HOW TO MAKE JEWELLERY HOLDERS
■ Air dry clay
■ Scrap fabric
■ Craft knife ■ Rolling pin
■ Two wooden planks, 0.5cm ( ") thick
■ Hexagon cookie cutter, 10cm (4") diameter
■ Plastic food bag
■ Fine sandpaper
■ Sanding block
■ Acrylic paint
■ Thin washi tape
■ Paint brush
■ Gloss varnish
Whether you ease a hefty diamond from your finger every night, or just take off those 32 stacking rings that are starting to turn your hands green, your accessories deserve an accessory.
This jewellery holder set is arguably the handiest thing you’ll ever make for your bedside table, and probably the prettiest, too. Plus, it’s a great one to personalise for friends and gift for Christmas – pick their favourite colours, and await the compliments.
Lay out the piece of fabric, or an 01
old cotton shirt, onto a flat work surface – this will prevent the clay from sticking to it, making it easier to roll out. Take the air dry clay and use the craft knife to cut off a small and larger piece of clay, using the image as a rough guide to size. Roll both into a ball, then place the smaller ball into a plastic bag to stop it drying out.
Place the larger ball of clay onto
to the fabric, then position the two plank guides either side. Start to roll out the clay with the rolling pin,
lifting the clay from the fabric and turning it every couple of rolls to help keep the thickness even. The guides will ensure an even width of the clay, so keep rolling the clay until it stops getting bigger.
Take the hexagon cookie cutter
and cut out a piece of clay, choosing an area with no air bubbles for a smooth surface.
Lay the hexagon piece of clay
over the base of an upturned bowl or dish – this will make sure the clay dries in the correct shape.
Take the smaller ball of clay from
Step 1 and roll it between your hands to create a cone shape. Use your fingers to mould the clay into the shape shown above, and make sure to give the cone a flat base so it’ll stand upright. The cone should roughly be 8cm (31/ 8") high, and the base 2cm ( ") wide. Leave both pieces to dry out completely.
Once dry, lightly sand down the
dish and cone. Gently sand the edges of the dish to create smooth, straight lines, then sand the cone’s sides and base to achieve a smooth, flat surface.
Use the paint brush to coat both
pieces in white paint as a base colour. The bottom of both pieces can also be painted to get an even finish if you prefer. Take the thin washi tape and stick it across the
dish to create geometric shapes,
using the main image as a guide to placement. Paint each untaped area a different colour, splattering gold paint in one of the sections. To splatter the paint, carefully flick the brush over the dish.
Stick washi tape around the 08 cone, again, using the image as a guide, then paint the tip a solid colour. Splatter some gold paint around the bottom as per Step 7, then leave both pieces to dry.
Once dry, carefully and slowly 09 remove the washi tape from both pieces. If necessary, touch up any areas of paint that have come away, and leave to dry. Add gloss varnish to both the cone and dish to seal the paint and make them more hardwearing, then leave to dry thoroughly before using.
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