Are you looking for a perfect place to put your rings or favorite piece of jewelry? Then you are in the right place.
I have been looking for a cute way to store some small items like my wedding ring and since it is close to Valentines Day I thought these Clay Heart Trinket Dishes were perfect for this purpose. *This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience. Click here to read my full disclosure policy.
This is an easy project using oven baked clay and acrylic paints.
TOOLS FOR CLAY TRINKET BOWLS
- Rolling pin
- Heart shaped cookie cutters in various sizes
- Exacto knife, butter or plastic knife or other object to cut/trim clay
- Sandpaper – I used 150 grit
- Silhouette Cameo – to create stencil (optional)
- Small paint brushes and pouncer
SUPPLIES FOR CLAY TRINKET BOWLS
- Oven baked clay – I used the Sculpey III in white
- Wax or parchment paper
- Bowl or cup to hold some water
- Oven save bowls
- Acrylic paints
- Triple Thick Glaze Spray sealer – I used this one
STEPS TO COMPLETE CLAY TRINKET BOWLS
Step 1) I started out by pulling off a large chunk of clay and rolled the clay in a ball. The oven baked clay is a thick, firm type of feel and takes a little bit to work in a ball. I rolled the clay out with the rolling pin to about 1/4 inch thickness. Then I used the heart cookie cutters and cut out the clay.To smooth out the clay dip your finger in water and run it over any imperfections. If you miss some imperfections you can catch those with sandpaper after they are baked, however to save yourself time try to do it while the clay is still wet. Place the heart shapes in an oven safe bowl. The bowl gives the heart a concave shape to hold your items better vs being flat. Then I baked the clay per instructions on their website at 275 degrees for 15 minutes per 1/4 thickness. When I removed the clay from the oven it felt somewhat rubbery, but once it cooled down it hardened.
Step 2) When the clay was dried and hardened I sanded it with 150 grit sandpaper. Then I wiped off the dust from sanding. Step 3) I applied acrylic paint and created a stencil with Silhouette Cameo my to add some fun sayings. If you don’t have a stencil you can free hand some text or transfer an image and fill it in with a sharpie, paint pen or acrylic paints. If you would like a copy of the text/images I used click before for file (personal use only). To prevent stencil bleeding I apply a coat of the base color of paint first then apply the actual stencil color. When applying the final color use a pouncer of flat tipped paint brush and use an up and down motion. Once I was happy with how they looked I added a couple coats of triple thick glaze.
The shiny sealer made it look like they were store bought. I thought they turned out adorable and I hope you enjoy making some for yourself or for a gift.