Learn how to make your own pressed flower jewelry dish from polymer clay, a few flowers from your yard and craft paint. Another great handmade gift idea.
Pressed Flower Jewelry Dish
Recently I came across this pretty ceramic soap dish made by Salt Marsh Pottery. It was one of the items we used to sell at the herbal gift shop. As I was looking at it I wondered if I could make a little pressed flower jewelry dish from polymer clay. So I went out to Hobby Lobby and purchased some polymer clay and a plastic clay kit with a roller and cutter.
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Flowers and leaves from the garden
Oven safe bowl – (dollar store)
Rolling pin for clay (anything round, not your baking tools)
Pick a few flowers, rinsed them well and let them air dry.
In the meantime work on softening the clay. I don’t have a special tool to condition the clay for rolling so I sat in front of the TV and used my hands to knead it until it was soft and pliable. This was the hardest part and took me about 20 minutes.
Roll out the clay on some parchment paper until it was about 1/4 inch thick. Place some of the flowers on and rolled it gently into the clay to make an impression. Gently removed the plant material and used a pin to lift out any stragglers.
Next use plastic round container to trace out a circle and cut it out.
Place the clay into a small oven proof bowl. I had read somewhere that you shouldn’t use your regular utensils or dinnerware when working with polymer clay. I used one I bought from the dollar store.
The directions on the particular clay I bought said you needed to bake it at 300 degrees for 20-30 minutes.
Once the clay was done baking let it cool, and then turned it upside down on some paper towels and tap on the bottom until it comes out.
Use some heavy sandpaper sand off any rough edges.
Using craft paints you can carefully fill in the impressions to match the real flower.
Once the paint dries add a nice clear varnish to give the entire piece some shine and protection.
I think they turned out great. I am no artist, in fact, I always admired those with an artistic hand. I’ll admit they are a far cry from the fine craftsmanship at Salt Marsh, but sometimes it’s just fun to do it yourself. And, I think with some planning and practice, this project could only get better and better.
Do you ever go to bed with earrings on? I hate getting out of bed but worry about losing studs if I place them on the nightstand so this jewelry dish is the perfect solution. It would make a great gift, don’t you think?