These little pretty and versatile trinket dishes have been catching my eye for some time now, and I just needed an occasion to try them!
I’ve been so lucky to have a lot of fun dinners/ brunches/ weekends with my girlfriends recently. (See the moms’ brunch I hosted here.) I thought these dishes would be fun to make as party favors/ souvenirs.
I tried making a few different styles of dishes, and I’ll post the variations here soon. While I love the results of all of them, the white bowls are a bit stressful to make (hard to keep clean!), and the marble is really relaxing, so choose your project accordingly!!
There are so many different kids of polymer clay, and when I found myself overwhelmed standing in Michael’s, I appreciated this overview of the different clays and their uses. After reading this summary, I ended up choosing Premo Sculpey.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Premo Sculpey in white (approximately 2oz per bowl)
- Rolling pin or smooth glass jar
- Stencils and stamps
- Parchment paper or wax paper
- Circle to trace (approximately 4″)
- Bowl or other oven-safe mold
- Optional: sandpaper
- Paint brush
- Gold paint
- Clear glossy Varathane varnish (it’s what I had the the house and luckily recommended by Ginger at the Blue Bottle Tree)
Here’s how to do it:
- This white clay collects and shows dust and lint very easily, so try to keep your hands, tools, and work surface as clean as possible
- Using a parchment or wax paper work surface, knead your clay and roll it flat – about 1/4″ thick
- Cut out the circle
- Stamp your designs in the center
- Place your circle on your mold – I tried it on the outside of a bowl, but I think inside would be better, if you have the right size, because the mold indented the surface slightly
- Bake according to the instructions for the clay
- Let it cool, and sand rough edges
- Paint rim with gold paint
- Coat with clear varnish
Here are some progress shots and the final products!
Clay rolled out, stamped, and ready to mold
This is what the bowls looked like out of the oven, before paint and varnish. I like the matte look, but I suspect they’d get dirty over time.
Next step: gold paint on the rim!
Last step: clear gloss varnish!
Here’s a sneak peak at the marble bowls. I’ll get the post up some time (soon?)!
I’m seriously addicted to making these bowls…
Julie aka “Jewels”