I have been using resin to coat my paintings for a while now but just recently I’ve been starting to experiment with resin casting in silicone molds. I’m having so much fun with it and trying to create some unique usable art!
You can also create your own resin coaster with a few materials. Here’s a list of materials I used to create my simple coasters;
Coaster Silicone Molds: https://amzn.to/2TWx1Rq
Heat Resistant Resin: https://amzn.to/2RpJjQC
Art Resin Tint: https://amzn.to/2Gq2Jyw
Alcohol Inks: https://amzn.to/37uYTjp
So for these silicone coaster molds I’ve discovered that 10 ounces of resin fills four molds. I also used this heat resistant resin because if you want to put a hot mug on it then it won’t hurt the coaster. It’s important to make sure you use the right kind of resin for your project. There are a few other brands of resin out there but just make sure to do your homework or use the one I’ve linked above as this is the same one I used. I mixed the resin according to the instructions which was a 1:1 ratio. So 5 ounces of resin and 5 ounces of hardener. I mixed it up for a couple minutes making sure to scrap all the sides and bottom. You can tap the mixing cup on the table a few times to help get the bubbles to the surface.
You can use Art Resin Tints to color your resin if you like of pour your resin clear and use the alcohol inks to drop into the resin which creates a beautiful and colorful effect like the in the picture below.
I love how the alcohol inks create beautiful atmospheric colors! You can watch me create this coaster in my CraftyJenn YouTube video: https://youtu.be/s4uWnOdiN0Y
It will take approximately 12 hours for the resin to cure. Every resin has different curing times so make sure to read the labels. After the resin has hardened you can keep the lovely coaster as is or choose to embellish it with some vinyl applications. I use my Cricut Cutting Machine to cut designs out of vinyl that I applied to the surface of my coaster. This is the reason I love this particular silicone mold as it has a small lip around the edge and I knew that if I was going to add my vinyl I could then add another thin layer of resin over top of the vinyl to seal it in and protect it from damage. With the edge being there it’s super easy to simply add that thin layer over and not worry about the resin pouring over the sides. You can also embellish your resin with glitter too!
Here are a few examples of the coasters where I added some vinyl embellishment to the top and then sealed them in with a thin layer of clear resin (the same heat resistant resin).
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