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DIY: Clay Keychains + Ring Dishes

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DIY Clay Keychains + Ring Dishes

I started out thinking this post was solely going to be a DIY for clay keychains, but when I made them, I started to doubt them because the first baked clay key chain I broke.  You always hear those horror stories of people trying to recreate recipes or DIY’s they saw on Pinterest, only to make something that looks nothing like the pretty pictures they saw on Pinterest.  Luckily, that’s never happened to me, but I seriously started thinking this was going to be it, which is why I quickly found another use for the clay I had purchased.  In the end, the key chains turned out great and I created another great project to share with you!  I figured out the do’s and don’t for these projects, but trust me they are relatively easy and you’ll pat yourself on the back for all of your handy work. 

I photographed the step-by-step process for the clay keychains [ originally created by Homey! Oh My who has a great tutorial for reference ], but was in a little bit of a hurry making the gold-rimmed clay jewelry dishes since they were Christmas presents, so bare with me on the text directions.  Promise, they make complete sense!  Disclaimer, while both these DIY’s are not extremely challenging, they are a slightly time-intensive since you have to wait for things to dry and/or cool.  The jewelry dishes, for example, were competed over 3 days.  One day each to bake, paint and gloss glaze.  Also, you may get addicted to clay projects.

DIY MONOGRAM CLAY KEYCHAINS

Supplies:

1.    Clay [ in whatever color of your choice ]
2.    Rolling Pin
3.    Parchment Paper
4.    Clay Cutters
5.    Clay Embossing Kit
6.    Toothpick
7.    Jump Rings
8.    Keyrings
9.    Two Needle-Nose Pliers

Instructions:

  1. Cover cutting board with parchment paper.  It’s not good to use something you’ll be using with food later.  Roll a piece of clay into a ball about 1-inch in diameter.
  2. Use rolling pin to flatten ball to about ¼ inch.
  3. Cut out the shape you’d like from the clay, removing any excess clay.
  4. Emboss clay with letters/symbols of your choice.  I didn’t use the stamping device included in the clay embossing kit.  I found the letters to be too far apart and opted for eye-ballling it instead.
  5. Using a toothpick, poke a hole near the top of the shape, accounting for how large your jump rings are.  Note: I poked the hole a little too far from the edge, and had to buy large jump rings to make up the distance.
  6. Cut the parchment paper around the clay and transfer to a baking sheet.  I wouldn’t recommend trying to peel the clay off the paper and transfering with your fingers.  There’s just so many ways you can ruin it, trust me.
  7. Bake for 40 at 230° F or until clay is hardened, or stick to the instructions on the clay packaging.  I think this is the main reason I broke a few pieces.  Do NOT over-bake.
  8. After clay has cooled, bend a jump ring open and slide through hole in clay.  Before closing the jump ring, slide a second one on.
  9. Slide second jump ring onto a keyring and voila!
     

DIY GOLD-RIMMED CLAY RING DISHES

I really wanted to create organic looking clay jewlery trays, so I didn’t really follow any specific tutorial.  I’ve seen a bunch in stores and online so I had an idea of what I wanted them to turn out like.

Supplies:

1.    White clay [ I like sculpey]
2.    Rolling Pin
3.    Parchment Paper
4.    Metallic Gold Kraft Paint
5.    Small Flat Paint brush
6.    Gloss Glaze
7.    Paper Plate

Instructions:

  1. Section off about a good amount of clay, about 3x as much as you would for a keychain.  This might take a few tries to figure out how much you need.  It also varies depending on the size of the dish you are making.
  2. Roll clay into as perfect of a ball that you can.
  3. Use rolling pin to evenly flatten the clay on parchment paper.  It should be pretty circular if rolled evenly to a little over ¼” thick.
  4. Use your fingers to form clay into a dish shape.  This should look organic and not-perfect.  Make the sides as high and as deep as you’d like.
  5. Bake according to the clay packaging.
  6. Pour a dollop of gold paint onto the paper plate.  Use small flat paint brush to paint the rim of the dish.  Again, this doesn’t have to be perfect.
  7. Once dry, paint the gloss glaze on to finish the dishes.  Allow to dry fully.

Hope you have fun playing with clay as much as I did.  It was like reverting back to play-doh days, but getting a really pretty end product.

Yours Truly // Shannon

DIY: Multi-Strand Leather Bracelet

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DIY Multi-Strand Leather Bracelet

Supplies:

  1. Round Leather Cording [2mm]
  2. Crimp Closure/End Caps [make sure it is large enough to fit 3 strands]
  3. Spacer Beads or Round Beads [to fit on 2mm cording]
  4. Curved Tube Beads
  5. Mod Podge
  6. Lobster Clasps [12mm]
  7. Small Jump Rings
  8. Scissors
  9. Needle Nose Pliers
  10. Tape
  11. Q-Tips
  12. Ruler

Instructions [for one bracelet]:

  1. Measure your wrist.  Add an inch or two and cut your strands that length.  My wrist is about 6" around so I cut THREE 8" strands of leather. [TIP] The leather cording is pretty twisted from the way it is packaged, so I laid my strands out and taped them down over night to try to straighten them out.  They were much easier to work with afterward.
  2. Bunch the strands together on one end and put the end cap around them.  Using a needle-nose plier, crimp and squeeze the end until it lays flat on top of the strands. [TIP] Instead of cutting of any excess, aligned the edges to the top of the end cap.  It was extremely difficult to try to trim the excess once it was in the end cap.
  3. At this point, I remeasured my wrist and trimmed to the final size I wanted.  Since I aligned the edges to the top of the end cap, this was the only opportunity fit it to the size you'd like.  This is also so that when you put the beads on you can find the middle.  The ruler comes in handy here.
  4. Find the middle strand, apply a little bit of mod podge to the center with a q-tip.
  5. Slide the beads on, applying small amounts of mod podge as needed and wiping off any excess. This process was probably the most tricky, which is why it is pictured above.  [TIP] Let the mod podge dry for at least 15 min. Otherwise, the beads will keep moving around and never set.
  6. Slide curved tube beads onto the outside strands.
  7. Carefully gather the ends (try to keep the beaded strand in the center) and repeat step 3.
  8. Open the the jump ring for your lobster clasp.  It may be helpful to use 2 pliers for this and to use a twisting motion instead of pulling apart. [TIP] Make sure you buy small extra jump rings. The lobster clasps I bought didn't have jump rings and you will also need another jump ring on the opposite end of the bracelet to connect the lobster clasp to.
DIY Multi-Strand Leather Bracelet

How easy was that?  No really it was!  I literally put one together in less than 30 minutes, factoring in material prep and dry time.  And its a work night for me.  So I'd say this is a pretty simple DIY to do that doesn't require much time.  And it was my first attempt at a DIY for you all.  I'm going to mark this as a win!

I adapted this DIY from one of my growingly favorite DIY Bloggers Homey Oh My!  I made a few tweaks and added in some helpful tips, but check out her tutorial for more insight!

Doing this DIY definitely made me miss arts and crafts.  I'm a crafty person by nature.  After all, I figured out I wanted to go into the design field at a young age from being an avid scrapbooker.  Funny story, my boss even mentioned that we should start doing more arts and crafty things now that we've moved into a new creative workspace.  So hopefully I can start working on more DIYs to share with you, especially if I'll have time at work to do so!

Yours Truly // Shannon