Alrighty. In September I put up a little polymer clay tutorial for adorable pumpkins. While searching around for other things to make, I found this tutorial for bowls from She Wears Many Hats. I sorta kinda followed it. As usual. If you would like to know how to make polymer clay bowls, then read on, my friend.

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You’ll need the basics for this DIY: Polymer clay in the color(s) of your choosing, an oven-safe bowl to shape the clay in, a few basic clay tools, and some paint.

I used a small Pyrex bowl. Ignore my over-exposed pure-white hand, there.

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This is the clay I used.

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I wanted a white bowl with blue swirls, so I used half the pack of white and a small portion of the blue. Roll them into balls…

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…and then swirl them together until you get the blue incorporated into the white. This is totally optional, if you’d like a solid-colored bowl, then go for it.

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Next, flatten it into a circle. I use a pastry roller, but anything will work. If the shape comes out wonky instead of circular, just trim it. If you want a perfect circle use a guide. Otherwise it will have a free-form shape.

If the clay is rolled really thin it will be flexible after it’s baked. If you want a sturdier bowl, leave the clay thicker.

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Place the clay into the bowl. If you like, you can use a ball tool to smooth any rough edges.

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Bake according to the package directions. I baked this at 275 F for just shy of 15 minutes. Let it cool in the bowl, then take it out. It won’t stick to the bowl, it will slip right out.

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Now for an optional step. I painted the edge of the bowl with metallic paint. Optional, optional. But pretty.

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After the paint was dry I coated the entire bowl, front and back, with water-based poly. For me, polymer clay always looks sort of…blah when it comes out of the oven. Giving it a coat of something glossy really brings all the color and detail out.

That’s it. That is how to make polymer clay bowls. (Or, in my case, bowl. I only made one. Anyway.) It’s all done. From start to finish this bowl takes about an hour to make, and that includes cooling and drying times.

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See you later!

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