These marbled polymer clay stud earrings are a quick and easy craft activity for adults and for children. They are perfect as a handmade gift, or skip that and treat yourself to some handmade jewellery! This simple tutorial will guide you through the steps of how to make your very own DIY jewellery using polymer clay.
Polymer clay is a fantastic material to craft with, and as you can see, I have spent years learning how to use it in a variety of ways to create beautiful jewellery and designs.
I love marbling with polymer clay; with the huge variety of colours that are available to use (even more so if you mix your own colours!), a marbled effect can look so pretty.
What You Need
- Polymer Clay in 2 colours – make sure that you pick colours that will mix well, thinking about the hue that they will produce when combined.
- Cutting Blade – If you’re planning on working with polymer clay regularly, I’d recommend investing in a set of good cutting blades, however if you don’t have a blade like this, a craft knife or xacto knife will do the job!
- Acrylic Roller – when working with polymer clay, you need to use a roller that doesn’t stick to your clay and is easy to clean, so a non-stick acrylic roller is much better than a wooden rolling pin. If you don’t have an acrylic roller, you can use a smooth glass jar or bottle or even a smooth plastic dowel rod.
- Small shape cutters or punches – if you don’t have a small cutter, you can always draw a template and cut round your template using a craft/xacto knife, or you could cut your shape freehand.
- Earring Posts
- Strong Adhesive – I’d recommend E6000 or a two-part epoxy, although a good superglue works well too.
How To Make
- Preheat your oven to 110°c.
- Take 2 pieces of clay and condition until they are easily pliable. Then roll into sausages that are roughly the same length.
- Twist your colours together to create a candy cane effect and roll the clay to double its length.
- Fold together, twist and roll again. Repeat this step 3 or 4 times until you have a marbled effect that you are happy with. You will find that as you continue to marble the clay, the colours will start to bleed into one another.Make sure that you don’t go too far when marbling your clay, as it can very quickly become a murky mess!
- When you’re happy with your marbled clay, roll into a ball and flatten on your surface before rolling flat to a thickness of about 3mm.Tip! I use depth guides to make sure that my clay is an even thickness throughout, but lolly sticks make an excellent replacement for depth guides. Placing two stacked sticks on either side of your clay and rolling to that depth is a perfect depth for polymer clay earrings like these!
- Using your cutters, stamp out your clay shapes.If you want to achieve a more rounded side to your earrings, place a piece of cling film over your rolled clay and stamp over the top of the film.
- Place your cut shapes on a baking tray lined with parchment paper and bake for 30 minutes at 110c.
- Once cooled, attach your earring posts to your clay using E600 or similar.
I’m always on the hunt for sweet, pretty, usable, handcrafted projects. Ideas that are perfect for a crafternoon, for a ladies crafting night, a party activity, or to make as a gift. And this project definitely fits the bill!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this simple jewellery idea. There is a huge range of skills, techniques and crafts to be explored with polymer clay, and the results can be incredibly rewarding!
Keep an eye out for my Polymer Clay Craft Kit, which is launching really soon… Full of project ideas, tips and tricks, it is full of inspiration to spark your creativity, and perfect to start you off on your Polymer Clay crafting journey with basic tools and a gorgeous set of colours!
If you enjoyed this then take a look at my other 5 minute craft ideas. If there is something you want to try then please leave it in the comments below.