Adorn your dressing table with these easy-make dishes. Your jewellery will be in safe hands
•Air dry clay, small amount
•Sharp craft knife
•Fine sandpaper or emery board
•Paper and pencil
•Old ballpoint pen
1 Take a tennis ball-sized piece of air dry clay and roll out onto a clean work surface to a thickness of 3mm. Download our template here or draw a hamsa shape onto paper and lay onto the clay, then cut out with a craft knife.
2 Run a spatula under the shape to ensure it is not stuck to the table. If you are making a ring-holder bowl, take a little of the leftover clay and mould into a thin sausage shape. Dampen and press one end of this to the base, smoothing down the join with your fingers. Add details and patterns to the hamsa with a ball-ended tool or old pen.
3 Carefully place it inside a curved dish. Allow the weight of the clay to naturally form a bowl shape and leave to airdry for a few hours. Once the top has dried, remove from the dish to allow the underside to dry overnight.
4 Gently sand down the edges of the clay and brush away any clay dust. Paint the hamsa with coloured or textured acrylic paint using an almost dry brush technique so that the indented patterns do not fill with paint. Try working two or three very thin coats of paint over the surface to build up the colour slowly.
5 Leave the paint to dry completely before sealing the hamsa with clear varnish. Make a second in the same way then paint a slightly different tone to make a beautiful pair to gift or keep.
Look out for more fabulous projects from in-house crafter Corinne Bradd in our Spiritual Living section. New issue out now!