Friday, October 9, 2015

DIY Craft: Air Dry Clay Dish

Here's a DIY craft idea to help you stay organised! =)
Have you ever had the experience of opening up your dresser drawer and all your stuff (ear rings, bracelets, coins, keys, buttons, etc) are in an unorganised mess? And you cannot find that red bracelet that would go so well with your outfit today? Sounds familiar? I also have the same problem with my dresser top. I pile everything up and clear it up when I cannot tolerate the mess. New year resolution is to get organised so I decided to make some clay dishes to organise my stuff and make my dresser top look pretty at the same time.

DIY Craft: Air Dry Clay Dish

Time to whip out the air dry clay that I bought months ago and my acrylic paint to make some clay dishes! This is what I used:
  • Air dry clay
  • Rolling pin
  • Alphabet stamp and cookie cutters
  • Clay slicer  (or you can use a knife)
  • Clear sheet of transparency (or you can use any type of smooth surfaces)
  • Small dishes (I used sauce dishes)
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brush
  • Paint palette
  • Sandpaper
DIY Craft: Air Dry Clay Dish

This is what I did:
  1. Open up the pack of clay and take some out. Store the remaining clay in an airtight container. The clay will feel slightly wet and when it dries when you are working with it, it will stick to your finger tips. So, it will help if your fingers are slightly wet when you are kneading and rolling the clay and have a damp towel at arm's length.
  2. Knead and roll the clay on the clear transparency sheet to about 3mm in thickness. Place your small dish bowl upside down over the clay and cut around the edge of the dish with the clay slicer. It will be good if you can do the cut crisp and straight so that your edges will look neat.
  3. It is time to be creative! Stamp in any words that you want or use your cookie cutters to create some designs.
  4. Gently lift the clay off the transparency sheet and place it into the dish. Gently push the clay into the dish until it lightly touches the bottom. Smooth the edges with your fingers. Tip: please do not push the clay too hard into the dish, it may get a bit challenging to pop it out of the dish tomorrow.
  5. Let the clay dry in the dish for about 24 hours or until it becomes dry and hardens.
  6. Gently pop the dried clay out of the dish. If the edges or any part of the clay dish is not smooth, sand it down with some sand paper.
  7. It is time to be creative again! Paint the clay dish in any colour you want with the acrylic paint. 
  8. Let the acrylic paint dry and TA-DA! you have your own clay dish now! =)

Hope you will enjoy making these clay dishes. My dresser top is certainly much neater and prettier now!

Till the next blog post, make something with your hands! =)

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