Polymer Clay Tutorial: How to DIY Colorful Statement Earrings

14 Materials
5 Hours

In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to make polymer clay earrings. We’ll be making colorful statement earrings with very vibrant colors and abstract shapes. Let's start!

Tools and materials:

  • Polymer clay
  • Wavy blade
  • Cookie cutters
  • Pasta machine
  • Roller
  • Small blade
  • Dotting tool
  • Needle tool
  • Nail sander (or sandpaper)
  • Hole drill
  • Varnish
  • Earring backs
  • Jump Rings
  • Superglue
Tools for project

You’ll need geometric-shaped cookie cutters and a fun blade like this.

Thinned-out clay

1. Thin out your clay 

Run each of the balls of clay you’re going to use through your pasta machine on the thinnest setting. 

Cutting circles

2. Cut out small circles

Use your cookie cutters to cut out a bunch of small circles.

Placing circles randomly

3. Place the circles randomly

Place the circles throughout a background sheet of clay. Try to be as random as possible in this process. 

Cutting triangles

4. Cut out small triangles

Use your cookie cutters to cut out a bunch of small triangles in a second color that’s also been thinned in the pasta machine.

Placing triangles

5. Place the triangles randomly

Place the triangles just as you placed the circles, but this time overlap some of them onto the circles.


6. Roll

Use a roller to slightly flatten the slab without distorting it.

Adding shapes

7. Continue adding basic shapes

You can also use a thin blade or a kitchen knife to cut out shapes if you don’t have a cookie cutter, or you want to mix it up with smaller and irregular shapes.

Some elements I added are acute triangles, asymmetrical blobs, and rainbow shapes. 

Using fun tools

8. Use fun cutting tools 

A fun tool to use is this funky blade. This blade helps cut pieces that are wavy. When cutting each row, I offset the blade slightly. 

Progress shot

Then, I cut them into various lengths before placing them on the slab. Adding these really took the slab to the next level.

Adding texture

9. Add texture to the triangles by scoring

Score some lines horizontally and vertically on the triangles.

Adding texture

10. Add texture to the circles by dotting

Use a dotting tool to add some holes.

Adding texture

11. Add small balls

Use black clay to create shiny balls and scatter these throughout the slab in clusters.

Adding texture

12. Add texture to the blobs by hatching

Using a needle tool, add hatching to the blobs.

Cutting shapes

13. Cut out the earring shapes

Use simple cookie cutters to cut out the shapes for the earrings.

Cutting shapes

14. Cut out additional shapes to add to the earrings

You can also use contrasting clay to create some parts of the earrings.

Baked earring shapes

15. Bake

Bake your earrings for about 1 hour at 225F. I recommend baking samples to find out the ideal temperature and time.


16. Sand

I’m using a nail sander and the wet sanding method to sand my pieces. 


If you don’t have a sander, you can also use 600-grit sandpaper.

If you have any bubbles, sand them by wetting the piece first and then using circular motions to sand it out and make it smooth.

Drilling holes

17. Drill holes

Drill holes into the earrings. I prefer to drill after baking because it makes the holes more precise and clean.

Applying varnish

18. Apply a varnish 

Brush on a matte varnish. Let the varnish dry for 2-3 hours.


19. Put the earrings together

Apply jump rings and earring backs to the clay pieces to attach everything together.

Apply the backs with super glue and let them dry for at least 24 hours before handling.

Polymer clay earrings DIY

Polymer clay earrings DIY

Here’s how this polymer clay earrings DIY turned out! Let me know if you plan on trying out this technique down below.

Next up, check out this post on How to DIY Cute and Fun Watermelon Earrings.

Suggested materials:
  • Polymer clay
  • Wavy blade
  • Cookie cutters
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