Create a Glimmering Set of DIY Coasters with Mica Powder
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List of Supplies
Create a Glimmering Set of Coasters with Mica Powder
I always like to make things for my home rather than buy them. The things I create always look more personal and interesting. Plus, I have fun making them!
Today, I’d like to share with you a step-by-step guide on how you can create beautiful DIY coasters with mica powder. It only takes a few supplies to create coasters with a beautiful glow to add to your decor as well as protect your furniture from drinks.
This is a fantastic project because you can make them any color you want and you can even make them as gifts for your friends and family. Mica powder gets its glimmer from natural minerals that have been crushed to fine consistency. This makes it easy to add to acrylic paint to add shine to a variety of projects. They come in a wide range of colors so you can customize your coasters to fit your decor.
In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to create coasters using resin and silicone molds for a truly one-of-a-kind set of coasters. It’s easy to do and the results are fabulous! Follow along with our tutorial to recreate the design we made.
I recommend you read through the instructions and watch the video all the way through before you get started. This will help prepare you and show you how our artist has set up her coaster-making process.
Get your supplies together and let’s start pouring!
List of Supplies
- Pouring Acrylic Paint, 60ml Bottles - Set of 32
- Mica Powder, 0.18 oz (5g) Small Bottles - Set of 60
- Hardener (75 g)
- Resin (150 g)
- Wax paper
- Blow torch
- Craft stick
- Silicone molds
- Kitchen Scale
- Plastic cups
- Stir sticks
DIY Coasters Step-by-Step
NOTE: Always work with epoxy resin quickly in a well-ventilated area, with gloves and a facemask.
To keep the resin from sticking to your work surface, cover the area with wax paper. Resin will not stick to wax paper.
Prepare a level surface where your coasters will be able to cure without being disturbed. You can use a box or cake dome to cover your resin projects while they are curing. This will help keep out dust and other particles that might land in the uncured resin.
Let’s start! Pour your resin and hardener into a cup. For our resin, you’ll need a ratio of 1:2, so for every measurement of hardener, you’ll need double the amount of resin. If you’re using different resin, make sure to check the instructions on the box before pouring and measuring your materials!
Use a kitchen scale to pour 75g of hardener into a clean cup. Clear your kitchen scale, then add resin to the same cup until the scale reads 150g.
Stir the mixture thoroughly for 2-3 minutes. Make sure to scrape the sides and bottom of the cup as you mix. Work quickly because the epoxy resin will begin hardening within 30 minutes.
Prepare 4 plastic cups. Add a small amount of epoxy resin to each cup. Leave a small amount of epoxy resin in the mixing cup—we’re not going to add anything to it. Add a few drops of Titanium White (A001) and Periwinkle Glow (B55) to one of the small cups and mix together. Add Rose Gold (R26), Lavender (P38), and Ice Blue (B53) to the remaining three cups. Mix each color well.
Pour rings of clear epoxy resin into the molds. Smooth the layers with a stick, if necessary. Remember to spread the epoxy resin evenly.
Pour in another layer of Titanium White (A001) and Periwinkle Glow (B55) into the other two molds. Remember, you can make any pattern you want! Use references from the internet or create something from your imagination that speaks for you!
Then, add another layer of resin into the two other molds using Rose Gold and Ice Blue.
Start filling the third mold either with a layer of white or the transparent epoxy— it’s up to you! Add a second layer of epoxy along with a layer of Lavender (P38).
TIP: If you want to have a transparent coaster—three layers will be enough. If you want a more colorful coaster, keep adding more layers of colored resin. Just repeat step 4 until you’re satisfied with the result!
Pour the remaining colors into molds in a circular shape.
Create beautiful patterns with wooden craft sticks right after you finish adding all the colors. I created this flourish pattern by drawing lines from the edges to the middle of the coaster with the sticks. For another one, I’ve just drawn a spiral from the center to the edges.
Carefully use a blowtorch to get rid of the bubbles in the epoxy. This will help you to achieve a perfectly smooth surface. Wait a full 72 hours for the resin to cure!
Once your coasters are fully cured, remove them from the silicone mold. If necessary, you can smooth out the edges with fine sandpaper.
Congratulations! You’ve made some really cool coasters to add to your home’s decor and you won’t have to worry about water rings on the furniture anymore.
Stay safe and always work with epoxy resin quickly in a well-ventilated area, with gloves and a facemask.
Stick to the ratios given here to achieve the desired result.
Different resin brands pour faster than others, so it’s best to use a small cup for the most control and to pour it a little at a time.
Leave a bit of resin in the bottom of your pour cup. This allows you to check the curing time of the resin so you don’t have to disturb your project to see how it’s curing.
A heat gun is also a great way to remove bubbles from your resin.
Place your coasters wherever you like to leave drinks or use them when you’re entertaining guests to prevent damage to your tables. Everyone will be so impressed by your creations, they may not believe you made them yourself! Try experimenting with different mix-ins like glitter, beads and more to create other unique creations. There are so many possibilities when it comes to resin crafting, we hope you enjoy exploring this new way to create!
Watch the video and see the whole process.
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