Polymer clay is a pliable and easy to use modelling clay which hardens after being heated in an oven. It is easily found at craft or art stores and comes in a wide variety of colours, once baked you can also apply a glaze to your finished pretties.
Hand making original jewellery out of polymer clay is easy and fun, a perfect project for a rainy day inside with a couple of pals. These little beauties are fantastic as gifts or as a little treat to yourself.
Enjoy this easy DIY and get crafty with it.
What you will need:
- A few different colours Polymer Clay – I used Sculpey
- Modelling tools – you can buy these specifically for purpose or use objects from your home such as a craft knife or skewers – what ever works for you.
- Baking tray lined with baking paper
- Polymer glaze
- Earring hooks and joining rings
Prepare a clean work space and gather your tools to work with
Start moulding your polymer clay!
Get creative, mix different coloured clay together to create a marbled effect or a new colour. Hand shape or roll and cut out your shapes with a sharp knife or craft knife to create clean edges.
Add decorative bits or texture, think about what colours you pair together keeping in a similar tonal range for a subtle colour pallet or consider complimentary colours to create some contrast.
Create holes to allow your creations to be transformed in to jewellery – It is important when doing this step to consider how you intend to attach them to the earring hooks
Place your finished earring motifs onto your lined baking tray and pop into an oven that is preheated at 120°C for 15 -25 minutes (this is really dependent on the thickness of the clay, for mine I did 15 minutes).
Leave to cool then apply a glaze with a paintbrush and allow to dry for at least half an hour, continue this process of applying the glaze until you have your desired effect.
Attach your creations to earring hooks either directly onto the hooks or using joining rings – this is where a small set of pliers can come in handy.
Once assembled try them on and show off your beautiful new creations or wrap them up as a gift for a special someone!
Check out my post on Polymer Clay Beads to see how I used up my left over clay!