My ring collection has been growing lately (seriously, all of these beautiful gemstone rings are hard to resist!), and the DIY Sparkle Ring Dish I use to collect my everyday jewelry was overflowing. I was working on some beautiful Marble Clay Jewelry, and decided to make some ring holders with the leftover clay. These Marble Clay Ring Holders are super cute, and easy to make!
Spoiler Alert: I burnt them. I burnt them so good. BUT, I also figured out how to fix them. Read on to find my solution to the burnt Sculpey!
- Sculpey or other Bakeable Clay (I used a black, sparkly white and sparkly silver)
- Clay Tools
- Parchment Paper
- Heavy Paper
First, prepare your workspace. I like to wrap my cutting mat in parchment paper so I can pick it up and move it if I need to utilize the table for something else.
When I made my DIY Sparkle Ring Dishes, I bought a small rolling pin from the dollar store. This little rolling pin had a seam in it, and using it to work with the dishes was difficult as it left lines in the clay. I utilized a 50% off coupon and bought a set of tools at Michael’s, and I have to say, my $4 investment was worth it for all the helpful little tools it included!
Next, marble the clay. This is a little tricky as mixing the colors too much will result in a glittery gray color and not mixing them enough looks splotchy. I broke off 1/4 of the white clay , 1/8 of the silver clay and 1/16 of the black clay and rolled them into long strings, all the same length. I had a touch of already marbled clay, so I rolled that out too. This was enough to make two ring holders.
I took the silver and black strings and wrapped them around the two white strings, like a candy cane, and rolled smooth. Then, I folded each of the wrapped strings in half, and wrapped around other other half of the string. I then put the strings end-to-end and formed them in a flat disc. I folded the disc in half a few times, and had a nice marbled piece of clay!
To make the cones, I used a piece of heavy paper and tape to make a cone mold. Don’t put too much thought into this. I tore off a piece of a glossy folder and put the glossy side inside so the clay wouldn’t stick. I made my marbled clay into a rough cone shape, and then put it inside of my mold. I cut off the extra clay from the bottom and removed the ring holder from the mold to bake.
What to do with Burnt Sculpey Clay
The instructions on the clay said to bake for 15 min for every 1/4 inch of thickness. The tallest ring holder is about 5 inches, which equals 5 hours. I knew that wasn’t right, so I put it in the oven for an hour, and pulled out these charred pieces. YIKES.
I fixed these burnt clay pieces by wet sanding them with a fine grit sandpaper that was already in the garage. It was a slow process, and there is still some discoloration, but the sanding made a HUGE difference. My back-up plan was to use metallic gold paint to paint the tip and a line around the bottom to cover the majority of the burnt areas.
I thought these Marble Clay Ring Holders turned out really well, and they do a great job of holding my rings. These could be made in other colors, painted or made in smaller or larger sizes. The project is kid-friendly and makes a good gift too!