Here’s a new project we think turned out great: Steampunk Mosaic Coasters Made With Resin
We love mosaics and we especially love making them with resin. The crystal clear resin really lets you see the tiles and embedments in the mosaic. If you’ve never tried resin before, we have some great tips and tricks for you. It’s all about mixing the two-part resin evenly and thoroughly. And we’ll show you how! We’ve included a video so you can see exactly how we mix the resin.
You can make these Steampunk Mosaic Coasters with all kind of goodies embedded in them. We love steampunk so we used little locks, keys, and bees plus vitreous glass tiles. Pick your own goodies and make yours one-of-a-kind. (Or four-of-a-kind!)
To make these Steampunk Mosaic Coasters or your own version, follow the steps below. And if you have any questions along the way, drop us a comment and we’ll reply. We’re always here to help!
How To Make Steampunk Mosaic Coasters With Resin
Materials (for each coaster)
1 jar lid, 3¼” to 3½” diameter (love to recycle!)
40 vitreous glass tiles, mini size 3/8”
Round stamped metal filigree, 1½” to 2″ diameter
Stamped brass bee, 1″
2 Locking washers, ¼” diameter
2 Locking washers, 1″ diameter
2 key charms
1 heart charm
1 lock charm
4 self-adhesive felt pads (optional: to put on the bottom)
Spray paint, silver
Permanent adhesive glue or silicone
Envirotex Lite Pour-On Finish (resin and hardener kit)
4 straight-sided cups
2 paint stirring sticks
Timer (or cell phone!)
1. Clean and Paint The Jar Lids
Start by raiding the recycle bin. We’ve made these coasters using peanut butter jar lids, salsa lids, and cookie tin lids. Just make sure the lids are metal, not plastic, and big enough to set a glass on! Wash and dry the jar lids and spray paint them silver inside and out. When the lids are dry, stick the four felt pads to the bottom of each lid.
2. Glue The Tiles
Start by gluing the mosaic tiles into each lid. We used different colors for each coaster, but you could make them match. Put a dab of glue (you don’t need much) on the rough side of each tile and arrange them in a circle to make a border around the edge. Then glue more tiles in the center. (One side of each tile is rough to help it adhere. Put the glue on the rough side and place it facing down in the lid.)
3. Glue On The Locks and Keys and Goodies
We love mixing locks, gears, and keys with brass dragonflies and bees to create a little steampunk chic look! Start layering these goodies in the coaster by gluing the filigree on top of the tiles. Then center and glue the stamped metal bee on top. Or glue down whatever you find for your focal piece.
Just make sure all your embedments are below the rim of the lid so they won’t protrude above the resin’s surface. Arrange and glue the locking washers. (We love these locking washers. They look like gears and are really inexpensive at the hardware store.) Next, glue down the charms.
4. Mix The Two-Part Resin
Before you mix up the resin, make sure your coasters are ready for the resin and you are ready to pour. Once the resin is mixed together, you need to pour immediately. So, cover your level work surface. Put on your protective eyewear and gloves. And be sure your work area is well ventilated.
Here’s a video we made showing how to mix the two-part resin.
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Pour the resin in one cup and pour the hardener in second cup making sure the two amounts are the same. (This is important!) Our coasters used 2-3 ounces of mixed resin each so we needed 12 ounces total. This is a lot of resin to mix at one time, though, so we did it in two batches. First we measured 3 ounces of the resin in one cup and 3 ounces of hardener in another cup. Together this will fill two of the coasters.
Once you have measured, pour the entire contents of each cup of resin and hardener into the third cup. Stir the mixed resin together with a paint stirring stick for two minutes. Be sure to scrape the bottom of the cup during stirring. Also scrape the resin off the stirring stick and back into the mix, then continue mixing. After two minutes, pour the mixed resin into a fourth clean cup. Mix again for one minute using a new clean paint stirring stick.
Repeat the process to make enough resin for the last two coasters. Be sure to use new, clean cups for every step!
5. Pour On The Resin
Pour the resin mixture over the embedments in the lid spreading the resin evenly over the tiles and steampunk goodies. Tip the lid to evenly distribute the resin to the edge. Make sure you have covered all the tiles and goodies with resin.
6. Pop The Bubbles
Five to fifteen minutes after pouring the resin, little bubbles will appear. These are a part of the process. Exhale gently over the surface of the coaster to release the bubbles. (The carbon dioxide in your exhaled breath releases the bubbles.) You can pop the big bubbles with a toothpick.
Let the coasters cure on a level surface in a dust-free area for 48 hours.
We hope you have fun making your own Steampunk Mosaic Coasters with resin. These make really cool DIY gifts, especially for guys! And remember if you have any questions or comments while you’re working on your project, you can post a comment and we’ll respond. We’re here to help!
Jennifer & Kitty
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