How to DIY Retro Polymer Clay Earrings

16 Materials
2 Hours

Hi everyone. In this tutorial, I’m going to show you guys how I made these fun, patterned retro earrings. Let's get started!

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Tools and materials:

  • Polymer clay
  • Extruder
  • Acrylic block
  • Cutting tool
  • Roller
  • Shape cutters
  • Cornstarch
  • Pasta machine
  • Foil
  • Rotary tool
  • UV resin
  • Sanding tool
  • Sandpaper
  • Jump rings
  • Earrings posts
  • Super glue
Polymer clay

These are the colors I chose for the floral polymer clay earrings and I ran the clay through a pasta machine on the 3rd thickest setting.

For this technique, you’ll need a square die extruder.

Make sure your polymer clay is conditioned very well. This will ensure a smooth extrusion.

Cutting circles

1. Cut out 10 circles from each clay color

You can either use a circle cutter that is the width of your extruder’s body or use the extruder itself to cut 10 circles from each color of clay.

Stacking clay circles

2. Stack the clay circles in a pattern

Stack the circles into a pattern. You can choose to stack them randomly or add two circles of the same color to build up a concentration.

It's up to you how you want them to be. I like to have my clack stack a little shorter and narrower than the extruder’s body.

Rolling the clay stack

3. Roll the clay stack

Roll the clay stack to make sure it’s blended nicely together.

Extruding the clay

4. Extrude the clay

Crank the extruder all the way to the end and then push the stack in. Attach the square die and begin extruding. It won’t look like much, but keep extruding until you come to the end.

To make the extrusion process easy, make sure you’ve conditioned your polymer clay.

Cutting clay

5. Cut the extruded clay 

Cut the extruded clay into fours and stack them next to each other. 

Cutting clay

I cut this stack in half and stacked it on top, then repeated it one more time.

Progress shot

Here’s what it should look like.

Pressing clay

6. Press with an acrylic block

Use an acrylic block to push all of the sides to carefully reduce the cane and make sure everything is nice and bonded. 

Slicing cane

7. Slice the cane

To make it easier to cut this cane, leave it in the freezer for about 10-20 minutes.

Carefully cut slices on the cane. Try to keep them as even as you can. It’ll reveal this beautiful pattern.

Arranging slices together

8. Arrange the slices together

Arrange the clay slices into a slab.

Rolling clay slab

9. Burnish and roll the clay slab

Carefully burnish and roll the slab to make sure you have an even thickness. 

Stretching clay

10. Stretch the clay in the pasta machine

Add a scrap sheet of clay underneath the slab and run it through the pasta machine on the second thickest setting, about 3mm.

I did this because I enjoy the stretched look of this pattern.

Cutting shapes

11. Dust your clay with cornstarch and cut out shapes

Dust some cornstarch onto your clay to make sure that the cutters don’t get stuck to your clay.

Then, use various cutters to cut out the shapes for your earrings.

Progress shot

I also cut some contrasting color components to go with these pieces.

Progress shot

12. Bake

Bake them for an hour at 275 F with a foil sheet cover.

Drilling holes

13. Drill holes and sand each piece

After they’re cooled, use a cordless rotary tool to drill holes and sand.


I also did a little wet surface sanding using 1000 and 2000-grit sandpaper.

Since I decided not to apply any varnishes or resin on these, it helped the pieces look nice and even.

Attaching earring accessories

14. Attach the earring accessories with super glue

After the pieces have dried, add the jump rings and earring posts. I like to use super glue to add them to the backs.

UV resin

15. Secure with UV resin

Use UV resin to make it stronger.

When adding the resin, cover the full area if you’re able to. If not, just add a couple of millimeters around the post so it’ll be nice and secured.

Completed retro polymer clay earrings

Retro polymer clay earrings

Here are the finished retro flower earrings! I love how these turned out.

Let me know what you think about this technique down below.

Suggested materials:
  • Polymer clay
  • Extruder
  • Acrylic block
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