MARBLE RING HOLDER
Oven-bake clay in 5 colours – we’ve used white, black and grey as our base colours, pink and purple for one bowl and blue and green for the other.
Rolling pin or glass jar Craft knife Small oven-safe bowl Metallic gold paint Small paintbrush TO MAKE: 1. Preheat the oven to 110ºc. 2. Roll each colour of clay into a snake about 10cm long. Make 2 thicker white snakes, 1 medium grey snake, 1 thin black snake and with the remaining 2 colours make 2 mediumsized snakes. 3. Using a twisting motion (think candy cane stripes), combine all 5 snakes to make 1 big twisted snake. 4. Roll your large twist into 1 long, thin snake twice its original length. Then, fold the snake in half and twist it around itself again in a candy cane pattern. Repeat this step twice more to mix the colours through, creating a marble look. 5. Smoosh all the clay together into a ball – make sure most of the colours you want are on the topside. Then, using a rolling pin or clear glass jar, flatten out your ball like you’re flattening out pizza! We used a clear glass jar so that we could see how our colours were marbling. Make sure your clay is at least 1cm thick. 6. Using a craft knife and the open end of your oven-safe bowl, trace and cut your dish shape out of clay. Then, place it in the oven-safe bowl so it’s lining the bottom of the bowl; this creates your dish shape. 7. Bake your clay dish for 30 minutes (or the recommended time on your clay packaging). 8. Remove your bowl from the oven and allow it to cool completely before turning it upside down and gently tapping out your new ring dish. Once the clay is out of the bowl and completely cooled, use a small paintbrush to paint the rim of the dish gold, then allow the paint to dry. Since you’re working with bake clay, the dish will be slightly flexible when cooled. It will still keep shape and hold your rings like a boss. Just make sure you keep it out of direct sunlight and away from heat.