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.
Special Photo Paper
Clear Photo Film
Jumprings, or wire to connect them
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.
Scroll down for how-to video
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.
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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If you've stopped by our booth at a show, you've most likely seen some work by Mixed Media Artist Belinda Spiwak. She combines found objects and scraps from other projects with a variety of other mediums like acrylic paint, texture paste, and color spritz, resulting in stunning collage effects. She then pours resin over select areas, letting some of the original textures show through. The results are dramatic 3-D scapes. Some tell a story, others are just fun!
Here's one more way you can use Little Windows Brilliant Resin to enhance your creations. Belinda collaged many elements in this piece, then dripped resin over it, in an irregular way, protecting the piece, securing the bits in place, and creating great contrasts in texture and finish. Click the video link below to see how it's done.
Click this image for a link to Belinda's Facebook Page, and check out her latest creations. She's a true talent, turning any material - from papers to fabrics to metals - into stunning, layered art. Thank you Belinda!
One of Belinda's favorite sources for interesting bits and pieces is a website called skybluepink.com, and I'll admit I'm obsessed with this site and their teeny-weeny puzzle pieces, micro-buttons, asian goodies, charms and ephemera of all sorts - lots to add to your resin creations. So be sure to take a look for unique goodies at excellent prices!
When casting resin in molds, there is usually a dip in the top. You can trim this down using scissors, and for a more rounded finish, add another layer of resin on top. Little Windows brilliant resin bonds seamlessly to itself, layer after layer, thick or thin. This gives you chances to embellish your pieces as much as you'd Our new Doming Up Video shows how-to, with lots of fun ideas!
You can also make bendy resin bracelets using larger molds or with the Doming Technique.
Here's a link to a video you can follow to bend your resin into bracelet shapes.
Scroll down for a fun video that shows you how to create a variety of double-sided domed pieces, with step-by-step instruction. Glue 2 domed photos back-to-back to use as charms, bracelets, keychains, pendants & more :)
Add any finding, like these keychains available in our shop
Here's a great example from our "Movie Themes" video, this photo shows the front and back of a fun charm bracelet"
You'll need: brilliant resin, doming tray, special photo paper, double-stick adhesive, drill, ZapAGap, and findings of your choice.
I just finished editing this video and I LOVE the results. Using our new Clear Photo Film, some resin, a drill, and some jumprings, we created a new way to showcase your pix!
Of course during the making of this video I thought of about 25 more projects using this technique. Send me your ideas too and we'll add them to the mix!
When you're doming larger pieces like these (over 2" or anything long), especially with the Clear Photo Film, you should stabilize them by adding a stiff paper like cardstock to the back before adding resin. This will keep your pieces from curling up as they set. You can use a few small pieces of double-stick tape to attach them. Here's an example:
And here's an example I made using the same technique, but printing in color and cutting around my lovies. I leave it open on my desk when not in use:
How about your fuzzy loved ones?! Here's a peek at the back side:
We're having weirdly warm weather here in SoCal, perfect for launching our new video on how to make 3-D Butterflies!
Use the Doming Technique and our Clear Photo Film to make pieces that look like they're about to take flight! These beauties can be turned into necklaces, earrings, pins, magnets or ornaments, and other eye-catching gifts.
Use our Amazing Tape to hold your shapes in place without bothering the surface:
This inspiring piece was created by artist Lynn Dodge as a memorial for those killed in the Montecito mud slide, made with debris from that tragic event. It's so evocative. 75% of the sale will go to a local charity. See below for a note from this fine artist, I think she's an angel.
At the Quilt Festival in Houston we met Jeannie, an incredible woman who has created software that turns your pix into kaleidoscope patterns.
Download the graphic below, used to create earrings which were showcased in Beadwork's Handcrafted Jewelry Magazine!
Traditionally used with fabrics (quilting+), and paper crafting, Jeanie's kaleidoscope software can keep the people in your pix as the focus, or turn them into patterns. These ones were reduced, printed on LW Special Photo Paper, then made into Little Windows pendants using both the Casting and Doming techniques!
HOW-TO: Lightweight and waterproof, these gorgeous earrings are made by coating kaleidoscope images with resin. You can make them any size and shape you like!
Print & Prep your images:
Coat with Brilliant Resin:
Make your earrings!
Fran Valera is a resin fanatic, and the creator of Little Windows® Brilliant Resin & Photo Jewelry. A designer and product developer in Southern California, Fran loves teaching others about the unlimited ways to use resin. You’ll see more of Fran’s work and find lots of inspiration at little-windows.com/blog
Resources: Brilliant Resin, Special waterproof photo paper, doming tray, drills are from little-windows.com. Kaleidoscope image was made with Kaleidoscope Kreator software that converts any photo into a kaleidoscope design: KalCollections.com Contact your local craft or bead store for ear wires or headpins.