Make Stunning 3D Hibiscus Flower Resin Coasters
Interested in learning how to make gorgeous 3D Flower Resin Coasters? This is a beginner-friendly resin art project and the materials needed are listed below. First, is the video tutorial, followed by a material list, and then a written tutorial, breaking each step into more detail. The colors used in this 3D flower tutorial are white and red, as we attempted to create a white and red, ‘Rose of Sharon,’ Hibiscus flower. Using this technique, the pigments sink into the resin creating a 3-dimensional flower inside a clear resin coaster. Please leave any questions or comments in the comment section below so we can respond to you as soon as possible!
3D Flower Resin Coasters Video Tutorial
Here is the video tutorial:
3D Flower Resin Coasters Materials
Heat Gun Options
White Pigment Options
This NicPro Resin Art Kit includes epoxy resin, resin dye (pigment), mixing cups, stir sticks, a silicone mat, and more! If you purchase this kit, the only additional items needed are embossing powder and metal leaf. The kit even has a white pigment dye suitable for the white resin portion of this pour.
Coaster Mold Options
For coaster molds check out our article, Best Silicone Coaster Molds for Resin Art (Number 9 is the mold used in the video tutorial.)
3D Flower Resin Coasters Directions
Step One: Prepare Workspace and Wipe Down Coaster Molds
Before starting any resin art project, it is imperative that you prepare your workspace. Resin is very sticky and can ruin work tables and floors if accidentally spilled. Trust me, even the most careful artists eventually spill resin when attempting a resin art piece. Use silicone to cover your surfaces. Check out Best Silicone Craft Mats For Resin Artists for our top recommendations. If you want to go a cheaper route, cover your surface with contact paper. Also, cover your floors with plastic sheeting to ensure you do not ruin them.
Next, make sure the surface you are working on is level. Use a level tool to check that your mold sits flat on your workspace.
Lastly, always wipe down your coaster molds with isopropyl alcohol and a paper towel before getting started.
Step Two: Mix Epoxy Resin
Most epoxy resin is mixed at a 1:1 epoxy to hardener ratio. However, some are mixed 3:1. This makes reading directions extremely important. If the epoxy resin is mixed incorrectly, it will not cure completely. If the epoxy resin is not able to cure correctly, the final piece is sticky and bendy. For epoxy to cure with a shiny hard finish, follow the directions on the bottle precisely. For more handy tips about mixing epoxy resin, check out How to Mix Bubble-Free Epoxy Resin.
Step Three: Pour Clear Resin Into Mold
Pour you freshly mixed epoxy resin into your coaster mold. Fill the mold up halfway.
Step Four: Mix your Pigments with Resin
After you have poured the clear resin into your molds, pour some of the left over resin into three separate cups. I suggest using paper cups so you can control the flow when pouring. (See below for explanation) Fill each cup with epoxy resin. In one cup, put a dime sized amount of the white pigment. In another, put a dime sized amount of your colored pigment, and in the third, put enough embossing powder to fully saturate the resin you have in the cup. Mix each cup until the pigments have saturated the resin.
Step Five: Add Embellishments to the Center Of The Coasters
In the center of the coasters, put a bit of metal leaf, or whatever type of embellishment you choose to use. Other options include glitter, glitter glass, or crystals. Using a stir stick, gently mix the embellishments in the center of your clear resin-filled coaster molds.
Step Six: Add White Resin and Colored Resin to Mold
First, add a ring of the resin mixed with embossing powder around the embellishments in the center of your mold. Then, move onto adding the white pigment.
Using your thumb and forefinger, squeeze the top of the paper cup filled with white resin. Squeeze to form a point that the resin can flow from in a thin line.
In a thin line, pour your white pigment in a circular motion, like in the picture below. Continue moving at all times during this pour. If you stay in one spot for too long, the pigment will pool and sink to the bottom. This causes white spots on top of your final piece.
Next, pour your colored resin in. You can follow the same lines as you did for the white pigment, or experiment with a different design.
Using a heat gun, lightly run hot air across the surface of each of your coasters. Do not use enough force to move your pigments around. This is solely done to pop any air bubbles trapped in the resin.
Step Seven: Shape the Petals
Using a toothpick or thin stir stick, pull from the edge of the coaster mold into the center. Do this every inch or so, depending on how big you want your petals to be. Here is the pattern used in this tutorial:
Step Eight: Let Cure and Demold
Let your coasters cure overnight and then demold. This is how our coaster turned out:
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