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.
–liquid leaf paint – in bronze or gold
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 it is has cooled completely, it should slide easily out of the bowl. Nice job… we’re almost done!
Paint your dish. I used two coats of liquid leaf on all sides and the edges.
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!
I know you’ll have time to try this simple, pretty project. It’s sitting on my bedside table right now (I don’t like wearing all my rings when I sleep, too pokey).
If you have any requests for homemade-gift-type projects, let me know in the comments! xo. Elsie
Love this! It would make the perfect DIY gift with the holiday season coming up !
– CASA & Company
I’m sorry if this question sounds really stupid, but I’ve never made anything out of clay before and I just wanted to know if I can use a regular oven for this project or if I would need a specific “clay oven”.
Thank you so much! This DIY looks really really lovely and would make such a great christmas gift!
Oh! Oh! Oh! So cute!!! I will definitely do this for my engagement ring and often used earrings. I am always scared of losing them, because I just put them on my night table when we go to bed. This is a great idea! I love your blog! Maybe you can make a DIY for some husband/boyfriend gift ideas.
I love this project! The bake-able clay is a revelation. I have so many great ideas for projects now!
This is awesome. When I first saw the blog post, i thought that this is not my kind of thing, but it really is. I love you final product. It’s so cool and stylish.
making this gold stamped ring dish in a few minutes.. very excited to see the result! thanks for the idea 🙂
Um this is amazing!! Thanks for the great idea!
Love this!! Any way you guys could make a bigger one or some sort of tray? I’m looking for something to store my daughter’s hair accessories. Maybe instead of initials I could use an animal stamp? Need help here!
Any ideas for baby/children’s room decor? I see those unframed canvas prints with animals, or sayings on them everywhere (Target, Kohl’s,Everywhere)and I think “I bet I could do that if I were slightly crafty or artistic or had serious help-like you guys.” Lots of “borrowed” ideas that from stores that I know you guys could make (and make better and at a fraction of the cost.)
Is there a food-safe paint or finish that could turn this into a tea bag/spoon rest? Thanks!
I love stamping in clay, too! I made these dragonfly earrings earlier this summer that could make great gifts. There are so many options when it comes to stamping!
I am obsessed with liquid gold leaf right now! This is beautiful. 🙂
love this idea!
Such a lovely idea! I’ve been on the lookout for a little ring bowl.
YES! love this! looks easy and elegant. Would love to see more ideas for Christmas gifts!
So cute! I love that you’re blogging more again over here (I know things were super busy for you before)!
This is so lovely and personal
I ADORE this for the Christmas season! And for my own rings. I’ve recently had to retire them for awhile because of pregnant pudge fingers;)
This is so gorgeous! I have gold paint so I’m already in a mood to paint everything gold 😉
You mean to hang the mugs on?
I used liquid leaf, so it didn’t stay sticky. I actually think regular gold leaf is REALLY hard to work with, so maybe try the liquid one next time?
Your project sounds really cute.