Resin tile coaster tutorial – How to coat a ceramic tile with resin


How to coat a ceramic tile with resinFor 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.  That’s where this resin tile coaster tutorial comes to life!

Step 1:  Decorate ceramic tiles

coloring ceramic tiles

I thought it would be neat for them to make something she could display without having to worry about framing and 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.

Step 2:  Bake in the oven

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.

Step 3:  Mix and pour your resin

For this resin tile coaster tutorial, you want to use a doming resin.  It will create 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, our resin calculator does the math for you!

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.

push resin to tile edge

Use your stir stix to push the resin to the tile edge.  Because doming resins mix thick, you are going to have bubbles to get out.  Go over the surface of your tile with a heat gun to watch those bubbles easily pop.

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.

Step 4:  Clean up the edges and finish the back

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.

ceramic tiles coated with resin

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

Confused about where to get started with resin?  Tried making resin crafts and unhappy with the results?  It’s not your fault!  There is so much information out there how can you possibly sort through it all?!  It’s why I wrote the book Resin Fundamentals.  I’ve condensed my more than a decade of experience with resin into a book of essential details you need to know to make something amazing with resin from the first pour.

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17 thoughts on “Resin tile coaster tutorial – How to coat a ceramic tile with resin

  1. 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??

      1. 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

        1. 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.

  2. 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?

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

  3. 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!!

  4. Good information…thanks. Will a doming resin such as Easy Cast Clear Casting Epoxy also work? Thanks.

  5. You can also use Painters Tape on the back of the tile. The Resin will drip on to the tape and simply remove. I use corkboard on the bottom of my tiles for a finished look.

  6. Will art resin work and not stick when a hot or cold beverage is placed on the coaster. If you like a resin pour

  7. Hi Everyone … this seems to be a great source of information. I just completed a few dozen ceramic coasters using a dutch pour method and then resined them. They look beautiful however I now notice that some of the sides did not full coat. Can you give any advise on how best to coat the sides without re-pouring the entire coaster? Is that even possible? Would I need to sand the sides first? Can I do all the sides at the same time? Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated!

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