Tutorial: Textured Polymer Clay Earrings

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If you ever go to a conference and stay with roommates, you have to bring roommate gifts. By “have to” I mean you really don’t, but you feel like a dork being the only one without a gift to give when settling in. When I say you, I mean me. Because it’s happened to me a few times in the past. I vow to never let that happen again.

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Coming up with just the right roommate gift was really hard for me. It didn’t happen until late the night before the conference. I rediscovered this unicorn print by Heather Ross I scored from Sunni at a fabric swap and the light sparked immediately. Little gauze bags with treats, notions and earrings.

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Sewing the gauze bags was a snap. Fold over the top with the string inside. Sew. Sew right sides together for sides and bottom of the bag, sewing just shy of the top of the bag (leaving room for the string). Flip right side out. Iron. istillloveyou-polymer-clay-earrings-texture-tutorial-1

The little earrings were a happy discovery. I had stamps laying out from a prior craft with Penelope’s friends. Intrigued by the textures of the stamps I made these. Quick. Easy. Unique. Let me show you how to make them. istillloveyou-polymer-clay-earrings-texture-tutorial-2

Supplies

  • Polymer clay
  • Earring backs
  • Xacto knife
  • Stamp
  • Glass pan

Roll a small piece of clay into a ball. Press into the grooves of your stamp and roll out to desired thickness (about 1/4 of an inch thick). Carefully remove clay from the stamp and cut out your desired shapes. Cook according to your clay’s instructions. Glue earring backs to cooled polymer clay.

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It’s really that easy. You could take it a step further and brush a little gold onto the raised bumps for a sweet distressed look, too.

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The two stamps used are pictured above.

If you’re having a hard time picking the clay from the stamp cleanly, simply stick the clay in the fridge for a few minutes. It should come off nicely after that.

Easy peasy. Any chances you’ll make something like this? You should. They’re fun.

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    1. ty says:

      I should very much like to make these but I do not know if I can use my kitchen oven for polymer clay. I have seen great projects using the medium but not sure of the safety in an oven used for food, Could you please enlighten me. By the way, you are extra-ordinary; doing what you do. Thanks

      • Melissa says:

        You can cook them in your kitchen oven! Most instructions that I’ve found (but it really depends upon brand) cook at 275 degrees Fahrenheit. Super easy!

    2. Kristin H says:

      Ahh, now I know what I’m making out of clay today! I am always that person who didn’t get the memo to bring something. Like today, I totally failed to bring the order from for Evie’s school pictures. Parent fail.

    3. Kristin H says:

      PS Apple hi chews are my fave.

    4. Lauraj says:

      Cute! I feel like you are my “last minute” twin. I am always struck by inspiration at the last minute. It is amazing I get things done!

    5. Heather says:

      Could you use cooking spray on the stamp to more easily remove the clay, or would that mess with the clay while it bakes?

    6. juju says:

      Hi Melissa, I love ribbons! can you please tell me where you got that one?

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