These impossibly cute polymer clay earrings are everywhere right now. I have seen them popping up all over instagram and Pinterest and if you want to buy a pair, you can expect to pay $30+. In this tutorial I am going to teach you how to make polymer clay earrings for just the cost of some polymer clay and a few supplies.
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DIY Polymer Clay Earrings
DIY Polymer clay earrings are so popular right now. And you can probably see why – the colors and design options are endless. They are super lightweight and the materials are available for just a few dollars at your local craft store. As soon as I saw these I knew I needed to make some of my own.
The supplies you need are simple; polymer clay, something to roll out the clay with, some earring posts, jump rings and something to cut the clay with – I’ll link my favorite clay cutters, but I also just used lotion lids or a medicine measuring cup I found in my kitchen. Use what you have if you can! You will also need a pair of pliers(two is best) to assemble the earrings as well as some super glue – don’t worry, I’ll have links to everything for you!
The Best Polymer Clay For Earrings
Not all clay is created equal. I have found that the Sculpey brand gives me the best and most consistent results. I tried the off brand clay and it was really hard and difficult to mold and roll out. You can buy a really big multi-pack of Sculpey clay on amazon for super cheap, like this, but if you want certain colors you can grab those at your local craft store.
Other Tools For Making Clay Earrings
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To put your earrings together, you will need jumps rings and earring posts. They are both very inexpensive and I like to buy mine on amazon. These 7mm jump rings are my favorite and these earring posts have worked well for me.
An x-acto knife is really helpful, as well as some pliers. You will also need super glue, this is my favorite. A rolling pin or tool like this is helpful as well.
How Long To Bake Clay Earrings
This is a FAQ on my previous clay earring video on youtube. Everyone wants to know how long to bake the clay earrings. The trick here is that every brand of clay is different, but all clays have baking directions on their packaging. So it’s as easy as just reading what the clay manufacturer recommends. It’s really important to keep a close eye on your earrings while they bake, they can burn quickly – ask my how I know 😉
For my clay earrings, I do 325* f for about 10 minutes, give or take a few minutes depending on how thick I made them.
How Do I Know When My Clay Earrings Are Done Cooking?
So there seems to be a fine line between done and burnt, ha! You aren’t looking for hard earrings. The clay earrings should still be slightly soft and a little moldable. Once you pull them out and allow them to cool they will finish hardening to their final state. Again, watch them closely, they can burn super fast.
Bonus DIY Clay Earring Tips
- Use soft, good quality clay, like Sculpey
- Put down a piece of parchment paper so getting your earrings up and onto a baking sheet is easy
- Bake your clay earrings on a parchment lined baking sheet
- Place your cookie tray in the bottom of the oven to avoid burning
- Use a clay softener like this, if you are having trouble getting your clay soft. I love having this for when the clay is being stubborn.
- Put a dab of super glue on a paper plate and dip your earring posts in it. This will keep your hands from getting covered in super glue!
- Using special jewelry pliers is super helpful. The tiny tops and handles make putting the jump rings in place really easy!
How To Make Clay Earrings
- Clay, Sculpey is my favorite
- Clay Cutters – this is my favorite set from amazon, and I love this Etsy shop for more shapes(use code POLYMER15 for 15% off your $20 order!) I’ve got my eye on these cutters, but I haven’t ordered them yet
- Jump Rings
- Earring Posts
- Super Glue
- Jewelry Pliers
- X Acto Knife
- Parchment Paper
- Clay Softener
Begin by taking your clay out of it’s packaging and working it in your hands to soften it. Once it’s soft you can roll it out to a uniform thickness on parchment paper.
Using the cutters of your choice, press them down on the flattened clay to make your shapes. Again, I recommend using parchment paper for this so your clay will come up easily.
For this style I like to cut out circles to attach my earring posts to, so go ahead and cut your circles, I use this cutter kit from amazon for my circles and my holes for the jump rings.
I wanted to add some texture to this clay earring, so I used the blunt end of a clay tool from Michael’s to give it a nice texture all over.
Next step is to make your jump ring holes – don’t forget this step! You need to do it before the clay earrings are baked. Also, very important – make sure the holes are big enough to fit the jump rings you are using! I definitely recommend the clay cutter kit from amazon, because the brown cutter in it cuts the perfect holes for the 7mm jump rings I use for all my earrings.
Bake your clay earrings at the temperature and for the time that the polymer clay package tells you. Watch them closely because they can burn easily!
After your polymer clay earrings have completely cooled from the oven, it’s time to assemble them. Using two pairs of your jewelry pliers, grab each side of your jump ring and twist your left hand forward and your right hand backwards to open the jump ring like pictured above.
Simply slide your earring pieces onto the jump ring and use your pliers to close it back and rotate the jump ring opening to the back of the earring.
Put a dab of your glue on a paper plate and dip the back of the earring post in the glue so it doesn’t get all over your hands. Then just place the earring post on the back of the clay earrings and allow it to dry thoroughly before trying on your gorgeous creations – when I first made these I totally put them on before the glue dried and had super glue on my ears for like a week -_- lol! Don’t do that 😉
Hooray! Now you know how to make these beautiful clay earrings! The possibilities are endless with these – so many colors and shapes to choose from. I’m totally addicted!