Clay is so much fun to work with! There isn’t a steep learning curve – it’s really easy to get started. There are endless possibilities, too. I know you’ll love it, so I’m going to show you a fun jewelry project – clay DIY earrings. Let’s get started!
- Oven-bake Clay
- Polymer Clay Press
- Gold Acrylic Paint
- Circle Cookie Cutter
- Washi Tape
- Jewelry Findings: Earring Wires, 6 inches of chain, Jump Rings (optional: two beads and headpins)
Step 2: Put a lump of clay in the clay press machine and crank it through. You can choose how thick you want the clay by turning the dial on the left.
Step 4: Cut the circle in half. I used a square cookie cutter but any sharp edge will work.
Step 5: Add two holes in each half – one in each top corner. I used a headpin to create the holes.
Step 6: Bake the clay pieces according to the instructions on the package. Make sure you don’t over bake! The clay will still be a little flexible when it is done baking, which will prevent the clay from breaking too easily.
Step 7: Use your washi tape to tape off the part of of the piece that you don’t want to paint.
Step 8: Paint the exposed part of the clay. I recommend three layers of paint. Optional: Paint the back of the piece.
Step 9: Put jump rings through the holes at the top.
Step 10: Decide how much chain you want to use per earring. I used about 3 inches. Attach the chain to the jump rings.
Optional: I just had to add these pretty green beads to my DIY earrings one side of the chain. I put the bead on a headpin and created loops at each end, then attached to the jump ring and chain.
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Katie is the creative mind behind lemonjitters.com, a blog dedicated to all things crafty. Her interests are ever-changing and currently include: kitschy kitchen timers, digital design, eating lots of chocolate and paper crafting.