Tuesday, July 23, 2013

DIY textured polymer clay trinket bowl TUTORIAL

Supply List:
You can find most supplies at your local craft store.

1.  Smooth, flat working surface.
2.  Texture tool (wide weave fabrics & doily's work too).
3.  X-acto knife.
4.  Long craft razor.
5.  Small oven safe glass mixing bowl.
6.  Polymer clay (I used white, but any color works).
7.  Acrylic metallic gold paint.
8.  Paint brush.
9.  Oven/toaster oven.
10. Sand paper.
11. Craft rolling pin.

Step 1
Using the strength and warmth of your hands, soften/condition one 2 oz. brick of polymer clay, or more, if needed.  My personal favorite is fimo soft. Use your rolling pin to help soften/condition, since this project uses a larger amount of clay.

Step 2
Roll out your clay, using a craft rolling pin (do not use tools that you use for food).  Clay should be rolled at least 1/4" thick.

Step 3 
Place oven safe glass bowl, upside down onto rolled out clay.  I used a 4" bowl.  Using your x-acto knife, make a circle by cutting along diameter of bowl.

Step 4
Figure out where you want the texture located on your bowl.  Position your texture tool, texture side down. With a rolling pin, press texture into clay, careful not to move the texture tool, otherwise you will get "shadowing".  Carefully lift up texture tool from clay.

Step 5 
With your craft razor, shimmy the blade under length of circle, and remove from surface. 

Step 6
Pick up and place clay circle into the same oven safe glass bowl for baking, pressing lightly to dome clay circle to your desired bowl depth.

Step 7
Let's get baking!   Preset your oven, or set your toaster oven to 230° F / 110° C.  Bake clay for 30 minutes. Do not over bake.  Tip: follow package instructions.
Step 8
Keeping clay in glass bowl, allow clay to cool for about 30 minutes.  When cool, remove baked-textured clay bowl from glass bowl.  You will have rough edges, but don't worry.  Rough edges will add handmade charm, or if you like, you can use sandpaper and/or craft razor to clean up edges.

Step 9
Time to paint!  Lay bowl upside down onto scrap paper, so that you don't accidentally get paint on your work surface. I chose a rough bristled paint brush, because I love the texture it makes, but you can use whatever style brush you like.  A minimum of two coats is recommended.  Allow each coat to dry before applying next coat.

Don't worry if your paint job looks messy.  This last photo was taken after TWO coats of metallic paint.  Looks good so far!
Step 10
After bottom of bowl is completely dry, paint non-textured areas on the inside of your trinket bowl.  Again, you want to apply a minimum of two coats.  The photo below, is what your bowl may look like, by keeping the rough edges.

Step 11
As you can see... I cleaned up the rough edges on my bowl.  To do this, take your craft razor & scrape the edges clean.  Careful not to cut yourself.  Finish it off by sanding the edges with a bit of sandpaper.  It certainly will not be perfect, but again, that is the beautiful nature of handmade.

Happy crafting!  This trinket bowl would make the perfect handmade Christmas gift.  If you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to leave me a comment below. 

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Thank you.



Mingz said...

Thank you for sharing...
Mingz Eclectic Creations

Gun said...

This is stunning and a good method for making a bowl. Thank you for posting this tutorial - and free at that! Kudos!

Anna said...

Hello - What is a good clear coat to use on top of the acrylic paint to prevent chipping?