By Kirsten Nunez. Staying organized can be quite the task. Luckily, sometimes the solution is super simple. Start off by cleaning up your vanity and keeping your favorite trinkets in one place. It can do wonders for your dresser! If you don't know where to start, try creating a double dish with oven-bake clay. You can make it as big or small as you'd like; it's really up to you. This is also an amazing (and inexpensive!) gift idea for the jewelry loving ladies in your life.
- Rolling Pin
- 4 oz. oven-bake polymer clay
- Strong Craft Glue (such as E6000)
- Soft-Bristled Brush
- Liquid Gilding (2 colors)*
You'll Also Need:
- Small Oven-Safe Bowls (2 different sizes) **
- Metal Cookie Sheet
- Parchment Paper
- Access to Oven
* Liquid gilding is extremely potent, saturated oil-based paint that is basically liquid metal. It is available in metal finishes such as gold, silver, and copper. Silver and brass were used for this project. Look for liquid gilding in the same aisle as acrylic & glass paints at your local craft store.
** This project used two stainless steel bowls with bottoms measuring 2 1/4" and 3".
1. Form two balls of clay measuring 1.5" and 2" wide, respectively. It will take some time to knead the clay and soften it up, making it easier to work with.
2. Cover your work surface with parchment paper. Using the rolling pin, flatten the first ball of clay into a circular sheet measuring 1/8" wide. It doesn't have to be a perfect circle - you'll trim the edges later.
Repeat with the second clay ball.
3. Turn the bowls upside down and place the clay sheets on top. Smooth out any bumps.
Place the bowls on a metal cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Pop in the oven and bake according to the directions on the clay's packaging. Most oven-bake clays require 15-20 minutes of baking, around 250-275 degrees F.
4. Once the time is up, remove from the oven. Let the clay sit until it's warm enough to handle, but not completely cool. Remove the clay from the stainless steel bowls.
Using scissors, trim the edges to straighten. Again, this technique works best when the clay is still a bit warm!
5. Cut out a curved indent from the smaller bowl. This is where the larger one will sit.
6. Now, here's the fun part. Once the bowls have cooled down, glue them together and paint! You can also paint the edges or leave them as is. Let dry overnight.
Don't forget to mix the gilding extremely well before using. Because it is oil based, liquid gilding separates and settles in the jar.
This bowl duo is perfect for adding a minimalist, modern element to your vanity. I love to use it for my most frequently used jewelry!