Create these fun gem embossed coasters in less than an hour with this simple tutorial! I believe you can never have enough coasters – I like making different sets that I can interchange. This trendy gem embossed coaster idea is so fun to make and so easy too. I love the copper effect, although I think silver or gold would look good as well. Want to know how I made them? Of course you do – so read on to find out how!
Supplies needed for this gem coaster idea:
- Premo Black Clay
- Polymer Clay Press
- Gem Embossing Folder
- StazOn Metallic Stamp Pad (Copper)
- Circle Cutter
- Rolling Pin
- Wax paper
Step 1. First, you will want to condition your clay. Use a rolling pin to help you condition your clay to make it pliable. Once it’s easily moldable, proceed to the next step.
Step 2. Use the clay press to flatten your clay to a uniform thickness – I used the “1” setting (thickest possible) as I wanted my coasters to be fairly thick. Fold the clay and run it through the press a few times to condition it some more and yield a smooth clay surface.
Step 3. Fold your clay once, and use a circle cutter 3″-4″ in diameter to cut your coasters to size. Repeat steps 1-3 to produce however many coasters you would like.
Step 4. Next, take your embossing folder and ink it with some of the StazOn copper ink pad. Carefully lay the pattern you would like on the surface of your coaster and press lightly. Use a flat surface such as a hardbound book to press the embossing folder evenly on the surface. Work quickly as this ink dries fairly fast.
*If the ink did not leave a bright impression, re-ink the folder and align the pattern precisely before impressing it onto the clay surface again.
Step 5. Add extra detail by inking the edges of the coasters too, it gives such a nice pop of color and defines the edge too.
Step 6. Finally, bake according to the clay package’s instructions – for mine, it was 275 F for about 15-20 minutes. And you are done! You can add a cork or felt backing to these if you would like. I skipped that part since I wanted something I could wash when it gets dirty.
I just love how this turned out! The copper really shows well on the black. It’s a great hostess gift and even trendy enough to use for dorm room decor – don’t you think? What color combination would you create this in?
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Aki is an avid DIY-er, crafter and designer. She loves trying out new craft materials, processes, and learning about new ideas. She has a passion for designing printed material as well, from free cards, wallpapers and party items. Follow her crafty adventures over at mintedstrawberry.blogspot.ca where she shares DIY tutorials and free printables.