A place on the refrigerator must be earned, and now that I’ve outgrown report cards, I fill that hallowed space with postcards pilfered from my favorite restaurants. I have one from Eastern Standard in Boston (the place that first ignited my love for the cocktail), one from Leo’s Oyster Bar in San Francisco and a recent acquisition from Mr. West here in Seattle.
But with this burgeoning collection comes the constant need for more magnets, so when I saw these cute stoneware dog magnets at Anthropologie, I was inspired to make my own version. This is one of the projects that I first thought of at noon and had finished by 2PM. All it takes is a bit of oven-bake clay, some black paint and a couple of magnets, of course.
1.Print out this dalmatian template, then cut it out.
2. Roll out the clay until it’s 1/8″ thick.
3. Place the template atop the clay, and use an X-Acto knife to carefully cut around the edge of the template.
4. Peel away the excess clay until you’re left with the dalmatian shape. Carefully pick it up and place it onto a baking sheet. Bake according to clay package instructions.
5. Once the clay has fully cooled, use a paintbrush to add spots. I found that you get the best results by dappling on the paint for a more uneven, realistic look.
6. Let paint dry, then flip over the dalmatian. Use E600 to glue two small magnets to the back.