How to Make Clay Flower Ring Dishes
Keep your precious jewellery safe and sound with these small but perfectly formed jewellery bowls made from air drying clay.
They make the perfect gift for Mother’s Day and can be personalised using alphabet rubber stamps for an extra personal gift . . .
1. Start by rolling out the air dry clay until it’s the thickness of a one pound coin.
2. Push the flower cutter into the clay and remove any excess from the outside of the cutter, then carefully remove the cutter.
3. Gently roll over the clay to make the flower slightly larger.
Top Tip!…Be careful not to go any thinner than 0.5 mm otherwise the clay will crack when drying out.
4. If you wish to stamp a greeting onto any part of the flower now is the time to do it.
5. Carefully remove the clay from your work surface and place the flower into a cupcake tray and leave to dry for at least 24 hours. You’ll know when the clay has completely dried out as it will have turned a lighter shade of white.
6. Whilst the flower is drying create the stamen section by rolling out a rectangle of clay roughly 10cm’s by 4cm’s making sure that all of the edges are nice and straight by using a ruler and craft knife
7. Cut slits into the clay using the craft knife stopping a few millimetres before reaching the edge.
8. Carefully roll up the piece of clay.
9. Roll the piece between your forefinger and thumb to gently compact the clay together at the base, use a craft knife to cut any excess away to create a flat base.
9. Gently tease the outside slits out so that the top sections arch out slightly.
10. Leave to dry standing up on it’s base.
11. I also created some stamped letter tiles from clay. To crate these start by rolling out the clay to a thickness of 0.5mm and then use the wooden alphabet stamps to imprint the letters. You can create tiles or the whole word.
12. Once all of the clay pieces are dry use fine sandpaper to carefully smoothen the edges.
13. Paint each of the pieces using craft paint, once dry cover with two coats of gloss varnish.
14. Once dry secure the stamen/stamped letters centrally to the flower using a glue gun.