Ink And Clay Spoon Earrings
If you have ever enjoyed finger painting as a child, you're going to love this earring technique. I was inspired by the aptly named book, "Color Inspirations" by Lindly Haunani and Maggie Maggio. I highly recommend this publication. You'll find a link to it on Amazon in the Supplies section at the bottom of this page.
While finger paints are created with paint and paper, what I used here are alcohol ink and polymer clay. But mixing the colors is just as much fun as finger paints. Ink colors are dripped onto a ceramic tile which becomes your palette. While alcohol ink dries out quickly, nothing is wasted. A spritz with Isopropyl alcohol and you have more color to work with. The earrings are made with two layers of clay to result in color back to back. Set the finished clay inside the bowl of a spoon and bake in your kitchen oven. The color and design possibilities are limited only by you!
Before you begin, condition all clay.
IMPORTANT NOTE - Setting numbers vary on clay conditioning machines. On my Sculpey machine the thickest setting is 1 and the thinnest is 9.
A smaller spoon will create a very obvious vertical curve. For less curve on a small spoon, place the point of the clay at the point of the spoon. A larger spoon may create less curve vertically but horizontally as well causing the top of the earring to lay too flat. The clay should create a slight cup for the beads. All spoons are not created equal so do an experiment with yours to see if the shape is what you are excepting.
Got ink stained clay scraps? Don't throw them out! Conditioning them will blend the ink colors into one solid shade which can be used again to apply ink designs.
Many patterns can be created with alcohol ink depending on how you set the clay onto the liquid. Experiment with scraps before beginning your project. If you create a color combination you don't like, you can remove or alter it by spraying the tile with plain alcohol ink and placing the clay face down onto it and swirling it around.
Placing clay dampened with alcohol on dried ink is another way to transfer ink to clay.
While this technique works best on light color clay, it can also be used on medium dark clay with dark ink colors. Contrasting colors also work well, like white and metallic gold and silver. Piñata metallics require thorough mixing so be sure to shake the container until you hear the mixing ball working inside.
Utensils used for clay should not be used with food.
- Jewelry pliers
- Ranger Alcohol Ink - Botanical & Stream
- Clay Conditioning machine
- 6mm and 4mm round ball beads
- earring wire
- 7mm jump rings
- 2" nail head wires
- Premo white clay
- Ceramic tile
- 1.75" teardrop shaped cutter
- protective gloves
- 99% Isopropyl Alcohol
- metal spoon