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A while back I showed you how to create a basic epoxy coaster and you guys loved it! So I thought it would be fun to take things a step further and show you how to apply a vinyl decal to an epoxy coaster in this quick tutorial!
So, grab your glitter, a little vinyl, and your favorite epoxy, and let’s craft, Sis!
Ready? Let’s dive in!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Epoxy (I’m using Counter Culture DIY’s Fast Set Epoxy)
- Glitter (I’m using Counter Culture DIY’s Ballerina Burst Glitter)
- Silicone Mold (I’m using the Geode 3 mold from Counter Culture DIY’s Geode Silicone Coaster Molds)
- Cricut Machine
- Permanent Adhesive Vinyl
- Transfer Tape
- Cricut Weeding tools
- Plastic Cups (to mix the epoxy)
- Wood Craft Sticks (to mix the epoxy)
- Heat Torch (Optional)
Step 1: Mix the Epoxy
Start by mixing equal parts epoxy, A + B, and stir well. I’m using Fast Set Epoxy from Counter Culture DIY.
Step 2: Add Glitter
Now it’s time to add our glitter! I’m using Ballerina Brust from Counter Culture DIY. Pour the glitter directly into your epoxy mixture and still well.
Pro Tip: The more glitter you add to the epoxy, the more opaque your final coaster will be. you’d like it to be a bit more transparent, just add less glitter.
Step 3: Pour Mixture into Mold
Pour the glitter/epoxy mixture into the silicone mold. The key here is to only fill the mold about halfway full. You want to leave space for a second layer after you’ve applied the decal.
Pro Tip: Pour the epoxy mixture starting in the center of the mold and allow the mixture to self-settle out to the edges.
Step 4: Choose Your Design
Now you’re ready to choose your design!
Resize it to the desired dimensions and follow the prompts in Cricut Design Space to prepare your decal for cutting.
Step 5: Cut The Decal
Now it’s time to let your machine do the work! Once your decal has been cut, weed and apply the transfer tape to your vinyl.
Step 6: Apply Decal
Remove the decal from the transfer tape and apply it to the mold. Note: You must allow the mold to fully cure before this step.
Gently remove the transfer tape from the decal to reveal the finished design.
Step 7: Add Final Layer Of Epoxy
Mix more epoxy and pour it into the mold.
This step is what seals in your decal and gives the coaster its smooth finish.
Step 9: Torch
If you notice any air bubbles in your epoxy, you can use a torch to remove them. If you are going to use a torch, do not go over any one area for too long and take extra care so that you don’t overheat it and scorch the mold.
Allow the epoxy to fully cure.
Step 9: Demold + Enjoy!
Now for the fun part! Once your epoxy has fully cured, it’s time to demold!
Gently begin peeling away your mold, starting at the edges and working your way inwards until you start to feel the epoxy pull away from the mold.
And that’s it, you’re done!
This is such a fun and easy project – and these coasters make perfect gifts! Plus, there are ENDLESS ways you can customize this to create a finished project that is completely unique – just like you!
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