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.
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!
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.
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!
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
Here’s a great idea for transforming memories of your favorite trips into awesome reminders that can live around you, not just on your computer!
MEMORY MAGNETS: I’ve used the Doming Technique and added some jump rings to connect our awesome pix to some simple graphics created in MicroSoft Word or Photoshop. You can even cut pieces from postcards, brochures, maps….
TRAVEL COLLAGE: And here I use the Casting Technique to layer bits and pieces to create this wonderful collage. Bottom layer is actually cut from a map and becomes a little translucent when you put it in the resin. Second layer is a stamp, 3rd layer is a metal charm (I cut off the ring at the top). Be sure to allow at least 4-5 hours between layers, more if your item is heavy.
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!
Here's a gorgeous new look! This is one of my designs, using the Doming technique to create a spinning inset within shell donut beads. This is all put together with a simple wire-wrapping technique.
The tricky part is finding donuts that fit within one another. So don't feel like you have to stick with shell beads, you can try those cool resin donuts, metal ones, anything you can find, really. And the inside one doesn't even have to be a donut, it can be a flat bead too. You can get these beads online, and they may have them at your local craft store or bead shop, just be sure the holes are drilled straight. I've made my domed pieces a bit smaller than the inner bead so the pink of the shell will show, but it can cover the whole bead too. There are lots of ways to customize this design, from the type of chain to the accent beads and the charm you use at the bottom.