HOW TO MAKE… RESIN COASTERS
Pebeo small crystal resin kit (ours was from www. hobbycraft.co.uk) Disposable plastic cups Lollipop sticks Silicone mat Acrylic paint in pink, dark pink and white Gold glitter Gold gilding paint Modelling clay Holographic confetti Plastic gloves Paint brush That Gatsby- style bar cart you’ve been lusting after? It’s not the only way to channel cocktail lounge glamour. Primp your drinks set-up with geode coasters in jewel brights, edged with gold.
These versions are made with resin and a generous sprinkle of glitter – a stack of them would make a stellar new home gift for pals who’ve moved. Chin, chin.
To create four moulds on a silicone mat, roll out four sausage shapes of modelling clay, then join the edges to create rough oval ring shapes, approximately 12 x 9cm (4¾ x 35/ ") and 0.5cm (¼") thick. The rougher this is, the better for the agate shape. Make sure all the gaps are filled and the clay is pushed down firmly to the mat.
Put on plastic gloves and ensure the work surface is protected. To mix the resin, follow the manufacturer’s instructions, but as a general rule measure one part hardener to two parts resin in a plastic cup. You’ll need 120ml of resin and 40ml of hardener to create four coasters. Try to be as exact as you can when measuring the resin. Stir the mixture with a lollipop stick until it’s clear.
Leave the resin mix to sit for five minutes to allow any air bubbles to rise up to the surface and pop.
Divide the resin equally into five plastic cups. Add paint to three of the pots – one dark pink, one lighter pink and one white – at a one part paint to ten parts resin ratio. Mix until the paint has completely combined
with the resin. Acrylic paint works particularly well with resin – avoid any water-based paints as they’ll prevent the resin from setting.
Leave the fourth cup with clear resin, then add gold glitter to pot five. Keep adding glitter until the mix is a thick glittery paste.
Pour a small amount of the darkest pink resin carefully into centre of each mould.
Next, pour the lighter pink resin into the centre of the first pour. Keep pouring in coloured resin in this way into the middle, adding varying amounts of dark pink, light pink and white, until the resin has spread to the edge of the moulds.
Pour clear resin in the centre of each mould, then sprinkle holographic confetti into the centre, pushing the loose bits down with a lollipop stick. To create the geode-look rocky centre, add a good pinch of confetti so it doesn’t all sink in and become encased in resin, but sits on the surface to add texture.
Pour a small amount of the gold glitter mix into the poured resin and swirl carefully with a lollipop stick to create long thin trails of gold around the centre.
Leave the coasters to set for 24 hours. Don’t touch them or move them, as it can take up to 20 hours for the resin to harden from a liquid. Try to keep the temperature constant and above 15 C.
Once hardened, remove the coasters from the moulds and the silicone mat. Use scissors to trim the rough edges, creating an oval geode slice shape.
Add gold gilding paint to the edges of the coasters with a paint brush, letting a little spread around the top edge too. Leave to dry.
Emma Jewell Glitter fiend and craft blogger Emma runs monthly craft subscription The Glittery Hands Box and a monthly craft night called The Craft and Cocktail Club. She’s happiest making sparkly makes for sassy babes. www.emmajewellcrafts.co.uk