Polymer clay is one of the most exciting crafting materials to work with. Because it is such a versatile medium, polymer clay can help bring your imagination to life. It’s no wonder why polymer clay is becoming increasingly popular today.

One exciting craft that polymer clay can be applied to is jewellery – or, more specifically, earrings. With polymer clay, you can truly make earrings that reflect you, by featuring various colours, shapes, techniques and all the other preferences you look for in a stylish pair of earrings. Wearable art is fabulous way to let your personality shine.

So how can you use polymer clay to make earrings? If you would like to know the answer to this question, and learn more about what goes into making polymer clay earrings, please feel free to continue reading below.

The Different Types Of Earrings

Before making polymer clay earrings, the first step is to determine what type of earrings you want to make. There are several types of earrings that you can make, such as the following:

  • Stud earrings: stud earrings are as classic as classic can get. Stud earrings are simple but can also be classy earrings that are easy to make. A great project to start on. Make a shape and add a stud to the back. Viola!
  • Statement earrings: statement earrings are larger in size and definitely make a statement when you wear them. They are fun to make and allows your creativity to show. Start with a stud and add components joined with jump rings.
  • Dangling earrings: with dangling earrings, you can be as creative as you want while only requiring an ear hook and a jump ring to hang a polymer clay component. Ear hooks don’t require glue so are very easy to assemble.
  • Hoop earrings: hoop earrings are very easy to assemble. Simply hang a polymer clay component with a hole directly onto the pre-made hoop. No jump rings necessary. You can, of course add more components, with jump rings to join them, if you wish.
Use polymer clay make earrings

Beginning The Preparation Process

Before making polymer clay earrings, it is important to prepare all the necessary tools and workspace requirements.

The first step is to prepare your workspace. Make sure your work area is clean and clear of unnecessary objects. Protect the surface so that the clay does not damage your tabletop.

A tile is a great choice as you can not only work on it but also bake with. After you have prepared your workspace it is time to gather your tools and supplies.

In terms of tools, it is important to keep the following tools handy:

  • An acrylic roller – for conditioning clay and rolling even thickness sheets and slabs.
  • A craft knife for cutting shapes.
  • A blade for slicing clay in preparation for conditioning.
  • Items for making texture and punching holes, can be as simple as toothpicks and skewers, knitting or darning needles.
  • A surface to work on. Clay can damage laminate so protect countertops and tables.
  • Paper to bake on. Either brown paper, copy paper or baking paper. Don’t leave your unbaked pieces sitting on paper too long as they will leach and become brittle. Pop them on the paper covered tile just before baking.
  • An oven thermometer is important to check the accuracy of your oven temperature.
  • Of course you will also need polymer clay. Choose from Cernit, Fimo Kato, Premo, Souffle or Pardo. All stronger clays and proven brands. Sculpey III is not recommended due to its brittle nature. We also do not recommend unknown brands. For the sake of saving a few dollars you may very well end up wasting many dollars!

Other Items Required

  • Earring posts, hooks, and hoops. Pay attention to using matching metal colours. If you use gold coloured hoops, be sure to use gold coloured jump rings and eye pins. As the posts are not visible, using a different coloured post is not an issue. (Surgical stainless steel, niobium or titanium posts may not be available in colours to match jump rings.)
  • Jump rings
  • Eye pins
  • An oven bake clay adhesive (For example, Kato Poly Paste, Cernit Glue, Sculpey Bake & Bond, LC Tools Glassymer Glue can all be used with different brands of clay).
  • Gel Control Super Glue. We recommend Loctite Gel Control.
  • 2 pair of pliers for opening and closing jump rings. Flat pliers are recommended so you don’t leave scratches on findings.

If you would like to add a few more design elements and embellishments to your earrings, you may also want to consider keeping some of the following on hand:

  • Glitter. Be sure it is glass and not plastic as it needs to be oven safe. We have some lovely glitters in store to add a sparkle.
  • Films, foils and leafing.
  • Surface treatments such as Sparkling, Pearl Ex, Lumiere Lusters.
  • Accent beads, shapes and charms.
  • Crystals
  • Acrylic paint. We recommend a heat set paint applied to raw clay.

Keep in mind that your jewellery add-ons are not limited to the list above. You are really only limited by your imagination when it comes to choosing materials to make your polymer clay earrings come to life. Once you have prepared your workspace and have your tools handy, you’re ready to start making your very own polymer clay earrings!

Use polymer clay make earrings

Making Polymer Clay Earrings

There are many polymer clay designs that you can make, but for beginner’s let’s discuss how you can make simple polymer clay stud earrings. Here are some quick and easy steps for you:

1). Condition your polymer clay. Don’t condition polymer clay by rolling in your hands. Although many do, it is not good for your hands long term or for best results from the clay! Follow the tutorial on our website that explains how to condition polymer clay using either a roller or pasta machine. This is the way most professional artists condition their clay. Conditioning like a professional!

2). Roll the clay into a an even thickness sheet. 3mm is a recommended finished thickness for cutting shapes from. Use pop sticks taped together for a thickness guide. Be inventive and make your own or buy ready made depth guides.

3). Using shape cutters such as circle, hearts, leaves, stars, or anything you wish. Cut shapes from the sheet of clay. You can use tools such as toothpicks, skewers or needles to create grooves or etches into your shape.

4). Bake the polymer clay according to the instructions reflected on the package.

5). After baking, allow the earrings to cool.

6). Glue your earrings onto the earring posts using Gel Control Super Glue.

7). Apply liquid clay or an oven baked clay adhesive thinly to the back of the baked stud and the metal earring pad.

8). Cover the back with a very thin disk of clay. Smooth to the edges and bake again.

And there you have it! A super simple way to make earrings out of polymer clay. Remember, there are unlimited polymer clay designs, styles and techniques that you can use, so doing your research can help you continuously explore new and creative ideas!

Summary

Polymer clay can make just about anything – and earrings are no exception. When it comes to making polymer clay earrings, it is important to decide what style you want, to prepare your workspace, and gather all your tools and supplies.

Once you have been able to accomplish all of this, you can begin making your own polymer clay earrings. Feel free to go all out – after all, these earrings are an extension of your own personality!

If you are looking for polymer clay and all the accessories to help you bring your creations to life, then look no further than 2wards Polymer Clay.

Our online shop has a HUGE range of polymer clay, kits, tools, accessories, embellishments, mixed media, jewellery making and other craft products.

Please call us today on +61 (0) 429 184 555 or +61 (0) 447 943 858 or alternatively, send us a message.

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