|These are the supplies I started with|
|Laying out all of our coasters and combining the common ones.|
|I started by placing the varying coasters we had that were similar as a base layer which would later allow the unique ones to be more visible.|
|While the glue was drying I created sheets out of aluminum foil cut in half and added duct tape to the bottom. I also took the painters tape and spread that around the edge of the table where I wanted the resin to stop.|
|This is after one layer of resin had been put on. You can see along the edges where the resin doesn't quite reach such that the coasters changed slightly in color as they would if they were wet.|
Tips & Tricks:
- If you choose to do coasters as we did I would suggest doing only one layer as you will save significant time and money. I think if I were to do it over again I would cut the coasters so it was still a solid top but without the added dimensions.
- Pay attention to how thick of a coat of resin you will need and be able to get out of the bottle! I cannot emphasize this enough. We ended up having to buy it on three separate occasions as I kept thinking that surely what I had just used would be enough. I think that this would have been significantly less of an issue had we used one layer of coasters or done bottle caps instead.
- I used Environmental Technology Pour On Resin It was very easy to use and may be available at your local art supply store (NOT Joann's and most likely not at Michaels).
- As I previously mentioned, the resin I used was self leveling so I had to resist moving it around too much as it was naturally going to be pulled to the lowest part of the project.
- You will see bubbles appear as the resin is poured onto the surface. I found that simply blowing through a straw got rid of almost all of them.
- I don't know why we ended up with a ridge around the top edge. I think it may have to do with how thick a layer of resin there is there. If you decide to give this a shot and end up without that issue I'd love to hear what you did differently!
Thanks for reading and happy crafting!