With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I put together an easy craft that would make the perfect gift for the lovely lady in your life. Whether it be a mom, teacher, friend or relative, most of us wear some sort of jewelry, yet storing the jewelry isn’t always easy. Here is an easy jewelry catch-all bowl you can make. Dad and the kids – this one is easy for you, too!
Get started by gathering your materials. You’ll need:
- 1 pkg. Fimo or Sculpey clay, really any kind of oven-bake sculpting clay will do.
- Lace fabric or a stamp
- A cookie cutter or cup
- Rolling Pin
- Wax Paper
- Oven-safe bowl
- An oven
The process is very similar to making cookies, only I wouldn’t advise you to eat this dough! Pre-heat your oven to 275 degrees (per directions on the sculpting clay package). Next, take your sculpting clay out of the package, knead it together with your hands until the clay becomes soft, then roll it out using your rolling-pin.
Next, place your lace over the clay. If you prefer, you can select a piece of lace that covers the entire piece of clay. You could even use a rubber ink stamp.
Using your rolling-pin, roll over the lace to it makes an impression in the clay.
Now, slowly peel the lace, removing it from the clay. You’ll see the lace impression is still in the clay!
Using a circle cookie cutter, or even an old candle, cut out a circle shape in your clay. Remove the excess clay while your circle cutter is still on the clay.
Slowly peel the circle cutter away from the clay, and then the clay away from the parchment or wax paper. Grab your oven-safe bowl and place the clay in the bottom of the bowl, lightly pressing the clay into the bottom of the bowl so it takes on the bowl shape. Something else I decided to try while making my bowl, was to add on a ring holder. Using the excess clay, I made what I’ll call a *squiggle* hook. I scored the base of the hook so it will have a nice bond when we go to glue it on to the bowl later.
Place your bowl setup and *squiggle* hook separately on a baking pan. We’ll bake the bowl and *squiggle* hook separately and glue them together once everything is done baking. Your oven should be pre-heated now, so go ahead and stick your bowl setup and the *squiggle* hook in the oven. Bake for 15 minutes, according to the sculpting clay package.
Once done baking, let your bowl and *squiggle* hook completely cool. Once cool, you can remove the clay bowl from the oven-safe bowl. If you have uneven edges on your bowl, you can sand it down with sand paper or even a nail file.
If you made a *squiggle* hook, you can attach it to the bowl with craft glue. My favorite glue is E-6000. It’s the most durable glue I’ve found.
When your glue is completely dry (24 hours, to be safe), you can use your bowl and ring holder! So cute and handy.
Another variation is to paint the lace impression. You can also seal the clay with varnish, to make sure it lasts. What’s cool about the sculpting clay is that it comes in a wide array of colors. So you can get creative and really make these bowls unique!
And there you have it folks! Your very own bowl.
Want to see the video for this project? I actually demonstrated how to make this bowl live on our local news station, KTUL’s Good Morning Oklahoma. Click here to see the video.
Enjoy! What will your bowl look like?