Friday, October 24, 2014

Frankenstein Coaster DIY - Another Coaster Friday

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We are working with a classic today.  Who doesn't relate Frankenstein to Halloween?  I remember when I was a kid and had to turn off all the lights in the basement before coming upstairs.  I was sure Frankenstein was one of those monsters that lived down there, and would come out the moment the lights went out.  I remember hitting the lights and running as fast as a I could up the stairs to safety.  I knew it was all in my head, but I also had visions of someone grabbing my ankles when I was about halfway up.....tripping me....and pulling me back into the darkness.  Frankenstein never showed himself and no one ever grabbed my ankles....PHEW!  It's possible I watched too many scary movies!

Here is my take on the classic.



You will need:

-  Coaster mold
-  Acrylic paint - green, white, plack, silver
-  Resin - I used Easy Cast, but Envirotex Lite works just as well.  For more info about either, or where you can find them internationally, go to www.eti-usa.com
-  Fine point permanent marker - black

**Just a quick word on the coaster mold.  The original seller I was linking to hiked the price, so if it looks like the price is unusually high always do an Amazon search to see if you can find one cheaper.  I started linking a different seller, so the price is under $20.  There is a similar mold available from Freshware.  It, however, has a matte finish.  I linked that one below too.  The bottoms of your coasters will be matte, rather than glossy.  If that doesn't bother you, than go with that one.  I like the gloss finish incase I have parts that I want to have clear, otherwise it doesn't matter to me either.  Mold release is optional to use.  It is not necessary, but it will help your mold last longer.


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Here is the video tutorial:





Directions:
1.  Prepare your resin, according to the package directions.
2.  Pour a thin layer of resin into your mold.  This does not need to be a thick layer.  Allow to cure - a minimum of 12 hours.
3.  Paint the whole thing green.  This will take two or three coats, for full coverage.  Allow to dry.
4.  Paint the hair line.  Make one line straight across and then do triangles.  The triangles on either end will need to have straight sides, on the end, to give the illusion of a square head.
5.  Paint on the nose, the eyes, the mouth and the bolts.
6.  I filled the whites of the eyes and I used a fine point permanent marker to give the bolts definition. Everything took two coats and I touched up with the green to clean up any messy edges.
7.  Once everything is dry, pour one more layer of resin, to sandwich it right in there.

This is a great craft to do with the kids.  Think about the resin and being a small canvas.  It doesn't have to be Frankenstein it could be ANYTHING you want!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona



1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Your Frankenstein Coasters are adorable and look like a fun project for the kids. 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