I had so much fun making the Stamped Clay Gift Tags at Christmas that I decided to try a few more experiments with the cornstarch clay and my PSA Essentials stamps. If I could stamp and bake flat pieces of clay, what would happen if I tried to make something dimensional? My first trial was to make a shallow dish that I could use for storing jewelry.
To make a Stamped Clay Dish, you will need:
one batch of cornstarch clay dough (without the glitter)
large circle for tracing (like a dinner plate)
an oven-safe bowl
gold permanent marker
I rolled out a 1/4 inch thick layer of the dough and cut around it with a knife.
I carefully lifted up the circle of clay and formed it over the bottom of a Corelle bowl. The clay isn’t going to be perfectly centered on the bowl, and that is fine. I was going for a more primitive, handmade look anyway.
I attached a PSA stamp to a wooden handle to make it easier to use. You can use whatever you have on hand.
Press the stamp firmly, but carefully, into the dough. You want to leave a clear impression in the clay, but you don’t want to distort the shape of the dish too much.
Continue stamping all the way around the dish. Leaving the clay on the oven-safe bowl, bake in a 175 degree oven for an hour. Remove the dish and oven-safe bowl from the oven and CAREFULLY take the clay dish off of the bowl. Place the dish in the oven, right side up, and bake for 25 more minutes.
Remove the dish from the oven and let it cool. Decorate the dish with a permanent marker or leave it plain.
The dish is fragile, so I won’t be using it for anything more than decoration or holding some of my jewelry. I think it has a bit of a Southwestern feel to it, don’t you? All in all, I think it was a pretty successful first experiment!
Have you tried any craft experiments lately?
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Thanks, Jessica Hill