Tokens Of Faith - DIY Resin Talismans

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A Token of Faith is a physical representation of whatever you believe in, made with love (and resin).  It can bring comfort to you, friends and family.

Here's the video tutorial, which includes a complete wire-wrapping demo!

Here are close-ups of some of the projects from this video:

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resin jewelry making tokens of faith tutorial beading wire wrap
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resin jewelry making tokens of faith tutorial beading wire wrap
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resin jewelry making tokens of faith tutorial beading wire wrap hamsa hand
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MATERIALS USED IN THIS VIDEO:
Brilliant Resin 
Special Photo Papers for Resin 
Spring Drill for Resin, Wood, and Polymer Clay 
Non-Stick Silicone Doming Tray (discounts on multiples :)
Round nose pliers, flat nose pliers, wire cutters 
Other SUPPLIES I RECOMMEND - scissors, inkjet printer, more good stuff: https://www.amazon.com/shop/littlewindowsbrilliantresin For more info email fran@little-windows.com, we'd love to see what you create!
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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

 

 brilliant resin casting polymer clay bangle bracelet amethyst art studio

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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

Bangle Bracelets, Ornaments, Trinket Dishes!

These low-priced, Double-Sided Molds are made from super high-quality, shiny silicone and have a deeper version of our original Large Geometric Mold shapes in the top, and a matching-shaped bangle mold in the bottom. 

Each mold comes with a cropping template, clear dust covers, a thorough Maker's Guide, and wet-dry sandpaper to get rid of any sharp edges or bumps.

Watch this tutorial, and have fun creating!!

Here's a close-up of some fun project ideas, you'll find details in the guide that comes with these molds, and they're all in the tutorial vid:

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 resin casting bangle bracelet mold alcohol inks button little windows


resin bangle bracelets tutorial

Here's one you can make 2 different ways - either print graphics on our Clear Photo Film and paint white acrylic paint on the back so the images are opaque, or just arrange stickers on a strip of clear plastic, or a piece of clear packing tape. I mixed a tiny bit of super-fine glitter in my resin 'cause Princess Bubblegum asked nicely.

resin cast bangle bracelet Adventuretime Stickers glitter

 
 
resin casting jewelry making candy sprinkles bangle bracelets

Here's an excerpt from the full video above on casting candies in your resin.

More great bangles made with Black and White Resin Colorant and Glow In The Dark:

resin casting bangle bracelets black and white glow in the dark

Here's how the top right bracelet looks as it GLOWS IN THE DARK!

resin casting bangle bracelet mold glow in the dark

More things I've been making with the top sides of these molds:

resin cast photo magnet large circle mold giltter

 

So much fun, and so versatile!  You can cast from 1/8" thick up to 3/4" thick for a variety of looks.  Single pour or lots of layers for dimension.

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The best gifts for everyone you know!

resin casting trinket dish photo keepsake mold 

resin tutorial trinket dishes

 

For these projects you'll need:

Brilliant Resin  (includes mixing cups and mixing wands)

Double-Sided Large Molds

Special Photo Paper  /  Resin Color Film  /  Dichro-ISH Films

Large Silicone Doming Tray

And whatever else you'd like to add to your creations.

On our Amazon Recommendations Page you'll find the things we love but don't sell, like alcohol inks, curved scissors, great printers, and more fun stuff.

CLICK HERE to shop our

"Things we love on Amazon" page.

Have lots of fun making, and send pics of your creations
to fran@little-windows.com

 


Dichro-ISH Resin

New and full of gorgeous project ideas, scroll down to watch!

WATCH THIS HOW-TO VIDEO: 

 

Here are some of the actual projects made during this video, although they are much more impressive, colorful and shiny in person :)

 

This pin was made by combining one of our cast pieces with one of the domed pieces:

 

CLICK HERE for tips on turning your resin creations into jewelry, buttons, drawer pulls and more. 

And more from our previous post...

 

Love, love, LOVE these new looks we're getting with the new Little Windows Dichro-ISH supplies.

 

 

 

 

 

Here's our original Dichro-ISH video, some things have changed since this was created, like our Black Colorant has been improved from a black powder to an easier-to-blend, less messy gel:

 

For these projects you'll need:

FROM little-windows.com:
Brilliant Resin Set (includes mixing wands and cups)
Brilliant Molds
Dichro-ISH Supplies (black colorant + dichro films)
Doming Tray
Bezels
Findings (jumprings, chains, pins, etc.)
Drill (Spring Drill or Creative Drill recommended)
FROM HOME:
Dry paper towels
Sharp scissors
A timer
Dust covers  (come with Little Windows molds)

Click here to buy your Dichro-ISH Supplies!

Resin Dichro-ISH Supplies dichroic iridescent film colorant

Resin Dichro-ISH dichroic iridescent film colorant

 

Here's a Dichro-ISH Films color chart for your reference:

Resin Dichro-ISH dichroic Film Colorant Iridescent

Here's another idea - use clear resin to Dome Up for buttons, rings, and hair bobbles like these:

 

Here's what Stephanie in Pensacola, FL has been making with Dichro-ISH, glitter and sequins, so cool!

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:

     

Fun Holiday Ideas

There's still time to create some resin treasures! 
Here are a few ideas to get your brain spinning:
 
 
Click the image for a link to the Doming How-To Video, then we drilled at the top and bottom of each domed piece, and added jump rings and a crystal drop.  Tie a ribbon on and what a great gift this will be!
For this one we printed on our Special Photo Paper and added a little glitter then domed it for a smooth shiny finish. 


 

Click this image to watch the how-to video.


 Create these gorgeous keepsakes with vintage photos!


Welcome your new lovies!


The name in this piece was made by bending soft sterling wire into letters.  The chain is from an old necklace I recycled, so dig through your jewelry box and reinvent whatever you're not using. 



Start with the Doming Technique, allow your resin to set up for about 1 hour, then gently push the bent wire name into the gooey resin, which will hold it in place and bond it nicely.

Click here to learn how to make Twisted Resin Ornaments and jewelry.

And here are just a few of the creative projects sent in by our Amazing Makers:

First, look what Cheryl Nelson in TX made using Clear Photo Film cut using her die-cut machine, with a bit of glitter mixed into her Brilliant Resin.  See more of Cheryl's work on Instagram Roux Bijoux Designs

Here's another beauty made with Resin Color Film, monograms can be stickers, rub-on transfers, or hand-painted:

Check out these ideas shared by Stephanie White, and click here for a link to her ETSY shop:

 
These are so cute!  Great to see how different this looks from the same technique shown above (we used vintage photos).
 

And for the fabulous pets in your life:
  

Love these linked Large and Small Cast pieces.  Cutting photos into outlined shapes shows the glitter behind and showcases this sweetie!
 

This ornament gets graphic with Little Windows Clear Photo Film.

Don't forget to send us photos of your creations :)

 


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.

I've been using 1/4 TSP per 15ml batch.

resin casting jewelry making glow in the dark GITD

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.

HALLOWEEN IDEAS!

Scroll down for FREE how-to videos

PHOTO KEEPSAKE PROJECTS

Here are some great ways to show off your Halloween photos. I love having these keepsakes to remember good times with my kiddos.  

These Photo Cubes make great gifts, so fun to fidget with!


For the doming technique projects above here are the products you'll need:

From little-windows.com:

  • Special Photo Paper for Resin
  • Brilliant Resin
  • Doming Tray
  • Spring Drill (for jewelry)
  • Double-Stick Adhesive Sheet (for cell phone sticker)
  • Rubik's Photo Cube

And from home... printer, scissors, paper towels, 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!
     

     

    HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!

     

    How-To Videos Mentioned Above:

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Costume / Cosplay Accessories!

    Inspired by Amazing Maker Vicky Fisher, I'm so excited to explore cosplay applications!  Here are some accessories she's made for her beautiful daughter:

    So this is a post I'll be adding to as we come up with more ideas.  My daughter asked for help to create her Halloween costume this year, Raven from Teen Titans.  She pulled together the costume, and I made the accessories - belt, cape pin, hand amulets and upside-down diamond-shaped bindis.  I think they came out pretty amazing so I thought I'd share in case you want to try something similar:

    For the gems:  Cast Brilliant Resin in our Silicone Cabochons Mold, mounted Resin Color Film in Jewel Red on the back of each, followed by a cut circle of aluminum foil applied with a thin coat of resin for optimal reflection.

    For the gold belt:  You can buy a gold belt, but I just got some fake leather and a clip from JoAnn Fabrics and made one on the cheap.  Cast thin round shapes to back gems in our Large Circles Molds (psst - you can customize our Large or Hearts mold sets to get multiples of the shape you want!)  I mixed gold powder into the resin thinking the resulting cast would be shiny - nope, just cast them clear to keep it simple.  

    So I spray painted these cast Brilliant Resin pieces and the belt to get the look I wanted.

    For the Cloak Pin:  I made a larger jewel and needed a larger lightweight piece in gold to back it.  I found this perfectly-sided canning top at JoAnn Fabrics (spray painted above).  I didn't need the slit in the middle, but it would be covered with the jewel so it didn't matter.  I applied 2 pin-backs to this piece so make it really secure.

    You could attach these pieces all together in many different ways, but since I had Brilliant Resin on-hand, I embedded the belt and the pins into thickened resin on the backs of each piece.  I waited about 1 hour before pushing the belt and pin-backs into the resin, but it was 104F here, so if it's a normal temp where you're working, you may want to wait a bit longer to let your resin get nice and thick.

    I placed the belt in the top half of each gem-back instead of in the center, so the gems wouldn't flip over while the belt is worn.  The finished pieces have a nice weight to them.

    Finally I attached the gems to the golden belt circles using Gorilla Glue Clear (love this stuff, by the way :)

    For the Bindi:  I made a few sizes (not having her head handy), simply cut shapes out of our Resin Color Film, domed them with Brilliant Resin, and once they were set up I painted the back with silver nail polish.  You could do this on the larger pieces too but they won't reflect as well. She applied it with eyelash glue.

    Finished costume (minus the wig, saving that for party night :)

     

    More to come :)

     

     


    Resin Glitter Fun!

    Ooooh, these are addictive. 

    I'm not usually a glitter girl, but this is a slippery slope of fun!  Whether you're creating some Halloween flair, or just something sparkly and fun to wear any day, this is an easy and versatile additive. 

    This video shows how to add glitters to resin for use in casting projects, which can be layered and embellished to your heart's content.  Have fun!

     

    How-To Video:

     

    Click here to shop!

     

    If you have more questions, please check our FAQ center.

     

    Resin in Bezels

    (More new projects below :)

    We get a lot of questions about working with resin in bezels (a container or frame), so this is an extensive video that covers working in closed-back bezels, open-back bezels, and also mounting resin pieces in bezels.  Lots of great info, enjoy!

    Click to watch this how-to video:

    Here are some of the projects created in this video, I only mixed 2 tablespoon-sized batches to make all of these!

    Embed a magnet!

    These inexpensive sports charms make great team gifts

    Gorgeous possibilities with open-backed bezels

    Have fun with bits and pieces!

    Let light reflect off the metal with Clear Photo Film:

    A layer of glitter under the photo really helps it pop!

    Layer glitter, sticker, and a rhinestone for sparkly dimension:

     

    SUPPLIES:

    Bezels, bracelets, necklaces, basic findings

    Resin

    Special Photo Papers

    Magnets

    Color Film   

    Dichro-ISH Supplies

    Stickers, glitter and candy sprinkles can be found a your local craft shop

    More bezel options can be found at your local bead store

    Charms and other embedments - use broken jewelry, shop flea markets and yard sales

    Bezel Examples:

    Variety of materials, shapes and sizes can be used.

     

    THIS JUST IN... (added after original posting)

    Here is another example of resin in a bezel, this time I found a carved bead with an oval opening that let me pour in 3 layers, using graphics printed on our Clear Photo Film, and a final layer using thickened, goopy resin to "Emboss" just on the spider to make it extra creepy!

     

    Personalize!!

    Whether you're making gifts, pieces to sell, or something special for yourself, personalizing adds an extra-special touch to any creation. 

    There are lots of ways to personalize your resin projects with names, initials and words. This video shows my favorite techniques:

    Adding type with Photoshop

       

    Layering Lettering

    Wire Lettering

    Stickers

    Rub-On Transfers

    Alphabet Beads and Charms

    Card Cut-Outs

    Pens, Paints, Ink, Glitter Glue

    Alcohol Ink Resist



    Here are some handy links mentioned in the video:

    ADDING TYPE WITH PHOTOSHOP
    RESIZE PHOTOS USING Microsoft Word or GoogleDocs
    DOMING UP!
    CLEAN, EASY COLOR WITH RESIN COLOR FILM
    MULTI-PHOTO JEWELRY
    PHOTO CABOCHONS
    MAKING HOLIDAY PHOTO ORNAMENTS 
    RESIN IN BEZELS
    DIFFERENT WAYS TO COLOR YOUR RESIN
    ADDING FINDINGS TO YOUR RESIN CREATIONS

     

    Here are some of the key products used in this video:

    BRILLIANT RESIN 
    BRILLIANT MOLDS 
    SPECIAL PHOTO PAPERS
    PHOTO CROPPING SOFTWARE

    For more ideas and inspiration:

    AMAZING MAKERS GALLERY


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