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Resin Petri Coaster: Step-by-Step

Petri art coaster: create colourful coasters and impress your friends!

Close up of Resin Petri Art

Petri Art combines resin with alcohol inks to create three dimensional splashes of colour with unpredictable results.

It’s not essential to use the Pinãta alcohol inks, but we much prefer them due to the richness of their colour and superior lightfast qualities. Make sure you include the Blanco Blanco white to get the proper petri effects.

These fabulous coasters are so simple yet stunning that you’ll want to make lots in different colours!

Instructions (see below for images)

  1. Mix up 15ml of Resin8 Heat Resistant Resin as per the instructions (10ml resin and 5 ml hardener) and pour it into your mould. You can use a heat gun to get rid of bubbles. Allow this clear layer to at least partially if not fully cure. This can take up to 24 hours but you’ll probably find it is ready in 12 hours (especially if you keep it in a warm place and warm the resin first). Having a clear layer of this special resin on what will be the top of your coaster will ensure it’s properly protected against the heat of a hot coffee or hot chocolate!
  2. When the resin has partially or fully cured, mix up 30ml of the same resin (20ml resin and 10ml hardener) and fill your mould to the top. You can give it a gentle blast with a heat gun if bubbles appear. Give the bottle of Pinãta Blanco Blanco (white) alcohol ink a good shake before adding a few drops randomly into the mould.
  3. Quickly add a drop of Calabaza Orange ink inside each white blob.
  4. Add another drop of Blanco Blanco to the inside of each blob.
  5. Add a drop of Señorita Magenta (pink) to each blob.
  6. Give the Rich Gold bottle a good shake before adding a drop to each blob. You will see the gold fizzle and then appear solid on the top.
  7. Be careful not to add too much alcohol ink as it will affect the resin cure and could mean your coaster doesn’t set properly!
  8. Leave the coaster to cure somewhere flat, warm and dust-free.
  9. After 24 hours, carefully remove your coaster from the mould. It will take a further seven days for your coaster to be fully heat resistant.

For more about petri art, read our previous blog.


Thanks to Tali from @tallulahdoesthehula for writing this blog post.

Pantone Colour Trend: Dreamscape

Inspired by the latest colour influence from the renowned Pantone Color Institute, our LIMITED EDITION Dreamscape Colour Collection launches today.

Available for 1 month only, Dreamscape contains a mix of opaque and metallic pigments, mica powders and a FREE sample of the brand-new Resin8 biodegradable reflections eco-glitter.

An alternative selection of tones, this kit is dreamy with its cool pink, shimmering lilac, vintage ivory and pale blue – think sweet pastels with a punch of orange and purple colour pop.

Get your hands on one of our Limited Edition Dreamscape Collections now.

Read more on Resin8’s mica powder and pigments below, and view the original Pantone article here.

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Resin8 1 to 1 Epoxy Resin – the resin you’ve been waiting for!

“it does exactly what it says on the tin”; “easier to use than other resins”; “I will definitely use it again”…

Just a few of the AMAZING things people have been saying about our brand new Resin8 1 to 1 Epoxy Resin!  This non-toxic resin has been developed for use in jewellery, sculpture and art. It is a superb all-purpose clear resin and is designed for doming, embedding, casting and coating.

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sterling-silver-ruby-and-resin-ring-2Resin8 1 to 1 Epoxy Resin is receiving rave reviews – check out just a few of them here. Kim from Wilde Works commented that she “would fully recommend using Resin8’s new 1 to 1 resin for small-scale resin casting on curved surfaces” and that “this is the resin i’ve been waiting for”. Michelle Fernandez mentioned that “it is a good all-round resin” and Viv from Beads of Creation said “all in all a great resin, easy to use, fantastic results, love it!”.

Grab yourself a 200ml Resin8 1 to 1 Epoxy Resin kit now!

Top Tip…Avoid bubbles in resin when using paper in your designs

Avoid bubbles in resin when using paper in your design

Here’s something we’ve learnt by experience…

If you have a curing cabinet do not use it if your resin creations have paper in them. As paper contains air, the action of heating the piece of jewellery up means that the air is released into the resin in the form of bubbles. OH NO!

Instead, pass a flame quickly over the piece before leaving it to cure overnight in a warm, dust-free environment.

Avoid bubbles in resin when using paper in your design

How to…remove bubbles from resin

We’re always asked how to get rid of bubbles that have formed in resin (before the resin has cured that is!).

Well, if they’re really large bubbles there’s no choice – you will have to have a dig around with a cocktail stick (toothpick) and see if you can pop them.  However if the bubbles are tiny try this:

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Safety alert – ONLY DO THIS IS YOU ARE USING NON-FLAMMABLE RESIN. We do not advise you do this with alcohol inks unless you want to lose your eyebrows.

Now, you only need to flash the flame over the resin for a second or two. Don’t linger! Also, make sure you do this on a heatproof surface. In the image above we’ve used a heat-proof mat but you could also use a silicone mat, kitchen/bathroom tile or something like an old baking tray.

For those who enjoy the science….the flame starves the bubbles of oxygen therefore drawing them to the surface where they pop and vanish.

Give it a go next time you’re making something with our resin – it will be the best thing you’ve learnt today!