It's been a while friends, I am here with a not so yarn-related craft but I hope it still something inspiring for you!
I was at home after a week of family time and when we came back home I felt the need to craft. I had crochet and knitting projects lined up but I wanted to start small. Getting back into crafting after so long needs to slowly get backed into it.
I found a small piece of polymer clay I used for a hook once. (If you want me to show you how to make one of those, just say the word) I started to play with it and two things came out of that. One was these earrings. I wanted a simple yet pretty design that didn't need much detailing work. The second was a hair clip for my daughter which tutorial for that is coming soon! YAY!
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There are several different brands and lines of bake clay. This one here is the one I picked up myself at my local craft store (Hobby Lobby).
- Polymer Bake Clay - I used Sculpey in color Copper.
- Lose glitter to add more sparkle ( optional)
- 4 jump rings - 7mm - Like these here
- 2 fish hook ear wire - any design you prefer
- 1 Clay cutter (can use the edge of a metal ruler or butter knife. Clay sharp edges are made with this)
- Jewelry pliers to open and close jump rings.
- Parchment paper to place the earrings on when baking
- Something pointy to create hols in the earrings prior to baking.
- Heart stamp or acrylic paint to draw one on if you'd like. Heart stamp I used in this set. But again. Use what you have or painted on would still be cute.
- Sculpey Glaze - I used Satin Glaze
- Smooth working surface
- Corn starch can be used to prevent sticking to the surface.
The image above is our end goal prior to baking the clay.
We are going to start with rolling some clay 3/4 of one of the bars. Work the clay until it becomes a little more pliable. Then, if you are using loose glitter, go ahead and empty a little onto the working surface and roll the clay over it until it's on the clay. (Glitter is completely optional. You don't have to use glitter.)
Roll it back in a ball and use a clay rolling pin, or so as I did, and use a double-pointed knitting needle. It worked out great and I got myself out of buying a clay roller for this small project. Roll until it is about 1/8- 1/4 of an inch.
Then using a knife or clay cutter measure out two rectangles. My measurements used are 1.5'' x 3/8''. (measurements can be tweaked depending on your preference 🙂 )
After you have shaped your earrings, grab something pointy like needles or this nail dotting tool to create a hole in each of the earrings where the jump rings will be added after baking. Like down below.
If you have a heart stamp like the one below you can stamp the lower part of the earrings gently. If you don't have a stamp like the one shown, no worries. I would wait until after the bake and using a small brush and acrylic paint, draw a heart before adding the glaze. This step is also optional. You can use extra glitter prior to rolling to make them more glitzy.
Smooth the edges with the side of the metal tool and place it on parchment paper.
Bake the earrings as instructed in the clay wrapping package.
Let it cool and add the glaze to add the finish you want to your finished earrings and let dry.
Using jewelry pliers add the first jump ring to the earring. The second jump ring on the first and then the ear wire. And there you have it! Easy clay earrings for any occasion! Handmade jewelry is wonderful to make and receive. I hope you enjoy making them as much as I did! Don't forget to tag me on social media so I can yours!
Happy Crafting Friends!
In case you missed it! Check out my stitch marker video for yarn loving friends, down below!