I have been admiring the clay bowls that Stars and Sunshine has been posting lately, so I thought I’d try a version myself for Raya’s room. She has a great tutorial – it’s what I used! Hers has a little different look using lace imprints, so go and check that idea out too!
This little bowl required:
- One package of clay (I used white, and painted it, but it comes in all sorts of colors!)
- A rolling pin and trimmer (I picked up a set specifically for clay because I didn’t have a rolling pin, but a regular rolling pin and butterknife would work fine)
- A round cutter (I used a plastic bowl)
- A decorative stamp
- An oven-safe bowl for shaping & baking
- Sandpaper, paint, and gloss for finishing (all optional, depending on the look you’re going for)
First, roll out your clay on some wax paper. I rolled mine out to about 1/4″. If you’re using a food rolling pin, you’ll want to cover the top of your clay with another sheet of wax paper. This roller is just for clay, and it’s nothing fancy, just a plastic tube. I bet some PVC piping would work well, if you have some lying around.
I used a small plastic bowl as my cutter. I love these little bowls for paint and stuff, when I found a 6-pack for $1 a while back, I got a set to beat up with my crafty projects.
Then, I trimmed it down. You don’t need a fancy trimmer here, a plasitc knife would work fine. Don’t worry about that rough edge – we’ll sand it down at the end.
I flipped it over, so that I’d have a nice smooth surface to work on. I used a rubber stamp (found this in Michael’s dollar section) to stamp a big “R”… for Raya.
Then, I just set it carefully in my oven-safe bowl. Don’t let the size throw you, this is a small Corelle fruit bowl.
I baked it according to the package directions. Every brand and formula is a little different, so make sure you check!
When it was done, I still found it to be slightly flexible. Now, for those of you who work with polymer clay – correct me if I’m wrong, but this seems to be pretty normal? It’s not going to be quite like fired pottery clay.
To finish it up, I just sanded the rough edge, and painted with some acrylic paints. I went with a very light coat of paint, letting my brush strokes show, but finishing is one of those things where there’s no wrong way to do it – just do what you like the looks of! When I was finished, I added a light coat of Sculpey Gloss. (I guess spray sealants are bad for polymer clay – so you definitely want something that paints on!)
And with that, I have a fun and easy little personalized piece for my daughter!
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