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When I saw my first lace doily dish, I so wanted one, but mainly I wanted to make one.  First I needed a pretty lace doily.  You know those are hard to come by, so I got out thread and my tatting shuttles and made a couple of doilies (that took over a month).  They turned out very pretty and were a great change from all the crocheting I have been doing.  Then I got out my OLD polymer clay.  I wasn’t worried.  I know how to reconstitute or soften, dried out polymer clay.  So after 4 weeks of preparations, I was finally able to get these dishes made, and this is how I did it.
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Step 1:

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Polymer clay (I used “Cernit Doll Collection” clay dated 2003, yes, it is old)
Rolling pin
Parchment paper
2 pieces, 12”x12” (30cm x 30cm) 100% cotton fabric
A lace doily (it was tatted and it took me over a week to make it)
A glass dish
Mini food chopper
Baby oil (also known as mineral oil with fragrance)
Paint brush
Acrylic paints
Clear glossy spray sealer
Cloth rag (this will be thrown away when you are done)

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Since I choose to use some really old clay, I needed to recondition it so that it would once again be flexible and soft. To do this I got out the mini good chopper that has been dedicated to the use of clay only. 

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I chopped up the clay into small pieces and placed it in the chopper bowl.

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I secured the lid and proceeded to chop up the clay into tiny pieces. 

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Then I added a dropper of baby oil on top of the clay and ran the chopper for another couple of seconds.

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Then I dumped the clay out on the counter top and proceeded to form a ball, kneading the clay with my hands.  The warm of my hands helped to soften the clay.  .

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To further condition the clay, roll it into a long snake
shannpnx2 months ago
lol you sound like me, all over the map w/ crafts. these are beautiful
Dilyara802 years ago
Ух-ты! Вот это классная получилась тарелочка. Возьму себе на вооружение.
craftknowitall (author)  Dilyara802 years ago
anatroccolo2 years ago
Thanks for this great instructable!
These dishes are fab!
sunshiine2 years ago
ChrysN2 years ago
suayres2 years ago
You did a great job with this! I'd think you could use many objects to create interesting textures--metal washers arranged in a pleasing pattern comes to mind, or pleated fabric, and so on. One of the best things about polymer clay is its, well, plasticity--it's pretty much a blank canvas for all manner of artworks. I love what you did, and will have to try it myself--though I don't tat (or crochet, or knit, or?) Goodwill, here I come!
pjds782 years ago
Thank you so much for sharing this. Your dishes are beautiful. I hope mine are just as pretty when I try this.
Very cute! Did you tat that doily?
Yes, I shuttle tatted that doily and 2 others. I am now making a 4th one for my Mom for Mother's day. I am really thinking of doing an Instrucatble on it. It's really hard to do the pictures of each movement to get the double stitch made. I have about decided to do a lot of mini videos. I feel over whelmed. It's easier just to make doilies.
How pretty! When I first looked at them, I thought you just did the paint and glue a doily to the back of a glass dish - but you went above and beyond! They turned out fantastic!