Clay Bar Earrings

Clay Bar Earrings from Nearly Crafty

Week 6 of 52 earrings is upon us!

I am finding myself working with polymer clay a lot as I come up with these earring projects. It is cheap, easy to store, easy to work with, and results in a great end product. One little block of white clay costs about $3 and you can get about 15-20 earring projects out of it depending on the size of your creation. These clay bar earrings are just about as easy as a DIY earring can get!

Materials

  • White oven bake polymer clay
  • Scissors
  • Metal eye pins – 2
  • Jump rings – 2
  • Earring hooks – 2
  • Needle nosed pliers
  • Gold leaf paint

How To

1. Roll out a piece of white clay into a snake. You know what I mean.

Clay Bar Earrings from Nearly Crafty

2. Cut clay in half so each piece is about 1 – 1.5 inches long.

Clay Bar Earrings from Nearly Crafty

3. Use your fingers to create sharper edges to the pieces and to round out the cut edges.

Clay Bar Earrings from Nearly Crafty

4. Stick a metal jewelry pin into each clay piece and trim off the bottom of the metal.

Clay Bar Earrings from Nearly Crafty

Clay Bar Earrings from Nearly Crafty

5. Smush clay over the cut edge of the metal pin so it is no longer exposed.

6. Bake the clay (with the pin inside) per the instructions on the package.

7. Let the clay bars cool.

8. Once the clay is cool, open a jump ring and attach the metal pin to the earring hooks.

Clay Bar Earrings from Nearly Crafty

9. Dip each piece of clay 1/3 of the way into the gold leaf paint. It doesn’t actually matter how far you dip them, just that they are about the same.

Clay Bar Earrings from Nearly Crafty

10. Let the paint dry.

Clay Bar Earrings from Nearly Crafty

Near Misses

  • One way to help you get sharper corners on your clay is to press it down onto a hard surface. Just press and flip until you get 4 sides to your shape.

 

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