Easy Wine Butler and Coaster Set Out of Resin
In this article, we have included a video and written tutorial showing you how to easily make a wine butler and coaster set out of epoxy resin. Also, included is a material list, complete with links to the most affordable products we have found to make this project.
These epoxy resin wine butler and coaster sets make a great gift for holidays or special occasions and do not take much time to make at all!
We hope you will try the project out for yourselves and please feel free to ask any questions in the comment section below!
Easy Wine Butler and Coaster Set Out of Resin Video Tutorial
Resin Wine Butler and Coaster Set Materials
The Best Epoxy For Wine Butler and Coaster Sets
I have tried tones of different epoxy resins for tons of different types of art projects. It is true that certain epoxy resins are better suited for certain projects.
In the case of coasters, the ideal epoxy resin is a medium viscosity (thickness), crystal clear, rock hard when cured, and UV resistant.
The same goes for wine butlers, but the ability to cure rock hard is even more important. For the wine butler to stay straight when holding heavy wine glasses, the epoxy must be rigid when cured.
It took a lot of trial and error, but I finally found an epoxy that I recommend highly for resin wine butlers and coaster sets. It is called Incredible Solutions Epoxy Resin. Luckily, it has all the qualities I was looking for for this type of resin project AND it is affordable.
The one negative about this product is that it has a little less working time than some of the other art resins on the market today. You get about 30 minutes of working time, which should be adequate for this type of project.
I would rather have a final product that can actually be used as it was intended and deal with having a little less working time.
If I find another product that has all these qualities and has a longer working time, I will update this post for you, but for now, use the following:
Here is the list of pigments and other materials I used to create this gorgeous resin wine butler and coaster set:
Wine Butler and Coaster Set Written Tutorial
Step One: Prepare Your Workspace
As always, I strongly recommend you take the time to prepare your workspace before beginning a resin art project. This saves tons of headaches later on in the project.
First, make sure the surface you choose to do your project on is level. Using a level tool is key to getting perfect results.
For this activity, you will not need a large amount of space so any of the silicone craft mats in Best Silicone Craft Mats For Resin Artists will work.
Once you lay down your craft mat, set up the tools and molds needed for the pour For example, set out a row of plastic or paper cups next to your molds, as well as wooden or silicone stir sticks. A large silicone or plastic measuring cup is also recommended. My favorite kit to use for resin art is the following:
This kit comes with multiple sizes of silicone cups and measuring cups, which are always handy. The kit also includes pair of gloves.
As far as safety precautions go, wearing gloves when working with epoxy resin is very important! Not only do gloves protect sensitive skin from any potential reactions to epoxy resin, but they also save you the time of trying to scrub resin off your hands after you finish your project. Trust me, this is an arduous task.
If for some reason, you get epoxy resin on your skin, the best product I have found to wipe it off easily, are the hand wipes by Grime Boss. (Link below.)
I try to have these wipes on hand at all times when working with epoxy.
Another product that works decently is Fast Orange Pumice Lotion. You can purchase on Amazon using the link below.
After prepping your space, move on to Step Two.
Step Two: Pick Your Pigments
For this step, pick out pigments to color your epoxy resin with. If you are going for the same look that I achieved in the video tutorial, use the pigments in the material list. However, if you want to get creative and try another color palette, go for it!
Just remember the larger variety of pigments you use, the more effects you can achieve. For example, a great mix of pigment types for this project would be:
Color 1: Alcohol Ink
Color 2: Acrylic Paint
Color 3: Bombay India Ink
Color 4: Pigments Powders (Great product, but on the expensive side)
Some other pigment options are oil paints, (in limited quantities) Food Coloring, resin dye, or Castin’ Craft Opaque Pigments.
You do not need much pigment to color epoxy resin In fact, you usually do not need more than a dime-size amount of pigment to fully saturate your resin.
After you have picked out the types of pigments you are using, as well as the colors of these pigments, put a dime-sized amount of each pigment into your silicone or paper cups.
Move on to Step Three.
Step Three: Mix Your Epoxy resin
Yay! Time to mix your epoxy resin.
The most important tip I can give you for mixing your epoxy resin is to follow the directions on the bottle.
You will not need more than a cup of resin in total if you are using the same molds I used in the video.
For further tips on mixing a crystal clear, bubble-free epoxy resin, check out How to Mix Bubble-Free Epoxy Resin.
Remember, once you mix your epoxy resin, you must work quickly. Although we only recommend epoxy resins with the longest working times on the market, 30-45 minutes is the most time you have after mixing. You do not need to get sloppy and rush, but working swiftly is important.
I recommend setting a timer on your phone until you get comfortable visually determining how much more time you have left to work with a batch of epoxy.
After you have mixed your epoxy resin, pour an equal amount into the cups that you put pigments into in the previous step. Be sure to save some clear resin to use in your pour!
Move on to Step Four.
Step Four: Start your Pour
Now for the fun part. I suggest starting with your clear resin. Pour a bit of clear resin into each of your molds to begin.
Next, pick another color, and pour on top of the clear resin.
It is up to you the pattern by which you pour the rest of your colors. However, I suggest being heavy-handed when pouring each of the colors. The wine butler and coasters will look best if the colors are well-defined and colors tend to get muddy if you only pour a bit of each color at a time.
Experiment with different pour techniques. For example, pour from further up in the air will push the colors that are already in the mold further to the outside of the mold. Pouring closer to the mold will not push the colors out as much, but may make some interesting effects with regard to depth. Another technique to use is to pour a color in a ring around the mold. This gives more of a detailed look to your final piece.
Periodically pour in a bit of clear resin between the colors. This really helps with effects.
Have fun! This is the relaxing part of resin art, so do not think too much into it. Just pour and pour some more!
Quick Tip: Be sure to fill up your molds completely. You want to end up w a thick wine butler, as it needs to hold up wine glasses. Also, thicker coasters always look better when using resin!
Step Five: Let Cure Overnight and Demold
Let your wine butler and coasters cure overnight and then demold them. Admire your handiwork!
Note: Your wine butler and coaster set are not fully cured at this point. In fact, it could take up to two weeks for your pieces to cure completely rock hard. Depending on the temperature in your home, this timing may vary.
Just do not freak out if your pieces are still bendy. This is totally normal!
Importantly, after demolding, be sure to keep your wine butler and coasters on a flat surface. If they are stored in a place where they are able to bend, they will continue to cure and you will end up with a rock-hard, bent wine butler and coaster set. No Bueno!
Step Six: Add Metallic Paint to Edges (Optional)
This step is totally optional. if you like the way your edges look, do not worry about this. However, if you think adding a bit more shine to your wine butler and coaster set is necessary, by all means, keep crafting!
Using a gilding pen, like the one linked in the material list above, paint the edges of your pieces. Move slowly when doing this so you do not mess up the tops of your pieces.
I suggest using a metallic color, like gold, silver, or bronze. However, you could use colored paint pens if you want blue, black, purple, etc. edges. Let the edges dry and enjoy your new product once it has fully cured.
Keep on Crafting!
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