Tokens Of Faith - DIY Resin Talismans

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A Token of Faith is a physical representation of whatever you believe in, made with love (and resin).  It can bring comfort to you, friends and family.

Here's the video tutorial, which includes a complete wire-wrapping demo!

Here are close-ups of some of the projects from this video:

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resin jewelry making tokens of faith tutorial beading wire wrap
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MATERIALS USED IN THIS VIDEO:
Brilliant Resin 
Special Photo Papers for Resin 
Spring Drill for Resin, Wood, and Polymer Clay 
Non-Stick Silicone Doming Tray (discounts on multiples :)
Round nose pliers, flat nose pliers, wire cutters 
Other SUPPLIES I RECOMMEND - scissors, inkjet printer, more good stuff: https://www.amazon.com/shop/littlewindowsbrilliantresin For more info email fran@little-windows.com, we'd love to see what you create!
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Bangle Bracelets, Ornaments, Trinket Dishes!

These low-priced, Double-Sided Molds are made from super high-quality, shiny silicone and have a deeper version of our original Large Geometric Mold shapes in the top, and a matching-shaped bangle mold in the bottom. 

Each mold comes with a cropping template, clear dust covers, a thorough Maker's Guide, and wet-dry sandpaper to get rid of any sharp edges or bumps.

Watch this tutorial, and have fun creating!!

Here's a close-up of some fun project ideas, you'll find details in the guide that comes with these molds, and they're all in the tutorial vid:

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 resin casting bangle bracelet mold alcohol inks button little windows


resin bangle bracelets tutorial

Here's one you can make 2 different ways - either print graphics on our Clear Photo Film and paint white acrylic paint on the back so the images are opaque, or just arrange stickers on a strip of clear plastic, or a piece of clear packing tape. I mixed a tiny bit of super-fine glitter in my resin 'cause Princess Bubblegum asked nicely.

resin cast bangle bracelet Adventuretime Stickers glitter

 
 
resin casting jewelry making candy sprinkles bangle bracelets

Here's an excerpt from the full video above on casting candies in your resin.

More great bangles made with Black and White Resin Colorant and Glow In The Dark:

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Here's how the top right bracelet looks as it GLOWS IN THE DARK!

resin casting bangle bracelet mold glow in the dark

More things I've been making with the top sides of these molds:

resin cast photo magnet large circle mold giltter

 

So much fun, and so versatile!  You can cast from 1/8" thick up to 3/4" thick for a variety of looks.  Single pour or lots of layers for dimension.

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The best gifts for everyone you know!

resin casting trinket dish photo keepsake mold 

resin tutorial trinket dishes

 

For these projects you'll need:

Brilliant Resin  (includes mixing cups and mixing wands)

Double-Sided Large Molds

Special Photo Paper  /  Resin Color Film  /  Dichro-ISH Films

Large Silicone Doming Tray

And whatever else you'd like to add to your creations.

On our Amazon Recommendations Page you'll find the things we love but don't sell, like alcohol inks, curved scissors, great printers, and more fun stuff.

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"Things we love on Amazon" page.

Have lots of fun making, and send pics of your creations
to fran@little-windows.com

 

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 :)

 


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!

 

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 :)

 


Personalize!!

Whether you're making gifts, pieces to sell, or something special for yourself, personalizing adds an extra-special touch to any creation. 

There are lots of ways to personalize your resin projects with names, initials and words. This video shows my favorite techniques:

Adding type with Photoshop

   

Layering Lettering

Wire Lettering

Stickers

Rub-On Transfers

Alphabet Beads and Charms

Card Cut-Outs

Pens, Paints, Ink, Glitter Glue

Alcohol Ink Resist



Here are some handy links mentioned in the video:

ADDING TYPE WITH PHOTOSHOP
RESIZE PHOTOS USING Microsoft Word or GoogleDocs
DOMING UP!
CLEAN, EASY COLOR WITH RESIN COLOR FILM
MULTI-PHOTO JEWELRY
PHOTO CABOCHONS
MAKING HOLIDAY PHOTO ORNAMENTS 
RESIN IN BEZELS
DIFFERENT WAYS TO COLOR YOUR RESIN
ADDING FINDINGS TO YOUR RESIN CREATIONS

 

Here are some of the key products used in this video:

BRILLIANT RESIN 
BRILLIANT MOLDS 
SPECIAL PHOTO PAPERS
PHOTO CROPPING SOFTWARE

For more ideas and inspiration:

AMAZING MAKERS GALLERY

All Kinds of Resin Roses

Bendy Resin Roses

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:
Bendy Resin Ornaments
Twisted Resin
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!

  

Wire Rosettes

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!
      

  

Photos Roses in Resin

How about photos from a beloved garden or bouquet?  Crop and print your photos on our Special Resin Photo Papers, then cast or dome them to make lovely keepsakes like these, made by Pearl at the Beading Gem. Click this link for a how-to guide and product review.  Thank you Pearl!
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...
How to dry flowers in prep for resining 
Here's another drying method
How to resin your dried flowers
Pretty projects made with these pieces
Here is one of Pearl's creations:

Have fun, and please let me know how your creations turn out :)

 

Cabochons (half-spheres)

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

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

Keychains and other keepsakes

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Buttons

Resin crafting cabochons fabric buttons

Jewelry

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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:

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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:

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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:


Multi-Photo Bracelets

Oooooh, so many possibilities!   This is my favorite way to show off themed photos - family, weddings, vacation, school pics, pets, etc.   Here are some examples to inspire your creativity:

Domed vacation photos

Here's another example of the same technique, but I printed the photos on our Clear Photo Film and domed both sides with Brilliant Resin.

 resin photo bracelet clear photo film loreto vacation

Wearable Photo Album!

Here's a cast cubes bracelet using photos from the same vacation...

 

Wedding photos in Cast Cubes

Here's one of the bracelets I made for this video, featuring my friend Lis F's gorgeous wedding photos:

Here's the same photo cubes, but with wire-wrapped pearl spacers between each:

And here are the same photos, in color instead of black & white, with pearl spacers:

Best Friends Cast Cubes

If you love your pets - and who doesn't...

 

Family Photos Domed with Resin

Look at this gorgeous piece by Amazing Maker Jennifer Dooley!

 

Wanna make some?!

Here's a complete tutorial video to teach you how to make these keepsake bracelets:

 

Here's a video showing in more detail how to finish and wire wrap your resin pieces:

 

Materials Needed:

- Your photos, printed to size on Little Windows Special Photo Paper
- Brilliant Resin, mixing cup, mixing wand
- Little Windows Small Mold or a Doming Tray
- A drill - hand drill or power drill with small bits
- Jewelry Findings of your choice - headpins or jumprings, clasp, connectors
- Scissors, pliers, wire snippers, paper towels, timer, dust cover, piece of scrap wood
(Items in bold are available for purchase here in our shop)

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



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