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DIY 2016 : Stamped Clay Bowls
Originally featured here.
1. Knead air dry clay until soft. Roll clay to about 5mm thick.
2. Ink up your stamp and press firmly onto the clay. Repeat until you have covered the clay with your stamped design. Try not to press too hard as you want to be able to lift the clay away from the table easily and not stretch out the design. If you have problems with the clay sticking to your work surface you can roll the clay out onto some grease proof paper first.
3. Take your bowl and place it upside down on your clay. Use your knife to cut around the edge of the bowl.
4. Peel away the remaining clay to leave the circle of clay behind that will form your bowl.
5. Lift your clay circle carefully and place it inside your bowl. Using your thumbs press the clay down gently into the bowl. It works best if you try and apply even pressure as you work your way around the bowl. Pressing too hard makes the clay bunch up and warp the pattern.
6. Repeat until you have as many bowls as required and leave to dry overnight. By the next day the printed side of the clay should be hard enough for you to remove it from the bowl. You may find the clay is still damp where it's been touching the glass bowl. Place your bowls upside down on a baking cooler rack to allow both sides to dry fully. Drying time for this air dry clay differed greatly depending on the weather. In warm weather the clay dried quickly but in cold, wet weather it took up to 72 hours to dry.
7. When your bowls are dry, sand away any rough edges.
8. Customize! Paint the edges, draw on with permanent marker, or varnish them for a glossy finish.
All proceeds of stamps below go to the Holla Mentorship Program