Last Year, before the holidays, I was inspired by a blog post by A Beautiful Mess – Making Marbled Clay Ring Dishes was so fun. They had a YouTube Video about how they made them too, which was helpful. It’s simple and fun! I promised on Instagram that I’d share some tips that they may not have mentioned. So here they are…
Tips for Making The Marbled Clay Dishes
First of all, have fun with LOTS of colors! I bought this pack here. I liked having a variety of colors to work with. To help you understand how much of each of these rectangular cubes you’ll need… Imagine cutting off a piece of it long-ways, about 1/6 – 1/10 of the whole block. It depends on how much you want to use for each dish. You will have plenty with this pack.
What it all will look like…
When you choose some colors to work with, cut the pieces off that you’ll need.
Try using different amounts of the colors and rolling them into different thicknesses. Notice how some have sparkly fine grain glitter or mica? If you don’t like that, you have to be selective. Twist them in different ways. There is no wrong way.
And then when you smoosh it all into a ball – Twist the ball, and re-smoosh it a few times if you want more swirls.
Flatten it out more than once. You don’t have to stop after one try. Pick it back up and do it again after smooshing it more. I used a stainless steel empty water bottle as a rolling pin and it worked fantastic.
Eventually you’ll feel content with the design and want to cut it out. There are so many household items you can use to get that perfect circle, or whatever shape you go for.
I never wasted any of the extra clay that I cut off. I used it to reform smaller dishes. You just have to have small enough bowls or cups to bake them into in the oven. After they’re out of the oven and cooled down. I used this Krylon K09901A00 Leafing Pen, Gold, .33 Ounce instead of brushing gold leaf paint on with a brush. I felt like I had more control and the Krylon pen had a perfect edge for the rim of the dishes.
Everything else, we did the same as A Beautiful Mess’s blog post said to do pretty much. Used the gloss, and let them dry. Simple. We coated the top and the bottom one at a time and let each dry for 24 hours. I think you can handle them after 30 minutes of drying, but they do need a day to fully dry. As for the rims. I also wanted to say that if you don’t like using your fingers to press the edge down, you can use a flat capped pen or something like that, to slowly push it down just a little to make the rim more flat around it. You can see I did that on some, where as others are naturally rounded.
Good for kids too…
I don’t normally follow directions for anything exactly, and rarely use recipes… but this project was such a fun one, and my children loved it too! My kids made some clay dishes with little assistance from me. The only part that was tricky for my six year old, was using the gold leafing paint pen. I did that for him.
My 11 year old made these…
My 6 year old made these…
Notice the difference in thickness of each of the dishes? That is one thing I didn’t regulate for the kids, as I just wanted them to experiment. Both feel good and work well, but I prefer the thinner style. My ideal size and thickness ended up being like this dish here that I made (below). I have other smaller ones I adore as well, but when I needed a dish to use the other day, I immediately went to grab this one. It’s my favorite. Most of the dishes we made we gave as gifts, but some we kept!
I hope you enjoyed this little run down of the extra tips I thought to share from A Beautiful Mess – Making Marbled Clay Ring Dishes. When we made their dishes it was easy and everything worked as they said it would. So follow their instructions and make little changes like we did if that feels right. There are so many ways you could alter these even more, but this was our first try so we didn’t veer off too far. Have fun making!
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