With accessories multiplying in geometric progression, a simple DIY Trinket Bowl idea seemed like ‘need of the hour’. Plus, these days wardrobe organizers / decorative storage bowls cost a bomb too, so the crafty / DIY nerd in me, wanted to try out something worthwhile yet decorative to put an end to the mess in my wardrobe in a cool new way. I must also confess that, trying out a DIY project always works as a good way to de-stress and increase my problem solving skills. It also gives you a sense of temporary accomplishment for those days when you are wrought with despair.
Now, without further ado here is a Step-by-step guide on how to make a DIY Polymer Clay Trinket Bowl:
Time needed : About 2 hours for 3 items in total, after the modeled clay is set / dry, which takes about 9 to 11 hours, depending on the weather at your place.
Things you need:
- Polymer clay that is available in retail craft outlets at INR 30, I picked up one from Shilpkar Hobby Ideas. I prefer a white one so that I can paint the end product to any colour I want to
- A Bowl to shape the Clay
- Few Paints, preferably Acrylic ones, I picked up solid as well as metallic colours. Since I also paint regularly I usually maintain a stock of Acrylic paints in my stationery cupboard. I didn’t have to go out and shop for these
- Paint Brushes, one wider bristled brush for filling the space, the other for detailed / precision work
- Oil to work with, as the clay is sticky and you don’t want your hand smelling of chemicals post process.
The Polymer Clay box usually has two separate packets, these two ingredients have to be mixed well together to get a modelling clay for the next step. So mix them well until you have an end product looking like the one in the last picture.
Now model the clay the way you want. I tried 2 different variants one was that I flattened the clay and then stuffed it inside a square-ish bowl. I didn’t want a decent looking bowl so I folded the corners of this one in and out to get a very asymmetric edge. The other was that I took the flattened clay and patted in on the outside of a glass bowl that had designs on it. This way I could get the design on the glass bowl exterior onto the clay bowl interior, which fulfills the decorative aspect of the bowl.
With the leftover clay I also made a feather like prop which I used in this product shoot here.
The next step is to paint the bowl the way you like it. I usually start off with a white paint base coat because, the colours on a white background come out well (One of those rules in Painting I learnt wayy back in school). Then I did a few contemporary designs on one, while the other already had floral impressions on it. The base paint coat takes about 15 – 20 minutes to dry depending on the weather at your place.
Painting the details’ is the toughest part in this DIY. Since, I like a finished product which makes it look like a ‘store bought’ one than a ‘Home-made’ one, I gave utmost importance to the details too. So it took me about 15 mintues each prop on an average to paint the details out. The feather details was the easiest of all, while the one with impressions one took a longer time. Let it dry completely and if you want, you can give it an outer coat of Varnish, for better glossy finish. But, do this once the paint is fully dry, else you end up smudging the designs.
And.. Tadaa.. the DIY Clay Trinket Bowl is ready for use once all dry.
Photography by Me
Now, that was indeed a fun DIY, that de-stressed me all throught the process! Do try this in case you want some decorative yet functional storage / Trinket bowls your Earrings or makeup or anything under the sun. This could also serve as a last minute, holiday decoration idea. Do leave me your comments on how you liked this DIY. Also, follow us on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Bloglovin | Pinterest