Tuesday, November 3, 2009
I have received some questions about my tile coasters, so I thought I would post the answers here!
This is how I make them...
I have used 3 types of tile for these, please learn from my mistakes. Do not use any tile that has ANY type of a coating. The first ones I used had some texture and didn't look glossy,so I thought I would try them, but they run, even after my stringent baking process.
My favorite are the 4x4 Chiaro tumbled marble from Lowes. They are shrink wrapped in groups of 9 for 4.86. These are natural tile and you may get some that are pretty pitted. A moderate degree of pitting is ok and just adds to the effect IMO. Lowe's won't take back singles, but if you get a lot and can come up with a group of 9 to return, they will exchange them for you (if you get deeply pitted ones you can't use.)
On to the crafting...
I wipe these down with a baby wipe and lay on a towel to dry. When they are dry, I stamp my design with Stazon ink. I think it's very important to bake after this step to set the ink so it doesn't run when you color. I bake at 350 for 30 minutes. (If you aren't going to add color, bake an extra 30 min, to really set the ink.)
Let cool. This will take a while, these babies hold the heat.
Now you can add color. I use colored sharpies to color them in.
*tip* yellow seems to bleed.
After they are colored, bake for another 30 minutes, and let cool in the oven. I don't add any kind of coating, like clear coat and they don't run. IMHO a clear coat impedes the tile's ability to absorb the liquid, one of the reasons these coasters are so great!