Tasseography or Tea Leaf Reading is a method of fortune telling that goes back as far as the drinking of tea itself. Some people even read coffee grounds. The key is the intuition of the reader and knowledge of the meaning of the many symbols that may form in the bottom of the cup. We can teach you how to cast tea leaf fortunes in resin.
We chose cups and saucers that were nice looking but that were not so expensive that we minded adding permanent resin to them. We also made sure that the cups were wider than they were tall and that there was no decoration in the bottom of the cup. We made sure that we removed any price stickers and made sure they were clean and dry.
The tea leaves that come out of tea bags are fairly finely ground. We didn’t think that particle size looked right for tea leaf readings. The leaves in loose tea are often much larger, but this created another problem: Those leaves were difficult to coax into anything recognizable. Crush the loose tea leaves in a mortar and pestle if necessary to make the bits of leaf a little smaller. We found that very ground up tea leaves gave us designs that were very readable even if they didn’t look that realistic, while, the tea leaves from loose tea looked believable but were harder to read. HAPPY MEDIUM – the loose tea leaves that we crushed up just a bit worked best.
We happen to have a book that tells what various shapes in the teacup portend. To find that information on the internet, just look up Tasseography or Tea Leaf Reading. After reading a bit, come up with the Fortune you would like to keep forever in your tea cup!
First to create the Fortune. You will be doing this using glue on the inside bottom of the teacup. The glue that you use should dry clear and should be applied in a fine line using a toothpick or bamboo skewer. Apply the glue with the toothpick or skewer into the shape of the fortune you have chosen for the bottom of the cup.
Then, sift your semi-ground tea leaves over the wet glue and shake the cup gently to coat the glue lines. Dump out the excess leaves. If you are putting more than one design in the bottom of the cup, let the glue dry between applications and apply the tea leaves to each design as you work. You can use the skewer to gently adjust the leaves in the glue if necessary. Once you have the design perfected allow all the glue to dry very well.
Mix equal parts of a casting resin and hardener in a disposable container. A half once of each was plenty in this case. Follow the directions on the box for best results in mixing the resin and hardener. Add some tinting dye one drop at a time and stir to see the color. Tea leaf brown is a reddish brown and is made by combining all three tinting colors. To get a brown tea color you will need mostly yellow dye, slightly less red and only one or two drops of blue.
Spoon the resin into the cups a little at a time until it just covers the tea leaves. You want the cup to look wet but don’t want it to look like there is much tea in the cup. (We put too much resin in the cup in the picture). Tilt the cup this way and that to get the resin up the sides of the cup just a little. Then, finally let it all set.
May 20, 2016