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mosaic earrings // polymer clay earrings

teacher avatar Laura Gushue, for the creative jack of all trades

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8 Lessons (24m)
    • 1. 01 // intro & overview

    • 2. 02 // clay mixing basics

    • 3. 03 // prep for triangles

    • 4. 04 // making the earring base

    • 5. 05 // cutting triangles

    • 6. 06 // placing triangles

    • 7. 07 // cutting out the base

    • 8. 08 // adding earring posts

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Easily learn how to make your own triangle mosaic earrings with polymer clay! I've been having such a fun time making these clay earrings, so of course I'm sharing my process with you. You'll learn the basics of how to create earrings from polymer clay as well as creating your own mosaic design. No experience necessary!

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1. 01 // intro & overview: Hello and welcome to another craft. Pass with three rain or shine. My name is worried you shoe and I'm so excited to show you how to make it easier. They're easy and fun to make, especially if you love puzzles like I do. These mosaic earrings would look great in a range of colors and don't need them any special surprise to make. I'll show you how to mix clay, make an error in base eight triangles for your mosaic, as well as how to calculate your design and add earing posts. This is a great graph project that is super cute, too weird. Grab your supplies and let's get started. 2. 02 // clay mixing basics: First things first to protect your surface, you can use a ceramic tile if you have one, but I usually just TPP parchment paper to my surface to mix your clay, grab two colors you'd like to combine and smush them together a little bit. Roll this ball of clay, and then twist it to combine the colors faster. The folded in half, then twist it again. Now roll this ball out again and repeat this process until you're satisfied with the color. You can also leave some marbling in the color if you'd like. It always looks cool. I recommend mixing at least three colors to make this pattern along with one base color. You don't eat a lot of clay for the triangles, but you'll need a decent amount to create your urine case. Does repetitive process also both makes the clay easier to work with. Hand limits the risk of air bubbles forming while the clay bakes. It's all part of the slow labor of love that comes along with crafting handmade items. 3. 03 // prep for triangles: Now that you've got your colors mixed, you can start rolling them out. Take a clay roller if you have one and anything cylindrical if you don't around glass would work well. Gently roll out the clay while applying pressure. These don't have to be a specific shape or size, but they need to be as thin as possible. You careful as you're rolling, the clay doesn't stick to your roller. It's not the worst thing in the world, but it can kind of be a painting. As you can see, my first one is quite imperfect and that is just fine as well. These will be cut off after baking so you don't need to worry about anything other than the thickness. And then just continue by ruling out the rest of your colors in the same way. Once you've got all your colors roll down, we can bake the colors. If you need to, use something to gently scrape the clay off of the Persian of paper. To bake your clay. Read the instructions on the package for the heat and time by your claim needs. They could play on a baking sheet covered with portrait paper to help you clay bake evenly covered it with either an oven safe platelet or make a tin foil cover. Be sure that the tin foil isn't touching the clay. Normally, one of the most important steps of clay baking is that when your timer goes off, only turn the oven off. Do not to give the earrings the to cool down as the oven cools down to avoid a harsh temperature change. These berries enroll dark colored pieces, are the exception to this rule, since they are so thin, they're very flexible and can be taken out immediately. Be careful that they can likely be touched by the time you're done making your earring BCE, while your colors are in the oven, let's make mace. 4. 04 // making the earring base: First tape down another small sheet of parchment paper. You'll bake the earrings on this sheet that we'll need to condition the base color. Roll it out with your hand into a log, then folded in half and repeat this process. You'll notice that the clay is quite stiff and difficult to work with at the beginning. And it becomes easier to work with as you go. When you've decided the clay is easy enough to work with, roll it into a short log and begin to roll it out flat with your enroller or round object. Depending on the shape you're trying to create. You'll want to roll the clay out to a similar size and shape. You can also use a pasta maker for this process, but make sure that you use one that is dedicated to Clay. Do not use a pasta maker for clay and then for food. You want the clay to be rolled out quite thin, but nowhere near as then as we made the colored clay, two to three millimeters is the sweet spot. But polymer clay is lightweight enough that if it ends up a bit thicker, it won't be too heavy on your ears. Eyelids to create a template for myself to use out of parchment paper so that my earrings end up the same size. To cut a symmetrical piece, fold the paper in half, and cut your design into it. Touch it up when you open the paper and then place it on your clay and trace around it with a tool or a knife. You don't need to try it out at this stage. Just give yourself a guideline to work with him on placing your notes same time. And nine round shape is best for them. But I do like to round the edges of my square to the treasury paper being on top of simulate a slight imprint. So I just like to smooth it out with my finger a little bit after chasing you want. Once you're done with that, we're going to be ready to test and triangles. Okay? 5. 05 // cutting triangles: Once your base is ready and your colors are out of the oven and cool to the touch, you can start cutting them into triangles. I like to start by turning off the edges to square them up. Then cut the color into strips. This does not have to be a perfect process as they're all going to be cut up more. Now you can start cutting small triangles into the clay. Cut them all different sizes and angles, make some very narrow and some very small symbols, right angles and some of the even angles and everything in between. Essentially, don't overthink it and just cut up a bunch of triangles. These will all come in handy later. Sometimes I'll even Kotlin and then cut that one in half again just to make some smaller ones. Do this with every color. You're essentially creating a puzzle for yourself and you'll never know what piece you need until you need it. I also recommend leaving one strip of color left uncut in case you need to cut a specific size or shape later. 6. 06 // placing triangles: This is definitely the most tedious part of making these areas, but I also think it's the most fun. It's time to start laying the puzzle pieces down. It's much easier to use a scrap piece of clay to pick up the triangles then to use your fingers. Tweezers would probably also work well. The first triangles are the easiest. Choose any color to start with and grab a triangle. Gently place it along the bottom somewhere. When you're happy with its placement, push it down gently with your finger. If you're worried about your layout, you can wait to push the tiles down until you're happy with the design. Keep adding triangles like this. Always use a color that isn't beside the one we just placed. It can generally workouts not have the same color touch itself, or at least just the corners. Try to keep the gap between the tiles roughly the same. This doesn't have to be perfect toward Great. This whole process can be quite tedious. Sometimes it takes a while to find the right puzzle piece, the triangle that has the correct angles you need to fit the space. This is why we cut so many different triangles. Hello? As you get down to the last of the area, you may have to cut some custom triangles to the right shape or just to be a bit smaller. Do you what you need to do to make it work? For repeat this process with the other hearing. Make sure that at some point, either as you're going or after you're done to press the triangles down into the base quite firmly, but not so much that they're even of the base. Take your time with this process and enjoy the puzzle. When you're finished, we'll go on to cut the areas. 7. 07 // cutting out the base: Before you start cutting out the shape, you can make sure that your outline is still accurate by placing your template over it. Then take a clay cutting tool or a knife and begin cutting out your shape. Instead of sliding your tour through the clay, press down into it to cut that great position and press down again. Once you've got a basic line cut out, you can then slide the tool along to smooth it out. I also like to cut longer than necessary so that I can take away the excess clay like so. Don't worry about your shape being perfect at the moment. We can clean them up once the extra basically is out of the way. So again, we're going to press, Create position, press again, and then slide to you afterwards. Just make sure that everything is smooth. He sure to watch your mosaic tiles as you're cutting it out. You may need to press them down more into the clinic or just watch that you're not. Imagine the amount of place. Once you've got the basic shape cut out, you can go ahead and start touching up the edges. I like to gently around the edges of my square. If he can do this by cutting and pressing the tool against the clay gently. Always takes a little bit of time to get to this just right. I also like to smooth and round all of the edges by gently pressing the tool along each edge of the ear and have multiple angles. Once you're satisfied with your shape, you can pop it in the oven again. This time. Be sure to leave the earrings and the elephant as it cools down. It usually takes a couple of hours to be cool enough to remove. Taking them out of the oven. After all that waiting is always so exciting. 8. 08 // adding earring posts: We're almost there. I hope you love how you're Mosaic year and this turned out. Now let's make them functional. This scopy oven baked clay adhesive is my favorite way to Hitachi or in posts. If you don't have any, don't worry, you can attach them pretty well with a bit of clay as well. This is also the step where you can sand them if you'd like. I don't usually when I'm making hearings just for myself as when you bake them on parchment paper, they generally come out pretty smooth. To touch the posts using the liquid clay adhesive. You'll need a toothpick or some other narrow tool. I like to line up the earrings topside to topside so that you can see that you're placing them in the same spot. They also don't have to be perfect. There'll be on different ears. Once you've got your marketplace, you can add a little drop of the glue over the dot that you've made. Then gently press the urine post down into it. Now the key to giving solid attachment is to add another drop of glue on top of the base of the post, then spread the glue around the entire base of the most. Then bake again, and that's it. Try not to bring the glue to high up on the air and post as you're doing this. If you need to attach the post without glue, take a small bit of clay and related to a bomb, placed the post where you want it, and then push the ball of clay down through the post to connect with the ear. Press it down and smooth at around to make it a good connection. And then big. Again, the shirt, the areas in the oven while it cools down. This will help to prevent your areas from cracking down the road. Thank you so much for joining me to make these earrings. I hope you love your finished product. I'd love to see it. If you'd like to stay up-to-date on through rain or shine craft classes. You can sign up to my mailing lists through rain or shine dossier, happy crafting.