You can make beautiful, everlasting roses with Little Windows Resin Color Film, a Silicone Doming Tray and some wire. First, cut petals out and dome them with Brilliant Resin. The shapes on the left below have resin applied.
After 1-1/2 to 2 hours, when the resin is getting really goopy, insert wire shapes and let them set up. Bend the wire so it is resting on your table, to keep the pieces from tipping up as the resin sets. Pieces being domed need to stay flat.
After 12 hours you can bend each petal and hold it place with either scotch tape or our Amazing Tape. They should be different shapes and amounts of bend, as real rose petals are. The embedded wire will help each piece retain its bend. Wrap the smallest petals around a pencil or pen. If you'd like to see how this works, have a look at these 2 videos on the Bendy Resin technique:
Roll and tape the scalloped triangle shape. This will form the center of your rose and you will attach the other petals to this base. Allow all of these shapes to harden overnight, then you can remove the tape and assemble your rose.
Arrange the petals one at a time into an open bloom or more of a bud, using a jewelry glue and twisting the wires into a stem. You can snip this off or wrap the stem with green wire.
These look so gorgeous as the sun shines through the resined films!
Long Stemmed Resin Roses
Here's a simpler look you can try. It's the same technique above, but with much longer wire pieces embedded into each shape, mine were about 12" long. The center piece is a 2" round circle cut from the Resin Color Film - seen in an image below - then wrapped into a cone shape (no wire on this center piece). The petals were made using the same technique described above, the embedded wire lets you shape the leaves without tape. Once bent and hardened, use the wire as a stem and wrap more green wire around the bunch.
The leaf on the left is flat, the one on the right has been bent into the shape I wanted.
See how this sparkles in the sun! The clear, saturated color of our Resin Color Film is so beautiful.
Bendy Resin Film Flowers
Here is another flower I made without wire, to show the variety you can make with this simple technique. Each of these petals started as a circle of Resin Color Film, rolled into a cone, then glued together with jewelry glue. I'd love to wear this as a pin or add it to a fancy hat, or just stare at it all day :)
Start with a bunch of circles cut (or punched) out of our Resin Color Film. For this flower I used our 1" Circle Punch on colors from both the Jewels and Pale Tints Packs (the small punched circles are for another project :)
Apply resin to each piece and allow to set up for 12 hours (I love the look of this :) The large red circle and green leaves were used in the long stem rose shown above.
Wrap each circle into a cone shape and tape in place using scotch tape or Amazing Tape, and allow to harden another day. Then glue together in any configuration.
Wire Frame Flowers
This technique mimics the now-outlawed wire-dip from long ago (toxicity=bad).
Create wire shapes as outlines for petals and leaves. Dip into resin and place onto Resin Color Film. The resin will adhere the wire to the Resin Color Film.
Allow to cure, then cut around each shape close to the wire, place them on your Doming Tray, and dome each shape on the wire side (sorry, I forgot to take a photo of this step, but I'm sure you can imagine it :) After 12 hours bend the petals and leaves into shapes you like. The wire should hold them in place, but you can use Amazing Tape if needed. Then arrange them however you'd like, and twist the wires together. Then wrap the stem with green wire for a more finished look. I'm not a tidy wire wrapper, so I'm embracing the lumpiness!
I had a little resin left over in my mixing cup so I quickly twisted up some colored wire and stuck it in.
After popping it out there was a little stickiness around the rim from unblended resin from the very bottom of my mixing cup. So I domed up the bottom which became the ffront, then embedded a magnet into white resin for the back. Because this was leftover resin from the cup, which had been dipped into many times, there are more bubbles than usual, but nothing goes to waste around here!
Look at Pearl's beautiful suggestion for how to gift these treasures! If you haven't visited her site, the Beading Gem is the best resource around for all things related to jewelry-making. An awesome library of techniques, tools, inspiration and reviews. You'll love it!
Real Flowers in Resin
And of course you can embed real flowers to make beautiful keepsakes, but they need to be completely dried. Water and resin don't play well, so you want to be sure all the moisture has been removed before putting any natural element into resin. Here's a piece by Amazing Maker Alice Bignami Todd, who embedded a pressed Briar Rose into Brilliant Resin.
Here are some we made using the Silicone Cabochons Mold, these can be done in any shape of mold, in a single pour or in layers to create dimension.
Here's a real dried orchid embedded in a resin cabochon, and I added a little glitter into a final layer in the back to create a backdrop for this alien-looking flower.
You can buy dried flowers both full or pressed - some natural, some enhanced with dyes. If you'd like to dry your own flowers, here are some links that will be of help from Pearl at the Beading Gem...