So terrazzo is the new marble apparently. Or so I'm assuming as I keep seeing this amazing surface pattern pop up everywhere at the moment. I love how versatile it is and how easy it is to recreate as the results can vary in so many ways. Whilst making the leap to a whole terrazzo floor is pretty big I like the idea of little pops of it around the house.
After seeing these gorgeous earrings by Ctrl + Curate I wanted to try out the method for myself. I've been hunting for some unique coasters but struggling to find anything that doesn't seem extortionate for coasters. These were a super easy make and could easily be done with the kids as long as you supervise the chopping up. They also remind me a little of a Matisse painting with these colours.
What you need
Polymer clay (I used Fimo professional)
10cm/4inch circle cutter
To start with I used around 200g white clay divided into 4 (approx 50g).
Lay each ball of clay onto a sheet of greaseproof paper and top with another sheet. Roll flat until you have rough circles abit thicker and smaller than you want your finished coasters to be.
Select your terrazzo colours and chop up into small chunks of various shapes. Dryer clay will work best but newly opened clay will work fine too.
Sprinkle a mix of the colours on top of each coaster. Lay some greaseproof paper on top and roll out the coasters until they are the desired width and thickness and the tops are smooth and level.
Carefully peel off the greaseproof paper and place each coaster onto a clean dry oven tray.
Bake in the oven as per the clay manufacturers instructions (for fimo it was 30 minutes at 110c).
Leave to cool completely before removing. Varnish if required but this is not essential.
When Nick got home and saw them he said 'I see you've been buying new coasters' so I take that as a compliment!