Saturday, 19 December 2015

Upcycled Coaster Set

I recently found this set of coasters in my local op shop (charity store). I knew immediately that I wanted to alter them, but I wasn't sure what I wanted to do, so they sat for a while on my table.

 Then one of my favorite artists, Marta Lapkowska (check out her blog), made a piece and called it 'Tiny Art', which was fabulous and inspired me to make my own 'Tiny Art'.

I made this one first with the butterfly, but made it a bit too dimensional so I decided that this would live on the top of the stack and as I made the others I made sure I didn't make them too dimensional.
I used a bunch of clock parts and some of Finnabair's copper crackle paste, and used treasure gold in many colours on the wooden edges.

This one was made with a cut out from some patterned paper and a small piece of Tim Holtz film strip.  The number is from my Whichcraft store and the letter is from my stash.  A couple of rhinestones and some microbeads.
 I used a tiny picture and a metal filigree which I had rusted with some ferrous powder and rusting solution, a few Prima crystals and more micro beads.  I also used a small piece of gauze that I coloured with the leftover rusting solution and some paint.
This dragonfly was from an old necklace, a little bit more gauze and glass glitter in the center of the dragonfly.

I designed and cut the 'steampunk heart parts' (which will be available in my next new release), layered this on top of some gauze, threw a few more micro beads around and added the roman numeral.

I rusted the key and the small calico tag using the same ferrous powder and solution then I darkened the key with some big brush markers

The keyhole was another old necklace which I again rusted and sat on top of some glass glitter, the Fleur de lis is a sticker.

Various Finnabair Mechanical pieces here are coloured with a little paint and some treasure gold, I poked a few pieces of gauze underneath and sprinkled a few microbeads about.  All the words are from Tim Holtz Chit Chat and Big Chat stickers.

 So here is my 'Tiny Art'.  Thanks for stopping by! xx


  1. Absolutely sensational ! I am inspired myself by your work now ! Well done, simly perfect tiny pieces ! love them all ! Thank you for sharing xx

  2. Seen these are facebook - they are fabulous! Who would have thought that anyone could take an ugly coaster set and turn them into little works of art!

  3. Gorgeous! Looks like a lot of fun too and love the new 'heart' piece.

  4. This is such a brilliant idea, and they look awesome.