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Making polymer clay earrings: in 4 steps

Unique, cheerful and trendy earrings made of polymer clay, you have probably seen them before. Did you know that this is quite simple to make? In this manual I will explain how you too can get started.

making polymer clay jewelry and earrings

Hello, my name is Lucienne and creating beautiful things is my favorite thing to do. I have been a pottery painter at Porceleyne Fles in Delft for 14 years and now I make creations that I enjoy making and selling through art markets in the Netherlands such as Buuren, Brielle and Gouda and via Instagram (luuscreaties) and Etsy: LuuscreationsShop.
I'm thinking of starting an online store so keep an eye on my developments on Instagram!

In addition to painting on wooden products and canvas, I really enjoy making earrings from polymer clay . Until recently I made the earrings without a gloss layer. But since I discovered the UV epoxy resin from itsOkay, it now also comes with a gloss layer. In this manual I will explain to you how you too can get started with the epoxy resin and make a pair of beautiful earrings yourself.
PS: Polymer clay has the property of being very light in weight, so it is ideal for large earrings!

polymer clay jewelry and earring making supplies


What do you need?

Possibly needed:

Preparation

  • Get the clay ready. If you like colors, you can use multiple colors and mix them if necessary. But even 1 color can be very beautiful!
  • Choose a shape (cutter).
  • Prepare the glass plate or tile.
making polymer clay jewelry and earrings

Step 1: Making the clay earrings

I always wash my hands before I start. There may be dirt on your hands that you don't see, but once you start kneading the clay it is visible in the clay, especially with white clay!
I cut off the amount of clay I need with the hobby knife and knead it well, then I roll it flat on the glass plate with the clay roller to the desired thickness. For the very best results, I use a pasta machine so that I don't get air bubbles in the clay and I can set the machine to the desired thickness.
If you want to apply glitter or other decorations, you can do so now before you start working with the cutters.
After this I cut out the desired shape with the cutter. I pull the remaining clay away from around it and use it for another time.

making polymer clay earrings

Step 2: Baking and finishing the earrings

I turn on the oven at 110 C and let it preheat (stick to the temperature and baking time!) Once the oven has been properly preheated, I place the glass plate with the cut out shapes in the middle of the oven and let them bake for 30 minutes. . Please note: never put the molds with the epoxy resin coating in the oven. This step only comes after baking. I remove the plate from the oven and let the clay on the plate cool down and harden.
I finish the edges of the earrings with a knife and sandpaper, you can also use a dremel for this.
After this, I wash the earrings in a bowl with a little bit of dishwashing liquid and dry them well.

Step 3: Apply top coat with UV Epoxy resin from itsOkay

Now the process begins with the epoxy resin. This provides a beautiful glossy topcoat layer that also provides extra protection for your polymer clay jewelry. For this I use the UV epoxy resin from itsOkay. This is especially for jewelry and is ready-made. So you don't have to mix it.
I always put down a small piece of cardboard to place the earring on when I apply the resin so that I don't have to pick up the earring with my fingers.
I apply a drop of epoxy resin to the earring, close the bottle in between, and rub the resin over the clay all the way to the edges with the two cocktail sticks. I try to get as far as possible to the edges so as not to see a transition from resin to clay.

making polymer clay earrings


The epoxy resin works so well that I have never had air bubbles in it! If this is the case with you, you can remove it with a long gas lighter by briefly passing the flame over it.
Once the epoxy resin is completely on the earring, I place it with the cardboard under the UV lamp and let it harden for 3-5 minutes. This resin hardens using UV light. This can also be done outside in the sun without a lamp, but it will take much longer. Then place the earrings in the sun, not behind glass, and wait until they have hardened. I always let the earrings cool completely for about an hour before finishing them.

making polymer clay earrings

Step 4: Assembling the earrings

I make the holes for the rings with a hand drill. The drill bit has different thicknesses so that you can adjust the hole to the thickness of the rings. Then I connect the parts together with rings using jewelry pliers. I let the color of the rings depend on the color of the earrings and therefore also the color of the ear hook or stud.

When I attach a plug to the clay, I use E6000 glue. I think this is the best glue for gluing parts to polymer clay!
If you have allowed the glue to dry properly (a few hours) then .... Voilà, the earrings are ready!


You now have a pair of unique self-made earrings with a beautiful shine layer! Have fun!
I hope you have found the manual useful and have become as enthusiastic about working with UV epoxy resin as I am!

making polymer clay earrings


A few more examples:
making polymer clay earrings

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Comments

  • Goedemiddag Wil, Bedankt voor je vraag. Wij zijn gespecialiseerd in epoxy. Ik raad je aan om deze vraag in onze facebook groep te stellen. Genaamd: Resin Art Nederland & Belgie. Ben je hier al lid van? Hier zou je de vraag kunnen stellen en wellicht krijg je hier je antwoord! Of je kunt je vraag stellen aan de persoon die deze Blog heeft gemaakt, aangezien zij hier ervaring in heeft. De naam staat bovenaan de blog vernoemd. Succes, Gr Demi Team ItsOkay

    KL

    Klantenservice ItsOkay

  • Goedemiddag Rosa, Bedankt voor je vraag! Hoeveel je nodig hebt voor 1 oorbel heeft met meerdere factoren te maken. Het model van de oorbellen, de maat ect. Wij zijn gespecialiseerd in epoxy, ik zou je daarom aanraden om dit op andere websites te vragen. TIP: Je hebt onze facebook groep genaamd: Resin Art Nederland & Belgie. Ben je hier al lid van? Hier zou je de vraag kunnen stellen en wellicht krijg je hier je antwoord! Succes, Gr Demi Team ItsOkay

    KL

    Klantenservice ItsOkay

  • Moet ik Cernit translucent klei eerst koelen voordat ik stukjes wil kleuren met alcohol inkt. Vind deze klei erg plakken.

    WI

    Wil Pijl

  • Goedendag, ik kan nergens vinden hoeveel klei nu je nu nodig hebt voor één oorbel. Ik wil binnenkort het één en ander uit gaan proberen en zoek me rot. Kan jij me verder helpen?

    RO

    Rosa

  • @Katia dat kun je naar eigen wens doen. 2 kanten lijkt mij mooier, maar dit is puur naar smaak.

    IT

    itsOkay.nl

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