I made a ring holder/ ring dish. Get it?! Hold the ring…hold the phone? Yeah, a bit of a stretch but the best I could come up with. Sorry! It’s hard coming up with titles for all the posts, especially because I try to not just call it “The Ring Dish”.
So anyways, on to the project! I wanted to try some ceramic paints, but am very aware of my limitations when it comes to painting! As in, I kinda suck at it. This is why I do geometrics and dots and such, as they are harder for me to mess up! Paint by numbers is about my level of artistic ability. But I thought I would have a go at doing something kind of abstract. And I just did a play room design for a client with peach, so thought I would stray from my usual pink, to try that instead. I decided to pair it with a deep navy (a complementary colour scheme, for those who are into that sort of thing), and of course, some gold! Can’t forget some gold 🙂 And to top it off I used a somewhat unusual material for ceramics: nail art studs. Yep, those little gold studs that people use for finger nail art. I picked up two packs of them off AliExpress for all of USD2 as I thought I could use them on something.
Here are the materials I used:
I picked up the ceramic plate at FrancFranc for HK$28 (about USD3.65). I honestly have no idea what it’s actually supposed to be for – maybe a spoon rest? You could probably get them half that price on Shanghai Street in HK. But I happened to be at FrancFranc and had no plans to visit Kowloon side in the coming few weeks so I just grabbed this one.
Next step was to mix up the paint. I had to google how you make peach (paint by numbers remember….) and it is an ok peach that I ended up with but probably closer to nude than peach. I used yellow with a tiny dot of red then some white to make it less intense. For my navy I just added some black to the royal blue paint that I had to make it darker. This is what I ended up with:
The first brush I tried with the peach paint had synthetic bristles and it sucked. I persevered with it as I wasn’t sure if it was the brush, the paints, the wrong type of ceramic or just my lack of technique. But when I did the blue I used a natural bristled paint brush and it painted so much more smoothly. I used natural again for the gold since it gave a much better finish. I didn’t put too much thought into the painting – I just did two splodges of peach and then did blue through the middle and just a single splodge of gold. I wish the gold was shinier (more like gold leaf) but ‘c’est la vie!’ Last to come were the nail studs. I waited until the paint was dry then used super glue (just a little drop on the ceramic plate) and tweezers to place the little (and boy, are they little. And fiddly) studs onto the glue. I really like the studs on there! They have the shine that I wanted from the gold paint and add a bit of texture to the dish since they are raised.
And here is my own abstract art ceramic ring dish!
And just because it’s fun, here is the Before and After shot!