Do you love making your own jewelry? If you are like me then that is a yes! Not only do I love jewelry but I love making my own. DIY clay jewelry is so much fun to make, especially clay earrings. And with this DIY Clay Jewelry Dish and Earrings, you can wear them all day long without worrying about losing them.
Gather your supplies and follow these simple steps below. You will love the outcome trust me!
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SUPPLIES NEEDED TO MAKE YOUR DIY CLAY JEWELRY DISHES:
- IOD Air Dry Clay
- Large Silicone Sheet for Clay
- Bowl (6 inches in diameter)
- Fondant roller
- Sharp crafting tool – exacto knife
- Saran Wrap
- Squirt bottle of water
- Letter Stamps
- IOD Sunflower mold
- Smaller Bowl – to fit with the Sunflower Mold
- Sanding block
- Waverly Paint – Plaster White
- Waverly Paint – Ballet Slipper pink
- Waverly Paint – Maize
- Decoart Acrylic Paint – Traditional Burnt Umber
- Pink Wild Print Tissue paper
SUPPLIES NEEDED TO MAKE DIY CLAY EARRINGS:
- IOD Air Dry Clay
- IOD Knob Toppers
- Fondant Roller
- Paint color of choice – Glorious Gold
- Piping Metal Ring (Diameter of knob topper)
- Earring Backs
STEPS for CLAY DISH
1 With your IOD Air Dry clay, grab a decent-sized section in your hands to make it malleable, to become easy to mold.
2 – With a fondant roller, flatten out your clay. Be sure to make it as wide as the bowl you are using for your dish. Squish, squish, squish. Tip* The spacers on your fondant roller keep your clay even, controlled, and easiest to work with.
3 – Once you have it wide enough as the top of your bowl, lay your bowl on top of your flat, even clay. With a sharp tool, cut away the excess clay.
4 – With a tiny bit of water, rub along the edges of clay with your finger. Be careful not to push too hard or accidentally insert your fingernails.
5 – Grab some Saran Wrap and line the inside of your bowl you are using as a mold for your DIY clay jewelry dish.
6 – Be sure to put your excess clay back in a Ziploc bag so it doesn’t dry out.
7 – Grab the letter stamps you wish to imprint into your clay dish and press carefully. I am doing my daughter’s initials right in the center.
8 – With a bit more water on the edges of your clay, make sure they are nice and round. Tip* When working with clay, water is your friend.
9 – With the tips of your fingers, gently place your clay into the INSIDE of your Saran Wrapped bowl. Press clay firmly into the bowl to form the shape you are desiring. Tip* Doing the inside of the bowl was easier and held up better when dry.
10 – Let it sit for at least 24 hours. Then, carefully remove your clay dish from your bowl. Let it rest for another 2-3 hours
11 – Sand the edges to make them nice and smooth. Then, paint a base coat of white on both inside and outside. Let dry completely.
12 – With Clay Dish #1, grab your fancy print tissue paper and cut off a section to work with.
13 – With your bowl face down, add a thin layer of Mod Podge. Be sure to get every nook and cranny.
14 – Lightly apply your tissue paper on top of your bowl, smoothing it out with your fingers to help it adhere. Be extra gentle! Trim excess tissue paper from clay dish.
15 – To seal it, apply another coat of Mod Podge to your clay dish.
16 – With your sanding block, carefully remove the excess tissue paper from the edges of your dish.
17 – Use a heat gun to speed up the dry process.
18 – Once dry, flip over to the inside of your clay dish, and paint the inside with Waverly paint, Ballet Slipper Pink color. Dry completely.
Steps for Second Clay Dish
1 – To create a Sunflower Mold bowl, you will need your IOD mold and a bit of cornstarch to begin. Add a little cornstarch to your brush and dab some into the mold.
2 – With your IOD clay, grab a section in your hands to make it malleable, to fit into your mold. The rim on the mold will give you a nice, crisp edge once you have added the clay inside your mold completely.
3 – Push and smooth out your mold with your fingers and the palm of your hand. Fill in the entire inside of your sunflower mold.
4 – Remove excess clay from the rims of your mold.
5 – Grab a smaller bowl that will allow your sunflower mold to rest inside easily. Line the inside of the bowl with Saran Wrap.
6 – Carefully remove by pressing on the back of your moldboard and popping it out.
7 – Smooth the clay out a bit with a spritz of water. This helps it to adhere to the bowl as we place it in. Gently drop the sunflower mold into your bowl, softly helping it form to the shape you desire. You can have the textured design of your mold facing inside or outside. It is up to you. Tip* To clean molds, sit in the sink with cold water and a bit of dish soap.
8 – Let it sit for 24 hours.
9 – Then, carefully remove it from your bowl. Let it rest for another 2-3 hours.
10 – With Clay Dish #2, paint the inside and outside with your Waverly paint, color Maize. Be sure you get in all the grooves of your mold as you paint. Paint the bottom of the sunflower jewelry dish with Traditional Burnt Umber. Add shadowing if you want to be extra fancy, or leave it to have a simple, beautiful look.
11 – Let it dry again.
12 – To seal it, use a polyurethane spray or Mod Podge.
Steps for DIY Clay Earrings:
1 – Grab your Knob Toppers and a tiny piece of your IOD clay. Roll it out and flatten just like before with your clay dishes using your fondant roller.
2 – Place your knob topper of choice on top of your clay and create an imprint. Tip* Use your edge of fondant roller to help apply pressure evenly. Repeat 2 times to make your pair of earrings. (You could create magnets, charms for necklaces, keychains, etc.)
3 – Grab a piping circle that fits the diameter of your knob imprint in the clay. Apply to clay to create a perfect circle for your DIY earrings. Tip* Save excess clay in Ziploc bags.
4 – Use a tiny tip of the paintbrush handle to create a small circle into your clay earrings. Be sure to leave enough clay on top of that hole so your earrings don’t break or crack.
5 – With a bit of water, smooth out the edges of the earrings.
6 – Let dry completely.
7 – Paint as you desire. I used Glorious Gold. Let dry.
8 – Insert your earring backs or posts to create your very own DIY earrings to place inside your DIY Clay Jewelry Dishes!
Whew! That was so much fun and so easy to create these personalized DIY gifts for those special people in your life. Try making these DIY Clay Jewelry Dish and Earrings and gifting them to see how much your friends and family love your DIY gifts.
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