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We Made Fancy-Looking Faux Marble Coasters For Under $20

Give them as a gift or keep them for yourself!

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Materials List

To make a set of four coasters, you need:- 4 packs (2 oz. each) of Sculpey polymer clay (1 elephant gray, 1 pewter, and 2 pearl)- 2 packs (2 oz. each) of Premo! polymer clay in white (I prefer the Premo! white because it's brighter than the Scupley white)- 80-grit sandpaper- a snap blade or X-Acto knife- a small, soft paintbrush- metallic gold paint- a rolling pin
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To make a set of four coasters, you need:

- 4 packs (2 oz. each) of Sculpey polymer clay (1 elephant gray, 1 pewter, and 2 pearl)

- 2 packs (2 oz. each) of Premo! polymer clay in white (I prefer the Premo! white because it's brighter than the Scupley white)

- 80-grit sandpaper

- a snap blade or X-Acto knife

- a small, soft paintbrush

- metallic gold paint

- a rolling pin

Warm up one package of white clay by rolling it between your palms. Then, take a pinch of gray or pearl clay and add it to the white clay ball.

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The white clay will serve as your base for this project — you always want to have a higher white-to-gray ratio so that those dark marble streaks really stand out.

Mix the gray and pearl clays into the white clay by twisting the clay in your hands.

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If you want darker, more dramatic marble streaks, add more elephant gray. If you're looking for a lighter, more shimmery look, add more pearl. The look is up to you — you can't mess this up.

Twist the clay at least 20 times to thoroughly blend.

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You don't want a big patch of gray showing up once you roll your clay out.

Roll the clay into a ball.

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Then, place the ball on a piece of wax paper and flatten it with your palm — this will make the next step a little easier.

And use a rolling pin to roll out your clay.

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Roll the clay until it's half of a centimeter thick or as thick as you want your coasters to be. The thicker and heavier they are, the more expensive they'll feel.

Place a wide-mouth glass in the center of your flattened clay.

To make sure that your coasters will be big enough to fit a cocktail glass on top, use a wide-mouth glass or a small bowl as your tracing guide.
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To make sure that your coasters will be big enough to fit a cocktail glass on top, use a wide-mouth glass or a small bowl as your tracing guide.

Following the shape of the glass, use the X-Acto knife to cut a hole in the clay.

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Peel off the excess clay.

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Set this clay aside and you can use it to make your next coaster.

Repeat the steps above to make a set of four or more coasters.

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Place coasters on a wax paper–lined baking sheet.

Bake at 275°F for 20 minutes. Then remove and let cool.
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Bake at 275°F for 20 minutes. Then remove and let cool.

Gently rub sandpaper around the edge of each coaster for a smooth and polished look.

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Apply two coats of gold paint around the coaster edges and let dry for at least 20 minutes.

If you accidentally drop gold paint on the coaster surface, just quickly wipe it away with a paper towel.
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If you accidentally drop gold paint on the coaster surface, just quickly wipe it away with a paper towel.

And now pour yourself a damn drink.

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And invite your friends over.

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Or give your coasters to a friend for their birthday and, in turn, drink all of their whiskey.

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Mission marble coasters: Completed!

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