air dry clay mandala trinket dish

How to Make an Easy Air Dry Clay Trinket Dish

Simple DIY Mandala Jewelry Dish

Do you like beautiful jewelry dishes? In this post, I will show you a super simple mandala air dry clay trinket. This clay craft is perfect for beginners. You can use it as a jewelry dish, ring holder, key holder, or candle holder (only battery-operated!)

One day, browsing on Pinterest, I came across a beautiful ceramic mandala dish. I loved it, so I saved it! Then it popped to my mind that I have a mandala stencil that I recently made. What If I would use that with some air modeling clay? I had to try it!

So, here is the result! I like how it turned out. If you’re not into mandalas you can also use any other reusable (plastic) stencil you have. It would also look gorgeous with a floral pattern.

But now, let’s get to work and make this clay trinket tray, dish, bowl, whatever you want to call it.

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Tools and supplies for the clay mandala dish:

I made my own mandala stencil. Here is the article on how to make your own stencil without any fancy tool or machine. You can also grab the pattern for free.

If you don’t want to bother with creating stencils choose any reusable stencil. I like these mandala stencils from Amazon. All of them would look gorgeous as a tray.

HOW TO CRAFT WITH AIR DRYING CLAY:

Step-by-step instructions:

1. Get a good chunk of air dry clay and mold it between your hands for a couple of seconds.

2. Cut two pieces of plastic wrap (slightly larger than your stencil).

3. Roll out the clay between the sheets to a 1/8 – 1/6 inch thickness.

4. Remove the upper sheet and smooth out any wrinkles. Slightly wet your hand if they are stubborn and don’t want to disappear.

5. Lay the stencil on the air dry clay and press it with your hands.

6. Grab a tool with a blunt tip, for example, a pencil, modeling tool, or a blunt scissor, like I did, and start pressing each section until the clay pops out a bit. Don’t overdo it! And be careful so your tool won’t slide into the cut out parts and make a hole in it.

NOTE! Work gradually in sections so you won’t miss any part.

clay mandala trinket

7. Pick a soft pastel and rub it on one of your fingers. Color each cutout. you may need to go over it again if the clay absorbs a part of it.

TIP! If you are using white air hardening clay, experiment with more colors. For example, you can create an ombre or watercolor-like effect.

8. Carefully and slowly remove the stencil. Be aware that small, protruding parts may stick into the air dry clay.

9. Cut the outline with a sharp craft knife and smooth the edges.

10. Lift the clay with the plastic wrap and put it on the plate. The plate should be approximately the same size as your mandala, so only the edges curve. You can also experiment with large bowls, so the whole trinket has a curve, a flat bowl-like look.

clay mandala tray

11. Wait for it to dry. You need to be patient. For me, it took about 72 hours to dry. It could take less for you. After two days, or when you feel that the top became solid, carefully lift the trinket and remove the plastic wrap. Turn it upside down on the plate or bowl so the bottom can dry too. Leave it for a day, then transfer it to a rack (cooling rack for baking) and leave it to dry thoroughly.

12. If you need, smooth it with sandpaper. Seal it with a water-based varnish. Enjoy!

Clay trinket tray video tutorial

Watch the video to see how I made the clay mandala trinket.

Stenciled air drying clay craft ideas

Apply this simple technique, to any other air-hardening clay projects to create unique and stunning crafts easily.

Here are a few examples:

Final thoughts about the mandala air dry clay trinket

This clay craft is super simple. Kids could also do it with their favorite animal stencil. You can finish it in half an hour and just wait for it to dry.

I hope you liked this air drying clay craft. I enjoyed it a lot!

Do you like to craft with air dry clay? Leave a comment!

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