A couple weeks ago I was at Anthropologie and saw the cutest little ring dishes. They reminded me so much of the pretty hand-painted tiny bowls I saw while we were shopping the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. Rather than spending $10 a pop, I thought I could bust out some oven-bake clay (my favorite craft medium) and make my own version. They were the perfect little gift for Evie’s teachers, and for my Goody Goody Gift Swap swapmate! See my post on the bracelet and how I packaged their gifts here.
Supplies You’ll Need:
Oven-bake polymer clay (like Sculpey or Fimo)
Small paint brushes
3D fabric paint
Small bowl for shaping the clay (I ended up using a baby food jar lid)
Stamps and other small objects for imprinting
Round cookie cutter or a glass (not pictured); or you could just cut it out with an X-acto knife
Clear high-gloss coating (I used a Krylon aerosol spray, but Mod Podge would work just as well)
Step 1: Roll out the clay to about 1/8″ or so; thick enough that it won’t be too fragile, but thin enough to maintain a “delicate” feel. Using your cookie cutter or the rim of a glass (mine is 3″ in diameter).
Step 2: Imprint your design into the clay.
Step 3: Place a parchment square between the dish you use for shaping the bowl and the clay itself. Form the dish to have to have the “bowl” shape. Bake according the package directions; the general guideline is 265°F, and I baked these dishes for about 30 minutes. They will still feel soft when you take them out of the oven, but as the cool they will harden.
Step 4: Using your 3D fabric paint, add additional texture to the dish, so that it has low areas and high areas. Let it dry completely.
Step 5: Using a small brush, paint your designs. Pull your design together by taking a toothpick or teeny tiny brush and outlining the colors and painting the letter black. Paint a gold rim for the final touch.
Step 6: Spray or paint a couple of coats of the clear gloss topcoat onto the front and back of the dish, allowing it to dry and cure completely between coats.