Retro Ombre Circle Earrings in Polymer Clay
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Earrings are probably my favorite piece of jewelry, and necklaces would have to be second. However, my taste in jewelry is very definitive. I like beads over jewels, for the most part, and go with something earthy and natural before glitzy and metallic.
I have crocheted my own jewelry before, and I have actually designed some earrings not too long ago called the Marnie Earrings. I talk more about the art of making good crocheted jewelry in that post.
Though I feel like crocheting jewelry can be tricky to get right, making it in clay feels so much more readily pleasing. The only thing that holds me back is my lack of materials. I’ve only recently got back into the art of clay and had to throw out a lot of old clay because it was super hard. Plus, I’ve discovered helpful looking tools that I have yet to add to my repertoire. But I’m getting there, little bit by little bit.
Retro Earring Designs
I absolutely adore retro earrings. More specifically, 60’s earrings. You know, the large shapes in bright colors? That’s exactly what I wanted to achieve in this design. Though the process may look simple, I actually took more time with these and experimented with a few techniques familiar to the clay making world but new to me, such as sanding and buffing.
Making the Earrings
The first problem was, how to get perfect circles without perfect circle cutouts. There are some I had my eye on at Amazon but I didn’t get around to purchasing them. So I made do. I did a little math, found three corresponding sizes for my circles, and created the cutouts with foil. It worked, in a crude sort of way, and that’s where the sanding comes in.
I’ve read about sanding your projects before but have never felt the need to do so with what I have made so far. However, these crude circles were just the things to need it. I read that since the dust is fine and can be easily inhaled you should sand your clay wet. I went to Lowes and bought myself some wet/dry sandpaper in two different grits and sat down with a pan of water.
The process took a little time but not a whole lot of attention. I spent a great deal of last Sunday sanding, buffing, and glossing 6 beads. After sanding I could see the shape of the circles were looking less crude, but there was still a scratchiness to the surface. I was told that you could buff them on denim, though I had to admit I was uncertain as to how well it would turn out. However, I sat rubbing them against the knee of my jeans (a very unprofessional approach, I know) until I saw a noticeable difference. And it was definitely a noticeable difference.
After about 3 coats of gloss I prepared to assemble the earrings. I used 8mm jump rings, if I remember correctly, and two fishhook earrings.
The Finished Product
They would still look better and more uniform if I had used better tools for cutting them out, but I must say, I am quite pleased with how they turned out.
My brother was all too kind to take these finished pictures for me. I love the artistic, closeup shots, don’t you?
Here’s a list of materials in case you want to make your own!
Thanks for stopping by! Do you have any advice to give me on claying?