Monday, March 14, 2016

Little Windows' $50 Resin Supplies Giveaway | Pressed Flower and Sticker Feature

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Resin jewelry making is a lot of fun.  Maybe it is because it is somewhat reminiscent of lab work where I get to measure/weigh out resin and do a little mixing!  But as I found out in the series of real flower jewelry making last year, it is wonderful technique for capturing nature. I previously used crystal cat litter to dry real flowers and dandelion clocks  which were then used to make real flower resin jewelry.


California based Little Windows run by Fran Valera has some pretty cool resin jewelry making supplies which I've been reviewing and using for some time. The numerous project tutorials on Fran's site is fantastic -  they inspired all my resin designs!

I've received more of of their unusual resin formulation which is a 2:1 mix of the two parts of epoxy resin. Part B of any 2 part epoxy resin product has a shorter shelf life (it goes yellow) so it is boon to be able to buy just Part B should one's stock goes off.  Very useful if you do not often make resin jewelry.


This time round I wanted to test out their smaller molds. These are not silicone but they have a release coating so popping out the cured resin is easy peasy.  The bottoms of these molds are slightly smaller than the top.  The result are resin pieces with a refractive edge. That is aided by the way resin cures - the middle part becomes lower than the edges.


Silver plated wire in gold courtesy of Parawire : Love charm courtesy of Tierracast

I used the small round molds to create a floating butterfly bracelet using some puffy butterfly stickers. I shared the tutorial here.

My first attempt at wiring was not pleasing. As you can see below, the resin pieces were too far apart. So I rewired them using a hinge technique to get them to be closer and still be fully articulated. The wire work tutorial can be found here.

first attempt at wiring the resin pieces.
I cast the butterfly bracelet resin pieces rather deep. Nothing wrong with that but I prefer daintier pieces. So I went the other way for the pressed flowers on blue background project using square molds.


Silver plated wire courtesy of Parawire

The real flowers, leaves and grass were harvested late last summer and pressed.  Check out the tutorials for how to press them flat using a microwave and make real pressed flower resin jewelry.

As you can see, I still need more practice and care.  Resin jewelry making is not technically difficult but it requires patience and an eagle eye for the dreaded bubbles.  If you look closely, I still had small bubbles.  They actually were rather pretty on the flowers or  even the butterfly stickers.  Not so lovely when I missed them at the edges. They did detract somewhat from the lovely "frame" produced with these molds.

Little Windows' resin product is a low bubble one - I usually don't have trouble with bubbles.  But I am well into the second half of the bottles now. So I suspect the viscosity has increased with age and the bubbles that do form do not escape as easily.  Fran does share a tip for dealing with this (increased viscosity can also be due to cooler temperatures) which I did not do. Fran says "Microwave Part A by itself briefly for 5-7 seconds before mixing with Part B."


real flower and leaves with a butterfly sticker

Map charm courtesy of Tierracast;  Metallic leather cord courtesy of Endless Leather


Giveaway 

If you'd like to win $50 worth of resin jewelry making supplies from Little Windows, please make a comment below. Make sure you leave contact info below if you do not have an online shop or blog.

Little Windows is offering a special 15% off discount for all readers!  Use this code :  BeadingGem16 (correct code)  

Email subscribers need to scroll down the post they receive, click on Share Comment and enter your comment. Pick Name/URL. If you don't have a store or blog, leave the URL blank.

This giveaway is for US and Canadian readers only.

Extra entries if you become or are a blog subscriber or follower etc. If you also do shout outs about this giveaway, those will count as additional entries too! Please say so in the comments. (The exception is Facebook - just like/comment on the giveaway status there!!)

It ends in a week's time at 6 pm EST Monday, March 21, 2016. I will pick the winner randomly and announce the results as soon as possible after. So be sure to leave a contact email if you don't have an online link or make sure you come back and check! Otherwise I will redraw in a week. Good luck!

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Photography
All images were captured using my iPhone 6S, the camera+ app and the Modahaus TS320 Tabletop Photo Studio in natural light. Photo editing was done in-app with final tweaks in Adobe Photoshop Elements. There were some challenges with photographing these cabochons such as reflection and their transparency.  Using the light grey background sheet from the Modahaus was easiest and the most time efficient.

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80 comments:

  1. Interesting! I haven't tried resin casting, but maybe now is the time!

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  2. I would love the venture out into resin resin jewelry and have been looking into it for over a year! Although I do not have any supplies yet, this may be the impetus I need! And I am totally in love with your real flower resin jewelry!

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  3. I've used Little Windows molds - they are terrific! Very easy to remove resin pieces. Their website also provides a lot of ideas and tutorials.

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  4. This is the BEST resin. The molds are great and easy to use. I would LOVE to win this giveaway.
    swillert@new.rr.com

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  5. I've been wanting to try resin for ages! Thanks for the chance to win.

    pstaveley@roadrunner.com

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  6. I would so love to win this. Thanks for the chance.

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  7. I have pressed flowers for years. would love to win this!

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  8. I have been dying to try this resin! thanks for the giveaway!

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  9. Would love to win this! Thank you for the opportunity!

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  10. You make this look so easy I WANT to try it!

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  11. I have been wanting to try working with resin. I have lots of pressed flowers just waiting for the opportunity to be awesome. Would love to win the Little Windows giveaway.

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  12. Pearl, I would love to try working with resin.I have seen resin crafts using a flame to eliminate bubbles.Pat S at schwabmom@gmail.com

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  13. How exquisite these bracelets are! I want one on my wrist!

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  14. Thank you for the giveaway. I would love to win it.

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  15. I can't wait to see the tut on how to dry flowers. I love resin pieces, but have not started trying to make any.

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  16. Still have not tried resin, this just might help. Thank you Pearl. Blog follower: zoowatcher10@yahoo.com

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  17. I love working with resin, it's such a versatile medium that u can make so much beautiful different artworks with! Would love to win this. Blog follower and subscriber, I can be contacted at retro-grrl@hotmail.com.

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  18. I have not worked w resin and winning this will help me expand my repertoire.
    Carol

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  19. I have always wanted to try this...Hope I win.

    Sharon smamabird@aol.com

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  20. I am new to jewelry making and have not done resin. I've really only done bead stringing and wire wrapping. Every time I see a new type of jewelry I always think, "Ooooh, I want to try that!" And this is one of those times! Would love to win!
    Donna J
    datmine2009@hotmail.com

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  21. I have tried resin casting to make jewelry a couple of times, and failed miserably. But I so like the look of it and would love to win this so I can try again, and maybe succeed!!
    Trish

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  22. I love these projects and would love to win this giveaway to try resin work. So many possibilities!

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  23. Thank you for the opportunity to win this prize.
    It reminds me of snippets of time encased in the resin.

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  24. I really really want to try this with dried flowers!! )I am a blog subscriber. :)

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  25. Oh oh oh! Yes!
    I am a blog subscriber, FB follower, and pinned this giveaway
    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/365987907199396985/
    Thanks Pearl!
    zanc@att.net

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  26. So cool.
    marlene strait
    mlsjewel@@yahoo.com

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  27. I would be so grateful to be a winner of the resin being newly retired and looking for the bling thing in my creative soul

    You inspire me with the simplistic beauty of the materials. Thank you for a chance!
    Linda C
    Romancestones@centurytel.net


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  28. What a superb giveaway. I've always wanted to learn the art of resin and what fantastic ideas!!!! Thank you!

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  29. Oh Pearl! Those are SO PRETTY!!!!! Great job!! Great ideas!! I can hardly wait for the tutorials!

    WOW!!

    Maybe - this - time, Lady Luck will smile on me if you chuck my name in there.... (sure) :0)

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  30. Greta gdmar@comcast.netMarch 14, 2016 at 3:03 PM

    Please enter me for the Little Windows Resin giveaway. I am a blog subscriber.

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  31. Oh I would love to win the resin jewelry making supplies from Little Windows. It's always a thrill to learn something new. vjclemente@yahoo.com

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  32. I love making jewelry with Little Windows resin. Their new half done silicone molds are awesome!

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  33. Would be a new and different thing to try
    Dots-Dangles@pullman.com

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  34. Hello everyone well I am blown away by this generous giveaway. I have been making jewelry for over 13 years but I have never tried resin jewelry. I have done polymer clay jewelry, metal, wire wrapped, etcccc.
    The jewelry that was made in this article is gorgeous. I would love to have the opportunity to give it a try. Ty so much

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  35. I'd like to win

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  36. I have been wanting to try resin for ages, as I seem to always want something for my jewelry designs that I can't find. To be able to try a kit would be a real treat! Thank you for the opportunity to win...I hear great things about Little Windows resin!
    schleprock2004@yahoo.com

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  37. OMGoodness!! With 12 grandkids I could keep busy for days making charms just for them! I have been wanting to try this medium.

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  38. I LOVE Little Windows!! The resin pops right out of the molds without using release. I really like the new silicone molds too! Good luck to everyone!
    Please use lilcows@yahoo.com, thanks.

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  39. just started to toy around with resin - this would help with my experimenting!
    jeriewall@hotmail.com

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  40. I've always wanted to try resin jewelry, thinking it would make great additions to the kumihimo necklaces and bracelets that I do. Please enter me in the giveway.

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  41. What a cool idea! I love the examples shown, looks absolutely fabulous! Thank you, Pearl for giving the chance to win such a wonderful package.

    catherineabarron@gmail.com Wishful thinking!

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  42. These are beautiful pieces! I would love to try Little Windows resin. I'm always getting bubbles in the resin I use.

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  43. I love the way the flowers look in the pieces. I have never tried this but would really like too.

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  44. What an awesome giveaway! Your pieces, and castings are beautiful.

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  45. I have not tried resin jewelry yet and have been reading about the process. It would be great to win this kit and learn a new technique.

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  46. Wow! Gorgeous designs! That would be fun to try.
    Debra msd.katz@hotmail.com
    I subscribe and follow you on social media.

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  47. I've done ice resin, but would love to try this method!
    Maureenwack@gmail.com

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  48. wow, would love a chance to win, these are beautiful bracelets
    steppingoutinstyle@gmail.com

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  49. What beautiful creations! I would love to try this. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  50. I would love to win this AWESOME prize thanks for the chance to win!
    sally0630@frontiernet.net

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  51. I am an email subscriber
    sally0630@frontiernet.net
    Facebook
    Sarah Scott Oswald
    pinterest
    pinterest.com/sally0630

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  52. I shared on twitter
    https://twitter.com/sally06301/status/709550560903565312

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  53. I really like the flower bracelet, but you said that you did a blue background. I assume that is was paper or tissue or did you use dye? (or do I just need to wait until you do the tutorial.

    lorimahan71@gmail.com

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    1. Lori, I used dye but you can use colored paper too so long as you seal it. Check out my past post on different coloring options - http://www.beadinggem.com/2015/07/how-to-color-resin-for-making-pendants.html

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    2. Love Little Windows products - please enter me to win. Thank you, Julie julie@ijule.net

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    3. Fran also has other suggestions to color resin in this post - http://www.little-windows.com/blogs/project-center/44280769-ways-to-color-resin

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  54. I love little windows resins and molds. And I can always use more. My problem is I need more molds and sure would love to win.! Thanks for the giveaways every week. I love seeing what you have and your ideas always spark me with ideas, Thank You.

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  55. Wow! Those pieces are beautiful! Uh oh,looks like you're creative with resin too. I tried resin awhile back and it looks like it might be a bit easier now. I look forward to trying my hand at it again. Mickee. Mickee97@gmail.com

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  56. Such a statement, I have a bracelet pattern that would make those designs such a statement and I have never done a resin but could use all the utensils to be a to create such a piece. Help me be creative. lindacollins330@ yahoo on

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  57. We LOVE using Little Windows' resin in our jewelry products! It's the only one we use! Thanks for the opportunity to win!
    Katrina@katrinapeebles.com

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  58. I've been wanting to try resin for a while now. This would be so cool to win!

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  59. This concept fascinates me. Thanks for the opportunity to win this.
    Doris

    dorism3560@gmail.com

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  60. I have always wanted to try using resin but none of the local craft stores seem to carry it.

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  61. I would love to win this gift to get started on making resin jewelry. Resin jewelry creations are intriguing to me and would fit t so well with the other jewelry pieces I create.

    Myfoundodjects.net, myfoundobjects jewelry@gmail.com

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  62. I love Little Windows resin and supplies. I'm new to resin but am so impressed.

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  63. ecoFashionistas Love our Little Windows Resin! We would love to try out some of these dried flower techniques! karla@ecofashionistasjewelry.com

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  64. I've worked with resin a little but this appears to be a better quality than I've tried. I look forward to being able to get my hands on this. Nice ideas!

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  65. I have always wanted to experiment with resin. What a cool giveaway!

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  66. Hey Pearl, I've been wanting to try resin for quite a while. I love the examples shown. Thank you for a chance. Love ya' Patricia B

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  67. I've been working with resin a little bit and would love to try the Little Windows product and experiment. I really like the dried flowers.

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  68. This is the best info I've found so far on resin jewelry. Would love to win this contest. missile102@gmail.com
    Terri

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  69. I have wanted to work with resin for quite a while...now that I have gotten back to my jewelry making, this would be my next area to try. Thank you for the chance!

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  70. I would love to try working with resin and this would give me the opportunity to do so.Thanks

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  71. Imaginative combinations and some useful construction considerations here.
    As a mixed media artist, I would love to experiment with resin casting for components for other forms of art in addition to jewelry!

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  72. Those bracelets are beautiful! I would love this grownup version of resin jewelry!

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  73. Thank you for the opportunity. windbent at gmail dot com

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  74. I love the natural look of dried flowers would love to try other things as well. Thank you for great pictures and information. Tamidenny71276@gmail.com

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  75. I am working with wire and would like to add to the look to make it more stylish and I would like to incorporate resin to the jewlery,I saw so many ways I can do that. It would fascinating to be able to express myself with resin. lindacollins330@yahoo.com Thanks

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