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Polymer Clay Earrings For Beginners

teacher avatar STAR CRAFTS, Artist, Jewelry Designer

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Lessons in This Class

13 Lessons (35m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Tools Required For Clay Earrings

    • 3. Materials and Findings

    • 4. Sketch Your Ideas

    • 5. Design 1: Polymer Clay Earrings

    • 6. Design 2: Polymer Clay Earrings

    • 7. Design 3: Polymer Clay Earrings

    • 8. Design 4: Polymer Clay Earrings

    • 9. Polymer Clay Baking Process

    • 10. Sanding the Earrings

    • 11. Varnishing the Earring Pieces

    • 12. Assembling and Finishing

    • 13. Conclusion

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About This Class


About This Class

Welcome to STAR CRAFTS. This lesson is brought to you by me where I put my time and love into making these elegant handmade earrings from Polymer Clay.Ā 

During the class, you will learn the following items:

  • How to pick the right tools and materials
  • Sketching the ideas
  • Designing the earringsĀ 
  • Baking Instructions
  • Sanding the Earrings
  • Varnishing and Assembling the pieces

Here are the Tools and Materials which we have used during the process




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1. Introduction: Hi guys, start here from StarCraft. I make various types of jewelry, and in today's class, I have chosen polymer clay to make the stylish earrings. If you want to make this type of really fun, trendy and stylish hearings come and join the class. All of our clique is accessible and ideal for starting out because it's easy, versatile, and fun. In today's class, you will learn differently designs. We will begin with. Tools and materials require drawing of the initial design idea and initiating them. In addition to that, I will cover the baking of the polymer clay and sanding the edges for an elegant finishing. Lastly, the varnishing of our jewelry pieces before assembling them into earrings. The course is aimed to anyone who wants to make jewelry from starting the idea to the finished piece, start exploring the endless possibilities of polymer clay. 2. Tools Required For Clay Earrings: In this lesson, I'm going to walk you through the tools which are required to make the polymer clay earrings, acrylic CLI roller. This is an essential tool for everyone regardless whether you're a beginner, intermediate, or advanced non-stick surface, or you may also call it the cutting surface. It's very convenient tool while working with the claim. The surface is essential. Ball stylus tool. I have picked these two pieces. There are various shapes and sizes are available. However, for me, I feel that I only need the one with 0.9 m m bolt diameter, with 2 M M bolt diameters. On the other side, the rubber shapes are placed. D will be helpful to create the lines on the leaves. Paint brush. You may pick any kind of brush for applying the varnish. At the end screwdriver head. I have selected this one to make the hole on the polymer clay earrings laser cutter in order to cut the clay. I use this tool. I feel safer since it has the plastic covered, which you can place it inside so it does not hurt you accidentally. The following tool will be my pliers. I have my all time favorite, too, long nose pliers, which comes with wire cutter at the end. It serves as three in one. We will need the pliers for attaching the jump brings to the polymer clay towards the end. As the support Flyer, I'm using round nose pliers for opening and closing the jump ring. The sun papers. These are essential for finishing the polymer clay earrings. It will give them nice and sharp edges. For that purpose. I have cut the small pieces for my convenience. Please make sure that your sandpaper should be waterproof, wet, dry. As you can see, the gauges starting from 240 up to 2000 gauges. The lower the gauge, the harder the paper. While sending the CLI, you need to choose them wisely in order to avoid spoiling the surface of the clay. For the polishing of the earrings. We need the clear made varnish. If you want your earrings to look even and shining, then this is the one which makes it happen. In order to attach the ears starts to the polymer clay, we need the superglue. I find this particular glue is the most suitable for the polymer clay. Since it's long-lasting and quick at attaching the earrings starts to decline. Last but not least, you need this kind of small glass bow to store some water, which we need during the process. In the following lesson, I'm going to show you the materials required for the polymer clay. Stay tuned. 3. Materials and Findings: In this lesson, we will cover the materials and findings which are needed for the polymer clay earrings. What do you need for that? Definitely, we need some polymer clay. I have two types of clays. First one is the scalpel, your brand clays in three different colors, white and blue. Software, 48.2 grams. This particular clay is made in USA. The good thing is that it comes with the instruction on baking, such as the thickness, time required an oven temperature. I have also obtained scalp you Primo fuchsia color. For the second type of clay. I'm using unbranded click with slightly lower quality, but more affordable price, since they will be only used for the designs and pattern-making. However, they are perfect for making the small artwork on the main clay sheet here. Why I have gotten to green colors and one black color. Now, let's move on to the clear cutters. The first option are these. Still click authors, which comes in 2004, shapes and sizes. These are really great if you want to make the large or small yearnings. After all, the huge variety of options are available. On top of that, I have this small plastic clay cutters. If you want some different styles of earrings, then you can use these cutters, but they are smaller in size. Now, let's move on to the findings for the earrings here at the jump rings with 7 m m diameter. This particular diameter is the most suitable for connecting the clays. Smaller than this would not fit and bigger than this might be a bit loose, which won't look stunning. When it comes to the earring findings. I'm using the stainless steel start yearning findings. The ball diameter is 4 M M. I'm planning to use two pairs of this in this class for two sets of earrings. Here is the second type of the earring start finding. These are flat pad, silver plated. They are great option for certain type of earrings. The path is 4 m, m diameter. I plan to use them for the last two designs of the earrings. You may use your creativity. Create earrings using such decorated stainless steel chandelier component. Link, flat, round, golden. These two piece will be used for one pair of earrings. As you have witnessed, the main findings are in golden color. I have purposely chosen this color due to the great combination with the polymer clay. That's pretty much about the materials and findings. In the next lesson, we will sketch our earring designs. 4. Sketch Your Ideas: Welcome back. In this lesson, we will sketch our earring ideas which we want to create. I have hundreds of ideas, but I have picked the most favorite ones, which I'm going to draw it on the paper before jumping into it. Firstly, I planned making the earrings round shape cutters. So As for the design, the top will be smaller, round shape connected with John bring to the bottom, the bottom, we'll have bigger round and it will be decorated with some flowers, three branches, and leaves in order not to leave the top part, I planned making some pattern in order to make it look elegant. Secondly, I want to use my chandelier component as an accessory to the clay earrings. Therefore, I mean, the small round clay to be placed at the top. And it will be connected with the chandelier at the center, the chat. We'll be also connected with another three polymer clay hanging at the bottom with rhombus shape. The third design, it's going to start with the round top attached to the square buddy. Inside this square will be smaller square and designed with the flower. For the last one, I do plan to make it simple and use the ready-made shapes such as leaf click cutter. Well, that's basically about the sketching lesson. Now, we will begin with the actual process of materializing the polymer clay hearing designs. 5. Design 1: Polymer Clay Earrings: Welcome back. In this lesson, I will show you how to make the beautiful earring design one. For that purpose, I have chosen the clays and tools required to initiate. We'll start with the white scalping Sophie lately. By the help of Carter. I'm taking the necessary amount of the clay. Once you have the necessary amount of the clay, It's time to begin softening the gla and making the round ball with your hand. White column click collects dust and small particulars. So be very careful. Unfortunately, transparent surface keeps moving around. In order to stabilize the surface, I'm going to use a little trick and place my transparent surface on the rubbery material, which will make it stick into one place. Let's carry on. Take your acrylic roller and keep rolling until you get the preferred thickness. I'm using this technique to get the perfect shape and proper mix of the clay. You will also encounter bubbles during the process. If you want to remove it, just pick your ball stylus and remove the Bible and keep rolling. I have realized that I need more clay. Therefore, I have added additional clay bar to my current one. Keep changing, decides to avoid sticking to the surface. I have reached to my desired thickness and size. Here, I will stop rolling. For my earring designs. I will take the center area of the clay using the Carter. I'm measuring the approximate location of the earrings. Before I start the designing. For the designing, I'm going to take the black colored clay and make the branches of the tree. Subsequently, I need to roll it until it gets the length and thickness. I'm going to use the rubber side of the walls dialysis and shape it as a tree branch. For the smaller branches, we need smaller click and replace it on the white clay surface. Materials. By the help of the small bowl stylus. I'm pressing on the black clay so it will stick to the surface. Additionally, it creates The three like Outlook. The following step is to make the flowers. Since the flowers will be the tiny part of it. Very essential one. I'm taking very small amount of fuchsia color play. I'm cutting the smaller piece and I'm making the small flower rounds. After placing it on the surface. I'm pressing it slightly so it should stick on it. Well, the side flowers should be smaller than the center one. I'm going to place it on the sides of the main flower. Now, let's carry on until we have covered all the branches. After completing the flowers, I'm going to move on to the leafs. For that purpose, I have selected this green play. Let me start by cutting them into smaller pieces. I need to make these tiny, oval-shaped designed for the leaves. Lays them in between the branches accordingly and press it with the rubber side of the balls. Dialysis. Carry on until you have placed all of them. Now it's time to enhance the green leaves by creating the leaf pattern on them. Make one main line in dissenter and follow those small lines from both sides of the center. That will give an impression of the real leaf. And it will look natural. As for the flowers, take the larger ball stylus and press on the flowers bottom. One, finishing the design. Pick up the clay on your hand and place it back again to ensure bottom does not stick to the surface. The cutter. Here, I have brought my baking sheet, aluminum foil to keep the 3D pieces aside for baking. As per our design, we will move on to the upper part of the earring. For that purpose, I have chosen my fuchsia color click. I'm going to take my smaller round stainless steel cutter and make another two shapes. The abstractly can be removed. After selecting the right location. Press the Carter until the bottom and get your pieces ready. Extra clay can be re-used. Do not throw that away. Keep it aside. I'm going to gently take my pieces with the help of blade cutter. The thickness and design are just what I want to be very careful and do not spoil the shape while trying to place it on the baking sheet. As I have planned earlier. I'm going to make the pattern on the surface of the ground clay. The most importantly, do not press it hard. Instead, gently go around it. Well, here comes the completed design of the first earrings. Before we proceed further, I would like to make the holes for the jump rings. Therefore, the holes will be placed on both round shapes. You may just slightly press it, but mainly tried to drill the screwdriver until it will go to the bottom itself. The extra sides which comes out. You may correct it with the rubber balls dialysis data. Here is the first design of our earrings. Stay tuned for the next creativity. 6. Design 2: Polymer Clay Earrings: Thank you for staying tuned with me. In this lesson, we will work on the second earring design is based on my sketch idea. The main theme color will be fuchsia and white. The bottom will be to fuchsia and white in the middle, followed by the white color on the top. In-between the earrings chandelier component will be placed. Let's grab the blade character and take the required clay from both of them. Now, it's time to roll your clay until you reach the desired thickness. By the help of rhombus clear Carter shape. Let me got four pieces for two earrings. The extra ones. We will take it aside. At this moment, be very gentle and thick the clay from the surface and place it accurately on the baking sheet. Let me move on to the white color now, before I start using the clay cutters, I'm going to clean it with the tissue to remove the other play particular attached. I will keep rolling similarly until I reach the required thickness. Here we are using the round shape on top part and rhombus shape on the bottom. As for the previous one, I will change the location from transparent surface to baking sheet. I've thought of making some patterns on the white colored clay to make it look elegant. For that purpose, I have picked my two types of screwdriver heads. One which will be used for making the hole. And second one for pattern. The screwdriver with star face. We will be pleased. On the white. With the screwdriver. I will keep pressing on the sides gently until the pattern is established. Upon completing, I will move on to the holes for the jump rings. We are done with the second design. In the following lesson, I will cover the CRT design, which will include the complex flower making. Stay tuned for that. 7. Design 3: Polymer Clay Earrings: Welcome back. In this class, I'm going to show you the third design, which we will have the combination of three colors, luckily, will be used as the base. Let me take the required amount and roll it until we reach the required thickness. Once we have finished rolling, I will take the square shaped cutter for the bottom and round cutter for the top of the ear in the basic shape of the ear entirely will be like this. Now, it's time to start getting the shape Clay. After getting the shapes, I will immediately transfer them into the baking sheet, whereby I will be making the flowers while it's on the baking sheet for cleaning the transparent surface after every clay work is essential to avoid leftover clay on it. Onto the next clip. For the flowers, I'm going to use the fuchsia color. After rolling the clay. I'm planning to make four leaf clover with the help of a ball stylus to space. Our first clover is ready. Now it's time to work on the surface of the flower. For that white clay will be used. I'm cutting small pieces and assembling them on the cloth. Press them gently so they should stick on the surface firmly. For the final touch, I will place some small piece of Fisher clay in the center and mix some patrons with the bolts dialysis. Similarly, we will follow for the second one. Upon completion, I will transfer to flowers on the blue clay surface and press with the ball stylus so it should be firmly attached. Lastly, the holes which are needed for the jump rings must be done before baking. Stay tuned for the last design of this class. 8. Design 4: Polymer Clay Earrings: As I have mentioned in the earlier lesson, this one will be simplified and it will follow one color, clay and pattern will be applied on the surface. I have picked the blue color Glee and live clear cut a shape. Since I don't have the pattern sheets, I'm going to use the screwdriver to make this pattern on it. Well, the shape turn out to be looking great with the simple pattern. The extra clays in between the leaves can be removed with the ball stylus. Once the design is complete, I will move it to the baking sheet. The extra clay on the bottom can be removed after baking. During the sanding stage, basically, we have completed the design part, which is one of the most crucial part of the process. In the following lessons, we will cover the beaking aspect of it. 9. Polymer Clay Baking Process: Welcome to the beginning of the polymer clay lesson. Firstly, I have preheated my own for 15 minutes in advance for the 130 degrees. And both sections, such as top and bottom of the oval. I'm gonna bake it for approximately 40 minutes. However, keep checking after 30 minutes if the clays are ready to be removed. In the next lesson, I will show you on how to send a baked clay earrings. 10. Sanding the Earrings: Branding is the most important part of the polymer clay earrings. In order to achieve the perfect surface and edges, we are taking the various gauges and papers and water with some dishwashing liquid in it. To begin with, just dip your clay pieces and sandpaper on the water and keep brushing until you get the perfect sites. The most importantly, the gauge that you work with should start from the smaller, like 360 gauge and slowly move up until 2000 gauge. Carry on until you have reached to the last piece of the clay earrings. Stay tuned to the vanishing stage. 11. Varnishing the Earring Pieces: In this lesson, I will cover the vanishing of the clay with clear mate vanish. Just to let you know, vanishing is personal choice. For some they prefer using reason or others, glossy vanish options available in the market. For me, I have decided to use this clear meet varnish paint brush is necessary to use for brandishing. After I deep into the varnish, I will apply on the surface and bottom of each clip is, it is important to know that if you let the water to touch your clay earrings later on, the vanish might wash off. So keep your earrings in dry place. I like to apply varnish on the clay because it gives a great finishing touch and it looks more professional in general. Once you have applied the varnish on all the pieces, let them dry for 20 to 30 minutes before you move on to the next stage. 12. Assembling and Finishing : Thanks for staying until the end. In this lesson, we will assemble the earrings and attach the jump rings with the earring stats. Let's begin with the first one. Take the jump ring and open it in the opposite direction with the pliers. Afterwards attached the clay pieces and close the jumping in the same way we have opened it. For the top part. I'm going to use the jump ring before attaching the earrings that finding hearings that comes with the small closed loop which can be placed in the jump ring. I will follow similarly for the second one. The blue clay earrings will also start with the jumping to connect the top to the bottom. Prior to attaching the earring stat, I will add another jumping to the top to connect it with the earrings that the most interesting part would be with the chandelier component. Here we need more jump rings than others since we need to attach more pieces of plate with initially, I thought of putting one jumping to connect the bottom. Then I have changed my mind and I decided to place jump rings, which will be hanging beautifully. And also it will be looking at the right direction while wearing it. For this earring piece, I will use super glue to stick the earrings that at the back. Place. One drop of superglue. We do not have to have extra glucose, which might spoiled look. Once it's dried, it's ready to be worn. The last year of the earring is the most simple, yet the elegant one was the leaf shape. For this one, I'm planning to attach the earrings that with superglue directly, so we will not use any jump rings. These are the final finished Luke of our earrings. I really enjoyed creating these earrings from the scratch with the help of few tools and materials. These are really light and colorful pieces can be worn on casual day or on special occasions. Also, it's great way of showing appreciation to someone by gifting them to your friends or family members. Possibilities are endless with the polymer clay. Keep experimenting and keep discovering your passion. 13. Conclusion: Thanks for staying until the end. During the class, I have covered four beautiful designs of earrings, tools and techniques used for each of them by using clay, you may design any type of earring and jewelry pieces. I can't wait to see what you have made using polymer clay. Please post your class project here on Skillshare, but also feel free to share them with me on Instagram. You can find me at start with Mozart. See you in the next class.