Octavia Spencer Inspired Earrings
At the 2017 Screen Actors Guild Awards, Octavia Spencer took the stage with fellow actors from the movie "Hidden Figures" to receive an award for Outstanding Performance by a cast in a Motion Picture. She was dressed in an elegant black gown designed by Tadashi Shoji. Her look was flawless but the stunning creation that caught my eye was her killer turquoise drop earrings. I couldn't find out who designed them but they undoubtedly were expensive. The earrings I saw on TV for only a minute, were the inspiration for this completely affordable project which incorporates similar design elements. Don't bother to check - they are not identical to Octavia's costly version. Here simple elements like clay and wire combine with mica powder for that pearlized blue/green sparkle. The turquoise pillow bead is easy to make and adds focal interest to the complete design. Make a pair for yourself and you'll know how to answer when someone asks, 'Who are you wearing?"
Before you begin, condition clay.
IMPORTANT NOTE - Setting numbers vary on clay conditioning machines. On my Sculpey machine the thickest sett
step 18 - Bake the frames in a 275 degree oven for 30 minutes. Allow the clay to cool completely before handling.
step 23 - Finish
Apply a coat of Sculpey Gloss Glaze to the Mica Powder pieces to protect the finish. Allow the glaze to dry.
- Jewelry pliers and wire cutters
- .50” and .75” square cutters - 39 Shape Style cutters - great for clay jewelry!)
- Ranger green Mica Powder
- Premo Turquoise clay
- 7mm jump rings – 2
- 26 gauge black wire - Beadalon
- 12 gauge black Aluminum wire - Bead Landing
- Sculpey Gloss Glaze
- Card Stock
- Earring studs - 2
- Brush and/or sponge applicator
- sculpting tools