For creative minds, life is always fun and exciting, and such people get inspired by everything. Even when they have a pleasant time with their loved ones or relaxing, they include decorative items like coasters. Utilitarian in nature, coasters also maximize the aesthetic appeal of your furniture or the surface where they are placed.
If you want to make your living room and other indoor spaces more vibrant, coasters are the way to go. The incredible thing about these items is that you can easily make them right in your home by using colored clay. It is not stressful to get the materials either, and making them yourself is a relatively straightforward process.
Getting to make the coasters all by yourself is a fantastic initiative as it allows you to customize the design you want. This is in addition to giving you the chance to enjoy the artistic process yourself. This piece will outline steps on how you can make coasters right from the comfort of your room using colored clay.
Get the Materials Ready
Just as it is with any other artistic process, you cannot get your coasters done without getting all your materials in place. Hence, the first step is to collect all the materials you are going to utilize. The pleasant thing about this step is that you do not need a lot of materials. It would help if you had colored clay, gold leaf foil (optional), rolling pin, baking tray, metallic leaf adhesive, satin glaze, and paintbrush.
Fix the Proportions
Sort the clay apart based on the fraction of the colors you want to see appearing in your coasts. For example, you can blend a combination of white, orange, black, silver, or grey. You can be as creative as possible when it comes to the colors you are selecting.
Get a sheet of your parchment paper and spread out on the surface you are using. Then roll your clay pieces to form elongated and cylindrical shapes. Combine all to get your marbled pattern. At that stage, do a separation of the final mixed clay into pairs then roll them into balls.
Forming the Shapes
Get your rolling pin and do a flattening of the balls until they become flat and circular. You can also add some extra twist of creativity by allowing the circles to have some edges or even dimples. You can be as creative as you want at this point.
Application of Heat
Smoothen the top of the pieces while also increasing the surface area. At this stage, you get to make use of the gold leaf if you procured it earlier. Proceed with the baking of the clay based on the guidelines stated in the package. Baking of the coasters typically takes about 20 minutes at a temperature level of 270 F. After the baking; you allow the clay to be cooled at room temperature. The cooling process will take about 60 minutes.
Using the Adhesive with the Gold Foil
Get your paintbrush, put on the gold leaf adhesive on the sides of the coasters. Allow the adhesive to stay in position until the cloudy appearance clears off. You can then put the gold foil one after the other.
Gold Leaf Application
Carefully apply the gold leaf upon the adhesive and press gently upon the edges to remove the extra gold leaf. To ensure there is no wastage of gold leaf, make use of the excess on new areas. Continue until all sections of the edges of the coasters are covered with gold leaf. Once this is done, you allow the coasters to stay in place for 24 hours so that the adhesive can dry totally. However, remember that the application of gold leaf to the edges is optional.
Allow for Drying
Once you have seen that the leaf has dried, apply a fragile layer of glaze on every part of the coast to fix the leaf in place. Then allow it to dry for one day. Do not let it over dry, so there will be no cracks in pieces.
Outcome and Usage of Finished Coasters
After allowing the coasters to dry in 24 hours, your colorful coasters are finally ready, and you can use them without delay. You can use the coasters to blend with existing furniture or other areas in your house. Colorful coasters are an excellent addition to your interior design at any time and any day.