Is anybody else obsessed with Anthropologie? One of my favourite past times is browsing their website, swooning over just about everything and creating a mental wish list.
Sadly, much of their stuff is way out of my price range. I’ve been lusting after these Geode Coasters for what feels like forever, but £14 a pop is a little excessive. Therefore you can imagine my delight when I discovered I could make my own geode-effect coasters using resin, mica powder and a bit of gold leaf.
I originally came across the idea on Pinterest but there are also hundreds of amazing tutorials on YouTube. I’ve never worked with resin before so I was a little nervous about how these would turn out, but I’m really pleased with the result! I think as long as you do your research you can’t go wrong – after all, agate/geode is supposed to look imperfect.
I got the majority of my supplies from Amazon. Luckily, my mom’s an artist so I already had a couple of things to hand, such as the paints and heat gun. The mica powders were around £2-3 each from a seller I found on Etsy. The resin isn’t cheap (it’s worth shopping around) but it does go a long way.
This was a really fun project to do and a great way to kill an hour of my afternoon. I’ve kept this coaster set for my bedroom and I love the way they look. I’m planning on ordering some other colours soon so I can make more for the rest of the rooms in my house. They’d also make fab gifts or even place settings for a wedding.
YOU WILL NEED: Protective gloves, epoxy resin and hardener, silicone moulds (or your own silicone gun mould) mica powder or paint, gold leaf (optional), a heat gun, cups for mixing, gold paint or paint markers (optional) and lollipop sticks
- Prepare your work station – ensure everything is covered and that the surface you’ll be working on is level (if it isn’t, your resin won’t set straight – you can use the iHandy Level app to ensure it’s not off)
- Pop your gloves on. Resin gets messy!
- Divide the paints/powders you’ll be using into separate cups. I used four different cups for my colours – one for Antique Copper, one for Pink-Gold, one for White Pearl and one for my gold leaf (as a general rule, ensure your final resin mixture contains 5-10% paint/pigment and 90% resin). I separated my colours before mixing my resin to save time
- Prepare your resin. How you do this will depend on the brand you’ve bought – for mine, I had to combine 2 parts resin and 1 part hardener. Ensure you mix it thoroughly using a lollipop stick before pouring (I stirred for around 3 minutes)
- Divide your resin into your cups containing your colours
- Begin pouring! There are so many ways your can pour your resin. I poured my gold leaf in the middle, my pink around the outer edge and my white around the gold leaf, with the antique copper sprinkled through randomly. Don’t worry about it too much, though, as you’ll mix and spread the colours when you use the heat gun. The resin also does its own thing while it’s drying so you never know what kind of design you’ll end up with (which is half the fun)!
- Use your heat gun to pop any bubbles
- If you want to add more layers, wait around 5-6 hours before applying more resin. You can also flood your moulds with clear resin at this point to ensure a shiny, smooth finish (this is what I did)
- Wait 24-70 hours for your resin to completely cure. Then, pop your designs out of their moulds
- Decorate the edges of your coasters using gold paint or paint pens. I used gold leaf to begin with (which was super fiddly and messy) but as mine was artifical, the gel medium I used to seal it tarnished it while it was drying. So I painted over it using some acrylic paint – the edges look a little rustic, but I don’t mind that!
You’ll only have a specific amount of time to work with your resin before it begins to set (usually around 20 minutes, although this depends on the brand). Keep this in mind when creating your coasters.
Ensure you mix the correct amount of resin or else it won’t set properly.
It’s up to you what pigments you use to colour your resin. I used mica powder as I like the effect it gives. Glitters, gold leaf and some paints can be heavy and will sink to the bottom of your mould.
Check the heat resistance of your resin before putting hot drinks onto your finished coasters.
I used a ready-made mould from amazon for my coasters, but you can create your own using a silicone gun if you prefer. This tutorial shows you how.
I hope you enjoyed this DIY, please let me know if you try it yourself! x