DIY Air Dry Clay Heart Dish
I had such a blast making this DIY air dry clay heart dish. I’ve always admired anyone who works with clay and wanted to give it a try myself. It was so much fun! I know I have a huge learning curve but for my first try, I love what I made and am super proud of it. Have you ever wanted to work with air clay too? Well, if you follow the steps it’s so much fun and you will love the results too.
What’s nice about working with this Craftsmart Natural Clay is you don’t have to bake it and it’s very forgiving too. And there is no kiln needed! This all-purpose, air-dry clay is ideal for sculpting, hand modeling or throwing on a potter’s wheel. You get to air dry your finished pieces and then decorate your creations with paint.
You can use anything to mold your clay project too like cookie cutters or your favorite bowl. I fell in love with this brass heart-shaped dish I had and wanted to make a clay replica.
I made a short video explaining the process so be sure to watch and subscribe too!
Here’s a list of what you will need to get started:
- A cookie cutter or your favorite bowl
- Natural Air Dry Clay
- Rolling Pin
- A little cup of water
- Paint – I used Fusion Mineral Paint in Raw Silk and Chalk Paint and Gilding Wax for some of the hearts
This Gilding Wax is the best I’ve ever used, and I have used it on so many of my crafting projects.
Waiting for this DIY air dry clay to dry was the hardest part!
Once the clay dries, you can decorate any way you like! I used a heart-shaped cookie cutter and had fun creating a fun pattern.
I love using pink and gold together and thought the hearts would look beautiful in alternating colors. You can, of course, use any colors you love. This dish also makes the perfect gift for Valentine’s day!
Here are the steps to need to follow:
Step One: Cut off enough clay for the size project you are working on. You can always cut off more than you need and add it back to the clay block.
Step Two: Flatten the ball of clay into a pancake and then roll it out until it’s roughly 1/4″ thick and a little bigger than the cookie cutter. It so much easier using a rolling-pin or you can use any bottle you have handy.
Step Three: Use plastic wrap to line the bowl for easy removal of the clay. If you are using a cookie cutter you don’t need the plastic wrap.
Step Four: Use your fingers to push and widen the clay so it properly fits the shape of the cookie cutter or bowl you choose. If you are using a cookie cutter, for a bowl or dish shape by pushing the middle down and molding the edges over the sides. You can make the bowl as deep or as shallow as you like.
Step Five: Wait at least 24-48 hours for the clay to dry properly before you begin painting or sanding. You will begin to see the clay drying and easily be able to identify the dry parts.
Step Six: Once the clay is dry, gently sand down the rough edges or any imperfections you don’t want.
Step Seven: Begin to decorate! You can use a good chalk paint or any paint you like. You can also use a satin spray when finished to get your dish a nice sheen and it’s great for protection too.
Now, you are ready to toss some jewelry in your new bowl or use it as a decorative piece like I did.
I can’t wait to create another dish using this DIY air dry clay. I know the next one I make is going to be lovelier than my first. Like anything we do, there’s always a learning curve, right? I’m super proud of my first try though. I must tell you this, it’s one of the most relaxing crafting projects I’ve ever worked on! If you need some chill time, be sure to give it a try. It’s really therapeutic!
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Let me know if you have any questions about the process in the comment section below. Have fun creating!
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