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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

Here's a complete tutorial: 

 

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.  
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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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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 is some info on our Brilliant Silicone Molds:

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)

 

 


Resin Jewelry with acrylic paint and punches

Paint, Punch & Resin

 

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:

Brilliant Resin (includes Measure & Mix Cups and Mixing Wands)
Large Silicone Doming Tray
Punches - you can get our sets or select the matching medium and small shapes you want (eg; small circle + medium circle)
Spring Drill
Clear Button Shanks
Dust covers (can be from any of our mold sets, or you can use a plastic container)
Sturdy jump rings (or other findings)
Metallic acrylic paints and crummy brushes

 

Have fun and send me pics of your creations!

 

Layered Scarab Cab Pendant

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:

Cabochons (half-spheres)

Soooo much fun to be had with our Silicone Cabochons Mold!

resin casting cast miniature dancers collage mixed media

Door knobs / drawer pulls...resin crafting cast cabochon dried flowers knob pull

Keychains and other keepsakes

resin crafting cast candy sprinkles letter beads

Collage mixed mediaResin Crafting cabochons collage mixed media paperweight

Buttons

Resin crafting cabochons fabric buttons

Jewelry

resin layers crafting cabochon jewelry necklace frog acrylic paint

Resin cabochon necklace jewelry red glitter shield hero

Resin Crafting Cabochon Necklace Black and White

Here are some other how-to's you might want to check out:

resin crafting glitter cabochons  resin crafting cosplay accessories raven belt cabochon  resin crafting cabochon scarab charm red gold

PHOTO CABS

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. 

SCROLL DOWN FOR HOW-TO VIDEO. 

On this one we added names to the back printed on Clear Photo Film:

resin crafting cast wedding favors personalize photo

 

 

 

 

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.

And in this one I cut out our kitty cat's head and layered that with her name and type printed on Clear Photo Film.  Backed with a layer of white resin made with our White Resin Colorant

resin crafting cabochon layer photo type kitty cat

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, and you can mix a batch as small as 6ml Part A + 3ml Part B to do this. 

If you don't have any handy you can also use E6000 or another strong adhesive, just make sure you use it outside or in a well ventilated area, as it really stinks and it's not healthy to breathe (or get on you).

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!

 This same technique can be used to make Bendy Resin Bracelets like these:

bendy resin bracelets jewelry making photo jewelry

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....

 

 

 

Click below for the FREE how-to video:

 

 

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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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