Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Crochet Clay Jewelry Dishes

I like designated places to put things.  "A place for everything, and everything in its place," they say.  My rings are things that need their very own place.



I've seen similar dishes on several sites, and I was anxious to make my own, as I had never worked with clay before.


For this project, you'll need:


1. Wax paper
2. Sculpey Clay (available at Michael's or other craft stores for $3)
3. Acrylic paint
4. An oven-safe bowl
5. A bowl to act as a "cookie cutter" for your dish
6. Crochet pieces

*Make sure you cover your work surface with wax paper or you'll end up with a waxy mess.



Step 1:  Roll your clay out (using a rolling pin or drinking glass) till you have your desired size for your dish.

Step 2:  Use a bowl to cut smooth edges on the rolled-out clay.

Step 3:  Press crochet pieces (mine are doiles I crocheted recently, but you could also used lace pieces, or you could hand-imprint designs as desired) into the clay.  Make sure they are free of lint and dust before doing so.  Press deeply and evenly to get a good, crisp image into your clay.

Step 4:  Place your dish into the bottom of an oven-safe bowl or dish.  The size of the dish will determine how shallow or deep your finished dish is.  The instructions on the package indicate that you should bake your clay fifteen minutes for each 1/4 inch of thickness of clay.  However, mine took about ten minutes more.  When the dish is done baking, pop it out of the dish, and allow it to cool for 20 minutes.






Step 5:  I used watered down bright yellow acrylic paint to fill in the imprint in the clay made by the doily.







As you can see, I used several doilies for several patterns.



My rings have a home....one dish for the kitchen windowsill, one for the dresser.


A place for everything, and everything in it's place!




Linking to:

Wildly Original
Power of Paint Party
We Did It Wednesday
Share the Love Wednesday

9 comments:

  1. What a cute idea! I always need a place to throw my rings and hair ties.

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  2. Those look so sweet! Definitely need to try it out!

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  3. What a neat technique! I would love for you to link this up to "I Made This" at Grits & Giggles!! http://www.gritsandgiggles.blogspot.com/2012/05/i-made-this-3.html

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  4. Kelly, I love these!!! They are so pretty. I would love to make them. The lace look is one of my favorites in home decorating right now.

    I also read your post about your cat and the candles. We do not have a cat, and I never thought about cats messing with candles! ;P

    xo,
    RJ

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  5. Adorable! These are so cute. Thanks for linking up to Share the Love Wednesday!
    Mary

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  6. So pretty! I want to try this someday. Thanks for the inspiration. And Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create! <3 Christina

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  7. This is so neat! Now I want to try it!

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  8. You're a STAR tonight at I Gotta Create! Thanks so much for linking up this great project! xxoo
    http://igottacreate.blogspot.com/2012/06/wildly-original-features-3-new-party.html
    <3 Christina

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