Sculpey FTW: DIY Marbled Jewelry Trays
We’re losing our marbles over marbling! The organic pattern that has everyone from fashion designers to recreational makers hooked has now got us as well. We took our favorite childhood material, oven bake clay, and elevated it into a classy set of jewelry trays, fit for a grown-up vanity or front entry table. Grab your own DIY Marbled Jewelry Trays Kit ($24.95) from the Brit + Co HSN Shop in one of five colors – Blue, Purple, Magenta, Light Pink and Silver.
Materials (get the kit!):
– white clay
– colorful clay
– gold paint pen
– butter knife
1. Break off one section of white and one section of colorful clay and twist them around each other.
2. Keep twisting and kneading your clay until you have an evenly dispersed, marbled pattern.
3. Flatten your marbled clay into a circle, about 2 1/2 to 3 inches in diameter.
4. Flatten one more section of white clay into a circle of the same size, and layer underneath the marbled circle.
5. Using a butter knife, trim off the uneven edges of your two-layer clay circle.
6. Pinch the edges of your circle upwards so that they form a lip all the way around.
7. Repeat this technique for the larger tray, using two sections of white and two sections of colorful clay.
8. Place on a cookie sheet and bake in a 275 degrees F oven for about 20 minutes, and let cool.
9. Gild the edges of your two trays with a gold paint pen.
Even grown-ups need a little make break, so let’s get making!
Starting with the smaller of two trays, break off one section each of white and your choice of colorful clay and twist them around each other.
Keep twisting and kneading your clay, dispersing the color throughout, until you have a nice marbled pattern.
Then flatten your ball of clay into a thin circle, approximately 2 1/2 to 3 inches in diameter, and 1/8th of an inch thick.
Now take one more section of white clay and roll and flatten it into a circle with about the same diameter. Then layer the two circles together, with your preferred marbled side showing on top and your white circle on the bottom.
Using a butter knife, trim around the edges of your two-layered circle to get a closer to perfect circle.
For your last clay molding step, simply pinch the edges of the circle and lift them upwards to create a lip all the way around the tray.
Repeat this same technique for the larger tray of about 5 inches in diameter, using two blocks each of white and colored clay for the top marbled layer, followed by two additional white blocks for the bottom layer. Once formed, place both trays on a cookie sheet and bake in a 275 degrees F oven for 20 minutes.
Once your trays have been cooled, it’s time to add that classy gilded edge! Simply draw along the edges of each tray with gold paint pen, and don’t be afraid to use a lot of paint.
Let the gilded edges dry and admire your beautifully marbled pieces!
Store rings in the smaller tray and bracelets in the large one. Or use them as a place to store your keys, change or other small items.
Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!