How to Make Resin Coasters
I’m sure many of you have seen the beautiful resin coasters, which are available on the market. The resin coasters come in an array of colour and designs, including of course preserved flowers.
Resin coasters are one of our most popular products here at Sals Forever Flowers and I’m going to share some of our tips and tricks on how to make these beauties.
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Firstly, you will need to source your materials. Resin is expensive so be prepared to pay the price for this. Good quality molds are also just as costly.
So what will you need when learning how to make resin coasters? Let me make you a list of the basic materials.
Materials Needed to Make Resin Coasters:
- Silicon mat.
- The correct PPE including the correct mask goggles, nitrile gloves and apron.
- Heat resistant resin.
- Mixing cups.
- Silicone moulds.
- Any pigments you may want to use.
- Flower press (if you’re using your own).
Safety Precautions When Making Resin Coasters
When figuring out how to make resin coasters, always follow the safety instructions on your resin. As resin is very toxic, it’s important that you make sure your room is well ventilated and you have your PPE on to protect yourself.
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The Process Behind the Making of Resin Coasters
If it’s your first time learning how to make resin coasters, you should be aware that each brand of resin comes in two parts, Part A resin and Part B hardener. The resin you pick will come with specific mixing instructions. Some resins are 1:1 and others 2:1, with some have mixing rations by percentage (for example 100:30) whilst others may work by weight.
Using the exact mixing instructions and measurements is very important as the resin will only set if the two chemicals react together.
Once you have measured out the resin and hardener you can pour both elements into the same cup and gently stir for around 4-5 minutes.
Once your resin and hardener is mixed properly you can set the resin aside for a few minutes to de-gas (let the bubbles come to the surface and pop). If you are adding any colours this will be the time to do it.
Whilst your resin is degassing you can lay out your silicone mat and the moulds. If you’re anything like me, the mat will be a god send when you have spillages!
You now want to gently pour the resin into the mould and add your flowers. Make sure your flowers are completely submerged in the resin.
Once fully cured (this can take anything up to 48 hrs), your coasters will be ready to demould.
And voila! You’ve learned how to make resin coasters. You can now enjoy your coasters in style.
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Our Resin Coasters
Take a look at our stunning resin coasters below. If you’re interested in purchasing one of our resin coasters, feel free to check out our full range here. If you have any concerns regarding how to make resin coasters, contact us today.