ornaments

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 :)

 


Photo Ornaments

Perfect for everyone on your gift list, these easy resin photo ornaments are sure to be a hit!

You’ll just need your Pics, Brilliant Resin, a Large Mold Set, adhesive, and some ribbon.

Here’s how you make them:

 

 And here are some other examples:

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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:

  • Dichro-ISH Texture Film and/or Dichro-ISH Film Multi-color and/or Resin Color Film
  • Clear Double-Stick Adhesive
  • Brilliant Resin
  • Silicone Doming Tray
  • Spring Drill  (or other drill with small drill bit)
  • From home:  Scissors, tape, paper towels, dust cover, timer, handle to wrap around (pen/chopstick/paint brush...), jewelry findings and/or ornament hangers

Here are some other Bendy Resin projects you might like:

     


Bendy Resin Ornaments

Scroll down for the how-to video.  This started with our cute Pumpkin Ornaments, but so much more is possible!   These pieces are all made using our Resin Color Films, domed with Brilliant Resin.  This was my original idea, inspired by an expensive glass pumpkin I saw:

 

Now look what else you can do!

Here's a design with 2 variations, one with a beaded accent wired into the center, and another with a domed photo in the center.  I love them both!  These are beautiful as ornaments, a photo desk display, or as a pin.  LOOK OUT CHIHULY!

 

Watch and learn how to make these yourself!

 

Here are some other Bendy Resin projects you might like:

     

 

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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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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.