Clay Inlaid Earrings
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.
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 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 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 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.
- 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
- earring wires
- 8mm turquoise seed beads
- 3/8” decorative silver beads
- Parchment paper
- Wax paper
- plastic wrap
- rubbing alcohol