This project will show you how to transform a flat stone into a trivet that you can use for the dining table and in the kitchen. By using sugru on the base you can level the top and protect your surfaces at the same time.
Sugru will create a strong bond with the rock as it is porous and is easily formed by hand to make the grips custom heights. The grips will stop the rock scratching your kitchen surface too.
For this project you will need:
- A flat stone (we collected ours from the beach!)
- 1 or 2 minipacks of sugru (depending on the size of the rock)
- Dry tissue paper
- Texturing tool: try netting, sandpaper or a scalpel
Wash the stone the night before you start the project - the sugru will bond to a clean surface much better. I gave the stone a quick scrub and left it out to dry.
As well as this instructable, we also filmed a video tutorial for you! -
Step 1: Preparing the Rock and Sugru
To begin, decide which is the flattest side of the rock - it is important to have an even surface at the top. We can level out the base with the sugru grips.
Choose what colour you would like the grips to be: bright colours look great, or mix white and black to get grey as I have here.
Cut open the sugru and peel back the foil. Knead it between your fingers, adding a small blob of black to the packet of white to get a smooth grey colour. Keep mixing for about a minute until the colours are fully blended.
If it gets a bit sticky, wipe your fingers with dry tissue paper. You are now ready to begin moulding the grips!