I have received a ton of requests asking how I make my geode coasters, so today I am going to share my process on how I made my own silicone molds to make these beautiful geode coasters below.
Let’s start off with the supplies you’ll need:
Supplies: For Molds
- Silicone Caulk (I got mine from Home Depot)
- Caulk gun
- Plastic wrap / Cling Film
- A piece of cardboard
- Parchment paper
- Popsicle stick / something to spread the silicone
- Rubber gloves
- Well ventilated area
Additional Supplies: For Coasters
- Resin (I use Art Resin)
- Glitter (optional)
- Acrylic Paints (your choice of color)
- Culinary Torch
If you have never used Resin before, read up on my previous post for some tips!
Step 1: Prep your board, Plan your shape
You will want to make sure you have a sturdy, flat surface to work on. I used a piece of thick cardboard and then wrapped it with plastic wrap. At this point you’ll likely have an idea of what shape you want your molds to be. I wanted to make something similar to a geode (slightly round but with natural bumps and ridges) and so I drafted some shapes out on a piece of parchment paper. Then I placed this under my plastic wrap so that I could use it as an outline for my silicone molds.
Step 2: Make your molds
Place your tube of silicone caulk into the caulk gun and you’re ready to start making your molds! Guiding the gun, trace over your outlines until you are happy with the shape. Depending on how thick of a cut you made on the tip of the caulk, you may want to go over this shape a few times to make the mold a little thicker and stronger.
Once you are happy with your molds, leave them in a well ventilated area to dry (trust me, the silicone has a strong vinegar smell!). I left mine dry overnight before peeling them off.
Here you’ll see I made about 9 silicone ring molds with the tube of silicone caulk.
Step 3: (optional) Add a base
Now here’s an option you can try. When I first made my ring molds, I added a thin base to each of them so that they were portable and could hold the resin without any leaks. To do this, I squeezed out a small mound of silicone and then spread it thin with a popsicle stick. However, don’t be like me and make sure to be careful you fully smooth out the base or else you will end up with bumps and ridges like I did.
Note: I ended up cutting out all my bases from my molds because they were driving me nuts. I may have to try this again next time and find a way to smooth out the silicone so I get a flat even surface. If anyone knows any tips, please do let me know!
Below are some examples of what my coasters looked like using the base. Note that this is even after I sanded it down and applied a second coat of resin. You can still see the uneven surface and ridges.
Here’s my molds all nice and pretty. Oh how I wished those bases worked out!
Step 4: Pour your resin
After the silicone molds are dry, you are ready to test them out! Pour your resin into the molds and let it cure for at least 8-10 hours (depending on how thick you poured). Then carefully, peel back the silicone and you should be left with your beautiful coasters!
Since I cut out the base of my molds, you’ll notice I have some slight leaking. I just wait for about an hour for the resin to thicken a bit and then I scoop up the resin and either put it back inside the molds, or use it to make keychains.
TIP: check back in an hour or so and run your torch over each coaster again. As the resin settles, more bubbles will rise to the surface so you’ll want to pop them again!
Step 5: (optional) Add a clear coat
Since I am using parchment paper as my base under the molds, the backs of my coasters generally come out with a matte finish. Because I want the coasters to be nice and shiny, I prop them up on little plastic shot glasses and pour another coat of resin.
Step 6: (optional) Add a gold trim
Once everything is cured, I paint on a gold trim to give the coasters a more finished and polished look. I use several layers of Deco Art’s metallic lustre in Gold Rush to achieve the look I want.
and Ta-Da! You now have beautiful, romantic, geode inspired resin coasters!
I hope this tutorial has helped those who were always wondering how to make your own shapes and sizes. I haven’t gotten around to playing around with different shapes and sizes but I’m sure it will be a similar process. If you do give this a try, please share your results with me! Follow me on Instagram: Paintingsbyagnes and share your pics with me! I would love to see what you come up with!