Handmade DIY Polymer Clay Earrings look elegant and are perfect for the jewelry-lover on a budget.
- Polymer clay
- Rubber stamp
- Small piece of Plexiglas or other hard, flat surface
- Foil-lined baking sheet
- Waxed paper
- Acrylic paint in choice of color
- Sponge brush
- Paper towels
- 2 ear wires
- Two 3 mm closed jump rings
- Two 7 mm open jump rings
- Ultrafine sandpaper
- Tools: Long-nose pliers, oven
- Condition clay; roll and knead in your hands until it’s pliable.
- Make two same-sized balls and shape each into a slight cylinder.
- Lay clay cylinders on a piece of waxed paper. Use a small piece of Plexiglas or other clean, hard, smooth surface to flatten cylinders into same-sized ovals.
- Press stamp in the clay, making a similar impression on both ovals.
- With toothpick, make a hole at top of each oval bead.
- Place oval beads on a foil-lined baking sheet and bake in oven following clay manufacturer’s instructions. Let cool.
- Use a sponge brush to apply paint on the stamped pattern. Wipe off excess paint with a paper towel, leaving paint only in the stamped impression. Let dry.
- Lightly sand top of bead to remove any last marks of paint not in the impression. Buff with paper towel. Place beads back in oven at manufacturer’s recommended temperature for 10 minutes to set the paint. Let cool.
- Use long-nose pliers to open 7 mm jump ring by carefully twisting ends sideways. (Do not pull apart.) Slip open jump ring through hole on oval bead. Slide on 3 mm jump ring. Use pliers to close larger jump ring. Repeat on second oval.
- Use pliers to open the hoop of an ear wire. Slip 3 mm jump ring onto it and close hoop. Repeat for second oval bead.
DIY Polymer Clay Earrings designed by Jacquelyn Edkin of Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Photography by Country Woman.