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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:

Making Multiples

Making multiples for events, swaps or sports swag is easy with this technique.  My brother needed lots and lots of pendants to gift at Burning Man, so my daughter and I cast these for him.    SCROLL DOWN FOR A QUICK HOW-TO VIDEO

We used our Large Circle Molds, poured in less than 1/4" of resin, sprinkled in some Dichro-ISH Film bits and some Resin Color Film bits.  The words were printed on our Clear Color Film and laid on top of the resin.  If you have time, Dome Up these pieces.  Then we drilled, added a jump ring and a silk cord, and you can feel the love.  Hope they don't blind people in the desert sun!

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 If you have time, Dome Up another layer of resin to protect the printed film, and to give your pieces a more finished, rounded feel.

 

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Bendy Resin Ornaments

Scroll down for the how-to video.  This started with our cute Pumpkin Ornaments, but so much more is possible!   These pieces are all made using our Resin Color Films, domed with Brilliant Resin.  This was my original idea, inspired by an expensive glass pumpkin I saw:

 

Now look what else you can do!

Here's a design with 2 variations, one with a beaded accent wired into the center, and another with a domed photo in the center.  I love them both!  These are beautiful as ornaments, a photo desk display, or as a pin.  LOOK OUT CHIHULY!

 

Watch and learn how to make these yourself!

 

Here are some other Bendy Resin projects you might like:

     

 

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Resin Color Film

Yes, finally.  I love the look of clear colored resin, but I've never been fond of the messy, expensive dyes.  This transparent color film is such a treat to work with, it's truly clean and easy.  See what you can do, and scroll down for the FREE how-to video!

You can dome with them....

Or Cast with them...

Use them in bezels...

 

Or Design with them...

 

 

You can embellish too!

 

Advantages:

- Clean
- Easy to work with
- Versatile
- Won't bleed or run in resin
- Can cut with scissors or sharp paper punches
- Consistent, Coordinated Colors
- Great value!
- And also....

 

 

 

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Multi-Photo Bracelets

Oooooh, so many possibilities!   This is my favorite way to show off themed photos - family, weddings, vacation, school pics, pets, etc.   Here are some examples to inspire your creativity:

Domed vacation photos

Here's another example of the same technique, but I printed the photos on our Clear Photo Film and domed both sides with Brilliant Resin.

 resin photo bracelet clear photo film loreto vacation

Wearable Photo Album!

Here's a cast cubes bracelet using photos from the same vacation...

 

Wedding photos in Cast Cubes

Here's one of the bracelets I made for this video, featuring my friend Lis F's gorgeous wedding photos:

Here's the same photo cubes, but with wire-wrapped pearl spacers between each:

And here are the same photos, in color instead of black & white, with pearl spacers:

Best Friends Cast Cubes

If you love your pets - and who doesn't...

 

Family Photos Domed with Resin

Look at this gorgeous piece by Amazing Maker Jennifer Dooley!

 

Wanna make some?!

Here's a complete tutorial video to teach you how to make these keepsake bracelets:

 

Here's a video showing in more detail how to finish and wire wrap your resin pieces:

 

Materials Needed:

- Your photos, printed to size on Little Windows Special Photo Paper
- Brilliant Resin, mixing cup, mixing wand
- Little Windows Small Mold or a Doming Tray
- A drill - hand drill or power drill with small bits
- Jewelry Findings of your choice - headpins or jumprings, clasp, connectors
- Scissors, pliers, wire snippers, paper towels, timer, dust cover, piece of scrap wood
(Items in bold are available for purchase here in our shop)


Resin Your Fabric Scraps!

I'm loving this new technique for turning bits and pieces of fabric into jewelry, buttons, pins, magnets, all sorts of shiny treasures!  It's easy to do and super-versatile.  I'll let the images do the talking...and the how-to video! 

Click here to see the "Resin Your Fabrics" slide show presentation.

resin fabric buttons alphabet burlap

cats mice resin buttons fabric photos

You can also use a photo of fabric, which allows you to duplicate, resize, or manipulate if needed to coordinate with your pieces:

resin fabric photo buttons

 

resin fabric buttons photo

 And here's the How-To Video:

 

We've also made some lovely buttons with fabric scraps using our Silicone Cabochons Mold:

resin buttons fabric vintage quilting cotton

resin vintage fabric cabochon button

resin fabric cabochon button shank vintage 

resin fabric cabochon button jewelry

resin fabric buttons cabochons quilting cotton

 

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Action Standees

I made these for Halloween, but now that they're hanging out on my desk, I'm going to keep them there year-round!  It's like having a line-up of my kids as action figures and I love it!

Cut out the best part of your favorite photos, mount them on Clear Photo Film printed with a graphic design, and dome them up to make an awesome photo display for your home or office.  See this related video for a how-to.

You'll need:

Brilliant Resin

Special Photo Paper

Clear Photo Film

Doming Tray

Drill

Jumprings, or wire to connect them

Convertible Charms

We're hooked on charms.  Once we finished our Pics 'n' Chips creation, this idea evolved.  I went back and found photos of my kids from every Halloween (so far), and charmed them all.  I love being reminded of the silliness!   This top piece converts from a necklace to a bracelet using a hook-clasp, but works just as well with magnetic clasps.  

Check below for a cool idea for the back sides too!

Here's a different way to mount your charms, I used colored jumprings in the corners to attach them in this checkerboard pattern.

 

Using our Special Double-Sided Photo Paper, I printed a spiderweb design on the back of the cropped images.  Then I stuck some glittery number stickers on the back, showing her age that year, so it really tells a story!

 

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Candy Corn Creations!

 

These projects were all made using photos of candy corn with the Doming Technique!

 

Resin Photo Charms

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Personalized charms are ideal for:
  • - Bracelets
  • - Earrings
  • - Zipper pulls
  • - ID tags
  • - Wine charms
  • - Pins

For holidays and everyday, these make such a special gift.  Whether it's a single charm, or an assortment, it's a great way to show off kids, pets, vacation, and weddings, or to remember our loved ones.

 

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Pics 'n' Paint Chips

This is my favorite new creation!  I shrunk down some of my favorite photos and picked paint chips to coordinate with them.  Domed them all, adding resin to both sides, then looped them onto this open-link chain, adding beads that tied in with my color scheme.

In this version I've used my vacation photos with shells for accents.  Watch the video to learn how to make your own!

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