Polymer Clay with Resin

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Little Windows Brilliant Resin is your best bet with polymer clay because...

  • It's safe easy to use.
  • You can mix in tiny batches if needed to avoid waste.
  • You can bake poly clay around your resin pieces - they won't crack or distort, and they will stay shiny. 
  • You can cast resin around your baked polymer clay pieces.
  • You can do a single pour or create layers.
  • Gentle formula with no solvents so your designs and intricate cane work stay crisp and clear.
  • See examples below! 

Also, our White Resin Colorant won't yellow with baking, so it's great for making eyes and other designs that require bright white shapes. 

Ways you can use Brilliant Resin with polymer clay:

CASTING

 

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You can also use Resin Color Film as a background with your polymer clay creations, like Veronica did in this piece.  Cast in our Oval Double-Sided Mold:

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DOMING ON CLAY

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The example above and below are from a collaboration with Mags Bonham of Really Unique Creations and show how you can dome thin or thick layers of Brilliant Resin over your baked polymer clay pieces for a great shiny finish.

 

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CLAY AND BAKE

You can also Sculpt around your cast Brilliant Resin cast pieces you've already made, and bake them with your clay. Just don't exceed polymer clay time and temperature recommendations.

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Here's another example of doll eyes made by Kendra at VirgosAlchemy.com, which Phyllis of PGM Sculpting worked with to create the lifelike gaze of this beautiful mermaid doll.

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Adding Findings

There are many ways you can add findings to your resin creations, turning them into jewelry, accessories, buttons, or decorative items like the ones shown below. 

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Drill a hole:

You can drill holes into or through your resin pieces.  Then you can either glue in an eye-screw, or add a jumpring or a wire through the hole.  If your piece is clear, drill at an angle so the finding will hide the white drill line.

If your piece is colored, you can drill straight in and then glue in an eye-screw finding.

Embed findings in resin:

Once your piece is made, you can add another thin layer of resin to the back and embed a finding, to make a bail or link, or turn your pieces into all types of jewelry, buttons, and decorative pieces, like the handles below. 

Glue on flat-back bails:

A drop or two of resin is the very best way to create a permanent, waterproof bond, and you can mix a batch as small as 6ml Part A + 3ml Part B to do this. 

If you don't have any handy you can also use E6000 or another strong adhesive, just make sure you use it outside or in a well ventilated area, as it really stinks and it's not healthy to breathe (or get on you).

Wire wrap your pieces:

Finish your resin creations using headpins and jumprings as findings:

 

 

 

In this how-to video, you can fast-forward to 11:38 for a focus on findings:

 

 

And here's a demo of clean and easy drilling with our Spring Drill:

 

Mount your resin pieces in POLYMER CLAY or into a bezel:

You can work polymer clay around your cast resin pieces, and bake them together as long as you don't exceed the time or temperature recommended on the polymer clay packaging.  After baking you can add findings through the polyclay.

 

Or, you can first bake your polyclay pieces, then Dome Up with Brilliant Resin, and add findings after.

Orrrr, bake your polymer clay into bezels with built-in handles, then Dome Up with Brilliant Resin after, like Amazing Maker Sue Herst did in these beauties: