A coworker recently asked me what my favorite color is and I replied – tan. She was a little disappointed with my response, but hey, it’s true. I really like shades of brown. From tan to caramels, to rich browns – I love it. A few minutes later she said, ya you do wear a lot of brown. True story. Well, finding earrings that are truly my style aka neutral, can be a bit of a challenge. To solve this problem, I made a collection of earrings in a few of my favorite colors for myself and for gifts.
I decided to make my earrings out of clay because I wanted them to have a natural look. I’d previously made keychains using polymer clay and really liked the final product. Clay is a great material to make bulk batches of little crafts like earrings or keychains. I also decided to use thread to connect the pieces rather than the gold or silver jump hoops that I’ve seen others made with, I think it works well with the natural vibe. Check out how I made these earrings!
Step one. Start by rolling out your chosen colors on wax paper or a silicone mat, trying to get them roughly the same thickness.
Step two. Take your cutters and cut out your shapes. I made a number of shapes for the collection.
The U shapes were made by hand, instead. To make them you should roll out clay into a cylinder, bend it into a U shape, then flatten it. I like that these aren’t perfect – feels very organic
Step three. Using an unfolded paper clip, poke a hole to thread the connector string.
Tip – You’ll want to make sure your holes are big enough to thread, so I widened the hole by working the paper clip in a circular motion to expand it.
Step four. Bake per clay instructions. Then let dry.
Step five. Assemble earrings. I laid out all of my combinations before jumping right in. Once I found the right combos, I thread the earrings and looped it through 2 times, securely tying it on the back. Last, I glued the earring posts to the back with super glue.
Completed Clay Earrings
Here they are! I’m pretty much in love with how they turned out.
Honestly, they turned out much better than I was expecting for a first attempt. I think, in part, because they are neutrals they lend to being more organic in nature. All of the imperfections give the earrings character.
They feel like a mix between New Mexico architecture and mod clay jewlery.
I’ve worn a couple pairs already and gave a few to family for Christmas. I love these so much, and I think I’ll be adding a few more to the collection.