First Off: What Is Polymer Clay?
You may already know that you like the look of polymer clay earrings, but how much do you know about polymer clay itself? Let’s break it down.
Polymer clay is a versatile and pliable sculpting medium that is super easy to work with to create a variety of projects, including home decor, pottery, sculpture and, of course, jewellery. Unlike other types of clay, it is man-made and not natural. Composed of polymers, resins, coloring agents and fillers, polymer clay is typically baked into a finished product after it’s sculpted.
One of the biggest advantages to working with polymer clay is that it remains soft until it’s baked, no matter how much you work with it. If you’ve experimented with other clays, you may have noticed that the texture changes after being handled for a certain period of time. Not so with polymer clay! You can take all the time you need to DIY polymer clay earrings without worrying about the clay getting tough or hard. It’s only when you pop your project in the oven that you’ll see a change in the texture and be unable to make additional changes.
Polymer clay is a fantastic medium for making earrings because it’s user-friendly and offers lots of room for experimentation. Even without any jewellery-making experience, you can use it to design pieces that will easily become your new favourites.
FAQs About Clay Earrings
Here are a few common questions that people have about polymer clay earrings and the process of making them.
Q: How thick should polymer clay be for earrings?
A good rule of thumb is about two millimetres thick.
Q: How long do polymer clay earrings need to bake?
A: According to the polymer clay packaging, you should plan to bake most polymer earrings for 30 minutes at 130 degrees. If your earrings are wider than about two millimetres thick, your earrings will need an extra ten minutes in the oven.
Q: Do polymer clay earrings break easily?
A: Polymer clay earrings tend to break when they haven’t been baked for long enough. Bake them properly—according to the instructions above!—and you shouldn’t have any issues.
Q: Does polymer clay need to be stored in a special way?
A: Yes! Store your clay in its packaging and away from sunlight and heat. If you’ve already opened the packaging, store the clay wrapped in wax paper, preferably in the freezer or refrigerator. Storing the clay properly between uses will ensure that your clay will be easier to handle when you’re ready to create.
Q: Can I paint polymer clay?
A: Yes! While polymer clay can be purchased in a wide range of colors, you can also use water-based acrylic paint to achieve the final look and color you’d like. Apply a few coats of paint, then seal with an acrylic glaze to lock it in.
Starting to make polymer clay earrings
So I decided that I wanted to expand my earring range from just sparkly items to some more artistic earrings too. Not all brides are magpies, so I went and bought a bunch of different clay colours, earrings hooks, studs, pendants and so forth so I can get cracking on this new range! Once my pasta machine arrives ( for rolling out the clay) I will start my new creations! I love expanding my expertise and trying out new creative ways of making jewellery. As soon as I have everything I will blog step by step ways so you too can make your own earrings if you want to! Skillshare is the best way to keep those creative juices flowing.
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