SUPPLIES USED TO MAKE THESE MARBLED COASTERS:
- EnviroTex Lite Pour-On Epoxy
- Walnut Hollow Basswood Coasters
- Opaque and Transparent Pigments
- Mixing cups and Stir Sticks
- Gloves, eye protection, surface protection
To prepare for this project, cover your workspace completely to avoid getting the epoxy on everything. I used sheets of wax paper. Also make sure to work in a well-ventilated area, and use proper safety precautions like gloves and eye protection.
Mix 4-6 ounces of Resin by adding equal amounts of the resin and the hardener. I made 6 ounces so I mixed 3 oz of resin with 3oz of hardener. Follow the instructions included in the product exactly. Mix the two parts together for 2 minutes, and then pour into a new cup and mix again for 1 more minute to ensure the two parts are combined well.
After the epoxy has been mixed according to the package instructions, divide it into several smaller cups for dying. I divided my resin into 7 parts using 6 smaller cups and the mixing cup.
Add 1 drop of pigment to each cup of resin. You can mix colors, so I added a small drop of white and a small drop of color to some cups, or just 1 color in others.
Be sure not to add too much pigment, it may affect how your resin will cure. You can also add some fun elements to your colors if you wish. I added blue glitter to the pearl pigment. Stir the pigment into the resin until it is incorporated completely.
Next, place your wood coasters on old or disposable cups to lift them off the work surface (I used old plastic cups I wouldn’t mind throwing away) and pour each resin color over the coasters.
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The colors will run together and drip off the edge of your coasters. Keep adding until you’ve used all of your colors.
Pick up each coaster and tip it back and forth slightly to help the colors run together and blend to achieve that marbled look. You can help them run together more by dragging a stir stick through the colors from one side to the other.
Use a small kitchen torch, lighter or blow on them lightly with your warm breath to remove any bubbles that rise to the surface. After about 20 minutes, scrape off any drips that have formed on the bottom side of the coasters with a stir stick.
Allow the coasters to cure for at least 24 hours before use.
The amount of detail on the finished marbled coasters is so beautiful! Some of the dyes are more transparent than others so you can still see the wood grains under parts of the marbling, and it truly looks 3D.
It’s a gorgeous marbled effect you just can’t duplicate with paint. The high gloss finish is beautiful as well, and there is no need to seal it.
After you make some coasters, duplicate the look in your kitchen serving trays, the handles of wooden spoons, or cutting boards… the possibilities are endless! What will you marble first?