If you’ve ever used epoxy resin you know how messy it can be. I use it on ceramic tiles to make coasters and things get really messy really fast. Oh, and it’s dangerous. The worst part, well second worst part next to getting it off of your body, is cleaning off the sides of the tiles over and over again as the epoxy starts to dry. Inevitably, some of the epoxy will roll over the side of the tile and create a goop of epoxy. If you don’t wipe that away, it’ll dry attached to your tile. You don’t want a ton of epoxy hanging off the edges — it’s just tacky! Best to catch it early than have to get out your box cutter and cut the stuff off. Well, I figured out a hack to make this a bit easier! I bought some small disposable plastic cups to use as measuring cups for the resin and hardener. These cups came with lids. These lids would save my sanity.
I quickly realized the lids could be used to separate the tiles from the table. If the tiles aren’t touching the table, any fallen epoxy couldn’t stick to the side. The drops would land far away from the tile. (The cups can be used in the same way as the lids.)
Now, this doesn’t give you the freedom to get lazy with your epoxy pour. You still have to work. Do as best as you can to apply the epoxy so that it stays on the tile. You’ll also still need to clean off the edges with a brush or wooden stick as the tiles dry, but there will be much less to clean up.
Here’s the final result after my first use of the epoxy hack (above). I. Love. This. Hack. Clean-up was easier, and it was the first time in a while that I managed to end up without epoxy somewhere on my body. Success all around here! Now, in the spirit of being green and caring about the planet, I’m searching for alternatives to plastic. It hurts my soul to have to use some much plastic!
Have you tried something like this before? How did it turn out? Got another idea? I want to hear everything!