Friday, 27 March 2015

DIY Marble Clay Ring Dishes.


I used to be quite the keen crafter, but it has been probably a few years now since I sat down and actually created anything. A Beautiful Mess has been one of my favourite blogs since I've been about 18, and the interiors and DIY posts are always so inspiring. When I read their marble clay ring dish post I thought that would be the perfect idea to ease me back into crafting, and although I hit some speed bumps on the way, I'm quite happy with how they turned out!


Y  O  U    W  I  L  L    N  E  E  D :
- White and coloured oven clay. I only used three colours but I wish I'd used more to help create the marble effect, I bought mine from this ebay seller. 
- A large jar or rolling pin.
- Gold or metallic paint and a small paintbrush.
- A knife (preferably specifically for clay - otherwise you'll end up with edges like mine!)
- A small, ovensafe bowl.

1. Pick your clay.
2. Split into smaller pieces - For the second bowl which has a better marble effect I split them up into smaller than pictured which seemed to be work better.
3. Roll into little lines around 5" long - Use your hands for this, a little heat helps to work them into shape quicker.
4. Twist all the lines into one snake (how much does mine look like a flump here!)
5. Roll the snake into a line around double the original length, then twist again.
6. Smush (that is the technical term) into a ball, and you should be able to see the marble effect taking place.
7. Roll out into a circle, and when big enough cut around a jar or small bowl with your knife.
8. Pop it into a small, ovensafe bowl so the edges can turn up a little - I baked mine for about 20 minutes on 250.
9. Leave to cool, remove from the bowl and then paint around the edges with your metallic paint.


Then we're done! As you can see, mine aren't as good as the original, and I'd use different colours in future too. The peach one went a little more orange which didn't look great with the pink shade. I also used the offcuts of the first with the second, which I think helped to create a real marble effect. I think using more colours of clay would create a more dramatic effect too. Also, you do kinda need a clay knife, the edges of mine ended up quite rough as you can see, but I think it adds to the handmade look - it depends what you prefer! Overall I do really like them, and they're a really quick and easy project to whip up when you have a spare hour.

Would you make your own marble clay ring dishes?



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