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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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Colorful Resin Hoops Jewelry

 

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!

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create resin jewelry with color film

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.

create resin jewelry with color film

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).  

create resin jewelry with color film

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.

create resin jewelry with color film
create resin jewelry with color film
create resin jewelry with color film

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.

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create resin jewelry with color film

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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:

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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.

 

 
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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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.

WATCH THIS HOW-TO VIDEO: 

 

 

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.

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.

 

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 

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:

 

 


Photo Ornaments

Perfect for everyone on your gift list, these easy resin photo ornaments are sure to be a hit!

You’ll just need your Pics, Brilliant Resin, a Large Mold Set, adhesive, and some ribbon.

Here’s how you make them:

 

 And here are some other examples:

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Movie Themed Photo Jewelry

 

If you haven't seen the movie  Kubo and the Two Strings  you should watch it as soon as you can.  It's beautiful and inspiring and made me want to create!!

Here are some jewelry pieces I made using imagery from this movie as an example, but you can use pics from any movie, TV Show, book, comic book, favorite band, or whatever you love.  
These should only be for your personal use or gifts, not to sell.
The rings above were made with our brand new Small Shapes Silicone Mold!!
(on the left, next to our lovely Medium Shapes Silicone Mold :)
These ones were all made on the Silicone Doming Tray:
And this beauty was made in one of our Sterling Plated Bezels:

Here's a complete tutorial: 

Ready to get started? 

You'll need:  LW Special Photo Paper, Brilliant Resin, Silicone Doming Tray
Optional: Molds, Spring Drill, Jewelry Findings, Super-Strong Magnets
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4th OF JULY Projects

 

 

 

Our Resin Color Film is so versatile and easy to use!  These clean, patriotic pieces were made in our Hearts Molds.   You can use the same technique with your own school, state, or country colors! 

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.

Use the template that comes with your Hearts Mold Set to cut one red and one blue heart (or use our Heart Punches).
 
Cut a strip from the middle of each heart so there's a silver stripe down the middle, pour a thin layer of clear resin and position one red and one blue piece in each heart.  Let that set up, then drill for your findings.

 

Resin Color Film on glitter really shines in the sun!

 

Materials:

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 :)

Spring Drill

Silver Glitter

Jewelry findings (ear wires and colored jump rings shown here)

 

 


Paint, Punch & Resin

 

Can you believe these beautiful, durable pieces
were made from painted paper?!  
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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:

- Brilliant Resin

- Nesting Paper Punches

- Silicone Doming Tray

- Metallic acrylic paints and crummy brushes

- Jewelry Drill and findings

- Clear Button Shanks

Have fun and send me pics of your creations!

 


Layered Scarab Cab Pendant

Oh how I love this piece.  It's great when I'm feeling gothy, or agressive, or on Halloween :)

You'll need this stuff to make one, plus any findings, chain, cord or pin-back you want to use.

 

and this stuff too.  You can use a frame, a bezel, drill and use a jump ring, or add a pin to the back.

You'll need to pour in layers to get this dimension.

Click to watch this video for more details:


Photo Cabs (half-spheres)

Although our flat-bottomed molds are better suited for making photo jewelry, you can also make shiny half-sphere resin photo domes using our new Silicone Cabochons Mold. 

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You can also layer components.  Here we combined our photo with wire and shells, layered over Resin Color Film (the blue part), and scrapbook paper.


Here's a how-to video, skip to 6:46 for photo cabs:


Adding Findings

There are many ways you can add findings to your resin creations, turning them into jewelry, accessories, buttons, or decorative items like the ones shown below. 

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Drill a hole:

You can drill holes into or through your resin pieces.  Then you can either glue in an eye-screw, or add a jumpring or a wire through the hole.  If your piece is clear, drill at an angle so the finding will hide the white drill line.

If your piece is colored, you can drill straight in and then glue in an eye-screw finding.

Embed findings in resin:

Once your piece is made, you can add another thin layer of resin to the back and embed a finding, to make a bail or link, or turn your pieces into all types of jewelry, buttons, and decorative pieces, like the handles below. 

Glue on flat-back bails:

A drop or two of resin is the very best way to create a permanent, waterproof bond, but if you don't have any handy you can also use E6000 or another strong adhesive.

Wire wrap your pieces:

Finish your resin creations using headpins and jumprings as findings:

 

 

 

In this how-to video, you can fast-forward to 11:38 for a focus on findings:

 

 

And here's a demo of clean and easy drilling with our Spring Drill:

 

Mount your resin pieces in POLYMER CLAY or into a bezel:

You can work polymer clay around your cast resin pieces, and bake them together as long as you don't exceed the time or temperature recommended on the polymer clay packaging.  After baking you can add findings through the polyclay.

 

Or, you can first bake your polyclay pieces, then Dome Up with Brilliant Resin, and add findings after.

Orrrr, bake your polymer clay into bezels with built-in handles, then Dome Up with Brilliant Resin after, like Amazing Maker Sue Herst did in these beauties: