I started with a set of $1 coasters from IKEA:
I picked up a set of graphite transfer paper from Michael's for $3. I cut one of the two sheets into quarters.
I used Illustrator to create my gemstones. I centered each gemstone illustration in a circle that was the same size as my coasters and then I printed them out.
I cut each gemstone circle out and got ready to transfer the illustration from the paper print out to the coaster using the graphite paper:
I sandwiched the graphite paper in between the paper print out and the coaster. I held the coaster sandwich up to the light so I could line the paper print out up with the cork coaster.
I taped the paper print out to the front of the graphite paper. I also taped the coaster to the back of the graphite paper so nothing would shift when I was tracing the illustration.
I used the tip of a mechanical pencil (no lead showing) to trace the outline of the illustration into the graphite paper.
I removed the graphite paper from the coaster to see the outline of the gemstone illustration that had been transfered onto the cork:
I traced the gemstone's outline with a Sharpie marker:
Tracing the illustration was a little harder than I thought it would be. The cork's surface was a little bumpier than I imagined so my lines aren't as straight as I would have liked them to be. I could have used a ruler but, well, I didn't haha
I repeated the same transferring process for the 3 remaining coasters and then I gold leafed the edges:
I let everything dry for a little bit before applying a thin layer of Mod Podge to the top and sides of each coaster:
I was worried that the Sharpie would smear when the Mod Podge was applied but it didn't!
The coasters definitely aren't perfect but they're kind of cute in a handmade way!
I think I'm going to add a few rubber cabinet bumpers to the bottom of each coaster so they have a little separation when they're stacked on top of one another:
I think they'll look great on our new bar cart!
Have you ever used graphite paper to transfer an image before?