Friday, March 27, 2015

Playing with clay

I hosted this month's Crafty Club recently. The evening was filled with crafting, cocktails and snacks. No hubbies or kids. Just a bunch of cool girlfriends hanging out and being creative. 

The seven of us take turns hosting. I really look forward to hosting because I get to pick out the craft and then show/teach it to everyone. Arts/crafts + sharing it with others = my passion :)

The craft I picked out was one I came across in a blog a few months ago. I didn't think up this craft in any way and take absolutely no credit for the idea (although I wish this is something I had thought of)! I fell in love with it when I saw it and just knew I had to do if for my next hosting gig.

The blog I saw it on is A Beautiful Mess (it's one of my new favorite blogs to follow). And the craft is Marbled Clay Ring Dish.

Ours did not turn out exactly like the ones on A Beautiful Mess, but I think that's what's so cool about this craft! Each dish you make turns out different from the rest. They're little works of art.

There's a great step-by-step tutorial on the Beautiful blog already, but I thought I'd show you the quick lowdown anyways:

All you need is a specific type of clay, a rolling pin, bowl, knife, kitchen oven and liquid leafing.
1 & 2 - Original Sculpey oven-bake clay in white
3 - A multi-color package of Sculpey oven-bake clay
4 - Liquid Leaf one-step leafing paint 
(I bought all of these materials at Hobby Lobby)

Aren't these colors fun? Liam thought so too (you can see his little hand grabbing at them)!

This is one of my dishes in a glass bowl, waiting to be baked in the oven. I did three
test-rounds prior to hosting the craft. I wanted to make sure I had the technique down.

Here's the dining room table, all set up for crafting.
Luckily I had 6 cheap IKEA cutting boards on hand, one for each lady.

And of course there's never a shortage of snacks at our gatherings....

....or drinks.

And here are some of our finished dishes!

We each ended up making two dishes, one big and one small.

And here are mine

I made three at three different times, and they ended up nestling together perfectly. I guess they were meant to be together :)

This one is my favorite. It was the very first one I made. 

We did not apply a glaze to seal them better. And they are not food safe by any means. But I think they're great for rings, earrings, bracelets, pins, paper clips, stray buttons....what would you put in these dishes? Please share!

And thank you A Beautiful Mess for the fun idea.


  1. awesome! I want to be part of your group! too bad the commute is so long!

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