Steampunk Mosaic Coasters

7 Materials
1 Hour

We love to make mosaics and we especially love making them with resin. The clear resin lets the mosaic design really shine through. If you've never tried resin before, have no fear. It's all about mixing the two parts of the resin. And we'll show you how!
For this project we wanted to make coasters, but we couldn't find bases we liked that had sides to hold in the resin. Then we thought of jar lids. Cheap and the perfect size! We spray painted ours silver inside and out.
Next we made our mosaic design with glass tiles and little metal gears and things. We just glued them into the jar lids with permanent glue (you could use clear silicone). We made each coaster a little different from the next.
For resin we used Envirotex Lite Pour-On Finish. To mix your resin, pour 3 ounces of hardener in one cup and 3 ounces of resin in another. Then pour the two parts together into a third cup. Stir thoroughly for two minutes, then pour the contents into a fourth cup and stir for another two minutes. Pour the resin over the mosaic.
To watch our video showing how to mix the resin, click here.
About ten minutes after pouring the resin, little bubbles will appear. Exhale over the surface of the coaster to release the bubbles. (The carbon dioxide in your exhaled breath releases the bubbles.) Let the coasters cure in a dust-free area on a level surface for 48 hours.
To see a complete list of the materials we used and the step-by-step instructions, click here.
We love how these Steampunk Coasters turned out. Hope you'll try making your own!
Remember, if you have any questions while you're working on your mosaic coasters, just leave us a comment and we'll reply! We really love hearing from you.
Jennifer & Kitty, The O'Neil Sisters
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  • Carolyn Gooch Smith-Witt
    on May 3, 2019

    Can we use plastic lids instead of metal?

    • JoeAnna Taylor
      on Sep 13, 2019

      I have used Envirotex on plastic trays when decoupaging pictures on and it works fine! We refer to it as liquid glass! Best stuff ever!

  • Tom
    on Sep 13, 2019

    what is a steampunk???

    • Alisa Maire Wiggin
      on Mar 11, 2020

      what ann sad. simply (very simply) the Victorian age with a dash of mad scientist and steam powered engines

  • Christina Wileman
    on Mar 12, 2020

    Anything cheaper to use instead of resin?

    • Jennifer & Kitty O'Neil
      on Mar 12, 2020

      Hi Christina,

      This is really a perfect project for resin and we can't think of anything that would work as well. Look for Envirotex Lite Pour-On Finish (resin and hardener kit) at stores like Joann, Michaels, and Hobby Lobby where you might be able to use a 40% off coupon.

      Hope that helps!

      Jennifer & Kitty

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