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« on: May 03, 2005 01:23:07 PM »

i started holding on to beer coasters from breweries and bars as i traveled, and now i have an eclectic enough collection to want to show them off (and not squander them since many i can never replace) but i'm not really attached to them so i don't mind shellacking, cutting, pasting, or otherwise permanently maiming them.

i've seen table tops with thick shellac/resin/waxy looking tops glossing over old newspaper clippings, etc., which look cool and seem durable, but i am a renter so i can't do anything permanent to my countertops and don't have much room for new furniture to play with. any ideas to utilize the beer coasters (or spice up my house in a non-permanent sort of way) ?
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« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2005 02:42:08 PM »

make curtains out of them? Grin
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« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2005 02:46:42 PM »

why not make a table with the resin instead. Like, don't hurt your counter, just put the coasters and resin on a table top. You could also make some rad wall art.
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« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2005 02:48:26 PM »

buy one of those giant picture frames and tile them in there? if you've kept any unique bottles you could get the shadow boxes and have the coaster for a background.
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« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2005 03:23:51 PM »

I would get a corkboard, and glue the coasters all over it, and use it as a bulletin board.  Of course, that's only if you don't mind sticking pins in them.   

Or you could use them as covers for little round or hexagonal handmade notebooks. 

Or, use them to make little pocketable "pouches" by sewing a bit of fabric in between two of them, and then having some kind of elastic closure (sort of like a book clutch, but littler), maybe polyeurethaned for longevity. 

Or you could use them as....coasters.  But shellaced and hence durable.

If you do the tabletop (which would also be cool), you could collect a few plain American (British?  Other?) ones, and have some of them white-side up, so that the cool ones "pop" out. 
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« Reply #5 on: May 03, 2005 04:21:18 PM »

You could still do a counter, or part of it, if you found a glass-topped table at a thrift store.  Just put your coasters underneath the glass and have a cool cutting board.  You could waterproof it either by waterproofing the coasters themselves or by useing some of that calking tape stuff they make, though I have NO idea how permanent that is, as far as hurting the existing countertop.  Of course, even some silicone beaded around the outside edge of the tabletop would help the waterproofing.  You could just bead it on around the outside edge and let it dry, then it would be semi-pliable and would also act as a grip to keep the glass in place.
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« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2005 02:03:02 PM »

If your into bookbinding make a nifty tiny giant scrapbook that holds your coasters and have each page tell a short story about how you accumulated each one and then set it on your coffee table as a "coffee table book of coasters" if you will. Watch the conversations fly. You can brag about it without having to be the one who brings it up!
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« Reply #7 on: May 04, 2005 03:25:14 PM »

thanks, guys. these are all really great ideas. i like the cutting them up thing--a sort of mosaic.  now i have to decide between a wall hanging or a table-top.   Grin

thanks for helping getting the ideas flowing, i hope to return the favor !
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« Reply #8 on: July 11, 2005 06:39:48 AM »

You could make a new top for your counter by cutting some plywood to the exact shape and size of the counter and then doing whatever you want to it.
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« Reply #9 on: July 11, 2005 03:04:01 PM »

get one of those shelves with little cubby holes that people use to display tea cups and use the coasters as background for the cubbies

like these, but with beer coasters in the back:


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