We kept seeing these beautiful clay ring dishes all over Pinterest and decided that they’re definitely worth giving a shot. These DIY ring dishes a pretty addition to any vanity table or just generally around the house. You can use them for your jewelry, keys, or any other small items.
Air-drying modeling clay (we used FIMO)
A bowl for modeling
Gold Sharpie pen
White spray paint
Tape (the color doesn’t matter)
Sandpaper (optional, see below)
- Using the scissors cut the paper into the desired shape of the dish.
- Get a fist-full of clay out and with a rolling pin, flatten it out on top of the paper you just cut.
- Turn it upside down and remove the extra material using the knife.
- Peel the paper off slowly as it might get stuck on the clay.
- Drape the clay on top of the bowl to shape it and let it dry in a cool place for 24h.
- After it dries, remove it from the bowl and soften the edges using sandpaper. You only need to do this if you use a serrated knife, such as the one we used.
- Spray paint the dishes white to give it a nice glow. It will also mask all the dust and other particles the clay inevitably attracts. Make sure to do this outside, as spray paints are usually toxic, and be very careful what and where you use it on, as it does not come off!
- Let the paint fully dry. How long it takes depends on what kind of spray you’re using, it should say on the back of the bottle. We let our dry for 24h, for good measure.
- Tape on the dish the design you want, making sure it’s sealed tight, you don’t want the color to bleed out.
- Using a gold Sharpie pen, fill in the design.
- Peel off the tape and let the gold paint fully dry. If you use a Sharpie, it will dry fairly quickly.
WHAT WE LEARNED
This is our first attempt at working with clay. The dishes don’t look as nice as we had expected, so we’re also sharing what we learned from this process and what we’ll keep in mind for next time.
- We’ll skip a whole step next time by not using a serrated knife, and instead use something like this, that’s smaller and more precise.
- The clay needs to be rolled much better and longer with the rolling pin. We mistakenly thought that once it dries out, the little marks will somehow go away. It was the complete opposite.
- For a faster process, we might try the oven baked version of clay.
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