This weeks theme was 'give handmade' and our project instructions were to DIY a gift made by you.
Ready to see what I made?
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I DIY'd a set of gold leafed agate coasters!
I was inspired by a set from High Street Market but couldn't justify spending the money on them when I knew I had all of the supplies on hand and could make a set of my own.
Speaking of supplies...
I used the following:
- Speedball's metal leaf adhesive size, $4
- Speedball's metal leaf sealer, $4
- Gold leaf (obviously), $10 for a pack of 25 but I had a 50% off coupon so it was $5
- An old makeup brush to apply the adhesive and sealer, free
- 4 agate slices that I got at a local gem show last January for $2/each
I started gold leafing each coaster by applying a thin coat of the adhesive size to the edge of each agate slice:
It's kind of hard to tell but see how the edge looks wet? That's where I applied the adhesive.
The bottle said that the adhesive would be ready for the gold leaf in about 30 minutes or once it turned from milky white to clear. I don't know if it's because my agate slices were porous or what but I noticed that the edge was clear in about 10 minutes. I waited 15 minutes just to be safe and then I laid out a sheet of gold leaf and got to work.
This was my first time using gold leaf so I'm not sure if this is how it's supposed to be done but I basically took the edge of my coaster and rolled it along the edge of the gold leaf like so:
Once a good amount was stuck to the agate slice, I gently tore the section away from the rest of the sheet and was left with this:
The directions said to use a brush to smooth the gold leaf out but I just used my fingers. I made sure that it was stuck to the edge of the agate before I tore away the extra and after a little finessing, I was left with this:
After a small section was done, I rolled out a bigger one:
Smoothed it out with my fingers and tore off the extras:
Until it looked like this:
One coaster down, 3 more to go! I repeated the same steps for the other coasters.
Once again I started by applying the adhesive size:
And then the gold leaf:
Sometimes the gold leaf peeled away in places where I wanted it to stick:
When this happened, I grabbed tiny pieces that I had ripped off before and stuck them on the gaps until the edge was completely covered. Thankfully gold leaf is pretty forgiving and your mistakes can be corrected easily without having to start all over again!
After all of the gaps were covered, my second coaster looked like this:
After all 4 agate slices were gold leafed, my gold leaf sheet looked like this:
Yep, it took less than one sheet to make 4 coasters! Sidenote: I'm now a gold leaf fiend and want to gold leaf the world!
After the coasters were done, it was time to seal the newly gold leafed edge. I don't know if this step was necessary but the directions recommended it so I did it. I used the same makeup brush to apply the sealer. I just dipped it in the bottle and spread a thin coat over the gold leaf.
The bottle says to not over brush the sealer on and they mean it. I learned very quickly that if I went over a spot that I had previously applied sealer to that the gold leaf would almost lift up and shift over causing an ugly gap where you could see the original agate edge. It's not very noticeable unless you're looking for it but just make a note of the fact that they're serious about their warning haha
I let the coasters dry for about an hour after they were all sealed.
Then I grabbed some rubber bumpers (like the kind you put on kitchen cabinet doors so they don't slam into the cabinet frame):
And applied four to the bottom of each coaster:
Then I made an agate coaster stack:
Which I tied up with some ribbon and paired with a bottle of wine and a wine glass (ornaments optional):
The perfect gift for the hostess on your list!
What do you think of the coasters? Will you be making a set of your own?
I'm sharing this project at the Dare to DIY party hosted by Decor and the Dog, Maybe Matilda, Newly Woodwards, Our Fifth House, and Two Twenty One!