Philip and I both hate washing our hands with our rings on. I think about all the soap getting into the nooks and crannies. He thinks his ring might fall in the sink. We’re weirdos, I know. So when I saw the tutorials for the ring dishes, I knew I had to give it a try.
I know a lof of you have seen this pin going around Pinterest lately. Sadly the tutorial is in German and although pictures speak a thousand words, I was completely lost and confused. Then I found this!
I mean it’s completely gorgeous and I understood the steps. I went ahead and tried it. Although mine didn’t come out quite as beautiful as the one above (I blame buying flesh toned clay), it came out much better than I had imagined. I did after all drop ceramics class…. twice.
You’ll need parchment paper, Sculpey clay (get the white, not the skin colored), fabric/lace, rolling pin, cookie cutter or bowl to cut out the circular shape and ceramic paint (optional). The clay needs to bake to set so you’ll also need a cookie sheet and an oven safe dish to place the clay bowl into so it’ll take it’s shape. I used an oven safe glass mixing bowl.
You want to roll out the clay to your desired thickness on your parchment paper. I did 1/8” and it worked the best for me because it has less warping when I transferred it from the parchment paper to the baking dish.
After you get your desired thickness, you’ll need to roll in your fabric pattern. I chose a lace tablecloth I had stowed away in the linen closet. Gently peel it away and cut out your bowl shape.
Transfer your clay into your oven safe dish and bake at 275 degrees for about 15 minutes. Once it’s done, let it cool inside the dish for 25 more minutes. This brand of clay also allows your to sand it after it’s done baking. Great for any rough or unsightly edges. You can do this now if you need to.
The next step is optional. If you’re like me and dislike the skin colored look, you can paint it with some ceramic paint. I used Liquitex glossies that I just happen to own. It’s an acrylic enamel you bake on and has a super high gloss. I baked mine on at 275 for 45 minutes.
I decided to add a bird just like Esther from Wholly Kao, it was too cute to resist. I even added a pinch of glitter which I think I’ll omit the next time I try this. I thought, “Everything is better with glitter, right?”. Wrong. It’s not super obvious, but I think it distracts you from the lace pattern I took time to roll in. I love it either way because it works a lot better than our last method, putting our rings someplace “safe” and hoping we remember to put them back on.
I’m seriously considering getting a sentimental ring dish from Etsy for our bedroom, just because so many of those crafters have amazing talent and the little things are just so darn cute.
Do any of you own ring dishes and where did you get them? I’m looking to buy!