MARBLED RESIN WOOD COASTERS

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

Wood Coaster Supplies

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.

Combine Resin with Hardener and Mix 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.

Divide the mixed epoxy into several smaller cups.

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.

Add pigment to the epoxy

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.

Small cups of colored epoxy resin

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.

Pouring resin onto wood 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.

Pouring resin 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 stir stick to help the marbling

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.

Wipe drips and allow to cure

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.

Marbled Resin Wood Coasters

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.

marbled resin wood coasters

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?

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