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Vendor Spotlight: Little Windows Photo Cube

Reported by Erin Bassett
Need a personalized, one-of-a-kind gift for someone this holiday season? -Here’s an idea…how about you make them a custom photo cube out of Little Windows‘ resin kit and a Rubik’s game cube! Both the kit and game cube are available on their site.
I got to try it out and I will admit, it was a bit tedious at first, and it did need time to dry (12+ hours), but the finished product is pretty fun! Here’s my photo cube:
Little Windows has FREE square shape photo cropping software to make four of the same photos on each side of the cube. However, I wanted each side of the cube to be one complete photo so the first thing I had to do was create my template. I first measured my cube…it was 2 3/16” square. Since I wanted my square to be perfect, I opened up my photo editing software and made a 2 3/16” square and printed it out on paper and then cut it out with an craft knife…however I could have used a ruler and just drawn it onto the paper if I desired.
I then choose my photos and resized them so that I could trim each one to fit on each side of the cube. I made sure I could fit two photos on a 4” x 6” piece of Little Windows water-resistant ink-jet photo paper and then printed them out.
Next, I then lined up each of the photos in my template and cropped them down to size.
Then I needed to divide each of the large square photos into the four little squares that make up each side of the cube. I measured the individual little square, which was 1 1/16” square, and then marked the back of my photo accordingly. I made sure to trim my photo so that the gap that’s between each of the squares is accounted for by cutting about 1/6” off in between each of the little squares. I then snipped the corners of each little square to give it a more finished look.
Woo–hoo, the hard part was over! Now, on to the fun part! I pulled out my Little Windows Doming Tray and placed it on a mat to protect my table. I then placed all the little squares face up on top of the points of the tray leaving a little bit of space between each photo.
Next I made up a small batch (15ml) of the Little Windows resin, as per the instructions, and slowly poured a bit of it in the center of each little square. Immediately I could see it spreading over the surface of each square, however on the few that it didn’t spread far enough I just added a bit more and it did the job. I ended up making a second small batch of resin to cover all my little squares which was more then enough.
Now, on one of my little squares I got some air bubbles.
I’m not quite sure why that one got some and the others didn’t, but the instructions said that if that happened to cover it with a tray to protect it from getting dust on it, wait 10 minutes, and then check to see if they popped on their own. Mine did not, so I proceeded with the rest of the instructions that stated I could now try to use my stir stick to help get them to the surface of the resin. That seemed to do the job.
Now that the air bubbles were out, it was time for the big wait. I covered my doming tray with an inverted serving tray and left a note for no one to touch it. (My husband said that made him want to touch it even more than if I didn’t leave a sign on it.) I then let it cure overnight. The instructions say to let it go for at least 12 hours, but I let it go for longer since I wasn’t about to wake up at 2am to craft!
And here’s a photo of how they look when they’re done. They are nice and hard and as you can see, there’s no air bubbles.
A couple of the little squares did have an extra drip of resin hanging off the side. I assume that came from my messy pouring and dripping of the resin. I just used my scissors to snip it off.
Now all I had to do was glue them to the cube. I used the Zap-A-Gap glue from Little Windows and just used a tiny drop on the back of each little square. I allowed it to dry for a few hours before I handled it again.
Here’s a photo of my doming tray just in case you’re wondering what it looked like after I was done. As I said before, I was pretty messy with the resin so I got it all over the tray. I suppose I could use some sort of tool to try and pop it off of there, but I don’t think the hardened resin will affect future projects since it’s all the way at the bottom of the tray.
Pros:
  • The resin does not have a strong scent and is non-toxic.
  • Create customized professional looking gifts for people.
  • You can create more of a dome on your squares if you have leftover resin by pouring more on top of pieces that have already begun to harden (after 10 mins or so).
  • There are multiple videos on the Little Windows YouTube and tutorials on their site.
Cons:
  • Resin contains chemicals, therefore it is not safe for children to use. (There’s an MSDS sheet available here if you want to know specifics.)
  • Cutting out multiple precise photos can be tedious.

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    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.

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    27 Responses to Vendor Spotlight: Little Windows Photo Cube

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      Carol December 6, 2010 at 8:20 am #

      Thanks for the review of this product. I love the idea of resin jewelry, etc. I’m wondering if you have tried the Mod Podge Dimensional Magic and if so, does this look significantly shinier? I used the Mod Podge product at CHA and was impressed. Would love to know your thoughts!

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      Amy December 6, 2010 at 9:16 am #

      This looks really cool!

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      Martha Latta December 6, 2010 at 9:21 am #

      Really interesting project. For future reference, bubbles on resin pop really well when heat is applied, so a heat gun works best to quickly pop them or if you have a long stick (like a grill or candle) lighter then you can quickly swpipe the flame and that will work too, but the heat gun works best. I use the kind that is sold for embossing.

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      Cindy December 6, 2010 at 9:28 am #

      Have been wanting to try this for gisfts this Christmas…thanks for the review and the tips!

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      Lynda December 6, 2010 at 12:58 pm #

      What about using a punch to cut out the pictures? That would save time. Really cute idea.

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      The Hobby Collector December 6, 2010 at 1:30 pm #

      wow, thanks for keeping us in the loop with all the latest Crafting tools/products!! love it!

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      Linda December 6, 2010 at 1:32 pm #

      Beautiful project…thank you for the great tutorial and review!!

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      Jamie Dougherty (jaylynn) December 6, 2010 at 5:02 pm #

      This is an awesome project. I would totally make these. What a great gift idea.

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      Rebekah★All Thingz Related★ December 6, 2010 at 5:08 pm #

      This looks like so much fun! I would love to try it out!

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      Wendy Green December 6, 2010 at 5:10 pm #

      I would love to win this kit! I love having any items using photos.

      WendyGreen70@gmail.com

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      cgl1539 December 6, 2010 at 5:22 pm #

      I would love to try this, I have seen resin used before but havent been brave enough to try it myself. But as a kit, that would be really cool to try.

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      Rebecca December 6, 2010 at 5:32 pm #

      I’ve used judikin’s gel du soleil and would love to try out this resin and see how it worsk head to head with other product.

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      Denita December 6, 2010 at 6:23 pm #

      *LOVE* this!!! The resin looks so crystal clear ; }

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      StampinCathy December 6, 2010 at 7:59 pm #

      Love the photo cube and great tutorial. I would love to be the lucky stamper to win this fun giveaway. Thanks for a chance.

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      Renee December 6, 2010 at 9:03 pm #

      Oh how fun this looks! I’m surprised how easy it seems; I thought it would have been a much more complicated process.

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      Deb Watts December 6, 2010 at 11:45 pm #

      This product looks alot easier than making the blocks from wood. Tried once but fell apart – the kids loved the cube so I am really keen to give this a go instead!

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      Donna VW December 7, 2010 at 10:37 am #

      Wow – I would love to try some of this.

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      rudie2shoes December 7, 2010 at 11:00 am #

      Your project looks awesome! I’ve never tried my hands at this kinda stuff before.

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      pebblesjns December 7, 2010 at 2:07 pm #

      I am always up for trying out a new craft idea and this one looks interesting! I would love to get this and make some Christmas presents! How cool would it be to give the grandparents personalized photo jewelry?

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      Kim December 7, 2010 at 4:37 pm #

      Love this project. Thanks for sharing. I have not used anything like this. I often worry about smell with products like these. Glad to see this is not a problem.

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      rilojane December 7, 2010 at 11:54 pm #

      I feel like I could do this!! It looks easy- and the results look professional.
      Is there a way to add color to the resin?

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

      Love the concept- would love to try it too

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      Jan Castle December 8, 2010 at 12:37 pm #

      Grandkids pictures would be amazing with this kit!!!! Would love to try it!
      Jan Castle

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      iam_artisan December 8, 2010 at 2:06 pm #

      Yessss… been checking this item lately… wanted to try it for myself. Im thinking what it will look like with graphic designs

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      sucor December 8, 2010 at 8:26 pm #

      I like using kits when trying out a new craft and this looks like something I would enjoy making! Thanks for reviewing this product!

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      Melissa December 9, 2010 at 10:40 am #

      That’s amazing. I would love to try that. It really does not look too difficult…even for me! lol

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      Michelle December 10, 2010 at 5:01 pm #

      I’ve never used one of these kits, but have always been tempted to try resin. I’m having my first baby in January and I know I’m going to be snapping photos like mad – would love to make my mom a necklace!