How To: Make a DIY Gold Paint-Dipped, Faux-Porcelain Bowl (from Scratch!)

By: Capreek Dec 06, 2011

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Metallics have been all the rage for the last few years, but 2011 was the year they really shined (heh).  So, like any dutiful design blogger, I decided to apply the trend to a simple DIY project and even mixed in some paint dipping shenanigans to boot!  It's a regular ol' trend explosion up in this joint--but classy, of course.  Always classy.   

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This faux-porcelain, (faux) gold-dipped bowl (well, it's more of a dish, really), is capital E-A-S-Y.  My clay molding skills haven't been put to much use since I was about the age of 7, and even I could pull this off.  If you're ready to dive in and start DIYing your way to trend heaven, here's what you'll need!

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  1. round plastic container (or a circular cookie cutter, mason jar, etc.)
  2. foam brush
  3. air dry clay (the same kind you used as a kid)
  4. gold paint
  5. white spray paint
  6. rolling pin

The clay can be found at most craft or hobby stores and is about $15 for a 10 pound box.  This is enough to make about 10294875 bowls.  Save one of those newsletter/mailer 40% off coupons for this!  Also, a note on the spray paint:  I used flat.  Why?  Because in the end it makes your bowl look like unglazed porcelain, which is a super nice contrast to the metallic gold.  And I am all about contrasts.  So.  Let's get started!

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Step 1: Take that ball of clay you carved off that massive 10 pound block and roll it out, trying to keep the thickness even (about a quarter of an inch).

2. Armed with your plastic container/cookie cutter/other circular object, press down on the clay and twist a few times to make sure everything's good and cut out.  Peel off the excess clay and reattach it to your 10 pound block for future use.  The twisting helps separate the clay from your work surface, so now just peel it off of your cutter.

3. Grab a bowl you already own.  Set your clay disc in the center and gently press down around the sides and edges until it has a nice dish/bowl-y shape.

4. After about 30-45 minutes, the clay should be dry enough to pop out of your bowl mold.  Simply turn it upside down and tap a few times to remove.  Set on a cooling rack (so the air can reach the bottom and top at the same time... like magic) and allow to dry completely.  This takes a while.  Watch a movie, read some blogs, go to bed.

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5. After a night of dream-filled slumber, go check on your bowl.  Whaddya know, it's dry!  If your edges look a little wonky from the plastic container/cookie cutter, sand them down smooth using a fine grit sand paper.  Or carve them away with an xacto knife/razor blade.  Or leave them as they are.  Sometimes wonky is good.

6. Take your precious bowl to a well-ventilated area and hit it with some white spray paint (remember: 'flat' for that unglazed porcelain look).  A couple coats should do.

7. Grab that metallic gold paint that's been patiently waiting for its time to shine (heh).  Oh, and your foam brush, too.  Decide how "dipped" you want your bowl to look and start painting (either eyeball it or draw a light line with pencil).  One coat at first, easy does it.  Allow that coat to dry or blast it with a hair dryer to speed things up.  Repeat until you're satisfied.  Alternate technique: actually dip your bowl in gold paint.

8. After a few coats and some drying time, your bowl is ready to be admired.  Admire it.  Name it.  Pat yourself on the back for being on-trend and then give it away as a holiday gift.

BONUS POINTS: Use neon paint and paint yourself a pretty little bowl.  Your status as Trendy McGee just shot through the roof.  Pat yourself on the back and give this bowl away as a holiday gift.

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try with glow in the dark paints :)

Oh..... I used glass as oppossed to plastic??

HI........Luv the idea !!But tried it on a slighly deeper plate and couldnt get it out (or off ) afterwards. Any ideas as to what migt have gone wrong?Admitedly I DID MOULD IT A LITTLE INSIDE AND AROUND THE EDGES  maybe that has something to do with it? SOOOOOO UPSET!!!

Am trying my hand at this tonight they are drying in their moulds right now!

Hey! I know this is way late int he game, but I was just wondering exactly what kid of air dry cly you used?? 

Thanks! 

What brand of gold paint did you use?

Chelsea -- I don't! But you could maybe try a test candle to see how it holds up before making a whole bunch. Report back with your findings! I'm curious myself. :D

Do you have any idea how these paints/clay hold up to heat? I'd love to try this to make containers for homemade candles but am wondering if the paint will melt off or anything

Hi Adam! A wet surface should help with the sticking -- definitely give that a shot!

I know I'm a little late to the game, but I just ran across this and decided to try it. I'm having a heck of a time working with the clay! Any tips? Mainly the clay is sticking to my mat when I roll it out and after cutting it, I can't remove it...only scrape it up. I thought letting it dry out a bit might help the sticking, but that seems to make it crack. I read somewhere that actually a wetter surface will make it easier, which seems counterintuitive from my baking knowledge. Any suggestions? I think these are adorable and I can't wait to make some!

I just read the comments, and see that you are looking for a way to make the bowls food safe. I'm not sure if this will work or not, but what if before you start to make the bowl, just add a few drops of food colouring? Just play with it until it is mixed in. You could also just play with it enough so that it is not completely mixed in for a swirl design! Although you can't do the gold, there are so many other possibilities! You could add a few drops of different colours and then do the swirl. I hope it works! :) P.S. Sorry the comment is so late! I just came across this article now! Hehe
I just read the comments, and see that you are looking for a way to make the bowls food safe. I'm not sure if this will work or not, but what if before you start to make the bowl, just add a few drops of food colouring? Just play with it until it is mixed in. You could also just play with it enough so that it is not completely mixed in for a swirl design! Although you can't do the gold, there are so many other possibilities! You could add a few drops of different colours and then do the swirl. I hope it works! :) P.S. Sorry the comment is so late! I just came across this article now! Hehe

Kendra- Haha! You got this, I know it. The coil technique would definitely work--it would just be a different look (nothing wrong with that, I say).  Go for it, go for it!  (Also, I love your birds!)

I did make the bird! (Sorry I posted twice, I had a bit of a blond moment.) Maybe I'll post some more pictures the next time I make bowls. Your spray paint idea was genius. I was thinking that in the future I would just use the coil method in the future for the bowls.... but I've just realized that my bad habit of not reading directions all the way through had bit me in the butt on my first attempt. Letting the bowl dry a bit in the mold makes soooooo much sense.... them I wont wonk it all up pulling it out. (Like I totally did.)  Also genuis. Alright.... ready for try #2. >_<

Kendra, I love the stamp idea!! Also, did you make that little bird too? It's wonderful! :)

My first go is a little lumpy... but I am going to try again. I thought next time I would personalize my bowl with my boys finger prints. I posted a picture of mine here...

http://happywordsandthings.blogspot.com/2012/02/little-bird.html

Mine turned out very..... lumpy.  It was a first try though and I am deffinatly going to try and make a few more. I personalized mine with some stamps, but was thinking once I make one for myself I might have my boys push their fingerprints into. I posted a picture  of mine here....

http://happywordsandthings.blogspot.com/2012/02/little-bird.html

Please let us know if you ever find a way to make these food safe.  I'd love to have a set. Lee

Of course! Good luck! :)

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