With an ever-increasing supply of jewelry, I often find my key pieces get lost amongst the pile, down the backs of sofas or mixed in with keys and loose change at the bottom of my bag. Organization is not my strong suit and it usually takes losing something special to me to change my attitude. Recently, that was a ring from my first-ever serious relationship. His grandma bought all the “daughters” of the family a ring with their birthstones set into it. We weren’t married, but it was her way of blessing the relationship and making me part of the family. That ring still meant a lot to me, even many years (and relationships) later.
I’m hoping it is misplaced somewhere around my flat. I’m pretty much betting it is, but a small part of me panics that it’s lost forever each time I think about it. So for my own peace of mind and in an attempt to avoid future disaster, I’ve made these jewelry dishes to place around my home in key places (front door, kitchen sink, bedside table, etc.) in an effort to keep my keepsakes safe. —Fran
– Air dry clay
– Craft knife
– Baking paper
1. Lay out a sheet of baking paper and roll out a square of clay onto it using the roller.
2. Dampen your fingers and smooth over the top of the clay until there are no bumps or blemishes showing.
3. Cut a square out of the clay using a craft knife. I’ve prepared this template to allow you to make your dishes the same as mine but you can make them any size you like. Carefully peel the rest of the clay away leaving clean lines for the edges of the dish.
4. Flip the clay over onto another piece of baking paper and peel back the original baking sheet to reveal the underside of the clay.
5. Using a little water, smooth this side as well. This will be the inside of your dish, so try to ensure there are no cracks or holes visible.
6. Score a square 1″ from the edges of the clay. This will give you sides that are 1″ high. If you would prefer taller or smaller edges, change this measurement accordingly.
7. Cut each corner from the inner square to the outer edge with your craft knife.
8. Fold them over, keeping the edges aligned.
9. Fold the edge closest to you 90º keeping both the corners folded in. Try to keep the edge as straight as possible.
Next fold up the right and left sides pressing the corners together. Make sure to keep both sides of one edge either on the inside or outside as you line up the sides. Finally bring the last side up and press into place.
10. Smooth any cracks that have formed and use your craft knife to shave off the rounded or uneven edges. You want each side to have a crisp, clean finish.
11. Leave the clay to dry out for 48 hours until completely solid.
These dishes are so simple and clean, they will easily go with my home decor and are so quick to make, I can make enough to have one at every corner!