DIY Clay ring dish

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I’ve been into the ceramics trend lately and even started exploring studios in my area to learn more about using a kiln and the process behind making pottery. Then I came across this simple DIY with oven baked clay that doesn’t require a kiln or anything you can’t buy from the craft store. Bingo. Just an oven, some clay and get this…black pepper. Yep. It was really simple to make and a fun way to spend a Sunday morning. I love how they turned out and now it has me wanting to make other things using oven baked clay.

Here’s what you need:

Oven-bake clay

Rolling pin

Circle cookie cutter

Small glass bowl

Paint brush or small towel

Black pepper corns + grinder

Polyform Gloss 

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Step 1: Prep and cut your clay. Preheat oven to 300˚F or recommended temperature from your clay packaging. Work clay in your hands until soft and roll into a small ball. Next, use a rolling pin to flatten the clay until it is about 1/8″ thick and use the cookie cutter to cut the clay into a circle shape.  For a smaller dish, use a 2.5″ or smaller cookie cutter. For a larger dish, use a 3″ or larger.  Processed with VSCOcam with s3 preset Processed with VSCOcam with s3 preset

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Step 2: Add pepper. Using a pepper grinder, add black pepper to your clay. You can add as little or as much as you prefer. Gently pat the pepper into your clay to insure it stays put. Processed with VSCOcam with s3 preset

Step 3: Place clay in bottom of glass bowl and bake. This will allow the clay to form a dish-like shape as it bakes. I used a ladle to make sure the clay was shaped properly. If you use your fingers, it will leave smudge marks. Bake for 10-15 minutes, then remove from oven.  Processed with VSCOcam with s3 preset

Step 4: Let cool and add gloss. Let the clay cool for 10-15 minutes, then apply the glossy varnish with a paint brush or small towel. Let dry and repeat 2-3 times until desired gloss effect is achieved.  Processed with VSCOcam with s3 preset Processed with VSCOcam with s3 preset Processed with VSCOcam with s3 preset

Step 5: Add some rings. Admire your work by adding your favorite jewelry to your new ring dishes! Don’t mind if I do. :)