Gold-leafed, Japanese, Concrete, Resin Coasters?!?!
Once again, I find myself exploring Chiyogami paper (handmade silk-screened Japanese paper). It is so pretty and unique! At $2.50 for an 8×11 sheet, I don’t usually buy more than a couple at a time, and I try to find papers that go together nicely. For this project, I chose a soft pink and light teal. Both had simple gold designs and tickled me pink (and teal)!
Here’s how I’m bringing them all together in this concrete resin coaster tutorial.
STEP 1: Seal the papers
Prepare your paper by laying it on wax paper and coating it with Mod Podge. Cover the entire paper on both sides, three times each side (for a total of six coats) waiting at least 30 minutes to 1 hour in between coats.
Note: You can use any paper for this project of course, but I would recommend coating any paper this way in preparation for the resin to ensure no staining.
STEP 2: Cut paper to fit
Cut the paper to fit the substrate you are putting it on. Mine is a 4×4 inch coaster made from concrete. (More on this in the next step).
STEP 3: Mix and pour concrete
I really like working with concrete. Many resin molds work very well, particularly the simple plastic molds. I used the Resin Obsession Square Base Mold. Use a little Vaseline to coat the mold and pour in some concrete, let cure 24 hours.
Note: Of course you can use any base you want, wood, cork, resin, plastic, etc.
STEP 4: Add gold leaf
I put gold leaf all over the coasters. You will need gold leaf and gold leaf sizing (the special sticky glue for gold leaf). It’s incredibly messy and little gold leaf pieces will fly everywhere! I line my sink with wax paper and do my gold leafing there. This contains the mess somewhat. Follow the steps for gold leafing on the bottle of sizing. The basic steps are to
- *put it on your substrate
- *leave it at least 5-10 minutes (depending on the porousness of the substrate)
- *use a sponge brush to burnish it on
- *remove the excess
STEP 5: Add the paper
Arrange your paper onto your coaster leaving little bits of areas where the gold leaf can peek out, or just cover the entire surface and show only the sides where the gold leaf is. I did both. Use Mod Podge to glue it down and to seal the edges.
Note: Seal the edges twice to avoid resin leaking under the paper and staining it in the next step.
STEP 6 : Add resin
Now for the most fun part yet of this concrete resin coaster project, pouring resin! I used Resin Obsession Cups and Stir Stix to measure and mix the Resin Obsession Super Clear Resin. Once I poured it onto the coaster, I used the Zap Embossing Heat Tool to get rid of the bubbles. Then, I gently placed the coasters on plastic spikes from the leftover packaging of something I bought. (Resin and things that can be used as tools are always top of mind!) Next, I used props to drape a plastic wrap around all of the coasters.
STEP 7: Add backing
Twenty-four hours later and here is the big reveal! They looked great with a nice smooth finish and no debris or bubbles. However, there were inevitably some drips that I missed smoothing away while they were curing. These drips are easily dealt with by sanding them down. Once this step is done, glue on a piece of cork for backing, and you are done!
STEP 8: Enjoy your work!
Here is the finished set. What do you think?
What do you think of this concrete resin coaster tutorial? Is this something you would try?
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