them to clear plexiglass rods to give them the appearance of flying free.  The metal base was also debris that I found.
Thanks for a wonderful product, that was not only easy to use but created the perfect finish to each Butterfly!
I highly recommend your products and will be using them in future art projects!
Sincerely,
Lynn Dodge"
www.createdesignstudioart.com
Here's a close-up of the found-metal base.

 

These beautiful creations by Jessica Yelverton are so dreamy! 

 

Dazzling magnets and barrettes by Liz Wells in Australia:

 

Follow this tutorial to make your own!

Here are some other Bendy Resin projects you might like:

           

Amazing Clear Photo Film:

Made for inkjet, this high-resolution film makes some incredible projects.  From single, see-through images, to a variety of layering and dimensional effects, there's so much you can do with this film!   

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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.

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. 

 

 


Scrappy Little Windows

Want to make your creations even more unique?  Here's a great crossover from scrapbooking, which adds coordinating elements and a name, date, or saying of your choice.  Basic Photoshop tutorial included, so if you haven't given it a try, here's a great way to dip your toes in the water of photo editing!

 Click here for a printable how-to PDF.

Beautiful Bubble Beads

This necklace is pretty easy to make - no computer or printer needed!  You can use any bits of color you can find;  a few glass beads, paper, or scrap leftover from another project.  Use your Medium Circle and Small Circle Molds to cast these "bubble beads".      I absolutely love the way color and texture bounces and reflects up the edges of each Little Window, creating a frame of color. 

Arrange them on your table any way you like, then drill holes where they touch.  You'll link them together with thin colored wire in colors that coordinate with the beads, or with large jump rings.  I didn't have a chain to go with mine, so I quickly finger-crocheted the cord to fashion this design.
Here’s the same piece backlit, so you can see it would be great for suncatchers, earrings, lampshades, whatever!
For more detailed how-to's, check out the free "Embedding" video at little-windows.com.