Resin tile coaster tutorial

ceramic tile resin coaster tutorial

How to make a resin coaster with ceramic tiles

For Christmas this year, I wanted my kids to create something extra special for their Grandmother.  She is like most in that she doesn’t need much, but always appreciates anything her grandchildren make for her.

coloring ceramic tiles

I thought it would be neat for them to make something she could display without having to worry about framing.  I decided to give tile art a try!  I let my kids pick from my collection of sharpies to create their masterpieces.  The tiles I used were white, glazed ceramic tiles from a major home improvement a store.  They were less than $1 each.

bake ceramic tiles in an oven

To make sure the ink didn’t come off the tiles once I applied resin, I followed a suggestion on Pinterest for adding art to ceramic mugs.  The tiles air dried for 24 hours.  I then placed the tiles into a cold oven and turned it on to 450F.  After 30 minutes, I turned the oven off and let the tiles completely cool overnight.

baked ceramic tiles

After coming out of the oven, I was disappointed that the colors faded a bit.  Next time I do this, I will either let the tiles air dry for several days and not bake them or use oil based Sharpies for the project.

My resin of choice for this project was Envirotex Lite.   I chose this product because I wanted a doming resin that would give a glossy finish in one coat.

Not shown:  I measured 1 ounce each of resin and hardener in one ounce plastic cups, then poured each part into a larger ten ounce cup to mix.

If you want to know how much resin to mix, you can use the formula I used for how to resin a painting.

pouring resin onto ceramic tile

Prop up your project, then pour the mixed resin onto the ceramic tile.  I poured enough to cover approximately two-thirds of the tile.  If you pour enough to cover the tile, it will definitely be too much and run over the edge.  You can always drip more on if you need it.

Technical note:  Envirotex Lite mixes very thick — like honey thick.  It is almost impossible to avoid bubbles when mixing this resin.  The best way I have found to get the bubbles out of this resin is to use a heat gun.  Drawing out the bubbles with a toothpick or blowing over the resin with a straw is very tedious for this resin!

push resin to tile edge

Use your stir stix to push the resin to the tile edge.  After removing the bubbles, cover and allow to cure.

resin drips on edge of ceramic tile

Because one of the edges was tapered, the resin didn’t know to stop at the edge.  Drat!  I scraped off the edge several times while curing, but unfortunately was unable to avoid every drip.

sanding off resin drips with a flex shaft

Since I wasn’t able to avoid all the drips, I used my flex shaft with a sanding tool to sand down the big drips.  You could use coarse sandpaper here too, but it will take awhile.  Note:  Don’t forget to wear a dust particle mask and safety glasses when using any kind of rotary tool.

adding felt feet to a ceramic tile

To make sure the tiles didn’t scratch a delicate surface, I added felt pads to the back.  These are the same pads you can put on the bottom of furniture legs to make sure they don’t scratch the floor.  Corkboard would be appropriate to use here as well.

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ceramic tiles coated with resin

The finished resin tiles are now ready to hold a glass or simply decorate a table.

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10 Comments

Gozde

Hi!! This is very helpfull thank you.. I tried to do somethig very similar to this one, but when i put something hot on it, it becomes sticky.. Do you have any idea for making it resistant to heat??
Thanks

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Katherine Swift

Try a different resin that doesn’t soften with the heat. What kind/brand are you using?

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Gozde

Thank you for the reply!!
I am from Turkey and i had difficulties to find different kinds of resin here… The brand is ARTDECO and it says 100 layers varnish resin on the bottle… I dont know if it is what you asked though

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Katherine Swift

I would expect it that resin to work without any problems for a project like this. I would suggest reaching out to them for help with your situation.

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Felicia

Great diy project! However, I was wondering if I skip the baking part and let the Sharpie drawings air dry, will the resin mess up the drawings? Like cause it to blur or distort?

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Katherine Swift

I don’t know. I followed others’ advice that says in order to cement the ink to the tile, it needs to be baked.

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Cindi

after the sharpie, use Krylon Kamar Varnish, three coats every thirty minutes, then 2 coats of Krylon UV Clear every 30 minutes. Finally, use painters tape on the back of the tiles so you don’t have to file the big drips on the back-side. I use ArtResin and a artists torch to pop the bubbles. Have fun!!

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Katherine Swift

To keep dust and other particles in the air from settling into your resin.

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