Jewelry Findings (I used 2.5" headpins and a necklace wire)
Pliers, small sharp scissors or an X-acto Knife, tweezers
First, cut circles of Resin Color Film to fit behind each of the Hoops - they don't have to be perfectly cut as the hoops will hide the edges. Cut the middle out of each circle where the next smallest hoop will be, so that colors don't overlap.
I used the flat back of our Silicone Doming Tray as an easy-release surface. Arrange the colors and hoops however you'd like.
I used only 3 colors and hoops for the matching earrings.
Place only the largest hoop on top of your Resin Color Film Shapes. Allow your mixed resin to set up for 30 minutes to thicken up, then slowly pour resin inside of the hoop, filling about half-way up the hoop. Allow resin to set for another 30 minutes until it's nice and thick. Then place the inner hoops, lining them up with your circles of Resin Color Film. Allow to set up for at least 24 hours (better if you have 2-3 days, so it can really harden).
The dark parts you see show where resin leaked behind the film, but it doesn't matter in this case because you'll be doming the back, just make sure the resin doesn't escape from the metal hoop.
Then flip over your pieces and dome the back side with Brilliant Resin. Allow to set up.
Place pieces on a hard wood surface and use your Spring Drill to make holes for your jewelry findings. I used 2-1/2" long sterling silver head pins in these, bent to shape.
Here's a variation using other colors in the Resin Color Film - Pale Tints Pack (Pale Apricot, Pale Peach, Pale Pink and Pale Lilac, with Nunn Design Copper Open Frame Hoops:
So cute! I was playing with the Open Frame Hoops from Nunn Design, and came up with this guy. My original plan was to make the center piece with just the 3D eyes, but then I was playing with wire and decided this creature should be feline.
DICHRO HOOP KITTY CAT MATERIALS NEEDED:
Nunn Design Open Frame Hoops in Copper - Grande (about 50mm outside), Small (25m), Mini (12mm)
To get the ripple effect around the eyes, start by creating the smallest black pupil hoops. Stick 2 of the Mini Hoops and 2 of the Small Hoops onto a piece of packing tape, press down to make sure they are stuck well. Mix Black Resin Colorant into a little bit of Brilliant Resin and pour it inside the Mini Hoops. Allow to set for at least 12 hours before touching.
Once the black centers are set up, peel them off of the tape and set them aside. Mix a new batch of resin and blend in some White Resin Colorant, pour this into the 2 Small Hoops, filling about 1/2 way. Let the White Resin set up for about 2 hours so it's nice and thick, then place the smaller Black Resin Hoops into the White Resin and press down a bit. Allow your eyes to set up completely before touching.
Cut a circle of Dichro-ISH Texture Film to fit inside the largest hoop. Cut a circle of packing tape about 1/4" smaller than the inside of your largest hoop. Then cut another strip of packing tape about 6" long. Stick the circle-shaped tape onto the strip, adhesive sides together (in the photo I'm using a piece of white non-stick paper so you can see what I'm doing, yours will be clear).
This will create a ring of adhesive for the project to stick to, without having stickiness in the center of the piece. This will make it easier to peel off later, without damaging the Texture Film. Fold over both ends of tape strip so that you don't stick to it while you are working.
Center the Dichro-ISH Film circle on the tape, then center the largest hoop on the tape so it surrounds the Film, pressing down to ensure it's stuck well all around. Mix a new batch of resin and pour some into the large hoop until the resin domes just a bit, without overflowing the hoop.
Allow this resin to set up for about 2 hours until it's nice and thick, then place your eyes wherever you want them. Let your assembled resin piece set up to fully harden before peeling off of the tape - minimum of 1 day, 2-3 days preferred.
Create wire accents (I made ears), flip your piece over on the Silicone Doming tray and make sure your piece is level so the resin won't flow off the sides. Mix up a new batch of resin, let it thicken in the mixing cup for about 30 minutes, then dome up the back of your creation. Watch this Doming Up video to see this technique in action.
Allow it to further thicken for about 30 minutes, then embed your wire accents. I bent copper wire into ears, but you can make anything you'd like. Let resin cure fully and enjoy your Dichro Hoop Kitty Cat! Hang it by the ears from chain, make it into a pin or a magnet, or whatever you want. Color shift based on what's behind the film!
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.
WATCH THIS HOW-TO VIDEO:
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.
WATCH THIS HOW-TO VIDEO:
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!
Between layers of set resin, not mixed in as that can affect cure time and final results.
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
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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:
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.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
In this how-to video, you can fast-forward to 5:30 and 10:00 to focus on colorants:
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!
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.
More fun project ideas for Halloween, mixed in with favorites:
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.
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.
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:
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.
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 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.
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.
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!
HALLOWEEN 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!
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:
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.