Marbled clay ring dish – A Beautiful Mess

I have come to the realization, and I must make a confession: I am an apostate. A ring spreader, yes. Ever since I’ve been wearing stacking rings, they’ve been scattered all over the house.

I thought it might be a good idea to keep some ring platters around the house, and what’s an easy and inexpensive way to make a ring platter? From clay of course!

So pretty! easy marbled ring dish (click through for tutorial)

Here’s a short video tutorial to make your own marbled clay ring bowls, or keep scrolling to see the tutorial with text and images:

Necessities:
– oven-baked clay (white, gray, black and color of your choice)
*a few ounces of colored clay and the 1.75lbs of white clay will make different dishes!
–X-Acto knife or plastic clay knife
– small bowl or baking pan (make sure they are oven safe)
–gold paint and brush
–silicone rolling pin or large round pot
-large pitcher or pot to trace around
– icing to seal the bowl (optional)

1. Roll any color of clay you want to use into a hose (about 5″ long). I usually make two larger rolls of white, a medium roll of gray, a small roll of each color I use, and then an additional small roll of black.

You actually want enough total clay to roll out a 6″ circle, but don’t worry about the exact amount of one color or the other. Even if you use the same recipe every time, every dish will look different.

2. Combine the smaller rolls into one large roll and twist them together.

3. Roll the large twist into a snake (about twice its original length) to combine the colors. Twist the ends in opposite directions every few moves to give the colors more of a candy cane look.

Once it’s twice as long, fold the hose in half and twist the two ends together, as pictured above. Repeat the process of rolling, folding, twisting and rolling again 2-3 times.

4. Smoosh all the clay into a ball. You want to see most of your colors on the surface of the ball, so pull the ball in half and knead it again if you don’t.

5. Use a silicone rolling pin or glass jar to roll out your marbled ball. I like to use a glass jar so I can see what happens if I roll harder or softer over certain colors.

The colors should blend together and create a marbled pattern when you roll over them. Try rolling different directions, from the edge, from the center, etc., to push the clay from different angles. Roll to 1/4″ thick.

6. Using a round object about 6″ wide as a template, cut out your saucer circle with an X-Acto or clay knife.

7. Carefully place your circle in an ovenproof bowl or dish that is slightly smaller than your circle so that it sags a bit in the center and gives you more of a bowl shape. Bake the bowl according to the temperature on the clay package (mine was at 275°F for 15 minutes).

Remove the bowl from the oven and let the clay cool before turning the larger bowl upside down and tapping lightly until the clay dish falls out.

8. Once the clay has cooled completely, use a small brush to paint the rim of the bowl and let the paint dry. Finish the bowl with a glaze, if desired.

The glaze won’t make the item food safe or completely waterproof, but it will give you a glossy finish if that’s what you love!

Since you’re working with oven-baked clay, the dish will still be a little flexible when cooled and feel more like hard rubber than porcelain, but that’s okay!

It should still stay in perfect shape and hold your rings like a champ.

While the color combinations are endless, my favorites are made with white, gray, black, and two bright colors that make a beautiful third color when mixed together.

I would definitely recommend using an oven baked clay like Sculpey that is already soft to start with. It will save you a lot of time and finger strength.

If you’re not the DIY type, you can still grab a handmade ring dish, but these bowls turned out even better than I’d hoped!

And you can tell I’ve been able to make quite a few, so I’m definitely going to give some away as gifts. How sweet would one of these be as a gift with a cute ring already in it? xo. Laura

PS Click here to see more of our favorite DIY projects that use clay!

Marbled clay ring dish

how to use oven baked clay to make marbled ring dishes

3+ oven-baked clay white, black and the color of your choice gold liquid gilding paint and brush optional glaze to seal the dish optional

Roll any color of clay you want to use into a hose about 5″ long. I usually make two larger rolls of white, a medium roll of gray, a small roll of any color I’m using, and then an additional small roll of black.

I don’t have exact clay measurements for you (and most people don’t have a scale to weigh exactly ounces of clay anyway), so just use the photo as a guideline.

You actually want enough total clay to roll out a 6″ circle, but don’t worry about the exact amount of one color or the other. Even if you use the same recipe every time, every dish will look different.

Combine the smaller rolls into one large roll and spin them together.

Roll the large twist into a tube about twice its original length to combine the colors. Twist the ends in opposite directions every few moves to give the colors more of a candy cane look.

Once it’s twice as long, fold the hose in half and twist the two ends together, as pictured above. Repeat the process of rolling, folding, twisting and rolling again 2-3 times.

Smoosh all the clay into a ball. You want to see most of your colors on the surface of the ball, so pull the ball in half and knead it again if you don’t.

Use a rolling pin or glass jar to roll out your marbled ball. I like to use a glass jar so I can see what happens if I roll harder or softer over certain colors.

The colors should blend together and create a marbled pattern when you roll over them. Try rolling different directions, from the edge, from the center, etc., to push the clay from different angles. Roll to 1/4″ thick.

Using a round object about 6″ wide as a template, cut out your saucer circle with an X-Acto or clay knife.

Carefully place your circle in an ovenproof bowl or dish that is slightly smaller than your circle so that it sags a bit in the center and gives you more of a bowl shape. Bake the bowl according to the temperature on the clay package (mine was at 275°F for 15 minutes).

Remove the bowl from the oven and let the clay cool before turning the larger bowl upside down and tapping lightly until the clay dish falls out.

Once the clay has cooled completely, use a small brush to paint the rim of the bowl and let the paint dry.

Finish the bowl with a glaze, if desired. The glaze will not make the item food safe or completely waterproof, but it will give you a glossy finish. This is just an optional step.

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Credits // Author: Laura Gummerman. Photography: Laura Gummerman and Sarah Rhodes.


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