like many of you fellow creative minds out there, i have been racking my brain the past couple of weeks to try and decide what to get some of the special ladies in my life. i didn’t really have much of an idea until i came across a post from a pinterest link that just seemed too good to be true. it looked straightforward, it looked darling, and it looked like something i could actually do myself! with that confidence, i was off to the local binders art store to stock up on the goods and see what kind of magic i could make.
ready to go, i cleared the dining room table to create some work space, pulled up the instructions, and tore into the supplies. what would i be attempting to make? these precious little jewelry dishes!
now, i’m not going to repeat the steps here, for i want the original geniuses elsie and emma to get all the credit. their instructions are so easy to follow and so accurate that the whole thing is just about stupid-proof.
i will say, though, that i do have some tips from my personal, novice clay knowledge, and they are as follows:
- make sure you’re not working on a precious surface. i would never have done this craft on the beautiful wood surface of my table, so i used a flat board (basically tough cardboard) that i have lying around the house for an occasion such as this one.
- be sure to use a good amount of white clay so that you have enough material to create a whole, sturdy dish.
- don’t be shy with the colors! one of the dishes had, i think, six different colors in it, some more than the others. it all depends on the desired effect.
- if you want more mixing of the colors to come through in the final product, then yes, as suggested in the original post, pull the ball of clay apart and smoosh it together a few times to get them all intermingled before you roll it out.
- unless you absolutely want to be like a real artist, there’s no need to buy a little clay-cutting knife like the wooden one you’ll see in my pictures. any ‘ole knife will do ya just fine.
- the gold gilding, in my opinion, is a must! it helps finish the sides nicely and bring a little pizzazz to the dishes.
- also necessary is the glaze. i did two coats on mine and i loved the dishes even more after coating them and making them shiny.
this craft is simple, inexpensive, and quick. with so many color combinations it was fun to decide which to pick for each girl so that the dish would match their personality perfectly. a great Christmas gift, birthday gift, or even bridal party gift, this craft is sure to please. amusez-vous!