How To Make Image Covered Coasters – Guest Post By Sara Elizabeth

A few years ago, I met today’s guest blogger Sara at a photography workshop in Orange County, California and we’ve kept in touch ever since. I’m so happy to have met so many wonderful new friends this way, but especially Sara because I absolutely love her sense of humor and wit…and that she’s from the fabulous state of Texas! And lucky for me, (and you), Sara offered to do a guest blog this week and it’s in the form of a super cute DIY. So, here’s Sara and her image covered coasters DIY.


Materials

4.25″x4.25″ ceramic tiles (Mine were .16 at Home Depot. .16!!)

Photos (I ordered 4″x5″ photos and cut them down to by 4″x4″. I also used matte photos, because the resin is high gloss… and becauseiforgottochooseglossy.)

Glue that will adhere to ceramics (I used E3000.)

Enivro-Tex Resin (easily available at Michael’s and Hobby Lobby – use your coupons!)

Drinking straw

Felt mounting circles

Directions

1. Glue your photos to the tiles. I put a piece of paper over the photo and the straight edge of a ruler to make sure I didn’t cover the picture with fingerprints and make sure it adhered securely.

2. Mix resin mixture in a disposable container using a disposable mixer according to directions. (See my notes for details.) Pour a small amount on to the photo covered tile and spread. I used a flat cake spatula to scrape off excess. Move to an area without resin mixture to let set. Blow out air bubbles through a straw if needed. (I didn’t have too many.)

3. Let set. After 10 hours, mine were soft set and no longer sticky. I also moved them to another cleaner area to finish drying. After 24 hours, they were hard set. After 48 hours, I felt comfortable putting the felt mounts on them.

4. Seriously. That’s it. It’s one of the easiest projects EVER. They dry beautifully with a gorgeous glossy sheen.

Notes:

If I had more time, I would have done these again just to deal with the small imperfections that bugged me. I did learn a few things while doing this project:

-Use a glue that is ceramic friendly. E3000 is supposed to be, but it really didn’t affix the pictures as strongly as I hoped it would.

-Mix your resin in a disposable container with a disposable utensil. It’s really difficult to clean off things, and I pretty much got it everywhere. I managed to clean it off, but it required a lot more elbow grease than I wanted to use.

-Less is more when it comes to the resin. I would also use a disposable paintbrush to apply the resin. I think it would have gone on more evenly and smoothly with the paintbrush – and I wouldn’t have used as much. Or made quite as big of a mess.

-Make sure you transfer them to a clean surface to dry. If you look closely at my pictures you can see I left them sitting in the excess resin, which led to difficulties when trying to loosen them from the surface.

Thanks Sara for an awesome guest post. And be sure to check out her website at Photographs By Sara.

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