Even if you’ve never used epoxy before, you’ll find it easy to follow these simple steps to create your own unique coasters that are sure to be conversation pieces!
What You’ll Need:
- TotalBoat Epoxy Coasters Project Kit
- Protective gloves
- A work area protected by plastic sheeting or a silicone pad, to catch any overflow
STEP 1 – GET EVERYTHING READY
STEP 2 – STAY SAFE!
STEP 3 – MIX RESIN & HARDENER
STEP 4 – POUR
STEP 5 – ADD PIGMENTS
STEP 6 – POP BUBBLES
STEP 7 – REMOVE YOUR COASTER
|Each coaster has a glossy finish—no polishing needed!
There are so many techniques you can use to personalize these coasters, all that’s required is a little imagination, a willingness to have fun, and a desire try something new! Just remember, as you’re creating your coasters, the top of the coaster is at the bottom of the mold. This means you’ll need to add features upside down to ensure your design is right-side-up when you remove your coaster from the mold! Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Casting Items in Epoxy
Embed treasured items or small objects in mixed epoxy to make them appear as if they’re floating or are preserved in a glass-like coaster. If you’re embedding items in the epoxy, seal them first by dipping them in epoxy or by leaving a thin layer on the bottom of the coaster. For this example, we used small pieces of colored sea glass.
Creating Sparkly Bursts of Color
Add intense color and sparkle to your coasters with the included mica powder pigments. Divide mixed epoxy into smaller cups and add a little pigment at a time until the desired color is achieved. Manipulate the design using a wooden stick or use air from the heat gun to move the colors around.
Creating Droplet Effects and Translucent Colors
Use the included alcohol inks to get a droplet effect or a translucent colored look. To create the droplet effect, start by dropping the colors you want into the epoxy. Then add white ink drops on top (the white ink is heavier and sinks the other colors). For a translucent effect, add alcohol ink, drop by drop, until you get the look you want.