My enjoyment of natural stones goes all the way back to when I had a rock collection as a kid. As an adult, I’ve looked for ways to incorporate nature stones into my home decor, but I’ve wanted something functional as well as decorative. I’ve seen agate coasters all over the internet and found the answer to my natural stone decor dilemma. However, the agate coasters sets I’ve found are pretty overpriced. Luckily on a quick trip to Florida I found agate slices at a gem store. If you don’t have a gem store in your city, you can source agate slices on the internet. Be sure to check the dimensions to make the slices are large enough to fit a glass and ask questions or look at reviews for color and thickness of the slices. I choose different colors of agate, but if you are wanting a set of coasters a specific color it might take a little more hunting.
Check out the easy steps below to personalize and protect those gorgeous crystals.
WHAT YOU NEED:
- Agate slices
- Plasti Dip clear spray
- Metallic liquid leaf
- Windex + paper towel
- Dropcloth/painting surface
- Paint brush
1. Use Windex to wipe away grease and dirt. You want a clean surface for Plasti Dip to adhere.
2. Using the Plasti Dip may not seem necessary, but without it the agate slices will stick to the bottom of a wet glass. Agate is delicate and will easily break if it falls from the glass. I know this one from experience. Plasti Dip is a great solution. It protects the agate as well as the table surface and is removable! Just peel it off if you want to re-purpose the agate slices.
Spray an even coat of clear Plasti Dip. The Plasti Dip goes on glossy and dries with a mat, frosted look. You can see in the pictures it doesn’t take away from the color or natural look. Let the first side dry the full 4 hours before spraying the other side. Be sure to use a clean surface so dust doesn’t get trapped in the Plasti Dip. I’d go ahead and do two layers on each side for more protection, just follow the spraying instructions on the bottle.
3. Use a small paint brush and paint the edges with the liquid foil. Be sure to thoroughly mix the solution before starting. Work in a well ventilated area because the liquid foil has serious fumes. I choose copper, but gold and silver liquid foil are also available. The liquid foil will ruin your paint brush so keep it just for foiling or toss it.
Pour yourself a bevie and enjoy your new agate coasters.