How to Make a Marbled Clay Ring Dish + Marbled Clay Earrings

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Huge thanks to Shasie Turner from Live Life in Style for Sharing Many of these Photos

Polymer clay has so many fun uses! It’s perfect for making kawaii style jewelry like this. And it also makes great Geometric Clay Earrings like this. Marbling clay is a super cool way to blend colors and make something ordinary become absolutely modern and extraordinary. Just check out these marbled clay earrings.

Notice those really cool color swirls? That’s a marbled clay bead. The best way to begin marbling clay and to make marbled clay beads is through the classic A Beautiful Mess Marbled Clay Ring Dish!

Once you have your clay swirled with color and flattened into a ring dish shape you can make it into anything.

So let’s do this!

supplies for making marbled clay

Supplies:

Oven Bake Clay (We used Sculpey but you can use Fimo if you want to get fancy)
-White Clay
-2 or More Colors of Clay
Clay Roller (or DIY it with a Simple Pint Glass)
X-Acto Knife
Fine Grain Sand Paper

A Flat Smooth Surface
Oven or Toaster Oven

First, pick up to 3 or 4 different colors. White should always be your dominant color so you can see the marbling effect. Otherwise, the colors will not be as vivid and will end up more murky. You can pick just 2 colors (one being white) if you are looking for something more minimal.

separate the clay - marbled clay diy

Roll all of your individual colors into snakes. We have a plastic plate handy as well as a fabric tablecloth on the table. The tablecloth is great for a non-stick surface. Clay sticks to everything! The plastic plate is great because it’s super smooth and doesn’t have a texture.

Your clay snakes should be a few inches and perhaps around 1/3 of an inch thick.

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Now combine them all into one and gently roll them together just until they become 1. Your clay snake should still be a few inches but not a little thicker.

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Twist one side forward and twist the other side backwards to make a swirl. Fold it in half, roll it together and twist again.

Now roll all of your clay until a ball gently.

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Use your roller to flatten it out. Now the possibilities are endless. Fold the edges up to make your marbled clay into a ring dish. Or cut into shapes to make your marbled clay into cool jewelry.

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Once you have your basic shape arranged, you can clean up any edges with your X-Acto knife.If you are making any pieces of jewelry that require jump rings, be sure to cut your holes now before you bake it.

And then bake your clay. It’s just 15 minutes at 275ºF.

marbled clay jewelry and marbled clay dishes

There are lots of little twists that you can add. First of all, after you bake, if you have uneven edges, use your sandpaper to smooth them out.

In the picture above, check out the ring dish with the cute gilded edges. This dish below is shaped with a large cookie cutter.

another finished marbled ring dish diy

These earrings are perfect little spheres.

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Now this is just something special! I wish I could take credit but this is someone that attended a Pop Shop America workshop!! So cool.

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And these earrings show that simple is often the best! They are tiny little squares but they are oh so fun.

DIY Geometric Clay Earrings

So what will you make with your Marbled Clay? Tell us in the comments!

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brittany

Hi. My name is Brittany and I founded Pop Shop America in 2012. I've been a maker my whole life and have made just about everything under the sun-from clothes to terrariums and comics to fine art. I like doing a little bit of everything.

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