Marbled Clay Statement Earrings
Marbled Clay Statement Earrings? That’s quite a mouthful, and it definitely sounds a lot fancier (read: harder to make) than it really is. But not only is it easier than it sounds, it is also surprisingly budget friendly as well! Easy and inexpensive? Say no more, I’m in for sure.
Sounds too good to be true? Well, see for yourself! Here are the supplies you need:
– Oven-bake clay in as many colors as you want*
– Scissors (or a knife)
– Small circular object you can press into the clay – I used a spice lid that I snagged from the kitchen**
– Something to poke a small hole in the clay, like a thumbtack or paperclip
– Beading wire (I used gold 1/4″, purchased at Walmart for $3)
– Fish hook earring backs (purchased at Hobby Lobby for $3.50)
– Wire cutters
*do NOT make the same mistake I did and buy the fancy clay over at your nearest craft store. Mine was hard to work with and overpriced. Go get the cheap stuff at Walmart, it’s way more malleable and also only like a dollar or two! I used the brand Bake Shop by Sculpey.
**WARNING: your mom may be slightly upset if you don’t replace the spice lid and leave the cayenne powder sitting out where it can easily be knocked over. Just some friendly advice, return whatever household objects you end up using.
Here’s the fun part, picking out what colors you want to use! I messed around with all different types of combinations, using solid colors for some and a mix for others. Once you pick your colors, roll them out into little pancakes. However, if you want a marbled pattern, follow the next step before rolling them out:
If you would like them to be marbled instead of solid colors, pick 2 to 3 colors you want, roll them separately into little worm shapes (the inner kindergartener in me loves this part). Place them side by side and twist them together.
It’s up to you how mixed in you want the colors to be, but I normally just ball it up after the twisting part and then roll it out. It’s really fun to see the different patterns you can get out of marbled clay!
Use whatever small circular object you have to cut circles in the clay. I used the spice lid, but I also ended up using the end of my makeup foundation lid to add a little variety to the shapes because it was smaller than the spice lid. (As you can see, I work with what I got. Improvisation is key).
Use your scissors (or knife) to cut the circles in half. If you make the cut evenly down the middle, you can use both sides of the circle for your earrings, or if your like me, you may have to cut out two circles and match up the ones that look most similar in shape.
You can repeat these steps and cut out a smaller circle in order to achieve what I was going for – more of a layered look with the smaller half circle on top of the larger one. Or you can just do a single half circle – customize it to whatever you want!
Lay out your finished clay beads on to an aluminum sheet, and follow the baking instructions listed on the package of the oven bake clay. I laid mine on parchment paper, just to be sure that they wouldn’t stick. Make sure to let them cool before you begin the next step!
This is where it can get a little tricky – threading in the beading wire. It may be easier to just use small circular links (they sell these at Hobby Lobby in the jewelry section.) However, I am not a jewelry maker by far and threading the beading wire through the holes just made it easier for me.
Start by looping the wire through the end of the fish hook, through the little circle that’s at the base (this is the part where the earring hangs off)
(above: back view; below: front view)
Then thread the wire through the hole, starting from the back side of the bead through to the front, and looping it around to the back. If you are threading it through another clay piece, repeat the same step with the excess wire, leaving enough room between the two beads.
Use the wire cutters to cut off the excess wire on both ends, and voilà! You have your very own marble clay statement earrings! And if you’re like me, you may have an entire arsenal of clay statement earrings, ready for any occasion whatsoever.