Learn how to make a polymer clay ring dish with these easy handprint craft instructions complete with a video tutorial.
A handprint art ring dish or jewelry bowl made with marbled polymer clay is a unique homemade gift idea that kids can make for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Christmas, or a birthday. Use this DIY marbled clay ring dish tutorial to make a handprint jewelry bowl with your children, or make a personalized ring dish just for you!
Marbled Clay Ring Dish and Jewelry Bowl DIY
These clay handprint art jewelry dishes and ring bowls were inspired by THESE clay ring dishes by A beautiful mess. However, Instead of making the clay ring bowls round, I wanted to make them into the shape of my daughter’s handprint to give away as Mother’s Day and Father’s Day gifts. Her grandparents loved them!
The necklace in the top handprint jewelry bowl in the photo below is a drawing of my daughters that I had made into a necklace. For more information about kid’s art jewelry click HERE!
Handprint Ring Dish Craft Supplies
- Colored polyform clay & white polyform clay
- Rolling pin or polyform Sculpey acrylic clay roller
- Precision glass cutting mat
- X-Acto Knife or clay tools
- Bake safe bowl
- Acrylic metallic paint or metallic silver and gold paint pens
- Oven bake clay bond and glaze pack (optional)
Polymer Clay Handprint DIY Ring Holder Dish Video Tutorial
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How to Make a Handprint Art DIY Clay Jewelry Dish Step By Step Tutorial
Step 1 – Make Handprint Art Template
Trace your child’s hand. It is a lot easier, and safer, to trace a handprint art template to cut the ring holder dish with an Exacto-knife, than your child’s real hand.
We made our handprint art template with cardstock to have a sturdy handprint template to use over and over again. It’s almost impossible to trace a young child’s hand perfectly. Clean up the lines until you like the shape, and then cut it out.
The good news is that you only need to trace one hand to make a handprint art template for your ring dish. You can flip it to either side to make a left or right-handed jewelry bowl.
Step 2 – Look at the Marbled Clay Ring Dish Made by A Beautiful Mess
The ring bowls by “A Beautiful Mess” were the inspiration for our handprint art ring holder dish and jewelry bowl.
We started out using their marbled polymer clay ring dish directions and then played with mixing the clays in different ways to get different effects. After making several marbled polymer clay ring dishes, we have come up with a few additional tips to share below.
- Select a few polymer clay colors and roll them into several sizes of snakes (thin vs thick) to vary the marbled effect.
- A tiny bit of black polymer clay added into the mix is important. The black polymer clay helps define the marbling and makes a jewelry bowl look gorgeous with or without gray polymer clay added to it. In other words, a marbled polymer clay jewelry bowl just doesn’t look as good without the black clay.
- To get a super marbled swirly look, roll your marbled ball of polymer clay into a snake again. Next, fold the clay snake in half and twist it up super tight–AGAIN!
- Reuse the polymer clay from two or more ring bowl scraps to make another ring dish. Roll the scraps from each clay jewelry dish into one or more snakes and then twist them together. You can even add in another snake of polymer clay in a different color if you like.
- Make each DIY clay jewelry bowl as thick as you can. Jewelry dishes and ring bowls that are made too thin are extremely fragile.
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Step 3 – Roll Out Marbled Polyform Clay and Trace Handprint Art Template
- Roll your twisted marbled clay into a ball and use a rolling pin to flatten.
- Place your hand template on top and cut it out using clay tools or an x-acto knife. (This step should be completed by an adult.)
We used a precision glass cutting mat for rolling out and cutting our marbled clay hand-shaped ring dish. It makes it easy to protect our tables and counters from stains and cuts. It also makes a great painting pallet. Even dried paint can be scraped off easily!
Step 4 – Bake Marbled Clay Handprint Jewelry Dish
Place the marbled polymer clay handprint art into an oven safe bowl and bake according to the polymer clay manufacturer’s directions. We cooked our jewelry dish for 15-20 minutes @275 degrees.
Step 5 – Allow Handprint Clay Jewelry Dish to Cool
Allow all of the handprint art jewelry dishes to cool completely before moving on to the next step.
Step 6 – Paint the Rim of the Handprint Art Ring Dish
Use a metallic silver or gold paint pen, or a small paintbrush, to paint acrylic metallic paint around the rim of each handprint art jewelry dish or ring bowl. Have a wet rag close by to keep the marble clay ring dish clean as you work.
For an extra special touch, use an extra fine tip paint pen to write a personalized message on the bottom of the handprint ring bowl.
Step 7 – (optional) Use glaze to seal and protect Marbled Clay Handprint Jewelry Bowl
Apply polymer clay glaze to seal and protect your handprint ring dish. (optional)
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Clay Handprint Jewelry Dish or DIY Ring Bowl Gift Idea Kids Can Make
Make a beautiful ring holder dish with your children at home or in the classroom. A jewelry dish makes a wonderful homemade gift idea for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day.
Kids can make a handprint art jewelry dish, or DIY ring bowl, for parents and grandparents with a little help from a caregiver, or teacher, either at home or in the classroom.
A marbled clay ring holder dish makes a unique gift idea that friends and family will love!
Complete the gift with any of the easy ideas below!
The necklace in the handprint jewelry dish in the left handprint ring bowl pictured below is a drawing of my daughters that I had made into a necklace. For more information about kid’s art jewelry click HERE!
Homemade Necklace Gift Ideas for Handprint Jewelry Bowl
- Thumbprint Heart Necklace
- Fingerprint Flower Necklace
- DIY photo necklace
- Mom (or mum) necklace
- Mother-daughter necklace set
Gorgeous Jewelry gift ideas to gift with a handprint art ring dish
- Delicate name rings
- Gemstone Stacking Mom Rings
- Disc necklace with birthstones
- Mother-Daughter Circle Pendant Necklace
- Family Name Rings Personalized Necklace
- Personalized name necklace
Even more gorgeous gift ideas can be found in this awesome collection of homemade gift ideas kids can make!
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