I decided to make a jewelry station to house my most often worn pieces while storing away the "occasional" jewelry.
Here's what you'll need to create your own:
white polymer clay
wax paper or silpat sheet
gold metallic paint
small paint brush
remnant of lace
Roll out your clay to the desired thickness using a piece of wax paper as your base. Don't make the mistake of rolling onto your counter - it will be impossible to remove without tearing.
Trim to your clay to the desired shape.
Once your base was created, add an embossed design using the lace remnant. Apply light pressure with a rolling pin to impress the pattern onto the clay. Next I create a rim to the outer portion of the tray to keep things tidy.
This oblong tray was a simple free-form shape that was baked as is. I also created a smaller round bowl by baking my embossed clay inside a shallow oven-proof bowl. This helped retain the shape.
Bake according to your product's specific instructions.
Once your pieces have cooled, you can sand any rough edges if you'd like. I like the slightly irregular look of handmade, so I sanded sparingly.
Next step is to paint. I wanted a little glam, so I opted for a gold gild.
I like the way the gold paint plays against the unfinished, slightly organic side.
Once done, you can seal with a clear enamel if you'd like a bit more protection.
To complete my jewelry station, I placed my bowls inside a wooden tray.
Now my favorite pieces are contained, yet easily accessible.