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Vendor Spotlight: Little Windows Make 3 Necklaces Kit

Reported by Taylor Usry

I recently had the chance to play with an awesome product – the Little Windows Make 3 Necklaces kit. Doesn’t it come in the prettiest package?! Just like a box from Tiffany’s – stunning blue box and all. Presentation is important! I couldn’t wait to open this kit up, but before I get into it, let me share the deets: the kit retails for $48.00 and is available from the Little Windows store. It comes with everything needed to make three 1 1/8″ square resin necklaces, including:

And there are leftovers to make more goodies. Extra is great! The kind folks at Little Windows also included a small doming tray for me to try out. And for cropping your photos, the Little Windows Photo Cropping Software is available for free. It is internet-based, which means it works on both Macs and PCs.

Making the necklaces could not be any easier. The hardest part was deciding what to put in them! Once you’ve made the choice (more on my first tries in just a bit) the online photo cropping software is super easy to use.  It can be accessed from any computer, so you can take this craft on the road with you. They only make two shapes available, though – medium squares (which fit the molds included with this kit) and medium diamonds (same size as the square, only on an angle). The other sizes you see pictured in the template above can be purchased as add-ons for the photo cropping software; molds for them can be purchased as well. You can watch the demo they provide to see just how easy editing your photos is – just upload and crop. Up to eight medium square photos will fit on the 4″ x 6″ specialty photo paper. Once you’ve printed your photos out you place the cropping template on top of it, trace around the edges with a ballpoint pen and then cut it out. Now you are ready to make your jewelry!

The resin is very easy to mix – just pour to the correct lines on the mixing cup, stir for 2 1/2 minutes, and let it rest for about 5 minutes. Then you fill the molds about 3/4 of the way full, if you are just using photos in them. When you add the photos it’s important to slide them in, not lay them on top and push down – that will cause your resin to spill over the edges. If you have bubbles, they usually disappear after 10 minutes. If they don’t you can either pop them or pull them out with the mixing wand.  Once you’ve got the the photo all set into the resin, you place the molds back in the dust cover and let them sit for about 12 hours. It’s important to note that you can do more than just photos in these molds – you can do beads too. I’m not sure if you have to have a certain type, though – the ones I had at home bled into the resin and tinted the whole thing pink.

I used a photo of my little sweeties in one of the necklaces above. I turned it black and white before I printed it. The other necklace I didn’t want to be just a photo, but I read on the site in the FAQ section that the reason you have to use the specialty photo paper was that regular photo paper was too porous and wouldn’t work. So I was hesitant to try just plain old patterned paper or cardstock. Instead I scanned a piece of Webster’s Pages Waiting for Santa paper and uploaded that. It turned into the cutest little holiday necklace! So the possibilities there are endless – you can use scanned papers, pictures of art, landscapes, people…I really don’t know what to make next!

After you’ve let the resin sit in the molds for about 12 hours, the next steps are super easy. You pop the molds in the freezer for about a minute, pull them out and twist them like an ice cube tray, and then tap them on a hard surface (I used my counter) – and out they come! The hand drill makes short work of the hole through the top. Then you put a silver pin through it, twist it into a loop, and put them on a necklace. I’m not kidding, it really and truly could not be any simpler. And the step-by-step instructions included with the kit have excellent pictures as well as written instruction (for all types of learners). It’s foolproof!

With some of the leftovers I used the doming tray to try our a technique they call doming. The concept is simple – just pour resin on top of your shapes and allow it to set. You can use these little trinkets as magnets, for custom embellishments, stick-ons for cell phones or iPods…there is no limit to the possibilities! Shown above are my first batch of domed images – the leftovers from what I printed and didn’t turn into necklaces.

I tried the beads with this technique too. But again, I think the beads I have just aren’t for use with resin. They look super cool, especially on the photo-paper base I used, but they did bleed a bit. I punched out a piece with a flower punch, poured the resin on and added the beads. I pushed them into the resin and when it dried you can see above how they sit up off of the flower. What an easy way to make cool custom trinkets for projects!

I cannot say enough great stuff about this kit – I know I’ll be making tons of things with it! Currently setting up in the molds are a cool set that uses the layering technique. I wish I had a picture to share, but it just doesn’t look right in the mold and I can’t take it out yet. So I’ll direct you to the ones on the Little Windows site.

When I first saw the price of the kit I thought it seemed a bit high. Once I used it, and saw the quality of the things that come with it I changed my tune. I can say unequivocally that this kit is worth the money. It’s easy to use, the website is super helpful and easy to navigate, and the extra components are way cool. I feel like I keep saying the word easy, but that’s because it really and truly is!

The kit would make a great gift for anyone. Or you could get it for yourself and make some unique gifts for others. Either way – just get it!!

READER DISCOUNT
Order one of these great kits or Little Windows custom designs for yourself or as a great holiday gift!  Craft Critique readers can enjoy FREE SHIPPING by entering the discount code CCFREE at checkout.  Offer expires December 14th.


EDITOR’S NOTE: If anyone is having problems entering or redeeming the free shipping discount, please email the folks at Little Windows and they will happily refund the cost. Just email them directly to correct, Thanks!

GIVEAWAY
The great folks over at Little Windows are offering our readers a chance to win one of their Necklace Kits (MSRP value of $48).  To win, just answer this question in the comments section at the bottom of this article on our website.

Have you ever used a kit to make a gift like this?  Is this something you would purchase and make yourself or give to a friend?  We’d love to hear what you think!

One Comment per Person, contest will remain open until Friday, December 10th at 6pm CST.

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94 Responses to Vendor Spotlight: Little Windows Make 3 Necklaces Kit

  1. Scrapthat December 7, 2010 at 8:48 am #

    SUPER COOL!
    This is something I would SO do! Your examples look excellent…TFS!

  2. TxScrapAddict December 7, 2010 at 8:49 am #

    Way cool! It’s definitely something I’d purchase!!!

  3. Amy December 7, 2010 at 9:04 am #

    I’ve never made jewelry from a kit before. I would LOVE something like this for myself. Thanks for reviesing it, and thanks for the chance to win!

  4. Cindy December 7, 2010 at 9:26 am #

    Great kit…I was looking for something like this for the kids to make their own ornaments this year.

  5. Irene Lenihan December 7, 2010 at 9:33 am #

    I’ve done some resin work before but this little kit looks like it has some great items in it that would make it easier. Would love to use it.

  6. Denise ~ Paper Ponderings December 7, 2010 at 9:53 am #

    I’ve never done anything like this, but I would LOVE to.

  7. Donna VW December 7, 2010 at 10:33 am #

    Years ago I made a paper weight with a kit something like this. I would love to try this!

  8. rudie2shoes December 7, 2010 at 10:57 am #

    I’ve never tried this before but it looks really fun. Although the price of the kit is really high.

  9. Mark December 7, 2010 at 11:00 am #

    The only kits like this I’ve used are shrinky-dinks! This looks really cool 🙂 I would so use this for pictures of my daughter to give to my whole family!

  10. Jodee December 7, 2010 at 11:05 am #

    I have never used a product like this but would love to try!

  11. Lydia December 7, 2010 at 11:20 am #

    I’ve never used resin for a project but have always wanted to!

    I would LOOOOVE to have this as it’s not something I would buy for myself!

  12. Patchi December 7, 2010 at 11:31 am #

    This is so cool! I’ve never seen this before! I’d love to try it out…

  13. Dee in Oklahoma December 7, 2010 at 11:37 am #

    No, I have not used a kit like this..and I would absolutely love to. With 6 grandchildren, I see so many possibilities. I think pressed flowers would be wonderful..this is an exciting product. I would love to be able to try it. Thank you for the critique.

  14. nullgraph December 7, 2010 at 11:44 am #

    I’ve never done resin before, would love to try!

  15. Mary December 7, 2010 at 11:54 am #

    This looks like such a cool kit! I would definitely purchase something like this. What a fun way to make personalized gifts!

  16. Jeaneen December 7, 2010 at 11:56 am #

    WOW – this looks so cool! I would love to give this a try!

  17. Tiffany December 7, 2010 at 12:24 pm #

    Very, very nifty. I love that it comes with everything! I’ve never tried a kit like this, but wow… very tempting.

  18. Laura Solkey December 7, 2010 at 12:27 pm #

    I have never done anything like that but think it looks great! I would totally make some pretty Necklaces for my friend Angie, Martha, and my mom! They would love it!!!

  19. Rebecca December 7, 2010 at 12:29 pm #

    I haven’t used a kit – because normally kits don’t seem to have everything you need so handily packaged together – but this has changed my mind about kits! I’d love to win this but will definitely book mark their site for purchase!

  20. amy December 7, 2010 at 12:30 pm #

    Super cool! I have used cross stictching kits but nothing like this. Very tempting!

  21. Ladybug December 7, 2010 at 12:30 pm #

    I’m always up for anything new and exciting and this fits the bill perfectly. 🙂

    Thanks so much for the chance to win this li’l gem.

  22. Krista December 7, 2010 at 12:31 pm #

    Well….I bought a melting pot and some embossing powder with the intent of doing something like this. I had a hard time finding sterling silver pieces to make the jewelry with and finally just gave up. YES for $48 I would buy this kit ……it looks soooooooo cool!

  23. Lori December 7, 2010 at 12:32 pm #

    That looks so fun! I’ve never used a kit like this but now’s a great time to give it a whirl!
    lkziegler[at]gmail[dot]com

  24. debbie December 7, 2010 at 12:33 pm #

    i love this stuff. i would make it as a gift for my children with pics of their children. and i love kits. they make things so much easier.thanks, d

  25. Gail December 7, 2010 at 12:55 pm #

    I have never purchased anything like this.
    Looks like it would be fun & easy!
    I would look for this in the store!

  26. StampinCathy December 7, 2010 at 1:01 pm #

    I just love this kit and love the samples. I would love to get this kit and make some of these. Thanks for a chance.

  27. Robin December 7, 2010 at 1:01 pm #

    I would absolutely purchase this kit. This looks like so much fun. I can think of several friends that would love this too!!! I already have ideas swimming around in my brain!

  28. Jennifer LaSuprema December 7, 2010 at 1:05 pm #

    $48 for several personalized DIY gifts? Yeah, sounds like a plan!

  29. Karla Anderson December 7, 2010 at 1:08 pm #

    I have not ever used a kit, but I have made resin jewelery before buying the items separate. I would love to try the kit, as I am planning on making my sister a couple of necklaces for Christmas. Thanks for the chance to win.

  30. Wendy December 7, 2010 at 1:09 pm #

    These would make such great gifts! The quality looks excellent! Thanks for the chance!

  31. Scrapycandy December 7, 2010 at 1:12 pm #

    I would definitely give this to a friend as a gift…and I love kits! Thanks so much!

  32. gobarb26 December 7, 2010 at 1:26 pm #

    I have never used anything like this, but I think it would be tons of fun. I would definitely buy it for my grandaughter. I wish I knew about it sooner…it would have made a great gift for my Christmas angel! Maybe next year. 🙂

  33. Eugenia December 7, 2010 at 1:33 pm #

    This is something I’ve wanted to try for a long time, but haven’t had the spare time to devote to learning a new craft on my own. This Little Windows kit is the perfect answer – everything I need to get started!

  34. Nana Jo December 7, 2010 at 1:39 pm #

    I think I would buy something like that – always can use a picture of granchildren.

    mmlmn@polarcomm.com

  35. Dragonlady December 7, 2010 at 1:41 pm #

    love the examples you did, and it looks like a great product, I would love to try it..
    Brenda

  36. Linda December 7, 2010 at 1:44 pm #

    No, I have never done a kit like this but would love to make some with my grand daughter’s pictures.

  37. Cindy d December 7, 2010 at 1:58 pm #

    This looks so fun! I’d love to give it a try. I’ve never made any sort of jewelry.

  38. debpaint16 December 7, 2010 at 1:59 pm #

    Wow, How cool is this!! What an Awesome idea, & many gifts from one purchase!! I have never used a kit like this, but I believe I would purchase it!!

  39. Linda December 7, 2010 at 2:04 pm #

    Your review is great!! I would love to give this a try for some unique gifts.

  40. SharonS December 7, 2010 at 2:08 pm #

    Boy! I’d love to win a kit like this! I’ve never used anything like it and think it would make terrific gifts! Thanks for a chance to win!

  41. MelissaS December 7, 2010 at 2:16 pm #

    this looks so fun! I love your samples. My brain is going into overdrive – charm bracelets, earrings, keychains. Can you put objects into the resin? Could you use it to make those cool bubble top magnets, too? Uh-oh, I feel a new crafty obsession coming on!

  42. Works From The Attic by Linda December 7, 2010 at 2:19 pm #

    No I have not used a kit like this but I would love to try it to make gifts for friends.
    Thank you!
    Linda

  43. Deanna Amundson December 7, 2010 at 2:34 pm #

    I’ve never made jewelry from a kit before, but this is something I really want to do! It looks awesome and so easy. Thank you for a chance to win a kit!!

  44. Anonymous December 7, 2010 at 2:55 pm #

    I would love to make these as gifts (but keep one for myself). they are just beautiful.
    TFS
    Ang@todybran.com

  45. Jinji's parents December 7, 2010 at 3:05 pm #

    I saw this at a craft show! It is the coolest. I’d already spent all my mad money and couldn’t buy it. I would love to use it to make gifts.

  46. Kelly December 7, 2010 at 3:34 pm #

    I have never purchased a kit like this before.. but it is going on my wishlist right now! I would love a chance to play with this kit!

  47. Trish D December 7, 2010 at 3:37 pm #

    Wow, this looks like a very fun kit – have played around with beads and even simple charms, but the resin looks SUPER fun! Would definitely consider purchasing, both to make things for myself as well as gifts

  48. Runnergirl Creations December 7, 2010 at 3:46 pm #

    Yes! This is something that I would use to make wonderful gifts for friends & family!

  49. Lesley December 7, 2010 at 4:17 pm #

    I have never made jewelry from a kit like this beofer but I would love it if someone bought this for me. I also would definitely buy a kit to make gifts for others.

  50. Sue in CT December 7, 2010 at 4:33 pm #

    I have never used a kit like this (didn’t even know they existed) but I would love to have one. I would make presents for the family (necklace, magnets, keychains). I would love to experment with other things in it as well to see if it would work. I can think of a lot of things to try from my own artwork to tiny scrapbook pages. Thanks for the review.

  51. Anonymous December 7, 2010 at 4:33 pm #

    I’ve never used a kit like this but I sure would like to try it! Thanks. jane12734@aol.com

  52. Kim December 7, 2010 at 4:35 pm #

    This looks like a great product for making gifts for family. Thanks so much for sharing. I have not used a kit like this before. But it is now on my list of gifts to make for next year.

  53. rush December 7, 2010 at 4:53 pm #

    rather than make the items that you have shown, i would like a kit that had fewer expensive items so that i could make danglies for my art.

  54. Erin December 7, 2010 at 5:22 pm #

    Never done anything like this before, but it looks like so much fun! Plus I have many family members that would love to receive something like this!

  55. Lyndall December 7, 2010 at 5:23 pm #

    I have never made jewelry from a kit before. It is something I would consider buying. Love what you can make with this kit.

  56. JoAnne Wasserman December 7, 2010 at 5:32 pm #

    Wow! This kit really makes this technique so easy and the results are very professional. Love your samples…I can imagine doing so much more than just necklaces with this. Tiles for cardmaking/scrapbooking, key chains, mini ornaments for a tree (Advent Calendar), and so much more! LOVE it and would so do this for myself and for gifts galore!!

  57. Kalyber December 7, 2010 at 5:45 pm #

    the results look so cool. What a great gift idea too.

  58. Anonymous December 7, 2010 at 6:15 pm #

    I have used kits to make gifts, but nothing like this. I’d love to try this kit. It’s so adorable. Please enter me in the Giveaway for Little Windows.
    Charlene L
    cmlebel@sbcglobal.net

  59. Lisa G. December 7, 2010 at 6:47 pm #

    This looks like one of the coolest kits ever!! I’d looove a chance to make some of these neat projects!!

  60. SuZeQ December 7, 2010 at 7:25 pm #

    No, I’ve never made something quite like this but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to. I’d love the chance, should I win.

  61. Dee in N.H. December 7, 2010 at 7:54 pm #

    OMG! That is so cool! I would so love to have this!

  62. Michelle December 7, 2010 at 8:26 pm #

    Nope, never purchased a kit like this but after reading this review I’ve already browsed Little Windows website! I would use this to make grandparent presents, necklaces for my little girl and friends. I really want one of those rubiks to make a gift for my hubby!
    Michelle in NJ
    meeshella2 at aol dot com

  63. Vanessa December 7, 2010 at 8:29 pm #

    I’ve never used a kit like this, but I’d love to try it out.

  64. Dawn December 7, 2010 at 8:41 pm #

    Would I use a product like this? ABSOLUTELY!!! I have been looking for a product like this for almost a year. LOL…can you tell I’m beyond excited about this? I would love to try some faceted glass beads and steam punk items in the windows.

  65. Debbie H. December 7, 2010 at 8:56 pm #

    I’ve never made anything from a kit but this one is definitely tempting. What wonderful and personal gifts they would make. I love them! What you did with them made me want to buy some right now.

  66. Elaine December 7, 2010 at 9:11 pm #

    I have never used a kit to make something like this in fact didn’t know kits existed..I love this idea and can’t wait to find it for myself!! 🙂

  67. Walter Silva December 7, 2010 at 9:44 pm #

    This is so cool, would LOVE to do this! I have so many ideas???

  68. Tiffany December 7, 2010 at 9:46 pm #

    I have been a fan of Little Windows for several years now! So delighted to see this featured on Craft Critique.

  69. Rebecca Ednie December 7, 2010 at 9:52 pm #

    Ive used other jewelry kids ut never one with resin. I saw one like it at ChA consumer in July but I didn’t have time to really check it out. I’d love to make one of these with photos of my boys! And maybe one for nana too!

  70. reeree62 December 7, 2010 at 10:20 pm #

    No, Ive never used a kit like this… but I am intrigued. I’d LOVE to make one for my sister!!!!

  71. Julie December 7, 2010 at 10:30 pm #

    This looks like a great kit. I would love to give it a try.
    It is something I would definately try out…

  72. Susan December 7, 2010 at 11:56 pm #

    I would like to say yes, i would make the kit OR give it as a gift. However, I personally think it is over-priced.

  73. Cheryl December 8, 2010 at 7:02 am #

    Very cool kit and would probably purchase because it seems pretty straight forward.

  74. Irit Shalom December 8, 2010 at 7:26 am #

    Just love the concept- would love to try the kit

  75. Jane December 8, 2010 at 9:22 am #

    I would love to do this. I have never made jewelry to give as a gift from a kit. I have always been too worried that the quality of my gift would look homemade. I think I would purchase it. It is kind of expensive though but looks to be good quality materials (sterling). Thanks for the chance.

  76. Stacey December 8, 2010 at 11:03 am #

    I made some beaded earrings from a kit several years ago – my daughter and I still wear them! Thanks for the chance, these necklaces are amazing!

  77. aidafalkenhan December 8, 2010 at 11:18 am #

    FANTASTICO!!!
    This is something that will get uuuhhhhssss and awsssss from people you care or love since you took the time to make something special for them.
    I will definitely get one.
    Thank you for the opportunity to win!!

  78. Anonymous December 8, 2010 at 11:46 am #

    I love this system. I have used resin base for necklaces in pendant frames. This looks super cool and easier, than what I have been doing. If I don’t win, I would like to purchase.

  79. iam_artisan December 8, 2010 at 2:04 pm #

    Oh I cant believe it… Ive been thinking of buying this, and now there’s a chance to win it… Yes definitely buy it for myself or ask someone to buy it for me…

  80. nancy December 8, 2010 at 4:11 pm #

    WOW. I have never used a kit like this but I am so glad you did this review. I love it!!!. I love all the different examples. I also went to the web site and spent a lot of time looking their. They have some great ideas. This is nowon my Christmas wish list. Thanks for the review

  81. martha December 8, 2010 at 5:09 pm #

    Wow this looks pretty neat. I would love to try this kit out as I’ve never done jewelry before. I’ve been wanting to but don’t know where to start! Perfect for gifts!!!
    Thanks for the review and the opportunity to win one of these goodies

  82. Bee Burg December 8, 2010 at 6:55 pm #

    This looks like a cool product! Not something I ever tried before but definitely something I’d like to try! 🙂

  83. sucor December 8, 2010 at 8:22 pm #

    I have never used a kit to make a project like this one but I have used craft kits before. I would purchase these awesome kits and make them myself and I would also give the kits and projects to friends!

  84. Callie Callender December 9, 2010 at 12:05 am #

    I’ve used other craft kids, but nothing like this… and anything I’ve tried to make like this myself has been a fail… so i would totally use this kit!

  85. Melissa December 9, 2010 at 10:43 am #

    Although I have never tried a kit that contained resin, I have tried other jewelry making kits. This looks so cool though, I would love to try this.

  86. Michelle Nelson December 9, 2010 at 9:48 pm #

    I’ve never made anything like this and have to say I would keep the first one. I’d be so proud to say “I made it myself”! Your samples look so cool.

  87. Jennifer December 10, 2010 at 9:54 am #

    This is wonderful! I’ve been intrigued by resin for a while and it seems like a great way to try out a new technique without making a huge investiment.

  88. Heather Sitarzewski December 10, 2010 at 1:56 pm #

    I’ve been hacking my “resin” projects with glossy accents and various other materials. I’d love to actually work with resin and this kit makes it look so easy!

  89. paradise45 December 10, 2010 at 2:21 pm #

    Thanks for another great review! I have never made jewelry before, but would definitely like to try this kit.

  90. Laura December 10, 2010 at 2:23 pm #

    I haven’t used a kit like this, but it looks great. I think I would buy it intending to make gifts and then keep everything for myself. 🙂

  91. Christie B December 10, 2010 at 5:20 pm #

    Haven’t used the kit before. Can’t wait to try this for myself and make some awesome gifts!!!!

  92. Mo December 10, 2010 at 7:15 pm #

    Wow would love to use something like this for christmas

  93. gmariz4 November 18, 2011 at 2:33 pm #

    I would love love love this. What a terrific idea…. would definitely have many ideas for christmas gifts.

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