I'm a firm believer that marble makes everything look more elegant. So why not add a touch of the iconic stone to your vanity or bedside table with a little jewelry dish? The gold rim and blush-and-white color combo is a minimalist’s dream. Plus, you'll never waste time hunting around for your rings in the morning again!
DIY Marbled Jewelry Tray
What You Need
- 1 pack (2 ounces) of Sculpey polymer clay in beige
- 1 pack (2 ounces) of Premo! polymer clay in white (I prefer the Premo! white because it's brighter than the Sculpey white)
- 60-grit sandpaper
- Metallic gold acrylic paint
- Parchment paper
- Small paint brush
- A snap blade or X-Acto knife
- A rolling pin
1. Create Your Dish Base
Warm up your white and beige clay by rolling each package between your palms to form two small logs. Then twist the two colors together. Continue to roll and twist repeatedly (up to 20 times) to create a rich marbled effect.
Once your clay is warmed and moldable, roll the mixed clay into a ball, place it on a piece of parchment paper and flatten it with your palm (this will make the next step a little easier).
Now use a rolling pin to roll out your clay. Roll the clay until it's half a centimeter thick, or just as thick as you want your dish to be. Keep in mind: the thicker and heavier the dish is, the more expensive and authentic it’ll feel.
2. Round It Out
To turn your flat disk into a small dish, pinch the edges upwards with your fingertips. You can’t overwork polymer clay, so you can play with it as much as you want to get the shape just right.
3. Bake It
Now your dish is ready to bake! Place your dish upside down on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet (placing it right side up can cause the edges to collapse while baking). Bake at 275 F for 20 minutes. Then remove and let it cool.
4. Sand It
To get your ring dish super smooth (just like real stone), gently rub sandpaper over edges or areas that are uneven. Wipe away any resulting clay dust with a paper towel.
5. Gild It
Use a paintbrush to line the edge of your ring dish with gold paint.
Pro tip: Look for true metallic gold paint. Otherwise your rim may end up looking more yellow than gold. Test out your gold on a piece of paper before applying it to the dish to make sure you’re happy with the effect.
Once the paint dries, your dish is ready to use!