Alcohol Inks in Resin

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PART 1: CASTING LARGE SHAPES

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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!

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PART 2:  CASTING Special Effects for JEWELRY MAKING

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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!

 

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Same materials as above :)

More videos to come!

ALCOHOL INK DRIP TECHNIQUE

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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. 

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STICKER RESIST TECHNIQUE

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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:

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DRIPPING INKS ON CLEAR PHOTO FILM

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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. 

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Here's what you'll need...

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

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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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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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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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Twisted Resin

This is an awesome technique you can try using Brilliant Resin domed on our Dichro-ISH and Texture Films, or on our Resin Color Films:

 

 

The workbench, mid-video!

You can make beautiful pieces as gifts or decorations

 

 

And if you like this technique, be sure to check out Julia Roger's twisted earrings using strips of Resin Color Film!

 

 

For this technique you will need:

Here are some other Bendy Resin projects you might like:

     

HALLOWEEN IDEAS!

Scroll down for FREE how-to videos

Fun with Photos

For the doming technique projects above you'll need:

  • Special Photo Paper for Resin
  • Brilliant Resin
  • Doming Tray
  • Spring Drill (for jewelry)
  • Double-Stick Adhesive Sheet (for cell phone sticker)
  • Printer, scissors, timer

Creepy Spider in A Bezel

This is a multi-layer project, that can be done with or without the back glow-in-the-dark layer. 

Here's how mine looks in the dark WITH the back layer added in GITD aqua:

Follow this link for a tutorial on working will all kinds of bezels.

Yummy Color

The pendants above were cast in our Medium Molds, then Domed Up over a piece of Resin Color Film, with a bit of glitter mixed into the resin.  Let that set up an hour or two, then push bent wire forms into the resin making a ripple effect and glossy dimension.

Click here to watch a video on embedding wire in resin.

For this necklace I also embedded wire in cast pieces.  Images were printed on Clear Photo Film.  I embedded the film in clear Brilliant Resin using our Medium Silicone Mold and Cabochons Mold.  We then added GITD powder into the resin to Dome Up the backs of these pieces, and embedded the wire as they were setting up.    CLICK HERE for more Glow In The Dark Project Ideas.

 

Bendy Resin Pumpkins

Resin Color Film pumpkins, inspired by an expensive glass piece I saw.  

You'll need Brilliant Resin, Resin Color Film, a Doming Tray, and a Spring Drill, and some colored wire.  Cut strips were domed, then shaped (as shown in our Brilliant 3D Butterflies video), drilled, and attached with colored wire.  The top one is about 3-1/2" across, the bottom one is about 1-1/4" across, and can be made into a necklace or earring.

 

SPOOKY STICKERS

We used Dichro-ISH Films layered in Brilliant Resin, in our Large Circle Mold, with a cat sticker.  This shows how the color you put behind this film completely changes the look.

And this one has Resin Color Film behind the Dichro-ISH Texture Film.
This giant fridge magnet combines a photo with fun Halloween stickers.

This one has GITD powder mixed into the resin behind the stickers:

 

Domed Spider Necklaces

Here are two more pieces I just love, made with Dichro-ISH Films, but Domed.  For the first piece, we stabilized Texture Film by using Double-Sided Adhesive to stick two layers together.  Then we cut our shape, applied the sticker, and domed both sides. 

 

 
For this piece we printed the web and spider graphic on our Clear Photo Film, stuck that to our Dichro-ISH Film, then domed both sides.

 

Glittery stickers domed with Brilliant Resin on a Doming Tray.  To keep stickers from curling, cut through the backing in the shape you want, and leave it on as you dome the fronts.  Then peel it off to dome the backs.
 

 

GLITTERAMA

For all of these we used a variety of glitters, stickers, confetti and googly eyes.  Click at the bottom of this post to watch a FREE how-to Video.

 


 

 

 

CANDY CORN CREATIONS

I was surprised by how little actual candy corn resembles the candy corn I hold dear in my mind from ages gone by.  The ones from Target are big and kind of lumpy.  Once I embedded them in Brilliant Resin, they didn't look very interesting, so I layered a spooky sticker on top, Domed it Up, and now I have an awesome paper weight!  Click at the bottom of this post to watch a FREE how-to Video.

 
Here are some simpler creations, made with photo prints of a nicer looking candy corn!
 

 

 

 These projects were all made using photos of candy corn with the Doming Technique!

 

PAINTED RESIN PIECES

These were cast with Resin Color Film as the colorant, then we domed them up with a bit of glitter mixed into the resin, and then painted designs.  You can paint between layers or on the outside.

VAMPIRE LOVE

OK, I'm a sucker for anything vampire-related (painful pun intended :)  These pieces use glitters, acrylic paints, nail polish, stickers and charms all embedded or layered in Brilliant Resin, using our Hearts Molds Set.  Click at the bottom of this post to watch a FREE how-to Video.
     
 

 

 
 

SUPER STANDEES

I made these charming photo frames for Halloween, but I can't seem to put them away.  They've been moving around my desk all year, reminding me of when my cutie girls were even cuter!
 

 

MULTI-PHOTO PROJECTS

Here are some great ways to show off your Halloween photos. I love having these keepsakes to show off my peeps.  Click at the bottom of this post to watch FREE how-to Videos.
These Photo Cubes make great gifts too, so fun to have on your desk to fidget with!
 

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!

 

How-To Videos Mentioned Above:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Ways to COLOR RESIN

There are many ways to add color to Brilliant Resin, they each have pros and cons.  Here are the ones I love best, WITH HOW-TO VIDEOS:

 

Resin Color Film

This is the cleanest and easiest way if you're going for transparent color.  Just cut to fit the shape of your mold or resin piece.

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WATCH THIS HOW-TO VIDEO: 

 

Here are some examples of how you can layer Resin Color Film:

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Dichro-ISH Films 

Used with or without a black resin backing, these films add beautiful color and dimension.  Add a sheet, bits and pieces, or a cut-out shape.



WATCH THIS HOW-TO VIDEO: 

 

 

Liquid/Gel Resin Colorant

Great options for opaque color, these blend easily without adding many bubbles.  The black pieces below were made with our Dichro-ISH Black Colorant, the white stripes were made with our opaque White Resin Colorant.

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Layers with colorant and glitter mixed in.  Shallow cast in 2" cavities.

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You can have fun mixing colors too, either letting one set up a bit before adding another, or blending them together to create unique designs.  Both of these were made in our brilliant mirror-finish molds.

 

WATCH THIS HOW-TO VIDEO: 

Layering paint, nail polish, glitter, or photos:

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WATCH THIS HOW-TO VIDEO: 

 

Glitter 

From fine cut to big and chunky, WE LOVE GLITTER!  You can mix any color in with your resin batch.  CLICK "Resin Glitter Fun" to the right for more info and a how-to video 


FOR MORE INFO WATCH THIS HOW-TO VIDEO: 

 

Combine Resin Color Film and Glitter!

 

Acrylic Paint 

Between layers of set resin, not mixed in as that can affect cure time and final results.

This piece was incorporated into a cabochons necklace.

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These are acrylic paint skins, punched into heart shapes and domed with Brilliant Resin.  They're lightweight and each one is unique so they make great jewelry.

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resin acrylic paint pour jewelry making

 

 

Nail Polish

As with acrylics, paint between or over layers of set resin, don't mix it in as that can affect cure time and final results.

 

You can also combine acrylic paint and nail polish

FOR MORE INFO WATCH THIS HOW-TO VIDEO: 

 

Alcohol Inks 

Such fun!  From petri projects to painting on photos to splatter patterns, alcohol inks are so much fun to use in Brilliant Resin!  Here are some projects from our Double-Sided Molds tutorial
You can see the petri bangle technique in detail in this tutorial from Myriam's Nature
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This can be hit-or-miss as some ink colors react with the resin in weird ways. Here are some experiments we've done by applying inks to a photo, and between layers of resin:

 

For this test I spashed alcohol inks onto our Clear Photo Film, then punched out some circles and domed them with Brilliant Resin.

brilliant resin alcohol inks splash on Clear Photo Film

Then I figured out how to create these tie-dye type looks:

Here's a hit from our friend Chrissy Lampitt, she added inks to the tile, then stamped, then sealed it all with resin:

You can mix a little alcohol ink into your resin for transparent color, but results vary, and if you add too much it will affect resin set-up.

 

In the Petri Technique you drip white and colored alcohol inks into resin, here are some examples of how this can look in cast eyes:

This technique is random, some are amazing others are duds.  Here are some of my favorites:

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON COLORANTS:

In this how-to video, you can fast-forward to 5:30 and 10:00 to focus on colorants:

  

 

4th OF JULY Projects

 

 

 

Our Resin Color Film is so versatile and easy to use!  These clean, patriotic pieces were made in our Hearts Molds.   You can use the same technique with your own school, state, or country colors! 

These earrings were made in 2 layers, first pour a thin layer of resin with silver glitter mixed in, and let this layer set up.

Use the template that comes with your Hearts Mold Set to cut one red and one blue heart (or use our Heart Punches).
 
Cut a strip from the middle of each heart so there's a silver stripe down the middle, pour a thin layer of clear resin and position one red and one blue piece in each heart.  Let that set up, then drill for your findings.

 

Resin Color Film on glitter really shines in the sun!

 

Materials:

Resin Color Film  (we used the Jewel Colors Pack)

Hearts Molds  (we used the 1" and 2" sizes)

Brilliant Resin, measuring cup and mixing wand, paper towels

Scissors and Hearts Punches  (punches optional, but they sure make it easier :)

Spring Drill

Silver Glitter

Jewelry findings (ear wires and colored jump rings shown here)

 

 

Making Multiples

Making multiples for events, swaps or sports swag is easy with this technique.  My brother needed lots and lots of pendants to gift at Burning Man, so my daughter and I cast these for him.    SCROLL DOWN FOR A QUICK HOW-TO VIDEO

We used our Large Circle Molds, poured in less than 1/4" of resin, sprinkled in some Dichro-ISH Film bits and some Resin Color Film bits.  The words were printed on our Clear Color Film and laid on top of the resin.  If you have time, Dome Up these pieces.  Then we drilled, added a jump ring and a silk cord, and you can feel the love.  Hope they don't blind people in the desert sun!

Click to watch how-to video:

 If you have time, Dome Up another layer of resin to protect the printed film, and to give your pieces a more finished, rounded feel.

 

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Bendy Resin Ornaments

Scroll down for the how-to video.  This started with our cute Pumpkin Ornaments, but so much more is possible!   These pieces are all made using our Resin Color Films, domed with Brilliant Resin.  This was my original idea, inspired by an expensive glass pumpkin I saw:

 

Now look what else you can do!

Here's a design with 2 variations, one with a beaded accent wired into the center, and another with a domed photo in the center.  I love them both!  These are beautiful as ornaments, a photo desk display, or as a pin.  LOOK OUT CHIHULY!

 

Watch and learn how to make these yourself!

 This same technique can be used to make Bendy Resin Bracelets like these:

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Here are some other Bendy Resin projects you might like:

     

 

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Resin Color Film

Yes, finally.  I love the look of clear colored resin, but I've never been fond of the messy, expensive dyes.  This transparent color film is such a treat to work with, it's truly clean and easy.  See what you can do, and scroll down for the FREE how-to video!

You can dome with them....

Or Cast with them...

Use them in bezels...

 

Or Design with them...

 

 

You can embellish too!

 

Advantages:

- Clean
- Easy to work with
- Versatile
- Won't bleed or run in resin
- Can cut with scissors or sharp paper punches
- Consistent, Coordinated Colors
- Great value!
- And also....

 

 

 

Click below for the FREE how-to video:

 

 

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