Make Your Own Resin Petri Coasters Kit
Make Your Own Resin Petri Coasters Kit
Make Your Own Resin Petri Coasters Kit
Make Your Own Resin Petri Coasters Kit
Make Your Own Resin Petri Coasters Kit

Make Your Own Resin Petri Coasters Kit

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makes at least 6 coasters
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Impress your friends by giving them handmade, on-trend petri art coasters for Christmas. With this Make Your Own Resin Petri Coasters Kit you can make at least 6 coasters - perfect for a gift set.

This resin coaster kit has been designed to go along with our step-by-step petri coaster blog and as such, instructions aren't included. However, you can follow the blog instructions by clicking here and learn more about resin and alcohol inks in general by checking out "Petri Art" on YouTube.
  • 300g Resin8 Heat-Resistant Resin/Hardener
  • 1 x re-useable silicone 85mm round coaster mould
  • 1 x re-useable silicone 100mm square coaster mould
  • 1 x 0.05oz Jacquard Piñata Blanco Blanco (essential)
  • 2 x 0.05oz Jacquard Piñata alcohol inks (Magenta & Purple or Blue & Gold or Magenta & Gold or Purple & Silver)
  • 1 x pair nitrile gloves (large)
  • 3 re-useable wooden mixing sticks
  • 3 x re-useable 60ml graduated measuring cups
  • 1 x sheet 180grit wet & dry paper

Health & Safety:
  • Flammable - do not use a naked flame or torch to remove bubbles from resin that has been coloured with alcohol ink 
  • Keep out of the reach of children - this product contains alcohol
  • Eye irritant - keep away from the eyes. If you do, wash it immediately with plenty of water and consult your physician
  • MSDS for alcohol inks available here

If you love creating fun, funky eyecandy with the minimum of fuss, you'll love petri art. Made popular by artist Josie Lewis, of Petrified Rainbow, this fabulous art form combines epoxy resin with alcohol inks to create three dimensional splashes of colour. Called petri art because it resembles the tiny particles found growing in petri dish experiments, this popular technique is simple to get started with as long as you get the basics right. 

The first thing you'll discover is that not all alcohol inks are created equal! We've experimented with different brands and have found Jacquard Piñata inks by far the best for making petri effects with epoxy resin. Some thinner alternatives tend to bleed, creating a murky, brown sludge. Piñata inks are highly saturated, fast drying and tend to hold their colour better. They're named after a Piñata toy because they truly POP.

Alcohol inks are not lightfast and will eventually fade. Humidity, temperature and the type of resins and additives you use may also affect how fast your project may lose its colour. Luckily Piñata inks are made with dye based colourants, which don't fade as much as some other alcohol inks, according to Jacquard. They recommend avoiding prolonged sunlight exposure. The Blanco Blanco and metallic colours are completely lightfast and shouldn't fade.

As well as choosing the right inks, it's essential to select the correct resin to get the best effects. Resin8 Heat Resistant Epoxy Resin produces stunning results, and is perfect for coasters, although bear in mind that to be fully heat proof, it must have a clear, uncoloured layer of this special resin on top. Thinner resins don't tend to work as well because the alcohol ink sinks down to the bottom too fast and blends. If you only have thinner resin to hand, you could always let it semi-cure (set) before adding your alcohol inks. So for example, if you're using Resin8 Slowcure resin, you might want to wait 12 hours or so before adding the ink.

When you're applying your coloured inks, make sure you include some Blanco Blanco. We often start with a drop of the white, followed by two drops of another colour, followed by a drop of the white and two drops of another colour but have fun and experiment! Putting the coloured ink before the white will get a different effect. Give both a try but remember that when it comes to petri art, less is usually more (and the more alcohol ink you add, the more likely the resin won't set!).

REMEMBER - Your barbecue lighter may be your favourite way of getting rid of pesky bubbles when you're working with resin. However, alcohol inks are incredibly flammable so whatever you do, keep a naked flame AWAY from resin that has been coloured with alcohol inks.
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