Friday, July 4, 2014

Beachy Coaster DIY Memory Coaster - Another Coaster Friday


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It's summer and what is more summer than the beach?  I had some left over sand, glitter and resin mixture and this is what it turned into:


This is a great opportunity to create a three dimensional scrapbook!  You can make one for each of your vacations.  Collect some sand and small shells (which are easier to find, but you never know what to do with them) and turn them into a cool home decor item and conversation piece!


You will need:

-  Coaster mold
-  Resin - I use Easy Cast (if you are looking for it internationally, go to www.eti-usa.com)
-  Small shells, sand dollar, starfish (you can buy a package at Hobby Lobby)
-  White glitter
-  Sand
-  Blue india ink


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Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:
1.  Prepare your resin, according to the package directions.
2.  Mix sand and white or clear glitter into the resin.  I add the glitter to the sand because when you mix sand with resin, it gets much darker.  The glitter lightens it up and as a bonus gives it some shimmer.  Make sure the mixture is REALLY thick.  
3.  Put it into the coaster mold.  Don't have it go to the edges.
4.  Leave it sit for a little while and make sure it is sticky.  Begin pressing in your shells and other pieces.  If you are using a starfish or sand dollar, make sure you seal them first.  Use some Mod Podge and let them completely dry before adding them to the piece.
5.  Let it sit for a while.
6.  Mix a small amount of resin and add a small amount (a drop or two) of india ink.  Mix well.
7.  Carefully pour or drip the resin into the parts around the sand, where you didn't go to the edge.
8.  Allow to cure or at least sit for several hours.
9.  Prepare more resin and this time pour a clear coat over the top.  Make sure you made enough to create a level surface.  Remember the shells can be pretty tall.
10.  Allow to cure a minimum of 12 hours before unmolding.

That's it!  Thanks for watching and Happy Crafting!

Mona



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  2. Hi my Love Mona, oh my goodness this is truly an amazing coaster!! Okay you know how much I love the Sanibel Island Beach.....You have to send me this coaster!! lol I love it! Of course I love all of your coasters, this one just resonates with my soul!! Tfs Love it! Love ya' Patricia B

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  3. What a fun idea your coasters are. I love the idea of the special seascape after a trip to the beach. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick
    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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I always love to hear what you are thinking! I may not be able to answer each one of you, but know I read each and every comment. Thank you for taking the time!

Mona