DIY Gilded Polymer Clay Earrings + Necklace by Alicia Follow

My reign of terror with polymer clay continues! I’ve been wanting to make earrings this shape for a while and the necklace was an last minute addition. I like that’s it’s a little fringey but still modern. Have you been making any of the other polymer clay pieces? The supplies are the same: polymer clay (I used Pearl), craft paint (the same gold paint was used on these earrings) and a few jewelry findings including chain, earring wires, wire or eye pins.

Here’s a rundown of the process:

- Condition your clay first (always!) and then roll it out into a flat pancake about 1/4″ thick.
- Use a clay blade or other knife to slice the clay into strips about 1/4″ wide and a little over an inch long. Then take a sharp object and poke a hole in the top of the pieces for the earrings.
- For the necklace cut the clay into a pentagon/house shape before slicing the 1/4″ wide stripes. Poke holes in each piece along the edge that would be the bottom of the house.
- Bake the clay according to the directions.
- After it’s cooled dip the end of each piece without the hole into the paint. I poured the paint into the cap for this step.
- Carefully wipe away any extra paint that may drip by using a brush and allow the paint to dry.

To finish the earrings I put an eye pin through the hole, finished it with a simple loop and cut off the extra. Open the loops and attach each end of the chain. (My piece was about 2″ long.) Add the earring wire directly or by using a jump ring.

To finish the necklace you’ll need to thread all the pieces (in the same order that you cut them!) onto the eyepin or wire and finish each end with simple loops. Attach the chain in the same way as above. I left a little extra room on the wire so I could gently bend it into an arc to allow the clay to fan out a bit. If your chain is long you won’t need a closure (just put it over your head) but I made mine shorter so I added a clasp in the back using a couple jump rings.

Do these steps make sense? I think it took longer to type them than it did to make the pieces- it’s simpler than it sounds. Are you comfortable making simple loops or are jewelry terms like eye pin total jibberish to you? I’m happy to explain more but sometimes I feel redundant. Let me know where you’re at!

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Discussion 2

  • Monica commented 2 years ago

    Love This!

  • Dixie commented 3 years ago

    This looks really cool and modern. I've never worked with clay before but I think I might have to try it out.