It’s time for May’s Monthly DIY Challenge! These posts are always a lot of fun and some of my faves In case you’re new, here’s the dealio: on the 2nd Wednesday of every month, me and my amazingly talented blog friends make something based on a common theme or material. Here are some of my favorite past Monthly DIY project materials: Michaels crates,wood slices, plumbing pieces, balsa wood/craft plywood, cork, and canvas. Last month we worked with Modern Masters Metal Effects kits and this month we are working with a unique material: air dry clay! Stick around to the end of the post so you can see all of my friends’ amazing and interesting projects!
Out of all the different kinds of jewelry there are, I think that rings are my favorite. I love dressing up my fingers and all the different kind of rings there are – from the fancy to the simple. I love their symbolism and the meaning and depth I feel when I look down at my hand and see my wedding ring.
I also love ring holders – making creative storage for them is just so fun! (Check out my wood round ring holder if you don’t believe me) My collection of rings has grown since then, so I decided to make a little bedside clay ring holder to keep my daily rings close by.
DIY Clay Ring Holder Materials
- Air-Dry Modeling Clay (I used the DAS brand)
- Wax Paper
- Lotion (so the clay doesn’t stick to your hands!)
- Various tools and materials for shaping/sculpting
- Gold Leaf Paint Pen
Lotion up your hands so the clay doesn’t stick – this is an important first step! Break a chunk of clay off the block and knead it in your hands. Flatten it out using a rolling pin or can or anything rounded. Cut out a circle by using the lip of a jar.
Here’s where you get creative – I wanted to get a nice concave bowl shape, so I found a pool ball and rolled it around in the center of my clay disk and the edges automatically curled up. You could do this shaping by hand, but the ball makes for a smooth even finish!
To make the ring holder part, roll a length of clay into a cone shape and cut the end off to make a flat bottom. Smooth with your fingers.
Rough up the bottom of the ring holder and the center of the dish by poking holes and scraping the edges – this helps the two pieces stick together better! Press the pieces together and smooth the edges. Let dry overnight.
Once your clay ring holder is dry, color the edges with a gold leaf paint pen. Et voila! All done! A pretty DIY jewelry holder. I really love how dainty and elegant it is!
Now that you’ve seen my DIY clay ring holder, check out all of the other brilliant air dry clay projects! Just click on a photo below – you won’t be sorry!
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What’s your favorite piece of jewelry to wear?