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.

resin layering projects in process Casting doming dragons

 

Casting In Layers:

resin layering projects casting dragons

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. 

resin layering projects casting dragons

resin layering projects casting dragons

 

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Layering with the Doming Technique:

resin layering projects doming dragons pin

resin layering projects doming dragons pin

resin layering projects doming dragons pin

layering resin dragons domed pin

 

Domed Layering with Clear Photo Film:

resin layering projects doming dragons nightlight

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.  

resin layering projects doming dragons nightlight Xacto

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.

 

resin layering projects doming dragons nightlight

layering resin dragons doming light

 

 

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

resin layering projects casting dragons jewelry

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!

I've been happily using one type of GITD additive, 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.

Pricing and available container sizes vary, but you can get a small amount on Amazon for just a few dollars. The stronger the glow, the more expensive it'll be.

 

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

Movie Themed Photo Jewelry

 

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.  
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's a complete tutorial: 

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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Here is some info on our Brilliant Silicone Molds: