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Friday, February 6, 2015

Valentine's Day Ring Dishes

These little bowls are made from Sculpey, and they're so fun to make. I'll show you three ways to make different patterns, and I'm sure you'll come up with tons of ways to personalize your own bowls. 

 

*I recommend taping a piece of waxed paper to the table to protect your table and to make it easier to lift up the bowl without deforming it. 

To make a plaid bowl: 
First, condition the clay by kneading, pulling, and rolling it. You want to warm it up and make it soft and pliable. It doesn't take long.


Then make a ball and roll it out partway - maybe about 1/2 inch thick.


Now choose a few colors to make a plaid pattern. Condition the colored clay and roll out a thin snake. 


Place the snakes across the base clay, as seen below:


Roll out the second color and place it on the base, perpendicular to the first color.


Add the third color, placing the snakes so they alternate with a previous color. Add as many colors as you like.


Now roll out the clay to flatten out the snakes and to make the clay a little thinner. Leave it at least 1/4 inch thick, so the finished bowl won't be too fragile. 


Cut out a paper heart and place it on top of the clay as a template. 


Use the duller edge of a butter knife, or a plastic knife, or a clay knife to cut out the heart shape. 


Peel away the extra clay.


Remove the tape from the waxed paper and lift one side to carefully peel the paper off the clay, keeping the clay as flat as possible. If you try to peel the clay right off the table, it will probably lose its shape where you are pulling on it.


Place the clay into an oven-safe bowl, letting it sag down to form the shape you want for your dish. A shallower bowl will create a shallower ring dish.


Place the bowl on a baking sheet and bake according to your package directions. Mine baked at 275 degrees for 30 minutes. Let the dish cool before you remove it from the bowl. It will be sturdier after it has cooled. 

How to make the Overlapping Polka Dots: 


Condition the base clay, roll it into a ball, and flatten it partway with a rolling pin. Condition a few accent colors. Roll the first color into small balls and squish them onto the main clay. Add more accent colors, placing some on top of others.


Roll out the base and accent clay a bit more to flatten the accent colors. Leave the clay between 1/4 inch and 1/2 inch thick.



You can use a bowl as a template to make a circular dish. Cut it out with the back of a butter knife.


Lift up the waxed paper to carefully peel off the clay. Place it in an oven-proof bowl to create a curved dish. Set the bowl on a baking sheet and bake according to the package directions. Let it cool before removing the new dish from the bowl.



For a Marbled Effect:

Here's how you can use up the scraps from one of the previous dishes. First twist and roll the clay a bit to create a marbled effect. Then roll it into a ball and use a rolling pin to roll out the clay most of the way.


Condition a small amount of gold clay, roll it out, and cut out a heart shape. Place the heart on top of the clay base. 


Then roll out the clay gently to preserve the heart shape.



Use a cookie cutter or trace a bowl to cut a circle out of the clay. Place the clay in a small oven-safe bowl so it will sag down and form a curved dish. 


Place the bowl on a baking sheet and bake as directed on the clay package. 

Once cooled, you can sand the edges with sandpaper or an emery board (this could really come in handy for the center-top of the heart). Use any acrylic paint to color the edges, if you like. 



Sculpey has not been rated as food-safe, so please don't use these for unwrapped food. If giving as a gift, you could add some wrapped candy, but a ring would really be perfect in a ring dish!