You might have heard me talking about my earring dilemma here on the blog before. It’s an ongoing issue I have with dangling, sparkly earrings that look fantasticly grown up and sophisticated in shops, online, in other peoples ears and just laying around in general, that is until I have anything to do with it. As soon as those little wires grace my pierced ears a transformation happens. I’m suddenly a much, much younger version of myself clopping around in oversized stilettos and parading the latest wears from Pat Butchers jewellery box. (Very British reference there. Sorry to anyone who didn’t watch Eastenders in the 1990’s!) Needless to say, they do not look good.
My solution to this problem? Make beautiful low key pieces that still have an impact without giving me that ‘you’re trying way too hard look’. First up, cuff earrings:
1. Roll out a thin layer of polymer clay and cut out a small triangle with rounded edges.
2. Measure over your ear to see if the size is right and adjust if necessary.
3. Cut one corner from each of the triangles. This will be the corner at the back of the earring.
4. Wrap the clay around a thin dowel of wood, chopstick or broken paintbrush (something that can be put in the oven.)
4. Heat in the oven on a medium setting for about half an hour.
5. Leave to cool and then spray with a metallic gold spray paint.
6. Once dry measure the earring over your ear to find roughly where you’ll need to put the earring post, then glue in place.
The really great thing about making these from thin sheets of polymer clay is that they are a little flexible. This really helps when you’re trying the get them in and out. Gently bend the earring out to fit it in your ear and it will retract back into place once you let go creating an ear ‘cuff’.
Amy @ Homey Oh My! says
Aaah so pretty!! I loooooove!
These are so pretty! If I had my ears pierced I would defo give this a try! x
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These are so cool! I never would have guessed it was made out of clay.
looks simple and elegant. thanks for the DIY
I’m in love with your blog and those cuff earrings!
Can I make them out of air dry clay?
Thank you so much! I think that you could make them from air dry clay. In fact it would probably be easier than trying to find a heat proof tube to wrap the earring around in the oven. Go for it!!
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Alex Rays says
I love these earrings! They are perfect for the spring/summer season and I’m sure you’ll love wearing them too. The earrings are made from a faux gold chain that is a bit thicker than standard gold chains. The links have been attached to an oval shape which makes them feel very light on the ears. I also suggest you visit this https://masterbundles.com/templates/presentations/powerpoint/webinar/ site to download free templates. They are made from metal, but it doesn’t look or feel like metal at all, which is great because it allows you to wear them every day without worrying about tarnishing or scratching.