Recently I came across this pretty ceramic soap dish made by Salt Marsh Pottery. It was one of the items we used to sell at the herbal gift shop. As I was looking at it I wondered if I could make a little jewelry dish from polymer clay.
Pressed Flower Jewelry Dish
So I went out to Hobby Lobby and purchased some clay and a plastic kit with a roller and cutter.
I went outside to pick a few flowers, rinsed them well and let them air dry.
In the meantime I went to work on the clay. I don’t have a special tool to condition the clay for rolling so I sat in front of the TV and used my hands to knead it until it was soft and pliable. This was the hardest part and took me about 20 minutes.
I rolled out the clay on some parchment paper until it was about 1/4 inch thick. Then I placed some of the flowers on and rolled it gently into the clay to make an impression. I gently removed the plant material and used a pin to lift out any stragglers.
Next I used a plastic round container to trace out a circle and cut it out. I placed the clay into a small oven proof bowl that I bought at the dollar store. I had read somewhere that you shouldn’t use your regular utensils or dinnerware when working with polymer clay.
The directions on the particular clay I bought said you needed to bake it at 300 degrees for 20-30 minutes. While I was waiting I went to work on conditioning a second piece of clay.
Once the clay was done baking I let it cool, and then turned it upside down on some paper towels and tapped on the bottom until it fell out. Then using some heavy sandpaper I sanded off any rough edges. In the future I think I would sand even more.
Using craft paints I carefully filled in the impressions to match the real flower. Once the paint was dry I added a nice clear varnish to give the entire piece some shine and protection.
I think they turned out great. I am no artist, in fact, I always admired those with an artistic hand. I’ll admit they are a far cry from the fine craftsmanship at Salt Marsh, but sometimes it’s just fun to do it yourself. And, I think with some planning and practice, this project could only get better and better.
Do you ever go to bed with earrings on? I hate getting out of bed but worry about losing studs if I place them on the nightstand so this jewelry dish is the perfect solution. It would make a great gift, don’t you think?