By DIY contributor Alyson of Bash Studio
I don’t know about you, but it seems like I have a million little things all over my dresser and nightstand, especially earrings. To keep these trinkets somewhat organized and not lost on the floor, I decided DIY catchalls were in order. Instead of just painting the clay, I used a technique called batik.
Here’s how to make them…
Batik is normally applied to fabrics, but it seemed to work for clay too! Before dyeing, you apply wax to create unique patterns and shapes. It was fun and interesting, plus adding a little gold never hurt anyone!
Round Cookie Cutter
Blue Dye (or any color)
Liquid Gold (optional)
1. Condition your clay by kneading it like dough, then roll into a ball and slightly flatten with your hand.
2. Roll the clay evenly and cut out the circle shapes. Place on wax paper
3. Bake clay per the instructions on the box. Let cool completely.
4. Heat up the paraffin wax and apply to the catchalls with the paintbrush. To create an abstract effect, brush in different directions and different thicknesses. I also like dipping one in the wax and letting it drip down. There are lots of options!
5. Allow wax to completely cool before adding to the dye.
6. Pour dye in a disposable container and add the catchalls. Leave in for at least 12 hours or overnight.
7. Wash off the catchalls with hot water until the wax melts off. If you are having trouble, place in microwave for 20 seconds at a time.
8. I painted on a little liquid gold to add a finishing touch. Even though this is completely optional, it’s totally worth it!