How to Make Pretty Gold Leaf Marble Polymer Clay Earrings

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2 Hours

Hey guys! Today, I’m going to show you how to make marble polymer clay earrings.

It’s easy enough for beginner jewelry enthusiasts to try at home. Let’s get started!

Tools and materials:

  • Green, blue, yellow white and translucent polymer clay
  • Pasta machine
  • Tissue blade
  • Circle cutters
  • Gold leaf
  • Liquid clay
  • Small paintbrush
  • Cube tool
  • Dotting tool
  • Roller
  • Assorted small cutter shapes
  • Sanding tool
  • Resin
  • Jewelry hardware
Preparing polymer clay

1. Prepare your polymer clay

Cut off about half of your white clay block using a tissue blade. The measurements are not exact.

Then, to keep all the clays consistent, I ran them all through the pasta machine on the medium setting.

2. Blend your clays and flatten them

Use circle cutters to cut off small pieces from the colored clays and add them to the white clay, to even out the ratio.

Circle cutters

Blending clays

Mush them together with your hands.

Blending clays

After mixing all the clay pieces, run them through the pasta machine on the medium setting. This is what I am working with:

Flattened clay

3. Prepare the translucent base clay with gold leaf

Knead a piece of translucent clay to soften it, then create a cube. This will be used in the base of these marbled polymer clay earrings.

Cut the cube into a few pieces randomly, but set them back down in the cube shape since we will be piecing them back into a cube in a moment. 

Preparing the translucent base clay

Then, press on some gold leaf on the cut edges of the pieces of the cube.

Adding gold leaf

Next, using a small paintbrush, paint on some liquid clay on top of the gold leaf, like glue. 

Painting on liquid clay

Attach your pieces, one at a time, to reform the cube.

Attaching pieces

It doesn’t need to look like a perfect cube anymore:

Pressing clay

Then, press all the clay firmly to make sure the gold leaf and translucent clay are well bonded.

Pressing clay

Use a cube clay tool to reshape the cube.

Reshaping clay

4. Add some colors, then cut

Now for the fun part! Rip off some pieces of the colored clays and start placing them on your base. I’ve started off with mint and blue. 

Adding color

Then use your cutter to cut the cube in random diagonals without cutting through the clay all the way.

You can even use the back of the blade or a ruler for these blunt cuts.

Cutting clay

Now reshape the cube with your hands as much as possible.

Reshaping clay

5. Add translucent pieces and slice

Next, add in a few pieces of translucent clay.

Adding translucent clay pieces

Then repeat the steps of slicing the cube again.

Slicing clay

6. Repeat

Repeat this layering, slicing and reshaping into a cube, switching between colored pieces and translucent clay. 

Layering, slicing and reshaping clay

Layering, slicing and reshaping clay

7. Shave off thin pieces of marbled clay

Once you are finished adding all the colors, shape your piece into a workable size.


Then, using a sharp blade, begin slicing pieces from the top.

Slicing clay

Continue to shave off pieces. No need for them to be perfectly even!

You will start to see some gold flecks and the beautiful veins of color we’ve created.

Slicing clay

8. Make a long piece of translucent clay 

Put some translucent clay through the pasta machine on the thickest setting to make a long piece.

Making a long piece of translucent clay

9. Cover the translucent clay with the marbled shavings

Now, start laying the pieces of shaved, marbled clay on top. It’s okay if they overlap some.

Covering the translucent clay with the marbled shavings

Shave off more pieces to fill in any gaps.

Slicing clay

10. Add more gold leaf, roll and flatten

If your marble doesn’t have enough gold flecks, add more pieces to the slab. Use a dotting tool to adhere them to the surface.

Adding gold leaf

Then use a rolling pin to flatten it out.

Rolling clay

Then, run it through the pasta machine on the second thickest setting. This is the result:

Progress shot

11. Cut out shapes

Cut out a bunch of shapes using various, small cookie cutters.

Cutting out shapes

12. Cure the shapes

After removing the excess clay, cook the shapes in the oven to cure them for about an hour at 275℉. 

Clay shapes

You can see how the light shines through the pieces and the gold leaf ties in nicely!

Clay shape

13. Finish off the pieces

To finish up, sand them and add new resin.

Sanding clay shapes

 Then attach the earring hardware.

Marble polymer clay earrings

Marble polymer clay earrings

Marble polymer clay earrings

These marble polymer clay earrings are so satisfying to make and they look gorgeous. If you make your own marbled polymer clay earrings, show us your results in the comments below!


For more DIY earrings ideas, check out my post on How to DIY Retro Polymer Clay Earrings.

Suggested materials:
  • Green, blue, yellow white and translucent polymer clay
  • Pasta machine
  • Tissue blade
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