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DIY Clay Hand Ring Dish

I think my love of jewelry has been well documented here, so it should come as no surprise to you that sometimes my baubles get in the way of my work. That is, often my many rings and/or bracelets get in the way of my typing and I end up slipping them off for a few hours of the day. I keep reaching for a cute little ring dish in which to safely store my accessories atop my desk, so rather than go out and buy one, I decided to make my own.

What better to hold onto my jewelry while I’m typing away than a pretty pink clay hand (painted with a bright red manicure, of course)? This project was a perfect undertaking for this relaxing long weekend, and I can’t wait to place this pretty and useful objet d’art on my desk at work this morning—and then slip off a few rings and hit my inbox hard.

For this project, you’ll need the following:
Sculpey clay in white, pink and yellow
• red acrylic craft paint
• small paintbrush
• X-acto knife
• oven-proof bowl

1. Trace your hand on a piece of paper. Make any tweaks you like to the shape (I moved the thumb a little closer to my fingers so it formed more of a bowl shape. Cut out.

2. To make the perfect shade of soft pink, start with a big chunk of white clay. Then, shave off about a pea-sized chunk of yellow and pink clay. Make a long snake out of the white, pink and yellow clay, then roll them all together. Keep rolling and twisting and kneading until all three colors are totally combined. At this point, if you want to adjust the color at all, you can add more pink or yellow or white clay and mix it in.

3. Roll out the clay until it’s nice and thin, about 1/8″. Place your hand stencil atop the clay.

4. Using the X-acto knife, cut around the hand stencil, making sure you cut all the way through the clay. Remove excess clay until you’re left with just the hand.

5. Flip your oven-proof bowl upside down and carefully lay the clay hand on top, making sure to smooth out any ripples.

6. Bake according to clay package instructions. Let cool completely.

7. Using the red paint and a small paintbrush, paint on the fingernail polish. You may need two coats to get a completely opaque layer. Let dry!



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I spend every day from 9 to 5 keyboard deep in the Nordstrom website, which means that a side effect of my job is an intimate knowledge with our current offerings. In the past, I used this knowledge to score some seriously good deals for myself (hello, amazing Trina Turk teddy bear coat for like 1000% off), but since I’ve vowed not to shop for all of 2017, I’ve decided to periodically pass along my knowledge to you, my dear readers, who can actually use it. Continue Reading


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