Good morning! Since we’re in the middle of Spring, it means two things: unpredictable weather and cleaning time. I’m taking the time to go through everything in our house and donate things we don’t use and reorganize while I’m at it. At least that’s the plan. One of the things I find when I do this, is that I like to leave little knick knacks on top of any surface in the house. Change on the kitchen counters, bobby pins in the bathroom, earrings on my nightstand, you name it. So, I decided to do something about it and made myself a small jewelry holder out of clay.
The process is actually quite simple and it all starts with clay. I used Sculpey oven bake clay in four different colors. I went with a purple/ivory palette to resemble seashells because they’re awesome. You can find this clay in your good old craft store or online if preferred.
You also don’t need to use a whole block. I just cut of a quarter off each and I had plenty extra.
Work the clay until it is pliable and manageable. It takes a while, so get comfy. At this point, you can mix the colors together.
Flatten a piece into a disc using your hands or a rolling pin. If you need it to be flat/flat, the rolling pin is the way to go for a smooth surface. Just make sure you cover each surface with some parchment or wax paper.
From here, cut out the shape you want with an X-Acto knife.
Mold the shape up to create a dish and add any details you may want. I scored a few lines into my piece. You can either hold the shape with some rolled up parchment paper or just place the piece in a oven safe dish.
Bake at 275 degrees for 30 minutes per 1/4 inch. Once done, take out and let cool.
If desired, you can use some glaze to give your piece a finished look, but this step is totally optional.
After it’s nice and dry, put your new piece to good use.
Hopefully for me, that’ll mean no more messy countertops, nightstands, tables, etc.
Have fun sculpting!