By General Craft Contributor Michelle
Create a cute, and handy place to store your rings with this easy project.
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:
- Polyform Model Air Clay Air Dry 1.1 lb White
- Sculpey Acrylic Roller 8 in.
- Multicraft Tools Scrap-tility Utility Knife Set with 6 Blades
- Darice Aluminum Jewelry Wire 16 Gauge Silver 3 yd.
- Panacea Needle Nose Wire Cutters 5 in.
- Acrylic craft paint, various colors
- Plaid Paint Brush Super Value Pack All Purpose 25 pc.
- Elmer’s CraftBond Tacky Glue 4 oz
- DecoArt Americana Spray Sealer 12 oz. Gloss
- Teacup, or small bowl
- Plastic wrap
- A bottle, jar, lid, or other circular object about 2-inches in diameter to trace around
- Small dish of water
To begin your ring holder, take a small piece of clay, and roll to about 1/4-inch thick. Cut out about a 2-inch circle from your clay with your craft knife by tracing around a small, circular object–I used a paint bottle whose lid was the size I desired my umbrella base to be.
Use your craft knife to cut shallow scallops around the edge of your clay circle to form the umbrella shape.
Picking up your clay circle, use wet fingers to smooth, and thin the edge of your circle to give it more of a cupped umbrella shape
Line the inside of a small bowl, or teacup with plastic wrap.
Gently press your clay circle into the bowl/teacup, carefully pressing the middle of the circle a tiny bit thinner, and the edges up the sides of dish a bit to create even more of a bowl shape.
Take a small piece of clay, a little larger than a pea, and form into a flat-bottomed drop shape.
Using your craft knife, lightly make hash marks in the center of the clay circle, and on the bottom of the drop shape–these will help join your clay pieces together. Add a little bit of water to the hash marks on the clay circle, and gently press, and wiggle the drop shape onto the surface until it adheres.
With a bit more water on your fingers, press and smooth the sides of the drop to join them together seamlessly to your clay circle.
With your wire cutters, cut a piece of wire a few inches long, and bend the end into a “j” shape to form your handle.
Gently insert the straight end of your handle into the center of your umbrella about 3/4 of the way through your umbrella–so it’s far enough through to securely hold it in place, but not poking out the bottom. Let dry for several hours, or until dry on top, then remove carefully from plastic, and allow to dry on the bottom.
Remove handle from base, and paint the base a solid color. Let dry.
Use a small detail brush to paint the ribs of your umbrella from the middle, to each point on the outside edge. Let dry.
Paint the rest of the umbrella as desired. Let dry. If desired, spray the dish with a coat or two of a waterproof sealer, especially if you’re going to be using it next to a sink.
Dip the end of the handle in craft glue, and insert back into the hole. Let dry.