Polymer clay is such a fantastic medium to work with – the sky is the limit when it comes to what you can make and the colours you can use. If you’re new to working with polymer clay, a great first project is a pair of earrings, and you can never go wrong with a beautiful marbling effect! Ideal as a gift, or for yourself, check out Penelope Quinn’s step-by-step polymer clay earrings tutorial below, and discover exactly how to create a stunning pair yourself!
You Will Need:
- Polymer Clay in 4-5 colours. I used bright pink, purple, white and a transparent gold glitter. You’ll need about 5 grams of each, or a small block about the size of your thumb.
- Something to roll with such as a PVC pipe or glass bottle
- A piece of glass from a photo frame
- A smooth surface such as marble or a ceramic tile to work on
- A craft knife
- A plastic cotton bud with a hollow centre
- Cookie cutters (you can also use lids or anything else you like to get the shape)
- Jewellery findings
- A baking tray and baking paper
- Lolly sticks
- Rubbing alcohol
DIY Polymer Clay Earrings Tutorial:
First, clean all your surfaces and tools with rubbing alcohol. You don’t want any fluff, dirt or hair to get in your clay! Now, work with your clay to make it workable and warm. To do this, roll it between your hands and fold it over itself until there are no cracks. Roll into several snakes around 10cm long.
Mush all the snakes together, so they form one big snake. Now, start twisting, turning and rolling the colours into each other – you want them to mix, but not blend, so don’t overwork the clay.
Roll into a ball.
Now press the ball onto the glass (be careful not to press so hard that the glass breaks!). The beauty of using glass is you can turn it over to see where the interesting bits are that you want for your shapes.
Take two or three lolly sticks (however thick you want your earrings; I used three) and place them either side of your clay. This will help you maintain a consistent thickness. Using your PVC pipe or glass bottle, gently roll out the clay.
Next, use your cookie cutters to cut out your shapes. I used a larger circle that I cut into three quarters, then two smaller circles. You can also use a shape guide and your pen knife if you don’t have the right cookie cutter, or a lid will do too! I used the base of a tea light candle for mine. Peel away the excess clay from your shapes. TIP: Don’t throw this extra bit out, roll into a smaller ball, place a toothpick in the middle, and make a bead.
Next, make your holes. You want a hole big enough to fit your link connectors, but small enough that it can go quite close to the edge. If you can find something that has a hole in it – such as the inside tube of a ball point pen or the inside of a plastic cotton bud that is ideal – this will take away the clay you don’t need rather than pushing it out and warping your shape. Make one hole in the top of your big shape, and two in the smaller circle.
Pick your shapes up from the glass carefully, and smooth out any edges. Bake in the oven according to manufacturer’s instructions, making sure you have a sheet of baking paper down first. If you’re not sure how long to cook yours for, put in at a low heat for 10 minutes, and check until it feels firm and dry. Leave to cool totally before picking it up as it will be very hot. Now, put in your link connectors and earring hooks, and you’re done!
If you plan on giving these as a gift, why not check out our article here for a creative and crafty way to giftwrap them? Or, for lots more exciting ideas you can create with clay, dive into our home crafts projects, right here.