In an effort to make this Mother’s Day more memorable than the last 19, I wanted to go hand made. If your mom is like my mom, then she still has the macaroni picture frames you made her in kindergarten. After finally forcing her to get rid of those tragic time pieces, I decided to make up for it. I came across this clay marbled jewelry dish DIY on Pinterest and wanted to give it a try in order to make this Mother’s Day extra special. These small clay dishes are simple to make and fun. Plus if you’re not artistic there’s no way to go wrong because every imperfection makes the piece unique.
I needed only two products in order to make this DIY happen, oven-bake clay and a glaze. Sculpey III is the brand of oven-bake clay that I bought at Michael’s for about $12. I bought a pack which includes 12 different one ounce bars of clay in a variety of colors and instructions on the back that specify how to bake the clay properly. Michael’s had a huge variety of packs and individual bars of clay in almost every color I could think of. The only other product I needed was a satin glaze to paint over the clay dishes when they’re finished so that they’re shiny and smooth. The satin glaze I bought is also Sculpey brand and is 1 fluid ounce, which was more than enough for all of the clay dishes. Additionally, for a little extra detail, I used a bronze sharpie marker I had laying around to write initials in the bottom of some of my dishes and outline the rough edges on some other ones. Although it’s not a necessity to get the DIY done, the sharpie detail makes the project more personable and cute, so I would definitely suggest picking up a color or two. Some tools you’ll need are an oven safe bowl, knife, paint brush and rolling pin. These will all be used to help shape the clay and bake it.
- Preheat oven to 275 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Roll 1/2 of a clay bar into an 8″ long snake. Do this with two to four colors of clay.
- Twist the snakes together and roll into one larger log. The marbling effect should be able to be seen once rolled into the larger log.
- Fold the larger log in half and continue rolling to create more marbling. Repeat as desired.
- Roll the log into a ball and begin flattening the ball with your hands.
- Once semi-flat, roll the clay thinner and thinner to desired thickness with rolling pin or other round object. I left my thickness about 1/4 inch.
- Cut out a circle using a plastic lid or bowl of desired size and put excess clay aside or use for extra detailing.
- Place the cut out carefully into an oven shaped bowl. Make sure it’s the exact shape and size desired because after baking there’s no way to change it.
- Bake the clay for about 15 minutes depending on thickness. Be sure to look at the specific instructions on your clay.
- Let the clay dish cool completely, then flip the bowl over and extract the clay dish. Some of mine got stuck so I left the bowl upside down for a few minutes and let it fall out.
- Add sharpie or paint detailing as desired.
I was very pleased with my finished product, but next time I would definitely step it up a notch. If I were to do this DIY again I would change several things. First off, I had a ton of extra clay from the cut out stage that could have been easily used to make cute shapes or extra detailing on each dish. Also, I would’ve found things around my house with different patterns and textures and made imprints on some of my bowls. A lot of people on Pinterest used lace doilies to make imprints in the pottery which looks amazing once finished. Another detail I could’ve changed is the shape of the bowls. By using cookie cutters, the shapes of bowls are seemingly endless.