This guest post was written by Stephanie Gerber of Henry Happened.
You know what's fun to play with? Oven bake clay. I know, you're probably thinking, not more clay! But you're only saying that if you haven't tried it. The rest of us are addicted. Yep, just call me the crazy clay lady. And what's even more fun? Clay and nail polish. That's a match made in DIY heaven.
I was thinking of giving these colorful bowls to friends for Mother's Day gifts. But they are looking so pretty on my new office desk. Maybe I'll just call it a gift to myself?
To make your own nail polish dipped clay bowls you will need:
- Oven bake clay.
- Lots of pretty nail polish colors.
- A disposable cup or bowl to dip in.
- A toothpick to swirl the colors.
- Masking tape.
Instructions: 1. First you need to make a clay bowl. To do that, start by rolling out the clay between sheets of wax paper until the clay is a uniform thickness of about 1/4 inch. Use an oven safe bowl, like small Pyrex one, to shape the clay. Flip the bowl over and mold the clay to the bottom. Trim the clay to the height you want and smooth the edges. Really short bowls are excellent ring bowls while taller ones are good for corralling change or paper clips.
2. Bake the clay and let it cool. Ease it off of the bowl base and tape off the area that you don't want to dip. This is where it's fun to experiment. Dip one side, just the bottom, or even the inside. Or do the whole thing!
3. Fill a cup or bowl with room temperature water. Then drip in nail polish. The first couple of drops should spread across the top of the water. If it doesn't, check the temperature of your water and try again. It's fun to mix 2-3 colors and swirl them around with a toothpick.
4. Then dip! Straight down into the polish works best. But you can roll it around in the water too if you want to cover more of the bowl.
5. Let the polish dry, remove the tape and fill with the jewelry you'll be getting for Mother's Day. Now is definitely a good time to start dropping hints!
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