Everyone keeps complaining about how rough this Monday morning is and how more coffee is necessary. Personally, I think they just need to infuse their Monday mornings and their coffee with a bit of adventure and excitement in the form of Doctor Who.
TARDIS Mug from Think Geek. ($17.99)
I need this mug. I don’t know if it’s easy to drink from straight lines or not but I’m willing to try. I’m not sure why my mug would need a cover but I’ll take it. A proper TARDIS isn’t proper without the glowing light on top.
Also available as a TARDIS Teapot from BBCSHOP.COM (£22.99):
Dalek Etched Glass Coffee Mug from desolationallie [etsy] ($10.00)
So fancy! Simple but unexpected design; just like the Daleks. Neither Doctor Who nor the Daleks are complete without an enemy to thwart and Monday morning seems to be just the monster up for the fight.
Heat Changing TARDIS Mug from Think Geek ($10.99)
I feel the Wibbly Wobbly Timey-Wimey…Stuff might be too distracting for me but I’m willing to make sacrifices if it means I get to feel like (imagine I’m) spending time with The Doctor.
Doctor Who Dalek 2D Mug from BBCSHOP.COM (£7.99)
So loud and aggressive… like a Dalek should be. I’m feeling more awake by the minute.
Coasters serve a functional purpose out in the open in your home. Sure my coffee table is a piece of crap from Ikea, but that doesn’t mean I want to encourage the black paint to bubble and peel off the particle board.
I not only wanted to give the illusion of standards in my living room but I also wanted to add a little personalized nerd flair to everyday function by making my own coasters out of comic books and tiles. So were Comic Book Coasters born!
I saw a number of tutorials online about glued paper on small objects and then called coasters… followed by unsettling footnotes about the coasters not being waterproof. Um… not sure what other people do with their coasters but I tend to get them a little damp.
Eventually I found a recipe for super lacquer made from mixing various chemicals together. I like to be able to do my projects while slightly intoxicated so that wasn’t going to work out.
Some of the tutorials I found recommended using just Mod Podge.
Note: Mod Podge is water based and therefore not really waterproof no matter how durable it seems. If you plan to have the coaster coated in liquid repeatedly, you should seal it with a clear outdoor sealer.
Enough of that. Onward to some DIY for the geeks!
Comic Book Coasters Tutorial
- Comics you don’t mind cutting up
- Tiles, the 4×4 bathroom kind – I used tumbled marble because I like the chunky look. Make sure they’re not broken, they ruggedness of the tile hide cracks well and you might end up with a broken tile or two.
- Mod Podge Gloss
- Acrylic Sealer
- Waterproofing product – I use Minwax Helmsman spray but you have choices.
- Craft knife
- Foam brushes
- Pen, pencil, or other writing too to mark out the four square inch (or less… or more) area you plan to cut and paste
- Craft paper or newsprint to protect your surface
STEP ONE: set yourself up for success
- Dust off the tiles; use a damp cloth if necessary.
- Determine if you want a border or if you want the square to just go to the edge, or if you want to put in the work and have the image wrap around the sides
STEP TWO: commit to a square
- Choose your scene
- Frame it up based on your edge preferences. I made a frame from some craft paper to help me isolate my scene and see it cut off from the rest of the page. (Make sure there isn’t something more amazing on the back)
- Cut it out.
- If you’re making a set of coasters, cut all your images out before you start so you don’t have to stop and start repeatedly.
STEP THREE: painting and gluing
- Using your foam brush spread a thin layer of Mod Podge over the surface of the tile. Too much glue will make the paper soggy and wrinkly.
- Working quickly, position your image square so it’s straight and has an even amount of space showing or not showing on all sides.
- Smooth the image from the center to the edges to get rid of any air bubbles. I like to push the paper into dips and dents so it really molds to the stone.
- Wait about ten to fifteen minutes.
- Now, spread a thin layer of Mod Podge over the surface and down the sides.
- Wait about ten to fifteen minutes.
- Spread another thin layer and wait some more.
- I like to do this a few times because I think of it as closing the gap between the paper and the tile surface. And I’m paranoid.
STEP FOUR: seal it up
- Following the instructions on your acrylic sealer, spray your coaster(s).
- Wait for them to dry (should be about ten to fifteen minutes).
- Finally, finish with your waterproofing product. This can be a spray on like the one I use, or maybe a paintable liquid polyurethane.
- Wait. This is usually at least 12 hours to ensure it’s thoroughly dry – It should not be tacky at all.
STEP FIVE: enjoy
- Seriously, hang out and have a drink. I’ve been drinking this whole time…
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NOTE: I wrote this post while I was home sick. While I was able to complete this project, I realize this post needs some serious editing. I’ll get to it.
Between bottles of Gatorade and a during a Star Trek marathon I was able to check a project off my list. Yay!
I couldn’t literally do NOTHING all day, just live through it… Ew.
Turning Nasty, Overused Coasters Into Etched Glass Nerd Art.
At some gift giving instance, I can’t remember which, Husband and I got these neat photo coasters. They’re glass with a white frame painted on the underneath and a metal slot thing glued on so they become little useful picture frames you can put your drinks on.
How novel and fun and so on. That is until we realized they’re not super durable. Or water proof. Or dishwasher safe… The white paint started to peal and the metal slot things started to rust and come unglued in spots. They were far more gross than a tidying tool should be.
I have up on them but not the idea of having glass coasters.
My husband would ask, every time he saw them still in the dishwasher, what the plan was for them. I was all like, “No worries. I have a plan for them.” I sort of did… Eventually (after I scrubbed/soaked the remaining white paint and glue off) we were left with thick glass squares and the metal backs that once were attached to them.
I kind of did. I was going to turn them into coasters we didn’t have to be ashamed of by doing a thing to them… Step 3: profit!
On my Sick Sad Tuesday I put myself to (light) work.
First, I googled to decide what to make. Then, I went to Michael’s and managed to only buy the supplies I needed and nothing else. I’m still so surprised by this that I’m not sure if it’s a lie or not. *shrugs*
I organized up, spread out in the living room, and crafted my nerdy little heart out!
Whoa, how is crafting nerdy? Don’t many very sensible and normal people craft? Well it is, actually. Most tings are nerdy though so unless activities are only limited to pro-social stereotypes like gardening or… I con’t think of any hobbies that aren’t nerdy. So accepting that crafting is nerdy, we can accept that isn’t epically nerdy if it’s compounded with the fact that I made etched glass coasters in homage to four things I LOVE:
Star Trek: The Next Generation, because it was my first introduction to the rule “Science Fiction is Awesome”. Thanks Dad.
Stargate is just all “yes”. Secret government conspiracies. Space travel. Science. Violence.
I kind of want to work for an Umbrella Corp in real life. sure every one dies but it was exciting!
Dalek’s are determination incarnate. they are self confident, clever, and team players. (I love Doctor Who and think the Daleks are ADORABLE!)
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Have you ever tried to explain one out-of-context portion of some hugely geeky and involved thing you LOVE? I have. I tried to explain to Husband what a Dalek is. He’s watched zero episodes of Doctor Who and would watch even fewer if it were possible.
I started by saying, “They’re kind of like robots. …. Well, no. They’re more like mechs, because there’s a little super-evolved squdio alien inside.”
His brow started to furrow and the rest of his face was trying to be really patient and feign interest.
Instead of explaining what they are, I tried explain why they’re interesting. “See, they’re the like most constant enemy of The Doctor. They’re–”
His face was all: Stop it. Stop. Stooo. Stop. It.
I gave up. I really thought I had a chance to enthrall him with the awesomeness that is Doctor Who.
He said, “So, it’s from Doctor Who? Cool. I’m still not going to watch it.”
I felt epically nerdy. Tragically nerdy even. He wasn’t familiar with Daleks, their history with the Doctor, nothing. I had been under the impression this shit was common knowledge, like labeling the table salt “NaCl.” It’s just shit people know.
But it’s not. I’m in my own little nerdy corner on this one (in our house).
Later that day, feeling crafty, I asked Husband what I should make next. I have so many projects on my to-do list but my sense of direction is… drifty. Husband suggested I make some kind of decor. Okay. Last time I made home decor, I made a metal Space Invaders triptych. That went over well.
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Tagged art, awesomeness, dalek, DIY, do it yourself, doctor who, geek, home, home decor, nerd, old frame, project, robots, space invaders, table salt, transformers, triptych