These make the cutest homemade gifts and are so practical! In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to make personalized ring dishes for people you love. They are quick, easy, and inexpensive to make. If you have clay tools, that’s great and you can use those, but if not, I’ve included lots of ways to improvise with what you’ve got. Let’s get started!
I’ve linked the tools and supplies I used and where to purchase them.
- Something cylindrical to use as a rolling pin (I used a round container of Patch and Paint)
- Something to cut clay with ( I used a butter knife that we don’t use for food.)
- The back of a baking sheet and an oven to bake your clay
- a small lid top to cut around
- a small bowl to shape the sides of your ring dish
- a small paint brush
- letter stamps
How To Make A Ring Dish Instructions
Step 1: Prepare your Sculpey clay
Knead the Sculpey with your hands to warm it up and work it until the clay is smooth. Avoid folding it too much and trapping air bubbles. They won’t explode in the oven or anything, but they give your final piece a little more texture and will look less like ceramic clay.
Step 2: Roll and cut out the clay
On a mat or even the back of your baking tray, roll your clay flat to about a 1/4 inch thickness, and use a small lid top to cut it out in a circle. Your circle can be anywhere from 3 inches to 5 inches in diameter. Peel away the excess clay.
Step 3: Shape the clay
Peel your clay circle gently off of the surface you used to cut. Now place it on the back of a small bowl. Use your fingers to press it up the sides of the bowl just slightly. You want a subtle curve – not a hard edge, so be gentle. While the clay is still on the back of the bowl, use your rolling tool to gently roll the bottom flat. This will create a nice base for the ring dish to sit. Gently remove it from the bowl and fix any areas that got a little stretched out of place
Step 4: Monogram and bake
Preheat your oven to 275 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the ring dish curve side up on the back of the baking sheet. Use your letter stamps to place a single letter or monogram in the center. Put it in the oven and bake for 15 minutes. When it’s done, remove it and let it cool completely before moving on to the next step.
Step 5: Add gold leaf and seal it
Now you will use a small brush to apply liquid gold leaf to the edge and if you’d like, the inside of the monogram. Less is more with liquid gold leaf paint. It is pretty thin and drips more than normal paint…take care not to overload your brush. You can practice on another surface first if you feel unsure. Once the liquid gold leaf is dry, Go to a well-ventilated area (outside is good!) and spray the front and back of your finished piece.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on how to make a ring dish! Have fun making and giving them!!