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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:

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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:

 

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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

Secret FREE Mold!

Shhhhh, here's a secret, you can use the protectives tops from Secret and other solid deodorants to cast resin!

Fun designs for jewelry making, hair clips, knobs and more!

I love how this hair clip looks in dark hair, the Dichro-ISH film just glows and catches any available light.

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. 

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Dichro Hoop Kitty Cat

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!

 

Hearts!

I'm soooooo in love with our Little Windows Brilliant Hearts Mold Set!  

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Here are some of the pieces we've been making using the 4 sizes.

 

Layering heart frames with our Heart Punches...
resin casting heart photo punch jewelry
Stickers layered over Resin Color Film...
resin crafting cast heart jewelry stickers color
 
These bracelets show the smallest 1" size castings, the one on the left has a leather cord, the one on the right attaches to the sterling plated bracelet we have in our shop.

 

 
This shows how the sizes of molds that are in the Set compare.
cast resin hearts necklace
And here are just a few of the projects created in our last Little Windows Workshop!
 

So here they are, 

Brilliant Heart Molds!

Here's what's inside, 4 sizes of beautiful, reusable heart molds, plus a cropping template:

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 And to make it easy, I've got punches that match these hearts molds!  Here they are, available in our shop individually and as a set:

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Posted in How-To's

Ways to COLOR RESIN

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.

resin color film triangles

 


resin jewelry rose nunn color film doming

resin jewelry color necklace earrings doming

WATCH THIS HOW-TO VIDEO: 

 

Here are some examples of how you can layer Resin Color Film:

resin jewelry layered color necklace casting

resin jewelry color film glitter heart necklace

 

Dichro-ISH Films 

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.

resin crafting cast black with white stripes ASMR resin art black and white ASMR

resin crafting black and white hair clip barrette bracelet jewelry

resin crafting marbled black and white art resin

resin crafting black and white in bezels

Layers with colorant and glitter mixed in.  Shallow cast in 2" cavities.

resin jewelry cabochon glitter shield necklace

You can have fun mixing colors too, either letting one set up a bit before adding another, or blending them together to create unique designs.  Both of these were made in our brilliant mirror-finish molds.

 

WATCH THIS HOW-TO VIDEO: 

Layering paint, nail polish, glitter, or photos:

resin casting crafting eyes glitter costume dragons

WATCH THIS HOW-TO VIDEO: 

 

Glitter 

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!

 

Acrylic Paint 

Between layers of set resin, not mixed in as that can affect cure time and final results.

This piece was incorporated into a cabochons necklace.

little windows brilliant resin frog cabochon acrylic paint layers

 

These are acrylic paint skins, punched into heart shapes and domed with Brilliant Resin.  They're lightweight and each one is unique so they make great jewelry.

resin acrylic paint pour jewelry

 

resin acrylic paint pour jewelry making

 

 

Nail Polish

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

FOR MORE INFO WATCH THIS HOW-TO VIDEO: 

 

Alcohol Inks 

Such fun!  From petri projects to painting on photos to splatter patterns, alcohol inks are so much fun to use in Brilliant Resin!  Here are some projects from our Double-Sided Molds tutorial
You can see the petri bangle technique in detail in this tutorial from Myriam's Nature
resin alcohol inks bangle bracelet mold petri technique
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:

 

For this test I spashed alcohol inks onto our Clear Photo Film, then punched out some circles and domed them with Brilliant Resin.

brilliant resin alcohol inks splash on Clear Photo Film

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.

 

In the Petri Technique you drip white and colored alcohol inks into resin, here are some examples of how this can look in cast eyes:

This technique is random, some are amazing others are duds.  Here are some of my favorites:

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON COLORANTS:

In this how-to video, you can fast-forward to 5:30 and 10:00 to focus on colorants: