How to make Polymer Clay earrings

Heya flower friends


I've been working on some jewellery for my online store and I thought it'd be a good time to share some of the fun, especially while we're in lockdown. In the video I'm demonstrating simple flower earrings and in the comments below I just share general clay instructions. The best thing about it is you can have fun and get creative with it however you like!


Click on the image to head straight to the YouTube viddy or keep reading for written instructions.


You can get away with having the bare minimum to make your own earrings but here is an extensive list of things that will help with the process.


Materials

  • Polymer clay - Sculpey Premo or Sculpey Souffle—in any colours you'd like

  • x1 sheet baking paper

  • Earring hooks (Choice of Silver or Gold)

  • Jump Rings (Choice of Silver or Gold)


Tools/equipment

  • A household oven

  • A clean surface to roll out and cut the clay (glass, ceramic tile, baking paper)

  • A baking sheet/tray

  • Wooden skewer and/or toothpick

  • Cutters—or anything like an x-acto/craft knife to cut shapes

  • An acrylic or plastic roller (not wooden)

  • x1 Round nose plier (or two for opening and closing jump ring)

  • Pasta machine (optional)

  • Anything else to make textures on the clay and so on


You might need to wash your hands every so often, especially when using different colours that you don't want mixed and definitely before you begin. Fluff and stuff love to stick to the clay so keep an eye out.


Method

  1. Prepare your work space by wiping it down, clearing away unnecessary items and ensuring you're not wearing anything that sheds or that the clay will come in contact with anything that could stick to it.

  2. Come up with a design and colour palette.

  3. Work the clay in your hands until it's soft or use your pasta machine.

  4. Take your roller and roll out your clay onto your surface to your desired thickness—no smaller than 2".

  5. Make shapes by hand or using your knife or cutters.

  6. Once completed, use a toothpick or skewer to create a hole in each piece that will require a jump ring or hook to go through.

  7. Preheat the oven and lay baking paper on your tray, followed by your earrings. Bake according to the package instructions.

  8. Remove from the oven and let them cool.

  9. Get out two jump rings and two earring hooks. Using the pliers, open the jump rings and insert into the earring hole and also the hook hole. Close it up and voila!

  10. If you need or want, you can buff out the earrings with wet/dry sandpaper or equivalent

I hope you get to be creative make some polymer clay jewellery. It's so fun and you can make them in a day! Keep safe and be sure to get some sun :)


xo rose