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DIY: Marbled Trinket Bowl

Jul 26, 2016 10:00AM ● By Monica Fatica

Marbled Madness

August 2016
Feature and photos by Monica Fatica

Create a stylish trinket bowl using colored baking clay and a few other household items.


• Polymer clay 

• Parchment paper

• Metallic paint pen or liquid gilding

• Rolling pin or glass cylinder

• Cookie cutter or X-Acto razor knife

• Small oven-safe bowl

• Glaze (optional)


1. Cut off a thin piece of each color of clay and roll into approximately six-inch-long strips.

2. Combine the strips and twist them together.

3. Continue to fold and twist to create the desired blended effect. The less you blend, the more solid colors will show. The more you fold and twist, the more blended the marble effect.  

4. Roll strands into a ball shape. If you don’t see all of the colors or the blended effect you want, cut it in half and roll back into a ball shape.  

5. Use a rolling pin or glass cylinder to roll into a 1/4-inch-thick circle.

6. Set your small bowl upside down on top of your clay and cut the excess off using a cookie cutter or X-Acto razor knife. If you want a deeper bowl, then use a larger round item to cut your circle.

7. Place your circle into the oven-safe bowl. Smooth edges or leave a jagged effect for a more handmade look. If cutting a larger circle for a deeper bowl, then the circle should fill up to the edge and any hangover can be trimmed off. (If you want to create a flat dish or coaster, then set clay onto parchment paper and a baking sheet.) Bake according to the temperature on the clay package (we used 275 degrees for 20 minutes). Remove from the oven and allow the clay to cool. 

8. Once cool, remove your trinket dish from the oven-safe bowl by turning upside down and gently tapping until it is released. Use your metallic pin or liquid gilding to paint the rim. You can seal with a glaze if you desire a glossy finish.