|coasters from paintings|
I thought it would be a wonderful, different and useful way to display some of my paintings so I set out to try doing it for myself. I know there are many places that offer to put photos on coasters but have you seen their prices?!!!!! Many are over $20 each! I like doing crafts and thought I could make my own to use as gifts and maybe sell.
Several tutorials and/or blog posts mentioned that the coasters were sticky when a hot cup of liquid was placed on them so I began to search for a way to avoid this. I'm a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to some things plus I already had orders for several sets of these!
I thought I'd finally found the answer when I stumbled upon the following tutorial:
I was really excited because we had used the pour-on resins before and liked how the items looked. I rushed right out and bought some and poured several of the coasters I'd prepared. They looked beautiful. Yes, I had one that had some tiny bubbles in it but, since I knew what to expect, I was really surprised that it was only the one that would have to be sanded down and re-poured.
OK, jump forward a couple of weeks. I knew the cure time for the resin is fairly long so I thought that 2 weeks should be plenty of time and that a trial was in order. I got the coaster that had the bubbles in it, a cup of hot coffee and settled down to watch the early morning news. I lifted the cup to take my first sip and the coaster came up with it!!!!
Aaaaargh! Not only did the coaster stick to the cup but when I pried them apart, there was an indentation from the cup embedded in the resin!!!!! Double aaaaargh even though the indentation leveled itself after a few days! This was really a disaster especially since one lady was waiting on the coasters so she could give them as a gift! More searching online and I found that using a good quality paste wax and buffing it well would protect the coasters until they fully cured (which can take several weeks). I did this and it did help some but I'm searching for another sealer for these coasters that I can use for last minute orders. The pour-on resin makes for a beautiful finish and I'll probably be using it for future coasters as it's also used to protect table and bar tops and should be very durable.
But in the short-term? Maybe I need to rethink what else I can use my paintings for! Ideas, anyone?