Clay Inlaid Earrings

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Although these earring may look complicated, they are simply created by pressing a texture sheet into blue clay then pressing white clay into the depressions and baking them in your kitchen oven in between.  Sound easy?  It is.  Experiment with different texture sheets and colors.  You can even use two or more colors for the contrast detail as in the green and white floral example above right.  This technique can be used to create many different types of jewelry and other clay projects.

IMPORTANT NOTE - Setting numbers vary on clay conditioning machines.  On my Sculpey machine the thickest setting is 1, the thinnest is 9.

Directions

Before you begin, condition each clay color.  All cutting should be done on wax paper which will allow you to easily lift off the work when necessary.

step 1 - Roll the blue clay on the thickest setting of your conditioning machine and the white on 5 or 6 for a paper thin result.

step 1 - Roll the blue clay on the thickest setting of your conditioning machine and the white on 5 or 6 for a paper thin result.

step 2 -Place the rose design portion of the texture sheet onto the blue clay.  Rub across the sheet to transfer the design into the clay.  Remove the sheet.  Create a second piece of clay to match.

step 2 -Place the rose design portion of the texture sheet onto the blue clay.  Rub across the sheet to transfer the design into the clay.  Remove the sheet.  Create a second piece of clay to match.

step 3 - Cover the clay pieces with plastic wrap and press down on a teardrop cutter to cut the clay.

step 3 - Cover the clay pieces with plastic wrap and press down on a teardrop cutter to cut the clay.

step 4 -Use an Etch n’ Pearl tool to poke a hole in each clay piece at the pointy end. 

step 4 -Use an Etch n’ Pearl tool to poke a hole in each clay piece at the pointy end. 

step 5 - Bake the clay at 275 degrees for 30 minutes on a parchment lined baking sheet.   Allow the clay to cool completely before handling.  

step 6 - Press the thin white clay into the crevices of the clay.

step 6 - Press the thin white clay into the crevices of the clay.

step 7 - Using your thumb, gently rub the white clay off the raised surfaces.  Rub in one direction.  If you should accidentally pull clay out of a crevice, just apply another bit and press it to blend in.  Wipe clay off your thumb often or you will be rubbing the same clay from your thumb onto the clay again and again.

step 7 - Using your thumb, gently rub the white clay off the raised surfaces.  Rub in one direction.  If you should accidentally pull clay out of a crevice, just apply another bit and press it to blend in.  Wipe clay off your thumb often or you will be rubbing the same clay from your thumb onto the clay again and again.

step 10 - Apply glaze to the clay directly from the bottle, tracing around the outer edge of the clay then filling in the center.  Allow to dry overnight.

step 10 - Apply glaze to the clay directly from the bottle, tracing around the outer edge of the clay then filling in the center.  Allow to dry overnight.

step 8 - Dip a Q-tip into rubbing alcohol and roll across a paper towel to remove excess.  Gently glide the cotton across the surface of the piece, removing remaining clay.  Be sure not to press down on or rub into the inlaid design. This step will remove the white film that may remain on the clay.

step 9 - Bake the clay at 275 degrees for 30 minutes on a parchment lined baking sheet.   Allow the clay to cool completely before handling. 

step 11 - Cut a 3” length of half round wire.  Slip it through the hole in the bead with .75” of wire on the back side. 

step 11 - Cut a 3” length of half round wire.  Slip it through the hole in the bead with .75” of wire on the back side. 

step 12 - Bend the back wire to the front and wind it around the front wire four times. 

step 12 - Bend the back wire to the front and wind it around the front wire four times. 

step 13 - Bend the long wire upward.  Slip the silver decorative bead and turquoise bead over both wires. 

step 13 - Bend the long wire upward.  Slip the silver decorative bead and turquoise bead over both wires. 

step 14 - Wrap the wire on round nose pliers to create a loop then make two wraps below the loop.  Cut away excess wire and attach an earring wire.

 

Supplies

At Amazon

  • Sculpey Clay - Scrap of White and Lagoon Blue
  • Sculpey Clay conditioning machine
  • Sculpey “Landscape” Texture sheet
  • Sculpey Etch n’ Pearl tool
  • teardrop clay cutters
  • Diamond Glaze
  • half hard half round 20 gauge wire
  • wire pliers and cutters

At Michaels

  • wire
  • earring wires
  • 8mm turquoise seed beads
  • 3/8” decorative silver beads

Miscellaneous

  • Parchment paper
  • Wax paper
  • plastic wrap
  • rubbing alcohol
  • Q-tip

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