Post # 1
I’m considering a ring-bearer bowl instead of a pillow. I don’t want to spend a lot of money on it (not willing to order off Etsy) but I do want something I can put next to our bathroom sink to put our rings in when we wash our hands and stuff, after the wedding.
I’ve never done any clay work on my own (outside of high school art class) but is there some sort of clay that is easy to work with that I can buy at Hobby Lobby or Michael’s to make something simple like this? Would I just put it in the oven and paint it or what?
I don’t even want to emboss letters, I was just thinking I’d paint a quote on it. I also am a little worried that if the ring bearer drops it, will it be strong enough?
Post # 4
Yup, my husband and I wanted to make our own ring bowls. He made mine and I made his and they are now our Christmas ornaments. We have a tradition of buying a new Christmas ornament each year so the ring bowls were our perfect 2010 ornament.
The clay we used was a Sculpey Polymer Clay from Michaels. It was SUPER easy to do!
I viewed this series of online tutorials for our bowls.
Here are some tips for ‘finishing’ the bowls. We opted to leave them as is.
Here’s a picture of my husband’s bowl which has æ„› for love in Chinese, mine had Liebe for love in German:
Post # 5
I second polymer clay. It’s less messy, you don’t have to keep it wet and stuff, and it’s easy to mold. This includes brand names like Fimo and Sculpey. You can harden them in a regular oven and it is easier to get that smooth finish like the example, because of the polymer. Ive never painted them but it looks like you can in Gerbera’s lovely example!
Post # 6
I’ve worked extensively with natural clay (like dug up from the yard and thrown on the wheel) and it is messsssssssssy. Do not reccomend.
I would definitely recommend going with a polymer from a crafting store, though they might be a bit messy, they are by far easier to work with and more lasting (natural clay absolutey needs to be fired in a professional kiln to last, whereas polymers can be ‘fired’ in conventional ovens).
Post # 7
Thank you so much for the suggestions! I was clueless about where to start.
I bought some Sculpey last night, made a little bowl (without a very good mold) and baked it. I could not get it to harden and it’s still a little soft. I followed directions so I’m not sure what I did wrong. I knew that it wasn’t perfect but saw that I could sand it down to make it look better after baking, but now I’m just going to start over.
I thought I’d share my hilarious first attempt!! HAHA…feel free to laugh and giggle!
Post # 8
You could also find a ceramic shop in your area where you can simply go in by bisque and paint it. They supply the paint and fire it for you.
Post # 9
I think it’s a great first attempt! I think most of your form issues will be solved by finding a good “mold”. It can really be anything! I happen to have a stainless steel utensil rest that was a shallow bowl. A little vaseline so that the clay slips off easy. Press often to get ride of the bumps, press on the “underside” of the bowl so there aren’t the fingerprints on the inside of the bowl that will show up in pictures.
P.S. I’ll take a closeup pic this weekend, there are imperfections. But I think it adds character!
We actually thought about going to a local ceramic shop. But my husband liked the idea of just doing it at home ourselves. And I have to agree, it was really fun learning how to do it together. 🙂
Post # 10
@Wannabe-diy-bride: I think that’s a great first attempt. I made my flowers out of Sculpey, Fimo, and Michael’s clay. None of them were perfect which made them all more amazing.