Earrings are a bit of a must-have! Whatever you wear, they will brighten up your face.
As big fans of creative hobbies, we thought it would be nice to invite you to let your imagination run wild in order to create an original and trendy pair of earrings with your ten little fingers. And we found the perfect material: Fimo clay!
Also called polymer clay, it is a type of baking modeling clay that made a big boom in the 2000s. This aroused a lot of interest thanks to the multitude of things that could be done with this clay.
Jewelry, key rings and pins, various small objects, decoration... Fans of creative hobbies were for the most part very quickly won over. With the means we have today, the renderings are much more professional, so much so that some have even specialized in Fimo creation and made it a profession in its own right.
If you're a fan of social media, I'm sure you've seen it happen before. The improvement of the range has a few things to do with it, in addition to accessories worthy of a great cook (roller, molds, cookie cutters and silicone mats), the pastes are available with material effects, glitter, colors metallic, fluorescent, phosphorescent…
But what makes it truly unique is that once cooked it is extremely resistant, therefore ideal for designing pretty jewelry to wear every day or to give as a gift.
Enough talk, how about we get down to business?
- Material list
- 1: Modeling the pasta
- 2: Cutting the pieces
- 3: Create and lower the patterns
- 4: Hole the pieces
- 5: Cooking
- 6: Assembly
- 7: Savor your creation
To follow this tutorial easily, you will need:
- 3 Fimo pastes of your choice (for a terrazzo effect, take several colors)
- A plastic or acrylic roller (failing that, take a glass bottle, wooden rollers are not really suitable)
- Cookie cutters of different sizes or round caps
- Stud earrings with tray support
- Small mounting rings
- Your little hands
- Your imagination
1: Modeling the pastaDepending on what you have chosen, select a dab of dough from each color and knead them to make them more easily mouldable.
Using your roller or your bottle, spread them. Don't flatten them too much because firstly, it will be more difficult to peel off and secondly the final result will be less pretty.
2: Cutting the piecesIn one of the rolled out doughs, cut out two small circles of the same size (1.2cm for example). These two circles will serve as ear studs; the ear studs will be glued to them after cooking. So make them of a larger diameter than these.
From a second rolled out colored dough, cut out a larger circle (for example three centimeters in diameter) and cut it in half to form two semi-circles.
At this point you should have two small circles of one centimeter in diameter in one color, two semi-circles in another color and a piece of rolled out dough.
Are you there?
3: Create and lower the patternsI chose to only do the terrazzo effect on the largest circle and leave the other pieces plain. So, from the pieces of rolled out dough of different colors that you have left, take from two of them (those which were used to make the first pieces), small pieces that you can cut into small squares using of a cutter for example.
You can also make small sausages if you prefer. Above all, not too thick. Take your different small pieces and place them scatteredly on the last piece of rolled out colored dough that we had not yet used.
Now pass the roller over it until the puck is approximately 2mm thick then cut two other circles, four centimeters in diameter, from this piece of terrazzo effect dough.
You now have all your pieces, that is to say: two small circles of one color, two semi-circles of another and finally two larger multi-colored circles.
4: Hole the piecesBefore cooking your pieces, pierce each piece using a toothpick. Only one hole will be needed for the smallest circle and the largest but you will need to make two holes, one below the other for the half-moons.
The idea is to put the little rings through it after cooking to put everything together. Be careful, the holes should not be further than one millimeter from the edge of the parts.
5: CookingOn baking paper or a silicone mat, put everything in the oven and cook following the instructions: 30 min at 110 degrees (check the instructions on the packaging of your pasta).
6: AssemblyOnce your pieces are cooked and cooled, you can lightly file the edges if they are not quite regular. If they suit you, then you can start putting everything together. With the small rings, you just have to hang the pieces together in a logical way.
Finally, on the smallest of the circles, which therefore serves as “ear studs”, glue the nail on the back in the center and let the glue dry.
7: Savor your creation
Tadaaaaaam! You have just played the role of budding jeweler, a bit of a chemist, a bit of an artist. Fabulous, right?
With this type of technique, you can create truly spectacular and original jewelry. Are you looking for DIY gift ideas for your friends? You just found it 😊
And never forget, even polymer clay jewelry can be stored safely in a suitablejewelry box , we're watching you!