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:
So this is a post I'll be adding to as we come up with more ideas. First up, 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 :)
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.
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.
How-To Videos Mentioned Above:
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.
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!
Deep scratches will require wet-sanding with high-grit paper before polishing.
Becky at Nunn Design sent me some of their Open Frame Hoops to play with, and boy are these fun. They come in Silver, Copper, Gold and antiqued finishes. There are so many ways you can use these!
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. As you can see, the circles don't need to be completely perfect as the metal hoops will cover the edges where they meet.
The resin shouldn't seep under the edge of this outer ring because...
1. Nunn Design rings are quite heavy and nicely shaped.
2. The silicone on the doming tray adheres nicely to the ring and the film, keeping it in place.
3. You'll be using thickened Brilliant Resin, so the chances of leak-under are slim.
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 in the rings 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.
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!
Then I figured out how to create these tie-dye type looks:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Here is a thorough tutorial for using your Silicone Cabochons Mold, with lots more project ideas:
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.
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 :)
Jewelry findings (ear wires and colored jump rings shown here)
Can you believe these beautiful, durable pieces were made from painted paper?! CLICK BELOW TO WATCH HOW-TO VIDEO
Click the image above to watch our new video featuring the little-windows.com Paper Punches, metallic acrylic paints and the Silicone Doming Tray. Here are some of the featured projects, just look how Brilliant Resin over the paints makes them glow.
Here's another idea, I'm always looking for unique hair clips to hold my mop out of my face. This one used the bendy resin technique, then I attached a metal hair clip using E6000 for flexibility.
For these projects you'll need:
- Metallic acrylic paints and crummy brushes
- Jewelry Drill and findings
Have fun and send me pics of your creations!