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Alcohol Ink and Resin DIY Projects Drink Coasters and Knobs!

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      INTRO VIDEO - Resin Coasters and Knobs


    • 2.

      About Me


    • 3.

      Material List Coaster DIY


    • 4.

      How to Measure ArtResin


    • 5.

      Mixing Art Resin


    • 6.

      Resin Tree Coaster pouring the first coat


    • 7.

      Resin Tree Coaster - Adding pen details


    • 8.

      Resin Tree Coaster adding a top layer pour


    • 9.

      Tree Coaster adding a cork backing


    • 10.

      Resin Knob pouring your resin


    • 11.

      Resin Knob adding your colors


    • 12.

      Resin Knob adding hardware


    • 13.

      Starburst Coaster adding resin


    • 14.

      Starburst Coaster adding ink to create a starburst effect


    • 15.

      Starburst Coaster sanding final steps


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About This Class

3 Super Fun QUICK DIY Projects using Alcohol Ink Art and Resin to Create SUPER COOL Unique Art Drink Coasters and knobs!

'll give you the secret to creating this super cool DIY unique Drink Coasters and Unique one of kind Art knobs for your cabinets, dressers, and more!

This is a short Project-Based course for 3 quick and easy results.

This course is all about PLAY and is less structured than my other step by classes.  Alcohol Ink is also a great medium to help more detailed artists loosen up and create some wonderful projects with Resin.

I'll show you some really easy ways to create these super cool abstract coasters a few ways and we'll then create some DIY fantastic and unique one of a kind knobs that can be used on your cabinets, drawers, or anywhere you want to jazz up! We'll cover each project step by step. Each and every piece you create will be different than mine. This is a personal journey to create, and your pieces will have your stamp on it or your own Art Expression.

The key is to play and test things out without fear. You'll notice I just go with the flow when creating these. Let go of your perfectionism in this class and say I CAN do this! 


  • How to Mix and Pour Resin correctly
  • Types of Silicone molds to use
  • What alcohol inks are and the Materials needed.
  • Discover how to to create netting or webbing looks in with your Resin and Inks.
  • In this course, I will explain my process for each project and will cover 3 simple/quick demos. 
  • 2 Demo lectures will be on creating two different Resin and Ink Coasters.
  • 1 Demo lecture creating a unique and super cool DIY Knob for your home!
  • The course is best used to discover abstracts by playing being loose with colors and movement of the inks.
  • An open mind is all you will need to discover that Inks can be very self-growth, therapeutic, and creative process.
  • Resource: Art Resin Safety Data Sheets
  • KELLIE ON SOCIAL: Tag me @kellielynnart with your course results -  I'll be featuring some of my students in the Social media links below!

    As an artist, I personally never mind when someone copies my work to practice their techniques. I just ask that if you post it anywhere that you give credit to either my courses or my links as the artist that created the image. <3

Safety Note:  When using paints and chemicals please adhere to any and all manufacturer safety guidelines with these products.  If you have specific safety questions or concerns please contact the product's manufacturer. Contact your doctor if you are concerned about medical conditions.

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1. INTRO VIDEO - Resin Coasters and Knobs : I Hi, everyone. Kelly, Hear from Kelly Chassis Beinart, Andi Today's course. What I'm gonna show you how to do is create some absolutely gorgeous alcohol ANC coasters and door knobs. So stick around and I'll show you all the details. Course will learn about some functional art. Creating these knobs and these posters continues around your own house. Or give away as gifts to friends and family. Or start selling him yourself in a craft store at the shops. I'll cover all the materials that you will need for these three Do it yourself projects. So I look forward to seeing you inside the course, and I can't wait to get started. 2. About Me: It's a little bit about me. I was born and raised in Maine, and I absolutely loved the ocean. I love everything to do with nature. I was born on Earth Day, and I started painting with acrylics many years ago, more as on abstract medium. And then I developed my skills by working with my mother, who was also a self taught artist. We would paint every day when my son was little, and I really got to develop in my watercolor skills, and it became more realistic with my drawings to a lot of animals, and I did a lot of landscapes on. Then, about these about four years ago, I stumbled across alcohol inks, and it was completely by accident. Um, I was looking for something that was very vibrant, very colorful, and I I went to the store and I was looking at this stuff, and I found these little bottles of alcohol inks, and I was really excited. Brought home already. Try them, and I dropped them on Cem watercolor paper. And of course it sank. It sucked up, so that didn't work. But the colors are absolutely gorgeous. So then I was on a mission to find. What kind of mediums can I use Alcohol inks on, Um, you? What does this need? So I miss annually needed a glossy surface. So I, uh I tried some photo paper. I tried tiles. I tried came across depo paper mineral paper. So I just found all of these things. All of a sudden, it was like I was a fanatic and I wanted to paint everything in my house with alcohol. Eggs have even grab some of my glass light fixture Any glossy surface you can use these on . But then I developed even mawr by finding a ways to seal my alcoholics. And I had them on the tiles at first and actually love them. People wanted to buy them, but I couldn't figure out a way that people could use them as like a coaster, because that's what everybody wanted to use them for. They were, you know, there are perfect size for bringing your glass on. It was on a mission to find something there. I knew that I could seal it with came or varnish, and that would seal it. But as soon as I put anything wet on it or Cup on it. It would either scratch off or it would. Eventually, the water would lift the inks off the title. I came across resin, so I wanted to show you today how I worked with the alcohol inks and stumbled across the little things that have happened organically. And, um, I wanted to share that with you today, so let's start with the materials that you'll need for these projects. 3. Material List Coaster DIY: So what? Only for materials for all of these projects, all three of them. The first thing you want to have our some gloves, you will want some wax paper or some type of silicone mold were to be using art resident for this project, so you wanna make sure that your surface is going to be levels. You may want a level, or you'll need lots of Popsicle sticks, some extra cups for mixing your colors, and I am using a larger measuring cup here for my main amount of resin. You will also want a little mini blowtorch, either creme brule A or plumber's torch. I like the ones that are filled with U tangs are really easy to refill. Extra cup from measuring. You will need some silicone moulds now, depending on which style you like. This may vary but will go into each one for each product separately immediately to coaster mold, and you'll need something to do your knobs for alcohol inks. You can use either ranger inks or you can also use pinata inks. And, of course, you could pick the colors that you want for. Your project will also need some black Mars either some type of acrylic paint. You'll need a gold pen to do the tree with. You'll also need some spray adhesive, some type of glue and some tile, Um, or cork backing. You'll need bolts for your knobs and a small little knife to do some touch of cuttings and a little sanding block for sanding. And then, if you want, you can have some of these little rubber feet for the bottoms of your coasters. Good ventilation is very important for this, and you may want to use a vapor respirator as well, and I'll put a link to my YouTube channel for a quick little demo. I did on that for you. So I think that that that maybe a few other little things here and there and also have a materialist for you in the bonus section. 4. How to Measure ArtResin : I want to give you guys a quick little tip here on how you can easily measure your reason for your coasters. So before we actually start missing our art resident, I want to give you a quick little tip. So depending on the mold that you're using, some of them are a little bit bigger. Some are smaller, some are a little deeper. You're gonna want Teoh. Make sure you have the correct amount for your particular resin mole. So this is a great way to determine actually how much resin that you'll need in your containers that you'll be using. So what, you'll need to figure this out is just any measuring cup. Now I'm gonna start with one that has up to 14 fluid ounces. I think we're gonna start with 12 ounces for this particular project. I'm gonna fill it up with 12 fluid ounces to start. We're just gonna add just regular water for this. What we're gonna do is poorer the water into the mold and see how much water we use. Because with art resin, we are gonna measure by volume rather than weight. You can also use them Millet leaders here. If you were using that measurement. I'm just gonna take that 12 ounces of water and pour them into my mould at the level that I am gonna be happy with. We have. This one has three coasters are a little bit larger. The other one had five. You make these large or as small as you want, so I'm happy with that. And now I'm gonna take a look at what I have left in my cup here for for the amount. So I have roughly four ounces of water left that determines for my coasters. I'll need to use roughly eight ounces of resin. And I have this coaster mold here. This is actually a hamburger mold. And so you can see I have a little bit of wording in here, and I'm not gonna fill these up quite as full as I did the other mold. And the reason is I'm going to actually, on a quirk backing to these. Plus, you can see that the base of this there's not shiny like it was on the other one. So these are gonna be a matte finish on the bottom, so we're gonna scuff that up in and out of court to this one. So now that you know how to measure for your coasters without any crazy measurements, really simple just using water to determine. And remember, this is for art resin brand. Your brand of president may be different. It may be measured by weight, so make sure that you check that. So let's get ready to measure up our art resin and we'll start our project. 5. Mixing Art Resin: Now that you know how much resin that your project is going to take, let's mix the resin up. Now. Art resin has roughly 45 minutes of work time, and that happens once you mix your hardener and your resin together so you're gonna need a couple of plastic cups. You'll need some stir sticks, and you're gonna want to measure your resin ahead of time. I have thes small cups and therefore ounce cups, and I'm going to plan on doing three coasters, and each coaster is going to use about two ounces of resin for the one. This is a comal that I'm using for this one. So I'm gonna measure out three ounces of the hardener and three ounces of the resin, which will give me six ounces in total. Remember, yours may be different from mine. You can also use small measuring cups. You could also pre measure the water into your cups to measure them out for the three ounces of water in each one, and then take a marker or Sharpie and mark that amount on each cup. So you will know. You just want to make sure that you have dried the cup thoroughly because you don't want any water in there. So now that I have those measured out there equal parts, I'm gonna go and dump those into my mixing cup. Now I have a plastic mixing cup that likely is because they're really easy to clean out. Just using allow alcohol. And I'll show you that. And a little bit later, you're gonna want to make sure that you that you are getting all of that resin out of each cup want those measurements to be the same. Make sure you scrape the edges, scraped the bottom of every last drop, cause resin is expensive. We don't want to miss any when you do the same thing with hardener, making sure that I get all of that in there. Now that I have those two parts mix together, we're going to stir this. Aren't resident for three full minutes making sure that you're getting the bottom. The sides really well, now you can see that it starts to get a little cloudy as I begin to mix this that will clear up. This is just the two reacting together. So once we have that mixed for three minutes, you're gonna set that aside and will be moving on to our next section for mixing our colors 6. Resin Tree Coaster pouring the first coat: we're gonna start Project number one with these lovely little tree coasters. Right, So we're going to start off using some ranger mix. Itiveness is gold. And now these do have a little ball bearing on the inside. There is. You want to make sure that you shake this up really well before you use it, grab a separate cup and pour a little bit of your resin in taking the cap off of the ranger . Ain't put in about 10 drops or so many on how much resin that you plan on using and how many coasters you're making at one sitting, you may need more or less. I have about three ounces in total in here, which will be enough to cover the first bottom layer of our coaster. These air actually, the hamburger press. There's silicone and these work great. The only thing that you have to look out for is on the bottoms of these. You do have some writing, and you don't wanna just kind of sand that off, or you can just cover it with some cork, and no one will ever see it in there. Now that I have a little bit of a base here. I'm gonna add a little bit of alcohol Inc to this or abusing full blue. And I'm using while plum for this Just popping a few drops in here and we're gonna add a little bit more of the gold. Now, you know, I'm gonna take a toothpicks, and we're just gonna mix this up a little bit, create some little swirly action in here. There's no right way or wrong way to do this. If you like it like this, you could let it dry this way. If you don't want the gold in the bottom, you could use clear. So we'll let that one sit for just a few minutes. That makes him really neat looking swirly patterns in there. Now that gold will tend to sink a little bit in there. You'll see when we when we finish this up, what it looks like once it's dry. But it still changes on you. So let's go ahead and we'll make another one. I ran out of my gold here, so let's just add some clear and serious. See if there's much of a difference when we do this well again. Ad the pool blue to this in a little bit more of the wild plum. I'm not counting my drops here. I'm just, you know, adding it in and seeing if I like it. And like I said before, you don't really know until it done and dried all part of the cool experiment. So dropping in more of the gold and swirling that around again, it looks pretty similar to the one next to it. So let's do three of them in total. Nothing. A few more swirls in here see what happens. And now I'm just filling this up just a little bit more, using my little bit of leftover resin here. Now think about the depth of your coaster. It's going to depend on how wide of a coaster you want, and if you're planning on putting a cork backing on that so you don't want things to be too high. So those were done and we'll let those driving. I want to quickly just add this for you as well. This is another set that I had done with using pull blue and some Citrus, some silver and some white. And then I added just a little bit of silver glitter to that, and I Sprinkle it across the top. Once those were finished. So here's a little close up of that. They changed quite a bit by the time that I was done and they had dried. Plus, it's hard to tell because the background of this is red, so it does three colors off a little bit. If these were made with white or clear, it might be a little easier. So keep that in mind as you're creating these. So here is the finished piece on the second set as well. So you're gonna want to just make sure that this is covered really well, it trying to keep checking in on it. Just cover it up and let it set for 24 hours to dry, and then you'll be able to pop these right out of the mold. I do not use any type of mold. Release her for this. Ah, and you could Also, if you don't happen to have any of these silicone moulds, you could use plastic yogurt lids, so don't let that stop you. But I also have a YouTube video where I used a candle lid and repurposed out of recycled it and fill that up with resin. So I'll, but the link down there below for you on that if you want to check that out right, so we'll be moving on to our next step. One Caesar dry. 7. Resin Tree Coaster - Adding pen details: in this next lecture will be adding the tree details to our coasters. So there really quick and easy way just to do some practice and you want to kind of figure out what size your mold is, you could just take a sheet of paper and take a pencil. It's gonna push down on that and you can trace the area of your particular mould. And this is just a easy way for you to practice your ah, shape of your tree and get it within that that space that you have to work with. Don't you get that shape binary. You can just go ahead and do some practice on how to draw your tree, and you could see this is a really messy little tree. It's just kind of Ah um, a rough draft of what you need and in the shape because we're gonna use to start acrylic paint on our coaster, and that will give us a nice layer to be able to do that gold pen on top. And that's where really most of the details will come in, so that just gives you an idea of the shape of that tree and what you're gonna want to fill in with the acrylic paints. And I'm just taking a photograph of this for you, but you're gonna want to measure out your particular coaster before doing this. I have my three coasters. I have popped them out of the mold. It came out very easy. And I have done just very, uh, traced black acrylic paint tree on here. And I've let that dry cause he had slightly wet in a few little areas there. I'm gonna use a signal gel pen now. And the reason I put down that layer of black is because this panel not right on the coaster without it. So it gives it a little bit of tackiness so that you can to the tree on top of wherever you place that black paint. So you gonna make sure that it's completely dry? I'm gonna skip over the little areas there. They're still wet and a very basic tree. Now your tree can look any way you want it to. This is happens to be the way I'm doing my tree. I want it like an old oak tree. So I'm skipping a few those areas I'm not making it solid. But of course, you can do anything you like. You could use even a a white gel pen if you wanted to, or a silver one. You know, depending on what you use for your background colors in your coaster, you may want to do something lighter or darker. And you know, you could pick any colors that you want to do this. So I'm just kind of filling this end following that tree line in the back, and I will put a attach a little pdf for you of a tree that I've drawn. In case you want to do something very similar to this, you'll have it now. All I'm doing is just making little squiggle ease, just little circles and kind of feeling that in, so that it looks like it's got some some leaves in here, and you can see where I go over any areas that do not have that black paint down. It did not want to attach to it or here to it, so the resin is very a very smooth surface, so you'll have to test different products to see if they will work for you. But acrylic paints will definitely work as a base layer for the pens. So I'm gonna hold us up to the light for you once I finished here so that you can see that it's still somewhat transparent. So there's a close up of it. And let's hold it up to the light for yes, you can see right through it, girls colors a lot more colors in there than you than you think when you have it down. But of course, you're gonna have the cork on the back of the studio bill to see those colors once the corks on there. So let's go ahead and we will move on to our next up. 8. Resin Tree Coaster adding a top layer pour: Our next lecture will be to cover our tree with a second coat of art resin. We want to make sure that that is protected underneath a second layer. Now, depending on your coaster molds, you may have a little bit of a lip. And that is a good thing because we're gonna add a little bit of resin right on top of that . Now, as long as this is cured, you will be OK. By adding the second coat, you gonna mix up the resin the same way that we did for the coaster and depending on the size, your amount may very So I'm gonna be using about two ounces to cover the three coasters that I have here. You're going to want to add this slowly and carefully because you do not want this to spill out over your edges. You want to put too much on initially, we're gonna heat this up. Once we heat it up, it's going to spread a little bit more, and we will be using a torch for this fund to make sure you grab yourself a torch. A butane torches work wonderful for this because you have a lot of air bubbles on here, and the torch will also take care of that. I don't make this crystal clear, Tom. Before we do that, I can see I have one side here it's leaning towards. So I'm just gonna put a Popsicle stick under a that level it off, and now I'm gonna go and turn my torch on and torch this and see how far out this will spread. Now, now that it's warmed up and you can see it's Luli keeps creeping over to the edges here, one of these things, you have to baby sit and do it slowly and this kind of monitor and see how fast it's going to move was we? We did not want this to go over our edges here. I'm just gonna grab little old brush here and just very carefully maneuver that resin out to the very edge. Now you can clean your brushes off after with using alcohol, you may have to do it a couple of times, but don't use your good brushes for this, just in case you don't get all the resin out because that will tend to seep up into the higher end of the brush. Is he a spot over here that I didn't quite get? So I think it's pretty good. It's a quite a clear Ah, finish here. Just check all your sides. If he kind of leaned towards the light, you can see whether or not you've had all the areas. And then what you have cover this and let that cure and then we'll move on to the last part will be adding some quirk to the back. 9. Tree Coaster adding a cork backing: All right, So let's do our final piece to this coaster project. We're gonna be using some cork backing tiles, and you can use any type of court backing, and you can use any type of glue that you want. I like the Elmer spray adhesive to really easy. You can also reposition if you need Teoh or you can do a permanent bond with it. So the directions for a permanent bond is to join the services within 15 seconds, while the adhesive is still tacky and allowed to set for at least one hour. And I also will put some heavy books or something on it to hold it down. As that dries, I actually left buying overnight just to be safe. So once that is dry, when it it was, I cut out little square around my coaster, and I'm using a little exact and I and I am coming around the edges now a little bit of an angle so that you can have a nice, smooth edge towards the inside. You don't see that cork when you are using it as a coaster. Just cut those off. You'll see you have a few little jacket edges here and try to get it as close as you can. And I'm using a little cutting board. Just my regular cutting board from the kitchen. It works. Can see that's pretty goods finish right there if I need to. I could take a little sander here and just smooth these out just a little bit. Have a little block that I like to use. I just go around those edges. This also works if you have any little edges on the side of a coaster, that air sticking out. I was making my way around the whole coaster and smoothing off those edges. And there we have it that, uh, you could sign it back if you want to. Do you see what a nice, glossy coat that that gives? It's just beautiful. Well, it'll shine in there. It's little packages ease up in a little gift box, and they make for great gifts. So I hope you enjoy this one, and we're moving on to our next project for the nobs 10. Resin Knob pouring your resin: So if you're ready for project number two, we're gonna be creating these beautiful homemade drawer knobs or cabinet comes whatever you decide that you want to put these on and we're gonna be attaching some bolts to these and these are gonna be gorgeous. So I'm really excited to show you how to make these. So we're gonna be using art Resident. Obviously, this is a large amount here, spending on how many of these you're gonna make. We're gonna be using some pinata colored inks this time, and we'll be using these little soap molds to create the knobs. I'm gonna be only making four these to start and you're gonna want toe find a bolt that measures appropriately to the depth of your resin, as well as giving it enough space for whatever project you're planning on putting these on . So I have a two inch bolt here. Now this one does not have a flat top, and my resin mold is not flat anyway, so it's going to want to wobble a little bit. If you get a flat type of silicone mold, it might be a little easier with a flat bold, but I'm gonna show you how you can still do this, Even with a rounded one. I've mixed up my art resin, and I'm going to start by pouring the molds and filling them up. Now, I don't want this to be the full depth of this mold, so I'm not gonna fill us all the way up to the top. I'm only doing it about 3/4 the way full. Yeah, this is just preference based pitting on what project you're planning on doing. Just fill these up and you could also use different molds. These or some other sort moulder candy make making molds that will work. Wonderful. Obviously, I want this. This is gonna be more report technique. So it's, um you know, I wanted more movie smooth finish for this. The more details you have, the more that the inks can kind of settle in those little grooves a little bit more so that I wanted this to be a very basic knob. So next we're going to be adding the ink 11. Resin Knob adding your colors: So we're gonna begin by adding some alcohol, Inc Now I'm gonna be using. Like I said, the pinata inks and I'll be starting off with some Baja blue and some sapphire blue. And then we will also add Blanco to that and just a few drops of senorita magenta at the very end. So excited I wanted make a little purplish. I'm going to just take the cap off of my exes. Just makes it easier because we're gonna be doing this fairly quickly. And because I want Thies to be pretty consistent, I'm doing them in order. Or so you know, one drop in this one, and I move over on all four of them. So they're in roughly the same place that they look like they're a matching set. When we're done inside. I need to Phyllis, when I'm just a little bit more. It wasn't quite 3/4 of the way. Try to make these even as you can, because we're gonna be adding the hardware to this next. And you want these all to be pretty level, especially if you're making a set of four of them. If you have a for a dresser or if you have it for kitchen cabinets, bathroom cabinets, anything they're gonna be, um, opening. You can add these to it. Now. I'm adding Blanco now to this, and Blanco is a little bit heavier. And then some of the other ones. And you will find that when you add the white to it, it helps the other colors to settle a little bit, and you will get that cool dripping effect. That's the best way to describe it. Now we're going toe. Make sure that we add enough ink to this so that we're gonna be able to cover the hardware inside unless you want it clear. And you want to be able to see the silver of your your bolt. That's fine, too. You could always paint the bolt a color as well. I'm gonna make sure that I add just enough pigments and enough drops in here so that I make sure that I've got that fully covered. So now is my time to add a little bit of that sin. You read, um, magenta, and that will give that more of a purple flair. So the great thing about this, you can make any colors that you want for the project that you're gonna be using? I have a little white dresser that I'm gonna be adding these two, the's. Ah, come in a set on Amazon. A set of four and each have six. So you can make up to 24 at a time. Really? If you wanted to just a little bit more and you can play with this. You don't try a few different ways and see what you like. You you may like having a little bit of that clear resin in there. These air pretty heavy colored. Aziz, you can see when Ah, you look at the main picture. When I first started, you saw the finished piece but does have a little bit of the clear down the center, and you can see the little drips on them. So I'm just going to set that aside now Grab the hardware and we're going to attach the hardware next 12. Resin Knob adding hardware: Now we're ready to add our hardware to these. Now, here's the trick. You want to make sure that you have your washer up high enough so that the top of your screw or your bolt does not actually touch the bottom of your mold. So we're gonna basically hang these more like a drop down in between. You're gonna wanna make sure that these air all the exact same size and you want to measure it before you start to make sure that you have enough enough headway so that the bowl doesn't touch the bottom when you start this. Yeah, and this is gonna be depending on the depth of the mold that you're using the size drawer that you're planning on putting it on. So there's lots of variables to this. I have these basically half way. So I have a two inch bowling. I've got this set at about an inch. Now I am going to use my little Popsicle sticks here. We're gonna create just a little space for these bolts to kind of hang on in between. I'm sure there are other ways to do this, but this is what I happened tohave handy and my husband has suggested I could have holes drilled into the Popsicle sticks here, and you could just kind of fit the bold in that way. But I wanted to make this easy for anyone so anybody could do it. So I'm just using the Popsicle sticks, measuring those out so that those air, even because we want that bolt to be in the center of our mold. And if you're off a little bit, man, no big deal. These air handmade, right? So now they have that washer and there that washes gonna help hold that in place. That's gonna suspend rate in the center of that mold. Now, if you find that you having a hard time with this, you could always wait about 10 to 12 hours and you can actually push the bolt into the mold , and it would be more apt to stay because it's still soft, but it still is a little bit of Ah, a leeway. But this is just a really easy way. Once you get this set up in here, get that fit in there on let that sit and it might came off off centered because I moved him a little bit afterwards and try toe leave him alone. When she get them, said I make sure that they're straight. You may have to come back and just no double check on them, making sure that they're still straight up and down. And then you're gonna let that dry for 24 hours and then we'll come back. And I've already popped out two of them here just to see what they look like. And you can see they're not perfectly centered. And that's okay. And I just pop out of the mole and look at the Hutch. They're absolutely gorgeous. When light hits Cesaire even more beautiful, we'll take out the other one and you can see I didn't use any kind of, um, spray to release for the mold or anything. These air, the better the mole quality and the more Obree it is, the thes pop out for you, and you can see that this mold it was smooth to have a nice, glossy shine to the tops of these. That's very important musical. When I first started using these, I would use a mold that was not shiny, and it gave the, um the resident Matt Finish, which wasn't quite, is pretty. Please, I didn't think so. But again, preference based. So I have four of these beauties, and I'm just gonna put one on one of my drawers here and show you what it looks like. And this is it. In the sun, you could see all of those swirls of color in their thes are just absolutely gorgeous. And I can't wait for you to try it. I hope you enjoyed this project and we're on to our next funds will stick around. 13. Starburst Coaster adding resin : So for this next group of coasters, I'm gonna show you what I have learned by accident. I know I do have these beautiful, clear molds and has made all the difference in the world with my outcome. So the first that we we did, we mixed up the resin and we made some really pretty colors in there. This one. We're just gonna kind of let it low without doing any type of mixing, and we'll get a much different outcome. So stick around and I'll show you how to do this one. So for this coaster project, we're gonna be using once again good old art resident and will be using some pinata inks by jacquard. Now I am using the exciter pack. So you have pretty much everything that you need in this little kid. And I'll post a link for you as well for this in the material section. So the most important thing with this one is you can see we have a nice, glossy, shiny mold and that will give us that beautiful finish on the other side rather than having the mat appearance that our first set of coasters had, and I will also post the link for this for you as well. And these are a little bit bigger. They are four inches rather than the three inches. And you can see that's a nice quality silicone mold. So these are gonna be really easy to pop out. So I have mixed My resident once again started for three minutes, and I have not let it set so you can see that there are a lot of bowls in here, So we're gonna have to torch this a few times to make sure that we get all those bubbles out, because we want a beautiful clear finish on these. So you just gonna pour those in and fill it up to the desired amount that you would like? And then once you have that filled in and you don't have to do this all at once, if you want to do this in layers, you can do it in layers. It it's a little bit easier to do it in layers so you can get the bubbles rather than having to wait for them to come to the surface. As you can see, I do have a lot of them in here So we're gonna torch this a few times. We're gonna have to let it set in between and let those bubbles rise to the surface. Because I did you a heavy coat in here, So I'm gonna do this once. And I'm just using a regular little plumber's torch here. Cramblett torches work wonderful is well, this one has butane with refillable. If you're planning on doing large amounts of coasters, you may want to get a heavy duty propane on. They have them on art resin dot com Some really nice ones. You can just grow onto the bottle of propane, but for my little projects here, this is perfect. I have to refill it every couple of times that I make my sense of coasters, but it's inexpensive, and it works for me without having a really big torch hanging around. So I just wiped off the edges. There, have a little a few little spills, and I'm gonna let this sit again. Let those bubbles rise to the surface. It continue to monitor that, and we're gonna torture a second and 1/3 time 14. Starburst Coaster adding ink to create a starburst effect: So we're gonna start our second project by adding some alcohol inks to this. Now I'm gonna start with the white. This is called Blanco, and now the white is a little bit heavier and pigment, so it wants to settle to the bottom of these. So it's very important that we add white in between the different colors and that will help push those colors down. You can do this without the white, but you'll have more of a a watery effect rather than that Really starburst. Look, when I add some sapphire blue on top of this and this is going to be all about layering all of these colors, you can use any color you want gonna add some of the purple to this purple passion, and there's gonna continue to dot these directly over what you have. And in between we're gonna add a little bit more white on top again to push those colors down into the resin. Now you will notice that these I'm not going to stir and I came across this by accident. I was working with the resin, have done a lot of different coasters, and, like I had said before, coaster mold. I had more of a, um, foggy finish or ah, less smooth and shiny until I got these and another artist friend of mine that mentioned these coasters in one of her videos that she had done on YouTube. So I picked them up and came across this by accident. And it was funny because I had a student that it asked me about Petri dishes at one point and I didn't know what those were. And she had ah sent me a photo of another artist by the name of Josi Luis, I believe is her name. And she had these really cool looking posters. And I wasn't She want to know how how she did it. And I said, You know, I didn't know. And so I've been playing with these and then found out once I flipped my coasters over when I didn't stir them. At one point, I just dropped the inks in. And then I found that that was the creation that get creates the starburst effect because it just kind of pushes down the inks and you don't disturb them, so they just have this really organic look to them. So I was really excited. I am just adding these layers upon layers to this. Now, the more ink that you use, the less clear you will see obviously in your finished piece. So preference based as always with my courses. If you want tohave less ink, you could do less ink and you'll see more of that clear. Ah, resin on your piece once you flip them over. But I happen to like a lot of the colors. I've done this both ways. You will see a second said that I did, with a little bit less ink and a little bit fewer colors. And you'll see the difference between the two. This one I'm not gonna torch. I'm just gonna let nature take its course. And on the 2nd 1 I do torch it and you'll see both of those. So you can see there's a little bit of a difference with your outcome that you'll get. So I'm gonna continue toe layer these colors, and we're gonna speed this up so you don't have to watch me drop all of this in here and you will notice. I did drop a little bit of the gold in here and the gold doesn't settle like the other colors do. It tends to want to stay on the surface. So I like to use a gold just for the backside of the coaster cause that will settle and you can see it in the photograph that we had taken. It just kind of settled in the center and, um, as a real pretty, pretty sheen to it, But you'll find that that won't seep down into on the other side. So just keep that mind if you choose to use gold in your process. So I'm gonna speed this up for you now. Oh, so for my last little bit here, I'm just adding a little bit of the senior Rita Magenta, and they were just gonna put this aside and cover it and let it dry for 24 hours. 15. Starburst Coaster sanding final steps: So now we're going to cover our coasters up. Now. I found this is a great little cheat way. I have my Pyrex clear dish. So guess what? I can see them and see what's happening in here. Uh, so I love to use these if they fit the mold, so Ah, discover it with anything that you'd like. And then after 24 hours, here is it's all dry and harden, and we're just gonna pop that right out of the mole. And look at that beauty. Is that amazing? I I absolutely love these. They're so and they're so shiny and so clear. Um, look at the finish on that. It's amazing. So now what you want to do on the backside? Sometimes you'll have a little bit of a lip, so I'm going to use this exact and I have no need to be very super careful that we don't cut ourselves with that. Um and I have it up just a little bit and just go very slowly around that edge, and you could just trim that off. Now it's important to do this within 24 hours because what happens is is this cure er's a little bit longer. This resident will become even more hard. So it's still a little bit soft and pliable, so you can easily remove that at this point. So I'm just gonna go all the way around this and you can see how easy this is. Just trimming off. Now, this is gonna be the back side of my coaster. And I am going Teoh and putting some little rubber feet on here as well. But you might like the side better, so keep that in mind as well. You could always if you find that your edges, you're not happy with that. You could always put one more layer of clear resin on the top. If you like the side better, Um, like we did with the tree coaster and that will finish this side off is well, give it a little bit of a top to it, but it looks fine. Like this, too. So the other thing you may want to do if you have any a little rough edges, grab a little standard block and you could just kind of smooth those out. You want to make sure that you just getting the edge because you don't want to scuff up the beautiful, shiny side, so just get the edges on that and just kind of work your way around your coaster, and you can smooth those add a little, but if you've got a little bit of, ah, jagged edge on those you could see got a nice, smooth finish around there now, So I chose to have mind this way, and I'm gonna attach my rubber feet to the bottom of this, and I just want to show you as well at the's. That's is after 72 hours, and I have, ah, cup of ice water on here, and it did not stick. So if, um, if it's 24 hours and you're trying this, it may stick to your cup. Usually after this is really fully cured for good, 72 hours or so, Um, it's a very small service, and it won't stick to. Your couple will make that section, so that's important. And I tested also with a hot coffee cup and the same issue. Now, if you put the coffee cup on when it's still soft, you want to get some in dense or rings around there. Um and sometimes that will just still pop right out. But make sure you give yourself plenty of time to let this fully cure, and you usually won't have a problem. And if you do get ring sometimes, let it set for a little while and they'll they'll release on their own. So here's the finished piece on this side you saw the other side. It's absolutely gorgeous. This is the other coaster that I did with black, white and red, and I did a little bit of torching on this and you can see the torches kind of spread those colors out almost like a blooming effect, like a hydrangea or something. It was it was amazing. So that's another option for you to try with a torch. And still I'm didn't do any mixing with us. I just let the torch kind of blow the inks around a little bit, and it gives it this gorgeous look and they're all different. So each one of them is gonna be very unique because you use a little bit less so I have a little bit of clear resin still showing on that one side over there. But these are just so much fun. I hope you enjoy making these. And if you dio, I would love to see you post them on Instagram or Facebook and give me a tag under, uh, Kelly Lin Art. And, um, I'd love to see them, so thanks so much.