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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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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.

 

How-To Video:

 

 

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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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Resin Mixed Media with Artist Belinda Spiwak

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 are some examples:

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!

 

 

Doming Up! (cast+dome)

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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!

Here's the fabulous how-to video!

 


Bendy Resin Rings and Bracelets

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Use LW resin and mirror-finish molds to turn your pics into brilliant bendy rings!

For these cast creations you'll need:

Brilliant resin
Molds
Special photo paper
A drill
and some sterling or copper wire.

For best results use our Brilliant Molds (any shape), and Brilliant Resin

 

This video shows you how, step-by-step:

 

This one is embellished with our Dichro-ISH Film, and glued onto a ring base using a bit of resin leftover from our next batch:

You can also make bendy resin bracelets using larger molds or with the Doming Technique.

resin doming bendy bracelets jewelry making

Here's a link to a video you can follow to bend your resin into bracelet shapes.

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Double-Sided Doming Basics

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"



Double-Sided Doming Basics

 

You'll need: brilliant resin, doming tray, special photo paper, double-stick adhesive, drill, ZapAGap, and findings of your choice.

Have fun, and send me pix of your creations!

Clear Photo Votives

 

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!

Clear Candle Votives How-To Video

 

TIP: 

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:

 

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Single Cube Bracelet

One of our favorite Little Windows designs is the single cube bracelet.  For this you can select any shape of mold, Small or Medium, and create a stunning and durable bracelet.

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How about your fuzzy loved ones?!         Here's a peek at the back side:

     

 

Brilliant 3-D Butterflies!

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:

 

 

And just feast your eyes on these creations by our Amazing Makers:

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.

"Hi Fran,

This is a piece of art I created using Little Windows Brilliant Resin.  It is called “Transformation” and was made with the debris from the Montecito mud slide in Montecito, Ca. In memory of the 23 lives that were lost that day.  

I found a laminated USA wall map in the dirt, all muddy and torn up.  I took it home, cleaned it up and cut out the butterflies.  I knew I wanted to make them look like they are flying free and that’s where your wonderful resin came into play.
I cut out each butterfly and then applied your Little Window resin per the directions to each Butterfly to give them dimension.  After about 12 hours I was able to bend them and tape into position.  Afterwards I glued them to clear plexiglass rods to give them the appearance of flying free.  The metal base was also debris that I found.
Thanks for a wonderful product, that was not only easy to use but created the perfect finish to each Butterfly!
I highly recommend your products and will be using them in future art projects!
Sincerely,
Lynn Dodge"
www.createdesignstudioart.com
Here's a close-up of the found-metal base.

 

These beautiful creations by Jessica Yelverton are so dreamy! 

 

Dazzling magnets and barrettes by Liz Wells in Australia:

 

Follow this tutorial to make your own!

Here are some other Bendy Resin projects you might like:

           

Amazing Clear Photo Film:

Made for inkjet, this high-resolution film makes some incredible projects.  From single, see-through images, to a variety of layering and dimensional effects, there's so much you can do with this film!   

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Kaleidoscopic

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!

Materials:

  • 1-1/2” square Kaleidoscope image (available at little-windows.com)
  • 4x6” special waterproof photo paper with plain white back
  • LW Brilliant Resin with measuring cup and mixing wand
  • Paper towels
  • Ear wires (or headpins to create your own)

Tools:

  • Computer and inkjet printer
  • Scissors
  • Doming tray
  • Mini hand drill, or power drill with 1mm drill bit
  • Piece of cardboard or wood to drill on

Finished Size:  

  • These earrings measure 1-1/2” x ¾” plus ear wire, but you can make them any size you like.

Tips:

  • In place of this kaleidoscope graphic, you can use other photos, heavy scrapbook paper, magazine covers, or fabric backed with cardstock. You can also try printing on clear photo film, to make pieces that look like glass!
  • Prepare multiple pieces to be coated, as one batch of resin (1 TBSP), can coat about 10 pieces, or about 15 square inches.
  • Use this same technique and your extra pieces to create pendants, keychains, bracelets, zipper pulls, and other coordinating creations!

Print & Prep your images:

  • First you’ll need to print the kaleidoscope image on 4x6” waterproof photo paper, using any inkjet printer.
  • Using Microsoft Word or Photoshop, you can resize and duplicate this image, or fill your sheet with other images to make the most of your photo paper. Print at highest resolution on glossy photo paper setting.
  • Cut printed squares apart, cut each square in half, and round the corners so they’re not too sharp once resin is added.

Coat with Brilliant Resin:

  • Arrange your cut photos on doming tray, leaving at least ½” of space around each.
  • Measure 10ml of Part A and 5 ml of Part B into cup, mix slowly for 2-1/2 to 3 minutes, be sure to mix around the bottom edge of the cup with the point of the wand, then allow the resin to rest in the cup for 5-10 minutes before using.  
  • Pinch measuring cup to form a spout, and drip resin slowly into the center of each cut-out shape, forming a puddle. Be conservative, allow the resin a minute to flow to the edges. The bumps on the doming tray allow the resin to easily detect the edges of your cut-out shape, so it knows when to stop flowing. If it doesn’t make it all the way to each edge, simply use your mixing wand to add a few more drops of resin, or to pull the resin to the dry corners. The resin will automatically self-level and create glossy “domes” on each piece, rounding down to the edges.
  • Cover so that no dust can settle on your pieces while they set up. Let them rest for 10 minutes, then check for any stubborn bubbles that haven’t popped on their own.
  • Allow to cure (about 12 hours).
  • For a more finished look, flip your pieces over and coat the back side too, repeating the steps above.

Make your earrings!

  • Measure and mark the top center of each piece, about 1/8” down from the top edge.
  • Place your piece on cardboard, wood or other protective surface. Using a mini hand drill (or small power drill with 1mm bit), drill through each piece.
  • Straighten ear wires and feed one through each hole. Bend them back into shape, and they’re ready to wear!

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.

 

Here are some other projects made using Brilliant Resin with the Kaleidoscope Kreator
Software.
Click to check out Jeanie's blog and the Kaleidoscope Kreator website for more details and how-to's.