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DIY Clay Jewelry Dish

When I got married a few years ago I found myself taking off my engagement and wedding ring to wash dishes or take a shower. Since then I have been super nervous that I'd knock them off the counter and into the drain thus lost forever.  I searched for ring holders but didn't find any that really fit my taste without breaking the bank.  When I came across this and this post through pinterest I knew I had to try it for myself!  It sounded pretty simple and then I thought it would also make a great birthday, mother's day, or engagement gift.
Materials:
  • Polymer Clay (I used Crayola Air-Dry Clay)
  • Wax Paper and Painter's Tape
  • Craft Paint and foam paint brush (Optional) (I used Martha Stewart Multi-Surface Acrylic Craft Paint) 
  • Some kind of a glass dish to let the clay dry in
  • Lace or Crocheted Doily
  • Rolling Pin
  • Sand Paper or File (Optional)
  • Knife or Tool to cut the clay (I used a small pumpkin carving knife)
  • High Gloss Enamel Finish for a sealant (Optional)  (I used Dresden Clear Glaze) 
Please give me grace on these photos because I completed this project in the late evening over a few nights and the lighting is poor.
(I left a few things out in this photo:  Sand paper, pumpkin carving tool, and rolling pin)
Instructions:

Knead the clay in between your fingers so the clay is soft and malleable.
Using your rolling pin, start rolling the clay out onto your wax paper (to a thickness of 1/4").
Place your lace or fabric doily onto the clay and then using your rolling pin make an imprint onto the clay.  If you really want to make a deep impression then roll until your clay is flat with the top of the doily.
Gently peel the doily away from the clay.

Using your glass dish or Tupperware container, place over the clay.  Take your knife or tool and trim away any extra remaining clay.
Lay or place your clay into a bowl or a plate for a flatter bottom and let air dry for 2-3 days.  I tried using a hair dryer to speed the process up and it cracked the dish.
Using a nail file or sand paper, smooth out the edges of the dish.
Paint bottom of dish 2 coats of paint drying at least 1+ hour between coats.
Using your clear glaze, spray 2-3 coats of the sealant onto the bottom of the dish at least 10+ minutes between coats (follow the directions on the bottle).
Repeat painting and glazing for the top of the dish and enjoy your beautiful new Clay Jewelry Dish!

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