Hi! It has been a crazy rainy week here but I’m ok with that. I actually don’t mind the rain too much as long as I don’t have to go anywhere. Rainy days inside mean I can do craft projects (well, as long as my two year old allows). I was able to get ahead of a few DIY projects this week and I can’t wait to share them with you. First up, is this DIY clay heart jewelry dish.
I needed a little dish to put my earrings in so they don’t end up all over the place and lost. I have a tendency to take my earrings off at night and just lay them wherever in my room or bathroom. Since I wear a lot of little stud earrings, I really wanted something to harness them all together. This tutorial is really easy, but it will take a couple days because you have to give your clay time to cure, or dry. I gave it 48 hours before I painted it. I think it turned out really cute and I’m using it frequently already. I decided on the heart shape because well, it’s almost valentines day!
At the end of this tutorial, you will have a cute little jewelry trinket dish for your rings and/or earrings.
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- Air Dry Clay – I used this brand of clay.
- A rounded dish or vase to shape your clay as it dries.
- Mason jar or rolling pin to roll out your clay. I used my kids playdoh roller!
- An butter knife or exacto knife – I used this knife.
- Watercolor paints and a gold metallic sharpie.
- Optional – A stamp with a fun pattern.
I recommend putting some lotion on your hands first – it makes the clay easier to work with and not as sticky (to you.) Grab a wad of clay and roll it out flat. You can use a mason jar or a rolling pin to roll it out. Cut a free form heart out of the clay in a whatever size you prefer. I kept mine rather small. It was only for small jewelry items. Keep in mind that you want it large enough to fit over your form dish or vase as it dries ( to make the rounded shape).
I used my fingers to smooth out any cracks or marks I didn’t like. Then, I used my stamp to imprint just the edges of the heart. I didn’t make any stamps in the center.
Once you are happy with your heart (ha), you can carefully lift it on top of your dish or vase. I lightly shaped the heart over my little vase to get the edges rounded the way I wanted. Be careful not to press too hard or you might ruin your stamp imprints. I left it like this for 48 hours. The packaging for my clay says it fully cures in 36 to 48 hours. I would double check your clay specs.
After 48 hours, I just lifted it off the vase and started painting with watercolors.
I made my edges a bit darker than the middle area. Or at least, that’s what I was trying to do! To finish it up, I took a gold metallic sharpie and outlined the rim. You could also use gold leaf to do this.
All done! And now I have a cute little jewelry dish. I also have tons of leftover clay for another project. You could also make one of these for loose change or office supplies, like paperclips etc. I can’t wait to make more!
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