Maker: June Olsen
June made some of these easy and pretty textured plates for all the women in her family. Each one is one-of-a-kind and perfect for jewelry on a dresser or bedside table. Here's how to make them yourself:
- Polymer clay (one packet makes 3-4 plates)
- Lace / old doily
- Rolling pin
- Oven-proof dish
- Polymer clay glaze
- Baking paper
- Optional glass paint and glaze (to colour the glaze)
- Spray varnish or lacquer
- Roll out the polymer clay until it's about 0.5 cm thick.
- Carefully transfer rolled-out clay onto a sheet of baking paper.
- Mark out, using an upturned bowl, the size and shape of your dish.
- Place the lace within that area until you like the way it looks.
- Use the rolling pin to press the lace into the clay.
- Peel away the lace to reveal a textured print.
- Now use your upturned bowl as a "cookie cutter" and cut out a disc-shape.
- Place the disc shape into an oven-proof dish, then bake according to the directions that come with the clay.
- Remove from oven and leave to cool.
- If desired, mix a little of your desired colour glass paint with the polymer clay glaze, and paint the plates.
- When the glaze has dried, spray the dish with 2 coats of clear lacquer.
- Leave to dry.
Many thanks to June for sharing this great gift idea. Check out her blog, Nostalgiecat for more on these lace-printed plates, and for more DIY projects.
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