Make this Homemade Holiday Gift:
Lace-Printed Plates

Homemade Holiday Gift Idea Exchange: Project #2

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Maker: June Olsen
Skill Level: Easy
Time Required: 3 hours
Project Cost: £20
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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:

Materials:
  • 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)
  • Oven
  • Spray varnish or lacquer

Instructions:

  1. Roll out the polymer clay until it's about 0.5 cm thick.
  2. Carefully transfer rolled-out clay onto a sheet of baking paper.
  3. Mark out, using an upturned bowl, the size and shape of your dish.
  4. Place the lace within that area until you like the way it looks.
  5. Use the rolling pin to press the lace into the clay.
  6. Peel away the lace to reveal a textured print.
  7. Now use your upturned bowl as a "cookie cutter" and cut out a disc-shape.
  8. Place the disc shape into an oven-proof dish, then bake according to the directions that come with the clay.
  9. Remove from oven and leave to cool.
  10. If desired, mix a little of your desired colour glass paint with the polymer clay glaze, and paint the plates.
  11. When the glaze has dried, spray the dish with 2 coats of clear lacquer.
  12. Leave to dry.
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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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