Coasters are among the most popular resin projects out there. Today we are bringing you a mosaic style coaster tutorial and the results are beautiful! Meg Epps of Lyndly Grove is showing us exactly how to make these pretties.
There are so many ways to make fabulous coasters. So many that we won’t even attempt to list them all here. You probably already know the favorites: florals, druzy, geode…the list goes on and on. In the video below Meg shows us how to make a unique mosaic style coaster that is so sparkly and pretty! We love seeing new designs and this one is really fun! For this project Meg is using our painted glass and placing them into Artist Resin to get that mosaic look. She also shows off most of the painted glass that we have available so that you can see all that sparkle close up. Meg breaks down the process into easy to follow steps and we think you’re going to love this project!
Mosaic Style Coaster Tutorial
Do you remember being in art class as a kid and being asked to make a mosaic with but pieces of construction paper or tissue paper? I can remember feeling like such an artist while doing that project! It was so much fun and seemed so different than anything else I’d done before. Fast forward “a few” years and now I get to try something similar with fabulous painted glass! Actual mosaic artists are amazingly talented and create some of the most intricate artwork out there. That may not be our area of expertise but that doesn’t mean that we can’t create some beautiful pieces in a mosaic style!
A Note about Painted Glass…
Painted glass is perfect for this mosaic style coaster but it can also be used in many other art projects. Many of you are talented geode makers and these are wonderful in those too! We have the glass in lots of colors and sizes. That means you can mix, match, and find the perfect combination for your resin art. These polished pieces really rival the look of naturally occurring stones and crystals. Each piece is unique in size and shape which makes this mosaic style unique. If you love puzzles this will be an extra fun project for you! Depending on the design you’re going for with your mosaic you will be fitting your painted glass together to make that happen. You can make this as simple or complex as you want to. Meg shows us how to do a fairly simple design but you could get as crazy with it as you want to!
Doming your Coasters…
Since these coasters have those pretty stones in them that will pop up a bit you’ll probably want to add a dome layer to them so that the top is nice and flat. All you need to do this is some painter’s tape, combined Artist Resin, and a drip tray. To dome your coaster remove it from the mold and then put painter’s tape around the bottom of the coaster and stand the coaster up on the tape in a drip tray. Then flood the top with resin smoothing it out on the top and sides as you go. If you’ve never done this before and want to see how it’s done check out our post on Preserving Flowers in Resin. The video tutorial in that post shows you exactly how to do it!
- Start by mixing equal amounts of Part A and Part B of the Artist Resin. Let it set for a couple of minutes and then use the heat gun to pop any bubbles that have risen to the surface.
- Add a tiny bit of glitter and mix to combine.
- Place your coaster mold onto the protective silicone mat and pour a thin layer of the resin into the coaster mold. Use a stick to make sure the entire bottom of the mold is evenly covered. Use the torch again to pop any bubbles.
- Use a damp paper towel or baby wipe to wipe any dust from your painted glass. When they are dry place them into your mold fitting them together in a mosaic pattern. Start with medium and large pieces and then fill in with crushed glass.
- Next, gently drizzle a little bit of the resin over the rocks to set them in place. Don't flood, just drizzle.
- Then gently sprinkle a little of the Pixie Party over the whole coaster. A little bit will go a long way with those. When that is done add more resin to the top.
- Next use the heat gun to work out any bubbles. This may need to be repeated a few times while the resin begins to cure. With all those stones there are lots of little spots where air can get trapped.
- Allow your resin to cure for 24 hours and then add a doming layer if you wish.
The Wrap Up…
These mosaic coasters turned out so beautifully!! After your coaster cures and you add your dome layer you still have some design options. Meg added a gold edging to hers that looks fabulous! You can add a layer of edging to yours in any color. You could also attach some extra pieces of glass around the edges if you wanted to. The design options are endless when it comes to these coasters! If you want to see more of Meg’s creations and tutorials you can follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube, and you can check out her Facebook group, Curious Crafters.
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