Create a marble effect using oven-bake clay to make your own ring dishes. Every one will be unique.
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I almost forgot all about this little DIY project until I dug through the files on my old camera’s (RIP) SD card. Since I am on vacation in the Finger Lakes this week I figured it was a good time to finally share it.
These metallic marbled ring dishes came into being as I was preparing to propose to my bridesmaids (and also made a few extra for the females in our immediate families) which would hold one of my favorite candies – ring pops!
I know lots of people propose to their bridesmaids with ring pops but I am known to have a constant stash of ring pops since probably middle school, back when they were only a seasonal summer item and I had to hoard a bunch to last me through the seasons. Lucky for us they are now available year round! But I digress.
While you can make these any color you would like, a good place to start is to use 2 large rods of white, 1 small rod of black, and 2 medium rods of whatever other colors you would like to incorporate. In my case I used gold and silver clay in varying proportions to create some a little more gold or silver.
Once you have your proportions, you twist the rods together several times before flattening and forming into a bowl to be baked. That’s really all it takes! I’ve included some photos of the steps with numbers that correlate to the steps in the directions to help.
I baked mine in one of those tortilla bowl makers to give them those ruffles edges, added a little gold or silver rim, and coated with a glossy spray paint but that’s all optional. The fun part is that they will all turn out different based on how they are twisted and the proportions of the colors that your use.
Just a heads up, these will feel more like slightly flexible hard rubber than anything else because you are making them out of clay and not ceramic. But have no fear, they will still hold their shape! If anything it’s an added bonus that they will be more difficult to break than if they were ceramic.
P.S. Yes those are the 2 wooden rings Bob made to propose to me. The first one that he actually proposed with was a little too bit so he then made a smaller one. While I now have a “real” engagement ring I will always keep those originals.
P.P.S. All the bridesmaids said yes ;-).
P.P.P.S. Just a little under 2 months!!
Two years ago: Raspberry Cheesecake Stuffed Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Cupcakes
Four years ago: Eggplant Parmesan with Parsley Orzo
Five years ago: Dark Chocolate Cherry Almond Granola Bars
- Sculpey oven-bake clay (I used white, black, gold, and silver)
- Clay knife
- Rolling pin
- 4 to 5-inch round cutter or can
- Oven safe bowl or ramekin (I used a tortilla bowl maker)
- Gold and silver Sharpie paint markers or craft paint and a small brush
- Clear glossy spray paint (optional)
- Cut clay colors White:Gold:Silver:Black in ratios of 8:2:2:1. Roll the white clay into two 5-inch long rods and the other colors into single 5-inch rods.
- Twist rods together, then roll into a 10-inch rod. Fold in half and then twist together again. Repeat rolling, folding, and twisting 2-3 more times.
- Smoosh the clay into a ball. What you see on the surface of the ball will be your pattern so smoosh wisely.
- Using a rolling pin, roll out to 1/8-inch thick and a little wider than 4-inches. Cut out circles using a round cookie cutter or cut out around a can or other template.
- Place circle evenly into a bowl or ramekin that is a little smaller than the circle so it will sag a little in the center and result in a dish shape.
- Bake for at 275 degrees for 15 minutes or until firm (or whatever temperature your clay brand specifies). Remove the bowl from the oven and allow to cool. To remove, turn bowl upside down and tap lightly until the clay dish falls out.
- Once completely cool*, use a paint marker or small paint brush to color the rim of the dish, then set aside to dry.
- If you desire a glossy finish, seal the dish with clear glossy spray paint following the instructions on the can.
*The dish will be a little flexible even once cooled, but it will keep it's shape.
Source: Adapted slightly from A Beautiful Mess.
Looks like a fun project. I’m glad you included your original engagement rings – they are beautiful and very well worth keeping.