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Polymer clay ring dishes are handy little keepers for all of your easy-to-lose bits and baubles. Once you start using them, you’ll definitely want one for your dresser, your night stand, and on the counter near every sink in the house!

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Polymer clay ring dishes are a great beginner project if you’re just getting started with oven-baked clays, and there are tons of tutorials out there for making dishes in all shapes, colors, and designs. The thing that makes this clay ring dish tutorial that Sarah from Sah-Rah shared on Etsy extra-special is the texture. It turns out, if you want to make polymer clay look like real pottery, you gotta head to the kitchen!

In her tutorial, Sarah uses an unexpected ingredient—ground pepper— and a special varnish sealant to get the look of rustic pottery without kiln. Pretty cool, right?