How to Make Polymer Clay Earrings With Cute Designs From Napkins

Raising Nobles
by Raising Nobles
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There are probably all kinds of things you use paper napkins for, but I bet you’ve never made jewelry from them! Well, here’s your chance to learn how to make polymer clay earrings from, you guess it – a napkin!

Follow along with this tutorial to make your own unique, beautiful custom earrings. You can use the same technique for making hair clips as well!

Tools and materials:

  • Polymer clay
  • Polyacrylic sealer
  • Earring cutters
  • Paper napkins
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Parchment paper
  • Bowl and water
  • Washcloth
  • Oven
  • Earring jump rings and hooks
Cutting out the earring shapes

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1. Make the earring mold

Choose the shape of earrings you would like, and just like cutting cookies from dough, cut those shapes out of your rolled and conditioned polymer clay.

Once you’ve cut your shapes, peel away the excess clay.

Peeling the layers of the napkin apart

2. Affix the design

Choose a beautiful print paper napkin or a paper napkin with any design you’d like to have on your polymer clay earrings.

Unfold the napkin, and if it is a two-ply napkin, peel off the back layer so you are just left with the printed layer.

Tracing shapes on the napkin

Place your earring cutters (the ones you used to cut the shapes from the clay) on the patterned side of the napkin.

Position the cutter over the part of the napkin design that you want for your earrings. Trace the outline of the cutter onto the napkin.

Cutting out the shapes

Cut the traced shapes from the napkin. Go slowly and be sure not to leave any of the ink on the cut pieces because they will be visible on your earrings.

Placing the napkin pieces on the polymer clay

Place the cut napkin pieces on the corresponding polymer clay pieces, with the printed side of the napkin down. 

Polymer clay earring ideas

Cover the napkin with a small piece of parchment paper, and gently rub the paper over the top of the napkin to help the napkin adhere to the polymer clay. 

Making earrings out of polymer clay

3. Punch holes

Punch holes in the earrings where the jump rings are going to go. Gently peel back the napkin a bit, then poke the hole in the clay.

Place the napkin back down and use the parchment paper to gently rub it back into place.

Alternatively, you could bake the earrings first and then punch holes later.

How to bake polymer clay earrings

4. Bake, cure, and cool

Preheat your oven to 275 degrees F. Place your polymer clay earrings on a piece of cardstock on a cookie sheet in the middle of your oven.

You can place another empty cookie shoot on a rack above your earrings to help protect the paper from any burning.

Bake and cure the pieces completely and let them completely cool off.

Removing the napkin with water

5. Remove the napkin

When cool, place the earrings in a bowl of cool water to soak the paper napkin and loosen it from the clay. Then, you can use a textured washcloth to gently rub away the napkin.

Be patient, because it does take some time, but keep rubbing until all of the napkin is off.

Sealing the earring design

6. Seal the earrings

Use a small craft paintbrush to seal your earrings with a water-based polyacrylic or resin. Apply the sealer to the patterned side of your earrings to get a nice shiny look. 

Polymer clay earrings tutorial

7. Assemble the earrings

Once the sealer has dried, you can assemble your earrings with jump rings and hooks.

How to make polymer clay earrings

How to make polymer clay earrings with napkin designs

Imagine how many different designs you can have for your earrings, with all of the shape choices and beautiful paper napkins that are available!

Please leave a comment to let me know how your polymer clay earrings turned out.

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