Marbled Clay Heart Earring Valentine’s DIY
It’s January and Christmas crafting is behind us for another year but wait, it’s the perfect time for some Valentine’s day crafting, hooray! Crafters love to create for the seasons and once one event has gone, they move straight on to the next occasion, coming up with new ideas each year.
I have been thinking about this Valentine’s day earring make for a while and have been looking forward to making them and showing you how easy and fun they are to create. If you don’t plan on wearing them for Valentine’s day, then why not make a matching set for your girlfriends’ for Galentine’s Day on the 13th of February.
What you will Need
- Polymer Clay
- Jump rings
- Rolling pin
- Heart cutter or knife
- Resin or strong glue
- Pointy tool or cocktail stick
How to Make
Get your polymer clay and cut the amount you need, mine came in small 5 cm squares and I used half a square of white, pink and red clay. The clay works best if you warm it up so use the heat of your hands or best still sit on it for a while (while still wrapped in the plastic of course)
Roll your polymer clay onto long sausage shapes and them twist your three colours together, try and keep it warm in your hands, twist the colours together again and then roll the clay until smooth.
Protect your surface, try and use a non-stick mat, I used my Dovecraft Messy Mat, using a plastic rolling pin to roll the clay till roughly 2-3mm thick.
Take a heart cutter, I used a set of royal icing cutters from Amazon, I used the largest one, roughly xxcms wide for the bottom heart and a smaller one roughly xxcm wide for the top part of the earring. Cut as many hearts out as you can, you can keep re-rolling the clay until you have used it up.
Create a hole in the top of the large heart and the bottom of the small heart, using a pokey tool. and lay the hearts on a sheet of baking paper. Pre-heat the oven to 110°C then place the hearts in the oven for 30 minutes. Check on them after 15 minutes to ensure they aren’t going too dark. Once baked take them out the oven and leave them to cool and harden.
You will know when the clay is baked by pressing a nail into the back, if it leaves a mark, pop it back in the oven for 10 minutes. Once ready, add a jump ring to your earrings, to join them together.
I find resin to be the strongest glue for adding earring posts to earrings, if you don’t use resin then find another glue like E400 or Dovecraft Ultimate Glue. Add the glue and leave to set for 24 hours.
These cute Valentine’s Day earrings are perfect for every day of the year, you can mixed up the colours and create new designs. If you create your own polymer earrings then tag me on @i_heart_maggie on Instagram or @IHeart_Maggie on Twitter so I can see your makes.
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Don’t over bake and the color will stay true!
Polymer clay will stay a bit soft until it cools down. The amount of time to bake is on the package and can be different with the brand you use You can make it brittle by baking too long. Tom Lea Zinter if you look at her pictures the color saturation is different in a few of them so it could be the picture itself that is off. Polymer clay colors usually do not get muddy or lighter unless over blended, the colors used, or white is used in a larger amount. E 6000 or Gorilla glue are also good glues to use and you can seal the hearts with a water based sealer for shine. Remember that Polymer Clay is a polymer / plastic based compound which is non toxic. That being said a dedicated toaster oven should be used unless you do not plan to work with the clay a lot. Plus, always use a separate oven thermometer to determine temp. There is a lot of info on the web if you are interested in crafting with this compound. You would be amazed at the beautiful creations that have been done with it. Good luck :)