a beautiful place to hold small jewels
Whether you are newly engaged or have been married a while (or just have a special piece of jewelry!), trinket dishes are inexpensive, beautiful and fun to make. Make our DIY engagement ring bowl for yourself or as a gift for someone else. So practical and pretty!
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First, decide how much of each clay color you’d like to use. The clay comes with striations for easy cutting, and for this dish, I used:
One full stripe of white clay
Half stripe of gray clay
Half stripe of beige clay
Quarter stripe of black clay
I like a more natural look for the bowls, so I like to concentrate on the more neutral colors as the bulk of the clay. Then for this bowl, I added in the following colors:
Half stripe of green clay
Quarter stripe of yellow clay
After portioning the clay, I then used the “snake” method of rolling clay in my hands – you know, the one we all learned in preschool? It’s kind of fun, actually! I randomly created segments of about the same length and laid them out. Once laying them out, I squished them together and then twisted them. This is a process, and the more you twist, the more “marbled” your bowl will look. I suggest doing this 2-3 times, and once you are done, you can roll the whole bit of clay up into a ball.
Ball of clay - now flatten it out on a surface covered in wax paper.
Use a rolling pin or round object to flatten out the clay to be about 1/4″ thick. Depending on the size dish you’d like, use a cookie or biscuit cutter (or another object) to press out a circular shape in the rolled out clay.
This next part was a bit hard to photograph, but basically, take the existing bowl and use it as a template for your own dish. Depending on the one you choose, you can use the inside or outside of the bowl as a guide.
You can also try to freehand your dish. If you want to bake the bowl in the oven along with your clay, please be certain that it is made of a substance that can withstand oven temperatures.