HOW TO MAKE JEW­ELLERY HOLD­ERS

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MA­TE­RI­ALS

■ Air dry clay

■ Scrap fab­ric

■ Craft knife ■ Rolling pin

■ Two wooden planks, 0.5cm ( ") thick

■ Hexagon cookie cut­ter, 10cm (4") di­am­e­ter

■ Bowl

■ 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

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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

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and cut out a piece of clay, choos­ing an area with no air bubbles for a smooth sur­face.

Lay the hexagon piece of clay

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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

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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

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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

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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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