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Making polymer clay stud earrings: general advice

earringzEar studs

Just glue the flat padded ear studs onto the surface. Good idea to try and make a slight indentation before baking on the spots where you plan to attach the studs. But careful not to spoil the front as you gently push the stud pad into the clay. Take it out and bake the piece, then glue the stud with superglue. Be careful not to apply too much glue lest it can spread beyond the stud pad and we don't want it to contact with our skin, right? 

Earring backs

This is my favorite kind of earring backs. Rubber. The ones I have hold earrings really well and also don't feel rough, you can regulate where you want them: farther or closer. Everyone’s ear lobes are different, so it's good to be able to adjust the earring backs.

Here's an example of big texturized, pasteled clay earrings:

clay texture assymetric earrings

More about it this jewellery set - here.

Keep in mind

Polymer clay doesn't weigh much, which permits us to make big earrings, but don't get carried away or embed anything too heavy in it as the heavy stud earring may end up pointing toward the pavement. That's just basic physics I guess, but I had to make this mistake first to realize the nasty side-effect :P

See these look nice but they're unwearable. Yet as elements for the necklace the weight is just fine:

You might find this precaution strange but I do like big, chunky earrings so I thought I'd share my frustrations with big-sized polymer clay studs.

Such ~1cm diameter clay roses though are just fine. Added acryllic beads and leaf-shaped pendants to them:

rose stud ear

I assume you know the basic steps of crafting with polymer clay:

  1. condition it (work the clay in your hands so it’s nice and soft),
  2. make your shape, apply texture, add incrustations, colors etc
  3. bake it according to the directions on the package of the polymer clay you used. if you used several brands and they recommend different temperatures, bake at the lowest
  4. after baking, you can add glitter to your creations, paint them with acryllic paint, glue something on top with superglue and/or apply glaze

That's it in a nutshell. Happy crafting!


Questions, comments, suggestions?

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