I first came across Little Windows through the marvellous resin jewelry video tutorials by Fran Valera, the highly creative artisan and owner. She has many innovative resin products as well as inspiring tutorials on her site. I picked a selection of my favorites in this past post - Really Cool Photo Resin Jewelry Tutorials.
Coloring resin is possible with dyes. I have come across tips on using artist crayon shavings. Liquid color agents like acrylic paints are not recommended as they could affect the polymerization of 2 part epoxy resin. So Little Windows now offers gorgeous resin films - superior to using dyes because they do not cloud over embedded objects nor do they bleed. I received sample packs of jewel tones and the lighter tints.
As you can see from the snowflake pendants I made above, these resin films really help make beautiful resin pieces with colorful backgrounds. The pendant on the top right was the only one created without resin film - the snowflake rests on a sprinkle infused resin bed. Different look as the snowflake element was not as sharply demarcated.
The snowflake jewelry tutorial will be out later this week. The resin films are quite thin and light. I found they scratched easily but that did not appear to make any different when used in casting. Static cling was an issue at this time of year. But the dust was easily removed using a Swiffer duster.
I found I could get away with cutting out small shapes using small punches but cutting out larger pieces really needs Fran's suggestion of sandwiching the film with some scrap paper folded in half. Otherwise the punch distorts the resin film and doesn't cut it properly.
I also received a spiral rachet or spring drill for review. This is a new item for Little Windows. While the electric drill is very fast, many people prefer to use manual drills for better control when making holes (for jump rings etc) in softer materials like resin. My review comparing this drill with a simple hand drill on different materials will appear later this week.
I also bought a few items from Little Windows. The doming trays are excellent. They do a great job of supporting pieces during the doming process. I used to use wax paper before. Any accidental spills tend to flow into the spaces between the pegs. As you can see below, I had a resin tsunami at one point!
While resin spills can be sort of removed using a wooden skewer before they set, they can also be left as they are. What I should have bought was the silicone doming tray shown below. Nothing really sticks to silicone so spills can be popped out later.
|Little Windows' Silicone Doming Tray|
I was also impressed with the resusable molds I bought from Little Windows. I used the medium set for some of my snowflake pendants. The molds are precoated with release agent so the casted discs were easily removable. If you use regular molds, you will need a spray on release agent. The alternative is to buy silicone molds which does not need any release agent.
I did not buy any 2 part epoxy resin from Little Windows. That's because I already had some on hand. Most if not all brands of good 2 part epoxy resin give a crystal clear finish when you combine the two parts together and it polymerizes to a hard substance. The problem is with the shelf life of the hardener portion (B). As you can see below, my Ice Resin B solution (on the right) had gone quite yellow because it was old. So when combined, the mixture was also yellow and not useable. The brand on the right was fresher. While its B solution was slightly yellow, it was still fine to use as the resulting mixture was clear.
|Little Windows Resin Hardener Replacement|
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