I finally caved and purchased a few new craft supplies. I think I’ve done pretty well with what I’ve had on hand for these past 5 months! This isn’t the end of my stash busting though. It will continue! I just needed to get some Sculpey clay! I’ll be honest, I’ve not worked with polymer clays in a VERY long time. So I decided to start with this simple project; clay dishes with doily impressions rolled into them. Hard to resist making some when you see some of the gorgeous examples around the web.
A little ‘re-education’ about polymer clay was needed. So if you would like to try this project yourself, make sure you read all the tips and tricks before you begin. And if there are any experts out there, please feel free to share your experiences in the comments section.
First thing, use your 40% off (or in this case, 50%) Michaels coupon to buy your Sculpey or other polymer, oven bake clay. Gather together some cloth doilies, not paper ones. Use various sizes. I wished I had one that was a bit more wee, for rings and things.
If you are doing this on your kitchen counter, lay out a piece of parchment paper to roll the clay on. Tape the paper down so it doesn’t slide around. Lay another piece of paper over top if you are using your kitchen rolling pin. After all, you are going to prepare food on this counter and with your rolling pin in the future… so keep it clean. Once your clay is the desired thickness, lay the doily over top and roll it in with your rolling pin until it is evenly pressed into the clay. Gently pull the doily out and trim around the edges with the non serrated edge of an old knife. Smooth out any rough edges from cutting, with your fingers.
You can leave the clay on the parchment, cutting it out around your shape and place them into oven safe glass or metal dishes to form their shape.
Bake in oven according to the package directions. Mine was 15 minutes at 275F for each 1/4 inch thickness. It will still be soft when you take it out of the oven. Let the pieces sit for several hours and check again for firmness. I put mine in a second time.
If you find any rough edges, you can sand them under running water (to keep dust particles from becoming airborne) with wet/dry sandpaper, a scotchbrite pad or an emery board.
To finish your pieces, stick with water based paints (not water colour). Some types of paints can react with the clay and cause it to be gooey or have that feeling like it’s never totally dry. When in doubt, do some research, or try it on a sample piece of clay, letting it sit for a few days to see how it reacts. Spray paints or finishes are not recommended as the propellant can cause deterioration of the clay over time.
I used regular acrylic paint. After giving them a couple thin coats, I let them dry out for a couple days before applying a top coat.
To give them a glossy finish, you can top coat them with varathane or Future floor polish (pledge with future shine). I went with glossy varathane.
Now, just enjoy your pieces!
*Do not use for food, decorative purposes only*