Seo Description If there is one thing that resin artists who make coasters love, it’s getting to try a new mold. Today Dianelsie Manso of The Handcrafted Collection by N and D is showing us how to make monstera leaf resin coasters in gorgeous shades of green!
New silicone molds is something that our artists consistently ask us for. Whether it’s to get in on the latest design trend or to replace a constant companion mold with one they know is going to be the best quality. And we try to deliver with as many great mold options as we can!
We introduced our monstera leaf coaster molds last year. And they are still one of our most popular sellers! They break the mold (sorry it had to be done, lol) on traditional coaster shapes. And they can be used with so many color and shimmer variants. Best of all, monstera leaves fit lots of different home decor styles. So we can all get in on the fun!
How to Make Monstera Leaf Resin Coasters
Resin Coaster Tips and Tricks
Just like with tumblers, there are a million ways that you can make resin coasters. Any number of colorants, glitters, micas, and more can be used to make unique creations. Also like tumblers, there are some tricks and tricks that will help make sure your resin creations are a success.
Start with Clean Molds
Silicone molds are amazing for lots of reasons. But one of our favorites is how easy they are to clean. Once your resin has cured in them, it will pop right out of the molds and they are ready to go for the next time. But, even the cleanest of craft rooms will still have dust and glitter floating around (we’re looking at you Sterling Snow!).
The easiest way to make sure that your molds are sure to be free of debris is to check them right before you pour your resin. Use a large tape (like packing or painter’s tape) and use the sticky side to snag anything that has settled into your molds. Be sure to get into any and all nooks and crannies.
This one little step goes a long way in ensuring that our resin projects won’t be ruined by and stray particles. Even if a glitter is beautiful, if there’s one little bit where in a project where it doesn’t belong, it can throw the whole thing off.
Prevent Bubbles from Forming
We all know that bubbles and resin go hand in hand. Those pesky micro-bubbles are par for the course when working with epoxy. But we can do much to prevent them and to get rid of them when they pop up. One thing you can do to keep the amount of bubbles to a minimum is to stir slowly.
Since epoxy has to be stirred for a total of 7-10 minutes, a lot of air can get incorporated in the mix. It can be tempting to stir vigorously in hopes of speeding things along. But the faster you stir, the more bubbles that will form. Instead, try to stir more slowly and evenly. Remembering to scrape the sides and bottom of your cup, as well as your mixing stick.
Babysit your Coasters for a Bit
Resin art is definitely a practice in patience. Just as it takes patience to stir slowly and thoroughly, we also need to wait for a bit before leaving our coasters to cure. This is because bubbles will continue to rise to the surface of our poured coasters for several minutes.
Our best plan of bubble attack is to spritz the poured resin with alcohol right away. This will pop the bubbles that rise right away. Then, every few minutes, look for more bubbles and pop them again. Repeat this process until you don’t see any more coming to the surface. This should take about 15-20 minutes. With a little extra attention, you won’t find any annoying bubbles when you demold your coasters.
How to Make Monstera Leaf Resin Coasters
- Medium Viscosity Artist Resin
- Monstera Leaf Silicone Mold
- Mixing cups
- Mixing sticks
- Protective gloves
- Filter mask
- Silicone mat
- Shimmer Cobalt Green Brea Reese Alcohol Ink
- Green Growler Neon Dispersion Color
- Glitter Spoon
- Lush Jungle Dispersion Color
- Laurel Mica Powder
- Olive Mica Powder
- Teal Twinkle Mica Powder
- Gold paint marker
- Chroma Flakes (Gilded Age)
- Rubbing alcohol
- Start by combining 3oz of Part A with 3oz of Part B of the Artist Resin. Stir them together well, scraping the sides and bottom of your cup. Mix for 3-5 minutes and then transfer to another cup an stir for an additional 1-3 minutes.
- Next, pour equal parts of the combined epoxy into 3 separate cups.
- Add a few drops of the cobalt alcohol ink into the first cup and stir well to combine. If you need more color, add a drop or two at a time until you get the shade you want.
- Next, add a tiny bit of the olive mica powder and mix well.
- In the second cup, add a couple of drops of Green Growler and Lush Jungle Dispersion Colors and mix well. Add more, a little at a time, until you have the shade you want.
- Then add a tiny bit of Laurel mica powder and mix well.
- In the third cup, add Lush Jungle and mix well. Then add Teal Twinkle mica powder.
- Make sure your molds are clean. Then take a fluffy paint or make up brush and brush the Gilded Age Chroma Flakes right onto the molds.
- Start with the lightest color and pour it into the top portion of each coaster.
- Then pour the next darkest below your first pour. Go down to about the middle of the mold.
- Next, fill the bottom portion of the darkest green.
- Spritz the resin with rubbing alcohol to pop the bubbles. You will need to babysit your coasters for a bit (about 15 minutes), spraying them occasionally to pop any bubbles.
- Now take a stick and move it through the resin to create the veins of the leaves. Then allow your resin to cure completely. 24-48 hours.
- Next, demold your coasters. Then use the gold paint marker to add the veins of the leaf.
- When the paint is dry, add a doming layer of resin to seal in the paint. Allow it to cure again and then it's ready to use!
The Finishing Touches
And that’s how you make monstera leaf resin coasters, y’all! They are beautiful to look at and functional too. Use the colors Dianelsie used or come up with your own fabulous color combos. These epoxy coasters can be customized to suit any decor style or color pallet!
Thank you to Dianelsie for showing us how to make these beautiful coasters! If you loved learning from her and want to see more, you can find her on all the socials. See more of her work, her tutorials, and the other fun things she is up to here.
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