The Woodland Sunflowers Decorative Dish is roughly 6″ in diameter and about 1/2″ deep, made of polymer clay. Each dish is formed by hand and individually painted. Each one is handmade, hand-painted and unique. NOTE: This dish is not safe for food or water.
The flower design was adapted from a popular photo. Each dish is formed and painted individually. I roll the clay thin, then hand-cut each flower and add the texture to the petals with fingers and tools. Each bowl is constructed from three individual flowers inside a cereal bowl to give it the raised shape. Here is what the dishes look like after baking but before embellishing.
After baking, I paint and/or embellish it to represent the given flower, in this case woodland sunflowers, but also white daisies, pink cosmos or blue chicory or violet asters.
Scroll down for notes on use.
ABOUT THE ARTWORK
I initially called this the “Woodland Sunflowers Bowl”, inspired by a popular photo of three woodland sunflowers, below.
Care and use of polymer clay items
Polymer clay is a flexible plastic that is baked in a moderate temperature to create a bond that strengthens its shape. The clay will retain some flexibility even after baking and larger pieces may even seem downright floppy. A finished piece may also soften a bit when it comes in contact with high heat so don’t put your polymer clay item in the dishwasher or on the stove. This may distort the shape of your dish, tile, or coaster. The benefit of this is that your polymer clay item is nearly unbreakable. They’ve hit the floor in my home and at vendor shows, and sometimes they bounce! Rarely, they will chip.
WASH BY HAND IN WARM WATER WITH MILD DISH DETERGENT
The entire piece is waterproof, though gentle washing is still in order. The clay itself will always keep its color, it’s what I’ve added onto it that might be damaged with harsh detergent or heavy duty scrubbing. Let it soak a bit to loosen surface dirt from the varnish, then use a sponge or a washcloth.
DO NOT use UNDER CONTAINERS heated in oven or microwave
These cannot be used as a hot pad for items taken out of the oven or microwave or off the stove, any item which has been heated by cooking—the polymer will soften from the heat. But if you want to put your mug filled with a hot beverage or your soup bowl in there, that would be fine!
DO NOT use to serve food
I add a light coating of matte varnish to all my polymer clay items that are painted, have an image impressed on the surface or have any sort of decoration. Neither the clay itself nor the varnish is food safe. You can put some chips or nuts or candy in or on your dish, tile or coaster, but not dip or ice cream or sweet pickle relish, anything wet that will interact with the surface. Likewise, no pet food, at all, so they don’t lick the dish.
AS A DECORATION
Whether on your countertop, desk, wall, or sink, or wherever you use your polymer clay item, whatever the color, shape or design, I hope it makes you smile every time you look at it.
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