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Tokens Of Faith - DIY Resin Talismans

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resin jewelry token faith talisman jewelry making wire wrap

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:

resin jewelry making tokens of faith tutorial beading wire wrap
resin jewelry making tokens of faith tutorial beading wire wrap
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resin jewelry making tokens of faith tutorial beading wire wrap
resin jewelry making tokens of faith tutorial beading wire wrap hamsa hand
resin jewelry making tokens of faith tutorial beading wire wrap hamsa hand
resin jewelry making tokens of faith tutorial beading wire wrap hail mary rosaryresin jewelry making tokens of faith tutorial beading wire wrap hail mary rosary
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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Bangle Bracelets, Ornaments, Trinket Dishes!

LOTS OF TUTORIALS HERE!!  All of these projects were made with our Double-Sided Molds  These are well-priced, made from high-quality, shiny silicone.  They have a deeper version of our original Large Geometric Mold shapes in the top, and a matching-shaped bangle mold in the bottom. 

PHOTO BANGLE BRACELETS

Here's the latest tutorial, focused on Photo Bangle Bracelets, have fun!

 

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.

MAKING BANGLES, ORNAMENTS, TRINKET DISHES

Watch this tutorial, and have fun!!   scroll down for more

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

resin casting belt buckle resin crafts little windows

 

 

 

 

 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

 
 

EMBEDDING CANDY IN RESIN

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.

resin tutorial ornaments keychains fabric

 

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.

 

MAKING ANY SIZE BANGLE: 

 resin bangle bracelet casting jewelry making sizes

resin bangle bracelet casting jewelry making sizes

 

MAKING BANGLE AND CUFF BRACELETS WITH STICKERS

I used spooky stickers but you can use any designs you like for year-round happy!

 resin bangle bracelet casting cuff jewelry making stickers Halloweenresin bangle bracelet casting cuff jewelry making stickers Halloween

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

 

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! 

 


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:

 And now you can make bigger ones with our Dichro-ISH Films JUMBO Pack!

resin jewelry ornaments dichro jumbo twisted resin

resin jewelry ornaments dichro jumbo twisted resin

resin jewelry ornaments dichro jumbo twisted resin

 

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

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 :)

     

     


    DIY Resin Eyes

    I am sooooo hooked on making resin eyes.  I've found 3 ways to do it, each has its uses.  All of them were made with our Brilliant Resin and Silicone Cabochons Mold, and all require layers of resin, so leave yourself at least 4-6 hours between each layer for set-up.

    THIS JUST IN...  

    Since shooting this video I've discovered that you can make some incredible irises using the petri-resin technique in which you drip colored and white alcohol inks into the resin while it's liquid in the mold, here are some of mine:

     

    Here's a complete tutorial on making the 3 types above, Petri Eyes  would be similar to the Glitter eyes, but using the petri-resin technique instead: 

    You can compare the 3 types above and decide which you want to make, or make some of each! 

    Silly Eyes

    These are easy to make, by mixing either opaque colorants or glitters into the resin for each layer.  You can use fine or chunky glitters, and even different shapes of glitter, depending on what effect you're going for.  Make your layers as thick or thin as you'd like.

    Realistic or Creature Eyes

    These were made by painting nail polish (or you can use acrylic paint), between cured layers of resin.  It's important to have a clear layer between colors to give them dimension.

    Photo Eyes

    You can also print images of eyes onto our Special Photo Paper for realistic eyes.  For these we poured a clear layer of resin about the same size as the iris cut-out, and let it set up.  Then we poured another thin layer of resin and pushed our eye print down onto the hardened layer below, to squish out any trapped bubbles.  It's best to fill the mold about half-way, so the eyeballs aren't too domed. 

    This one was made using our Clear Photo Film, and surrounded with POLYMER CLAY and some fake eyelashes!resin cast eyes polymer clay 

    Here is a thorough tutorial for using your Silicone Cabochons Mold, with lots more project ideas:

    Ready to buy your own mold or resin? 

    Visit our store!

     

    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!

     

    Summer Memories

    Ahhh Summertime.  Have you thought about creating keepsakes to remind you of wonderful adventures or moments of bliss?  Try some of these ideas for yourself, your family or friends (scroll down for how-to videos)

    Photos resized and cropped using our easy Photo Cropper, printed on Special Photo Paper, then cast in resin. This first one shows the layering technique - tutorial below.

    These treasures were made by Jackie Lentz as souvenir magnets:

    This project was made using the Double-Sided Doming Technique with gorgeous photos taken by my hubby in Baja California

    And here's one that combines photos with paint chips in coordinating colors (tutorial below)
    These pieces were made by printing photos on our Clear Photo Film, the first one uses the Bendy Resin technique (tutorials below)

    The amazing bracelet below was created by Connie in Satsuma, FL.  She used the Small Oval from our Little Windows Photo Cropping Software to shrink and crop her pix, then used the Doming Technique to create these gorgeous charms. These beachy photos, linked in with some lovely drilled shells makes the perfect Summer Keepsake.

    A lightweight photo album you can wear and share!

    Thanks again for sharing your beautiful creations Jackie and Connie!

    You can also work in bezels, which is lots of fun (tutorial below). These are magnets!

    This tutorial covers both the casting and doming techniques, and can be applied to bracelets, necklaces and other multi-photo projects:

    How-To Video combining photos and coordinating paint chips:

     

    Here's a basic How-To Video for Layering:

     

    Click to watch this how-to video:

    This Bendy Resin Technique can be used with our Special Photo Papers too:

     Here are supplies you'll need:

    Brilliant Molds (if casting)
    Large Silicone Doming Tray (if doming)
    You may need some of these basic tools too, depending on your project:

    Have fun creating your own keepsakes :)

     


    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

    All Kinds of Resin Roses

    Bendy Resin Roses

    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:
    Bendy Resin Ornaments
    Twisted Resin
    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!

      

    Wire Rosettes

    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!
          

      

    Photos Roses in Resin

    How about photos from a beloved garden or bouquet?  Crop and print your photos on our Special Resin Photo Papers, then cast or dome them to make lovely keepsakes like these, made by Pearl at the Beading Gem. Click this link for a how-to guide and product review.  Thank you Pearl!
    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...
    How to dry flowers in prep for resining 
    Here's another drying method
    How to resin your dried flowers
    Pretty projects made with these pieces
    Here is one of Pearl's creations:

    Have fun, and please let me know how your creations turn out :)

     

    POLISHING RESIN

    Here are more samples from the video, using the two different techniques demonstrated.  The before and afters show the shine you can achieve with either polish or painting:

    Here's a close-up:

    Deep scratches will require wet-sanding with high-grit paper before polishing. 

    Click here to shop!

     



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