Perfecting Your Craft: Clay Jewelry

Life-long learning is a value which we should all be embracing during our time in quarantine. Instead of falling down the rabbit hole of online shopping, make some chic clay earrings in the comfort of your own home!

Get Inspired

The first step in any project is developing a vision of what you want to come out of it. Making your own jewelry is no different. There are many different designs and types of clay earrings that can range from boho to modern. The best way to make a plan of attack is to put together a vision board.

There are many ways to do this both digitally and manually. One of the best ways to find inspiration is by using Pinterest. You can make a digital vision board and get a plethora of great ideas from other users! Click here to join Pinterest.

Gather the supplies

Making your own clay earrings can be done in a few different ways, but getting the best quality supplies will ensure a great end result! Polymer clay is the best clay to use. It can be baked in your kitchen’s oven safely, and it can be purchased in a wide range of colors.

To make your earrings, you are going to need the metal connectors and earring backs. These can be purchased on Amazon for a very reasonable price. There are some other supplies that could be helpful including super glue, a pasta roller and cookie cutters. For baking the clay and shaping it, parchment paper is a great option. 

Making the earrings

When it comes down to making and baking your earrings, the process is pretty self-explanatory. There are a wide range of videos on YouTube that can visually explain how to mold your clay. When baking your clay, slow and steady wins the race. There are usually baking instructions found on the back of the clay wrapper.

If you are ever unsure about how hot the oven should be, just remember that the lower the temperature the better.

Here are some recommendations from YouTube:

Happy crafting!

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