Marbled Clay Coasters - The Surznick Common Room

Monday, February 16, 2015

Marbled Clay Coasters

Ever since making these marbled clay dishes, I've been dreaming up ways to add more marbled clay into my life. How can I not? It's so pretty, versatile, and easy to use. This past weekend (when I refused to leave my house due to sub-zero temperatures) I finally figured out what my next marbled clay project would be - coasters!

You've seen us make coasters before, but I have to say... these went above and beyond my expectations. With a shiny coat of Mod Podge on top, they kind of look like beautiful agate slices. This is definitely a project to keep in my gift idea arsenal too! Okay, let's get to it!

Here's what you need!
- Oven-bake clay in various colors c/o
- Wax paper or non-stick mat (optional)
- Rolling pin
- Knife (optional)
- Cookie sheet
- Dishwasher-safe Mod Podge
- Paint brush
- Felt pads

Here's what you do!
- For each coaster, we used half a packet of clay in 5 different colors (2 and a half packs total). We received our clay from Clay is typically about $2-3 a pack and DoreenBeads sells a package of 25 colors for $26. It's great deal!
- Stretch your clay into 5-6" long snakes.

- Twist all of your clay snakes together. Fold in half and twist again. Continue until your colors start to blend and you are satisfied with how they've combined.

- Combine the twisted clay into a ball. On wax paper or a non-stick surface, roll out your clay with a rolling pin until clay is about 1/4-1/2" thick. If you don't like the way the colors are marbled, feel free to re-roll into a ball and try again until you're happy with the look (but be careful the colors don't blend too much or it will lose the marble effect.)

- At this point, you can use a knife to cut your clay into a square or any other shape you like. We decided not to have an exact shape or size for our coasters, so I just rolled my clay until it was about 4" in diameter and pretty round.
- Transfer clay to a cookie sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes at 275 degrees. Remove cookie sheet from oven and allow clay to cool completely. The clay may still be a little flexible when removed from the oven, but it will solidify more as it cools.
- Paint the tops of the coasters with 3 coats of Dishwasher-safe Mod Podge, allowing dry time between each coat. If you have a glaze for oven-bake clay, you could use that too. Since Dishwasher-safe Mod Podge is water-safe (and I already had it on hand), I thought it would help the coasters hold up well to drink condensation.

- After the Mod Podge has completely dried, place felt pads on the bottom of the coasters and admire your beautiful work! (Please note, Dishwasher-safe Mod Podge can take 28 days to completely cure, so be careful using these immediately. Your mug/glass may stick until curing is complete.)

Anyone have more suggestions to fulfill my growing marbled clay obsession? Send them my way (along with some warmer weather too!) Hope you're all having a happy Monday!

Sarah & Nick


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