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Catch-all nib tray

Catch-all nib tray

I had so many beautiful jars and holders to display my calligraphy pens but nothing to house my nibs, so after a little Sunday crafternoon, voila!

These are a great, inexpensive gift, perfect to hold nibs, rings, jewelry, keys and just about anything. I absolutely love that these can be personalized with typography, colors, shapes and sizes. 

I had never worked with oven-bake clay before, so wasn’t sure what to expect but it was super quick and easy—the hardest part was deciding on colors! In this tutorial, I used variations of (Sculpey III) in White & Tan, (Staedtler’s Fimo Soft) Sahara and (Premo! Accent) Granite. 

Tip: I found Fimo Soft easier to work with and preferred the results.

I customized these trays with a subtle gold-trimmed edge, using a metallic sharpie and added calligraphy to them.

I customized these trays with a subtle gold-trimmed edge, using a metallic sharpie and added calligraphy to them.

What you’ll need

One block of oven bake clay in the colors of your choice
Oven
Rolling pin
Cookie cutter (your template shape and size)
Flat oven tray lined with baking paper


Steps

  1. Roll your clay into a ball.
  2. With a rolling pin, roll out the clay on a flat surface until about 6mm (¼ inch) thick.
  3. Using your cookie cutter, cut a circle in the clay.
    Alternative: If you don’t have a cookie cutter on hand, you can use a bowl, glass, jar or can as a template. Place on the clay and trace around the item’s edge with a knife or scalpel. 
  4. Place your clay circle onto your oven tray. Gently lift and mould edges so it forms a natural curl. Aim for an organic, natural-looking shape.
    Alternative: If you prefer, choose an existing bowl you have, line that with baking paper (ensure there are no creases) and place your clay circle inside. It will mould to the shape of the bowl you are using.
  5. Bake bowl according to your pack’s instructions. Read these carefully!
  6. Remove from the oven. Let cool and harden.
  7. Decorate and get creative!

These are only some suggestions to customize and decorate these trays but the possibilities are endless so feel free to comment and share any tips and tricks!

To create a marbled effect

Roll different strips of colored clay into long snakes about 12cm (5 inches) long. Twist the separate colors together into one roll. Do this a one more time a different direction until colors have mixed. Roll into a ball.
Tip: Careful, do not over work the clay!
Follow along from step 2 above.

To emboss your plate

Pause after step 4 and create your mark. You can use lettering tools such as a roll stamp to imprint words, quotes or names onto the plate. Then pick up again at step 5.

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