Ever since I made these stamped cheese labels, I've been wanting to experiment more with stamped clay. It's such an easy way to create a really nice gift that looks handmade, but also feels polished and chic. Today I'm here to share my newest project, a (faux) gold ring dish.
I tried to talk myself out of using bronze or gold paint because Mandi had already made this awesome hand dish, but alas, I'm a sucker for metallics and could not be swayed.
I'll tell you how to modify it into any color at the bottom of the post though. I was tempted by all the pastels like mint, soft peach, and blush pink. Those colors would look gorgeous with this technique.
-Polyclay in any color (Use black under metallic to give it an aged look if you want to wipe the edges– or use any other color. The selection these days is seriously impressive.)
–liquid leaf paint (in bronze or gold)
-ovenproof bowl for the baking part
Oven-hardening clay isn't super soft. It's actually sorta tough to get started sometimes. What I did to speed up the flattening process was break the clay up into little bits. Then I rolled it with a rolling pin using all my body weight (and huge muscles, of course).
Next, use scissors to cut an imperfect circle. Mine was about 3" across. Use letter stamps to stamp a word or initials into the center of your dish. I used larger stamps, so I stuck with our initials because it's short and sweet! If you used smaller stamps, you could fit several words instead.
Next, take your stamped circle and mold it into a small bowl to give it shape. This is how I gave my dish a perfectly round shape. Just press the center of the dish lightly and you'll feel the subtle bowl shape begin to form.
Make sure your bowl is oven safe (most are, but just be sure!), so you can leave it in there to give it shape as it bakes.
Follow the baking instructions on your clay package. They differ slightly. When the dish is done baking, allow it to cool completely before you remove it from the bowl. After is has cooled completely, it should slide easily out of the bowl. Nice job… we're almost done!
If you want to make a colored dish instead, just choose colored clay and use glossy accents as your glaze after it's done baking. No need to use any paint at all!