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Magnetic Pin Bowl Tutorial

Make a diy magnetic pin bowl with this easy clay tutorial. Perfect diy gift for a sewing lover, no one will believe it is handmade!

I’m so excited to share how I made this magnetic pin bowl, it turned out just as I’d hoped! My mom gave me my first magnetic pin bowl this past Christmas and I’ve really been loving it. I’m in a group of bloggers all creating a craft with the same theme each month, and I was stumped on how to connect clay with what I normally make and enjoy (I attempted buttons and labels, as well). This diy magnetic pin dish will help keep your sewing room organized and it’s way easier to throw a pin in a dish than stick it in a pillow, although I still love sewing pincushions (like this embroidered snowflake one!).

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These were heavily inspired by the tutorial over at A Beautiful Mess for marbled jewelry dishes.

Make a diy magnetic pin bowl with this easy clay tutorial. Perfect diy gift for a sewing lover, no one will believe it is handmade!

I went with silver leaf around the edges and a clear, glossy glaze, and it reminds me of an agate. These are some of my favorite colors; you could easily use earth tones or cool colors for a completely different look.how-to-make-a-pin-dish-for-sewing

I was really nervous after all that work, that the magnets wouldn’t work through the clay, but they did! Perfect if you have two tiny tornado children who knock everything over.

If you’d like to make your own, I’m sharing the tutorial below. It’s a little supply heavy, but I have plans to make some ornaments with the rest of my clay. I was just sifting through my ‘sentimental’ box and found an ornament that I made and painted, of our family dog growing up. I’m so excited to have renewed my love of clay!

Supplies

  • Circular cookie cutter* (you can alternately trace something or use a glass and razor) – mine is 4″
  • Clay* – you can see how much I used below for each bowl, so roughly one small block of each color and two small blocks of white (although I bought this bulk white*)
  • Clay glaze* (optional)
  • Acrylic roller* (you can also use a larger plastic glass!)
  • Small, strong magnets like these* (please be super super careful with them if you have kids around, if swallowed they can be fatal)
  • E6000 glue* or comparable strong adhesive
  • Oven
  • Baking sheet/pan
  • Parchment paper
  • Silver leaf paint – I used a pen like this* which was really handy (optional)
  • Small, oven-safe dish

Steps

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Step 1 – Break off your pieces of clay. You can see the proportions I used above, mix at your pleasure. Work the clay around to condition it until it’s no longer crumbly. twist-of-neon-clay

Step 2- roll each piece of clay into a snake and twirl them together.

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Step 3- roll it out flat! I used a pasta maker* to make it easy on myself, but a regular rolling pin will work fine. You can see how clearly defined the colors are, here.

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And how blended they are after they’re put through a few times.

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Step 4- Now roll it up into a ball, and roll it out flat one more time. (I aimed for roughly 1/4″ thick).cutting-a-perfect-circle-in-clay

Step 5- Cut out your circle. If you’d like, you can gently press the magnets in the bottom so their indentation bake in.

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Step 6- You can gently bend up the edges, or set it inside a small baking dish so the middle sags a bit while it cooks.

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Step 7- Bake according to package directions, cool, and then silver leaf the edge if desired. You can see the difference in this photo.how-to-glue-magnets-to-clay

Step 8- Glue the magnets to the bottom of the dish.mod-podge-on-polymer-clay

Step 9- Glaze! I am comparing Mod Podge Pearl* and the Sculpey glossy glaze in this shot. I felt like you could see brush strokes with the Mod Podge no matter what I did, and I definitely preferred the Sculpey glaze.

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Let it dry and you’re done! Whip up a bunch and gift them to all your sewing friends, I know I am going to!

Make a diy magnetic pin bowl with this easy clay tutorial. Perfect diy gift for a sewing lover, no one will believe it is handmade!

This Post Has 23 Comments
  1. What a great project. I know you mentioned to follow the baking instructions on the package, but I am wondering if the baking temp is lower than 176 degrees F? I only ask because the magnets seem thin enough to place within the clay for baking. Thanks.

  2. Too bad you can’t just download the instructions instead of having to reformat everything and get rid of all the ads. Takes way too long. The tutorial sited in the instructions are so much easier to visualize and you can just glue magnets to the bottom.

    1. I’m working on offering PDF downloads of my tutorials for newsletter subscribers this year! I make no apologies for running ads – it takes me several hours to write a post, photograph, and post it in addition to the costs of web hosting, supplies, etc, and ads are one of the ways I earn money. I always welcome feedback – thanks for reading!

  3. I am of a far older generation and would like to congratulate you on your great idea. I am off to the craft shop for supplies. Wish me luck!

  4. I loved your idea; what a great way to use up some oddball colors/scraps of clay. Have you ever mixed different brands of clay? I think these bowls would also be great on a desktop for paper clips or thumb tacks; may even make a couple of accessories to make a set–color around the top of a pencil can, pen holder, etc. Having arthritis and “fumble fingers”, this is definitely easier than picking up pins from a box. Pinhead colors could be co-ordinated with the clay colors!

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