Marble-Inspired Clay Coaster Project
Whether you're entertaining friends, ending your day with a quiet drink, or starting it with your first cup of coffee, coasters are an indispensable part of home décor. Inherently functional, they're more than an accessory because they keep the rest of your décor–the wood, the marble, and basically any flat surface that a drink might be stationed on–looking its very best. At the same time, designers have realized that even these humble pieces offer some major possibilities for bringing a little extra something to your interior.
But designers aren't the only ones that get to have fun making things. With the right materials and a few tips, you can create your own one-of-a-kind coasters that will light up your living room. The first step: finding the right inspiration. We love marble and gold so when we saw these amazing gold-and-marble coasters from Bliss Home & Design, we knew we had to DIY our own version. The materials were easy to find and the process took just a few steps. There's nothing better than making something yourself that fits in with the things you buy and our new set of gold leaf coasters work perfectly with our living room décor. To make your own set of designer coasters for a fraction of the retail cost, just follow these steps and be sure to have lots of fun while you're doing it!
Gather Your Materials
The best part about creating small pieces like coasters is that they don't require many materials. Here are all the things you'll need:
Sculpey oven bake clay (white, grey and black)
Gold leaf foil
Metal leaf adhesive
Sculpey satin glaze
Selecting Your Ratios
Separate your clay into the ratio of colors you’d like to see in your marble print. We used lots of white with some grey and a little black.
Prepare Your Work Surface
Lay out a sheet of parchment paper on your work surface and roll each piece of clay into tubular shapes. Mix them together to create your marble pattern. Separate your final mixed clay into four pieces and roll into balls.
Flatten each ball into a flat circular shape using your rolling pin. We wanted our shapes to look organic so we left the circles uneven.
Into The Oven
Push in the edges of the circular pieces to create more surface area while keeping the top of the coaster smooth. This is where we’ll apply the gold leaf for the gilded look later on. Bake your clay according to instructions on the package. Our coasters took 20 minutes at 275 F. We left the clay to cool for about an hour at room temperature.
Apply the Adhesive
Using your small paintbrush, apply gold leaf adhesive around the edges of the coasters. Let the adhesive sit until it no longer appears milky in color (see package’s directions) and then apply your gold foil in pieces.
Add Gold Leaf
Gently press the gold leaf into the adhesive and rub along the edges to remove the excess gold leaf. Reuse the excess pieces on new spots to avoid wasting any leaf. Keep it up until the edge of the coaster is covered in gold leaf glory! Let the coasters sit overnight to ensure the adhesive dries completely.
Once the leaf dries, paint a thin coat of Sculpey glaze over the entire coaster to seal in the leaf and give a satin sheen. Let dry for 24 hours.
The Finished Product
If you're someone who, like us, enjoys a lot of warm metallics in their space, these coasters will immediately pick up on and accentuate that color palette.
Use and Enjoy!
Smoothly applied gold leaf helps give the finished product an expensive, designer look, while the rough edges give it a handmade, rustic feel. The contrast is a perfect complement to any number of design styles.
Krystle DeSantos is an advertising professional by day and a decorator, style-enthusiast and creative blogger by night. She writes about Decor + Style on her blog as well as her numerous DIY projects.