Polymer Clay with Resin

resin casting polymer clay jewelry bangle bracelets

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:

resin casting polymer clay jewelry bangle bracelets

DOMING ON CLAY

resin jewelry making polymer clay doming

 

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.

 

resin doming polymer clay jewelry making inks

 

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.

resin casting eye baked in polymer clay

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.

resin casting doll eyes Phyllis Jorgensen Morrow PGM Sculpting Virgos Alchemy

Alcohol Inks in Resin

SCROLL DOWN FOR DIFFERENT TECHNIQUES

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PART 1: CASTING LARGE SHAPES

resin casting crafting alcohol inks photo keepsakes ornaments

Here's the first in a series of quick tutorials showing different effects you can create when layering alcohol inks behind photo silhouettes.

For these projects you'll need:

Brilliant Resin

Shiny finish molds

Special Photo Paper for Resin

Alcohol Inks - any colors + white  CLICK HERE for recommendations

Sharp scissors

Clear Packing Tape (optional)

Whatever ribbon, chains, or other findings you want to finish your projects.

This shows the fronts and backs of these pretty ornaments:

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Another example with another cheeky photo!

alcohol inks in epoxy resin with photos colorant keepsakes

PART 2:  CASTING Special Effects for JEWELRY MAKING

resin casting alcohol inks photo keepsakes jewelry making

For these projects you'll need:

Brilliant Resin

Shiny finish molds

Special Photo Paper for Resin

Alcohol Inks - any colors + white  CLICK HERE for recommendations

Sharp scissors, straight pin and/or toothpick

Paper towels

Clear Packing Tape (optional)

Whatever pins, jumprings, keychains, chains, or other findings you want to finish your projects.

 

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PART 3: DRAMATIC EFFECTS in Cabochon Castings

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resin casting jewelry making alcohol inks photo jewelry dramatic effects

Same supplies as above, used in different ways to create amazing and dramatic color effects in resin.  Try with our without photos for unique, dimensional resin castings!

 

 resin casting jewelry making alcohol inks photo jewelry dramatic effects

resin casting alcohol inks special effects jewelry making

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Same materials as above :)

More videos to come!

ALCOHOL INK DRIP TECHNIQUE

resin casting alcohol inks bangle bracelets

There's lots of fun to be had by incorporating alcohol inks into Brilliant Resin, here are a few techniques you can try,  CLICK HERE for alcohol ink recommendations:

Simple colors

You can add color between layers of resin for beautiful organic looks, or to add dimension.  Inks can be painted on, or dripped and blotted. 

resin casting alcohol inks blue waves earrings

resin casting alcohol inks jewelry making earring necklace

 

STICKER RESIST TECHNIQUE

resin cast alcohol inks resist stickers jewelry

resin casting alcohol inks monogram jewelry making

Step 1 - Cast clear layer of Brilliant Resin in any mold and allow to set up.

Step 2 - Place a monogram sticker on the resin, rub it down well, then drip, daub, or paint inks over it.  Allow to dry, then remove the sticker. 

Step 3 - Add a layer of clear Brilliant Resin to seal it in.

 

Here's one on a white cast resin piece, outlined in silver ink:

resin casting alcohol inks monogram jewelrymaking

 

DRIPPING INKS ON CLEAR PHOTO FILM

resin casting doming alcohol inks jewelry

This is a fun way to create gorgeous glass-like looks. In the image above I dripped inks on a sheet of Clear Photo Film, which holds the inks very well, and then blew through a straw to splat them out. 

 resin casting alcohol inks bangle bracelets

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Here's what you'll need...

resin casting little windows alcohol inks bangle bracelets

Use the guide that comes with these molds to size your strips.

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resin casting little windows alcohol inks bangle braceletsresin casting little windows alcohol inks jewelry making

For these bangles and sun catchers, attach a sheet of Clear Photo Film to a stiff board (cardboard, a clipboard, or other white surface), prop it up at an angle and squeeze your inks at the top of the sheet, allowing them to run down.  For distinct colors let each one dry before adding the next color.  You can tip the sheet different ways to get all kinds of rivulet patterns, and try dripping pure alcohol in spots to create more intricate looks.  CLICK HERE for alcohol ink recommendations.  Have fun experimenting!

 

 

 

PETRI TECHNIQUES

As anyone who has tried this technique knows, it's trial and error until you figure out how to get the look you want. Our friend Myriam of Myriam's Nature has tons of well done video tutorials that can save you time and money, and give you great new ideas. 

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resin casting petri technique alcohol inks bangle bracelet

Here are some resin eyes I made using our Silicone Cabochons Mold, Brilliant Resin, White Resin Colorant, alcohol inks, and a black nail polish pen:

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 resin casting eyes petri alcohol inks

resin casting petri alcohol inks eyes

This is done in a similar way to the glitter eyes in this how-to video.

 

 

COLOR PHOTOS WITH ALCOHOL INK

You can also paint or blot alcohol inks onto our Special Photo Papers for selective color or design.  While the inks stay put nicely even with layering resin, some colors of alcohol inks shift in resin, and some fade faster than others.


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Black & White Resin Projects

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Oooh, we've been having fun with our Black and White Colorant, these techniques make amazing pieces, and are super satisfying!

WATCH THIS HOW-TO VIDEO: 

 

Here's what you'll need:

Brilliant Resin (includes Mixing Cups and Mixing Wands)

Black and White Resin Colorant

Brilliant Resin Molds

Silicone Doming Tray

Spring Drill

and findings for the projects you make

 

Here are some of the projects you'll see demonstrated:

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resin craft jewelry marbled black white casting

 
resin crafting jewelry cast black with white stripes
 
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resin craft jewelry black white casting art resin
 
resin craft jewelry black white knobs pulls art resin
 
resin craft jewelry black white casting art resin
 
resin craft jewelry black white casting art resin
resin craft jewelry black white casting art resin
resin craft jewelry black white casting art resin
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resin craft jewelry black white casting art resin
resin craft jewelry black white casting art resin
 
resin craft jewelry white color casting art resin
resin craft jewelry black white casting art resin
resin craft jewelry black white alcohol casting art resin
resin craft jewelry black white casting art resin
resin craft jewelry black white casting art resin
resin craft jewelry black white spooky trees art resin
resin craft jewelry black white barette art resin
resin craft badge holder black white bezel art resin
resin craft jewelry black white art resin marbled
resin craft jewelry black white bezel love art resin marbled
resin craft jewelry black white bezel love art resin marbled

resin craft jewelry black white bezel art resin marbled

Have lots of fun, and let me know how your creations turn out! 


Layering with Resin

Watch this tutorial for loads of ideas featuring Hollywood's cutest couple!             Make your own using any photos or graphics.

 

Here are some of the projects featured in this tutorial, along with some shots of our process:

resin layering projects casting doming dragons

Here are the materials you'll need:

resin layering materials dragons

For these layered projects you'll need duplicate prints of each image.  They can be sized using our Photo Cropping Software for smaller pieces, and using Photoshop, Microsoft Word, or GoogleDocs for the larger images.  Click here for a how-to guide.

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Casting In Layers:

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After printing on Special Photo Paper, punch or cut our your shapes with scissors.

resin layering projects casting doming dragons

This project can be made in 2 or 3 steps. First cast the bottom layer with a touch of glitter.  Next either pour another layer and add the cut-out graphics, allow to cure then pop out and dome up, or just pop out after the first layer and add the top graphics in the Doming-Up step. 

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resin layering projects casting dragons

 

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Layering with the Doming Technique:

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resin layering projects doming dragons pin

resin layering projects doming dragons pin

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Domed Layering with Clear Photo Film:

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This project will be a nightlight, turning into a silhouette after dark.

resin layering projects doming dragons nightlight

Print your images onto Special Photo Paper and Clear Photo Film.  Cut the full image in the back, and whatever silhouette you want for the front layer.  

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resin layering projects doming dragons nightlight

You will need to dome up both sides of the Clear Photo Film, you can dome either one or both sides of the silhouette image, do both if you want durability and more dimension.

 

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Domed-Up Pendants (Doming on top of cast pieces)

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Again, you can have a solid or clear background on these pieces, but you'll need to prints for each.

resin layering projects casting dragons jewelry

Cast the bottom layer, working face-up in the mold, and allow to set.

resin layering projects casting dragons jewelry

Pop out and Dome Up the top layer, as shown in the video.

 Embellishing Doming with Rhinestone Crystals

 

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These ones can be embellished with crystals, charms, wire, or any other doo dads. They can be made into charms, stickers, magnets, pins, or decorations, I added a magnet bar to the back of mine.

Layering Resin Dragons Domed Magnet Pin

Have fun making your own, and send pics! 

 

GLOW IN THE DARK Resin!

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We've loved this product for years, and now you can now enjoy the best possible glow-in-the-dark resin additive at a reasonable price, packaged with a fine tip to keep your work area clean!  Just click here or the image below to shop.

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We've tested a lot of "glow in the dark" additives over the years, and nothing compares to Glow Worm.

I've been happily using one type of GITD additive here's a link, which was really strong, but this year I thought I'd test out some others to see how they compare.  In this experiment I tested the following phosphorescent additives:  Glow Worm, Europium Ultraglow, Art'n Glow, Glominex, HXDZFX Glow Powders, TechnoGlow, as well as Glomania ProFX GITD Paint, and GITD Nail Polish.  Of all of these, Glow Worm had by far the strongest glow, followed by Europium Ultraglow.  The GITD paints and nail polish barely glowed at all - what a waste.

I mixed in an equal amount of additive to Brilliant Resin and cast a 1" smooth circle with each.  I tested the basic white/yellow-greens, as well as some colored options.  Some of the powders sunk to the bottom while others stayed suspended. 

For the paints and nail polish (at the bottom of the board), I painted a thick layer on top of a clear cast piece. They all appear pretty whitish in daylight.

       

After 10 minutes charging in the sun, here's how they look in the dark.  It's hard to tell here, but while the top row looked about the same in daylight, the Glow Worm (top left) had a much stronger glow than the others. The greens and aquas all looked similar and all glowed pretty well, and I do like the purple/blue ones in the last row, their glow wasn't too strong but they were pretty.  The paler blues, the "pink" and orange were pretty ugly and looked much duller than in this photo. 

And here's how they looked after 1 hour in the dark, I hoped they would glow longer, but they do recharge quickly.

They look really pretty and colorful in the daylight while they still have a bit of glow but they dull back down to the way they looked in the first image pretty quickly.

The stronger the glow, the more expensive it'll be.

Here's a bangle bracelet we cast in our Double-Sided Square Mold, using Black Resin Colorant along with GITD powder mixed into Brilliant Resin:

resin casting bangle bracelet glow in the dark GITD halloween 

Here are some more of the awesome projects we made with our favorite GITD powders with Brilliant Resin and Clear Photo Film!

These eyes were made using 3 different GITD additives, the one on the top (bottom below) is Glow Worm, you can see how that one glows the strongest.

You glow girl!

I love this aqua colored glow-in-the-dark, a whitish powder I mixed into Brilliant Resin. The graphics were printed on our Clear Photo Film and cut into different shapes, domed with resin on both sides, then drilled for jewelry findings.  

Here's a simpler version, with just the creepy spider drops:

This piece can be made with or without the GITD layer, but looks entirely different from day to night.

Hop over to our Resin In Bezels post for more details.

And more in the traditional bright yellow-green:


This high-contrast look can be done 3 ways: by printing images onto Clear Photo Film, by painting by hand, or with clear-backed stickers.

 

STEP 1: Mix Glow In The Dark powder into Brilliant Resin and pour a thin layer in your mold 
These powders give a much better glow than GITD nail polish, and can be found in many places.  Here's a link to the one I used, which was great, but the container had waaaaaay more than I needed for years to come, so see if you can get a smaller amount to save $

 

STEP 2: Pop out cast pieces, stick on clear-backed stickers/insert images/paint on designs, and Dome them Up (click here to watch Doming Up how-to video).

 

The projects below were done the same way, but with images printed onto our Clear Photo Film  The round NBC Jack Skellington pendant, the creepy skeleton pendant, and the skull keychain were made using the Doming Technique - clear resin on one side, resin with GITD Powder on the back side:

 

 

The pendant on this spider necklace was made using our Medium Silicone Mold, the "beads" were made in our Silicone Cabochons Mold. For these, we printed these images on Clear Photo Film, and cast them in Brilliant Resin.  We then mixed GITD Powder into a new batch of resin, and Domed Up the backs. After 1-1/2 hours, I was able to embed the wire into the cast shapes. See this how-to video for reference on embedding wire in resin.

 

Here's another using an image copied onto Clear Photo Film, this one's in color and domed on both sides.  On the back I added GITD Powder, and embedded a pin into the resin as it was setting.  It looks very different from day to night.

 And what's Halloween without some eyeballs?!

These eyeballs were cast in layers (see this video for how-to's), then I painted designs on the outside of the castings with black nail polish.f

Again, here's a link to the Glow Powder I used which was really strong, but try to find a smaller container for sale or you'll have enough for a lifetime.

Movie Themed Photo Jewelry

Here's a complete tutorial: 

 

If you haven't seen the movie  Kubo and the Two Strings  you should watch it as soon as you can.  It's beautiful and inspiring and made me want to create!!

Here are some jewelry pieces I made using imagery from this movie as an example, but you can use pics from any movie, TV Show, book, comic book, favorite band, or whatever you love.  
Ready to get started? 
You'll need:  LW Special Photo Paper, Brilliant Resin, Silicone Doming Tray
Optional: Molds, Spring Drill, Jewelry Findings, Super-Strong Magnets
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These should only be for your personal use or gifts, not to sell.
The rings above were made with our brand new Small Shapes Silicone Mold!!
(on the left, next to our lovely Medium Shapes Silicone Mold :)
These ones were all made on the Silicone Doming Tray:
And this beauty was made in one of our Sterling Plated Bezels:

 

Here is some info on our Brilliant Silicone Molds: