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I love the smell of freshly ground coffee beans, but I am not much of a coffee drinker. Weird you think? Well, that’s me :). But I do enjoy my green tea in the middle of a busy day, it is quite refreshing. And to accompany my hot beverage, I decided to make a coaster for myself. Actually, I was eager to try working on a mosaic project :p.
It turned out to be quite an easy project, something you could do with kids too as a summer project.
For the base, I was contemplating between using a tile or something like MDF or chipboard. Tile would have been a bit too heavy so decided to go with the later and I had these old coasters that I decided to re-purpose. This is part of the same set that I have used in my earlier project here.
First step was to prepare the mosaic chips, I have used an old CD for this. To break the CD, soak it in boiling water for 10 minutes to prevent cracks while cutting, do use a set of strong scissors. You could even hammer it down, but then you will not have control over the size and shape of the chips. Once the chips were cut, I ran them on a sand-paper to remove any sharp edges and then using white glue stuck them onto the coaster base.
Notice how beautiful the reflective colours are. The next step was to fill in the gaps. I made a paste of flour, white glue, acrylic colour and water and applied it all over. I realised that doing it my hand was the best and the most fun way to go, making sure I covered all nooks and corners in between the chips. Once done I ran a spatula over it to make the surface even and smooth.
The next step and the more time consuming one, was to clean the chips. (I forgot to take a picture of this step). When the coaster was dry to touch, using a damp soft cloth, I starting wiping off the paste from the chips. By the time I was half way done, I realised using a thinner or a nail polish remover would be faster. Did that and cleaned the surface completely. The project was complete at this stage, but the shine and jazz was a bit too much for my taste and to use at a work place, so I decided to dull it a bit using a transparent paint over the chips.
Once it was completely dry, sealed it with varnish.
And now I have another reason to enjoy my green tea 🙂
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