Floral Clay Bowl

By  Hilary Stephens  for  Environmental Technology Inc.

size: 7"x1-1/2"

  • Floral Clay Bowl
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  • Glass or plastic bowl
  • ETI EnviroTex Jewelry Clay


  • Polymer clay tools: roller, cutting blade
  • Gold leaf foil sheets and adhesive
  • Clear spray varnish

Basic Supplies

  • Baby powder soft-bristled paintbrushes, vegetable oil, small bowl, waxed paper, zip-lock plastic bag, disposable gloves, rubbing alcohol, sandpaper
  • 1. Measure bowl; record measurement for later use. Add diameter of bowl to double the height. (Note: Our bowl diameter was 7" and the height doubled was 3"; added together = 10". Remember this measurement.) Brush vegetable oil carefully over outside design of bowl, coating all surfaces thoroughly to keep clay from sticking. Set aside.
  • 2. Cover work surface with waxed paper; dust with baby powder. With gloved hands, mix clay following manufacturer's instructions.

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  • 3. Flatten clay onto waxed paper. Sprinkle with baby powder, smoothing into surface with gloved hand. Cover with another sheet of waxed paper. Roll clay out in circle with diameter equal to measurement found in Step 1, adding baby powder as necessary to prevent sticking.

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  • 4. Remove wax paper, carefully pick up clay circle, and lay down onto oiled bowl. Starting in center, gently press into all crevices of bowl design. (Note: Resin clay has about an hour of working time, so if unhappy with project, roll clay into ball, flatten out, and try again. Coat bowl with oil if necessary.)

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  • 5. Carefully trim away excess clay from bowl edge using cutter. Smooth clay with bit of vegetable oil. Trim away any clay that has curled into inside of bowl; it will prevent removing bowl after curing. Set bowl aside on plastic bag. Remove clay from tools using rubbing alcohol.

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  • 6. After five hours, gently lift clay up off bowl with gloved hands. Clay will be flexible, so loosen clay and set back onto bowl. (Note: If room temperature is above 75°F, remove clay after four hours.) Allow bowl to cure for 24 hours.
  • 7. Remove clay bowl from glass bowl; sand unwanted clay from edges. Remove dust.
  • 8. Brush thin layer of gold foil adhesive over back of bowl and edge, noting that foil will adhere anywhere adhesive is applied. Let adhesive dry following manufacturer's instructions. Smooth foil onto bowl using soft-bristled brush. If foil splits, apply more adhesive on area, let dry, and apply more foil. Brush away excess foil.

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  • 9. Apply several coats of varnish spray on all surfaces.
  • Tip
  • 1. When considering a bowl surface to work from, select a shallow shape rather than tall or deep. In order for the design to be imprinted on the inside of the finished project, the original bowl must have the design on the outside.