From A - Z: How to Make Slab Earrings

4 Materials
1 Hour

These earrings are super fun to make and even more fun to wear. I love how versatile they can be and the fact that once they’re done they’re completely unique - your style, your way! This is how to make slab earrings.

Tools and materials:

  • Polymer clay
  • Liquid clay
  • Needle
  • Bead
Clay slab earrings

Mix your clays

Mix polymer clay with a small amount of liquid clay until the texture of your clay is paint-like. Repeat this with all the clays (colors) you will use for the earrings. (I have two shades of blue, three shades of pink, green, orange, and white). 

Polymer clay slab earrings

Make the branches 

For the branches, use polymer clay without mixing in any liquid clay. Simply take your clay and roll it out between your fingers and flat surface until you get your desired thickness. Then, use a needle to place the branches on the background. When you’re done, press in lightly with your finger. 

Make slab earrings

Make your leaves 

Take a piece of green clay and roll it between your fingers. Then, place it on the tip of your tool and press it into the background while pulling backward. This will create your desired leaf shape. Feel free to play around with the colors, shades, and sizes. I added orange. 

Make clay slab earrings

Add some color 

Next, I took some pink clay and made balls. I rolled tiny pieces of clay between my fingers until they were round and then used a needle to place these balls on the background. I put the balls next to the leaves. Once you’re done, use your fingers or a tool to press in. 

Make polymer clay slab earrings

Use your needle 

Your needle can also be used to make some nice decorations. Use the sharp tip to make some small holes across your background for some texture and detail. 

Polymer clay floral embroidery

Cut out your earrings 

Using a teardrop-shaped cutter, cut out your earrings. I cut out two big teardrops and then three more small ones. Try not to let any of your creations go to waste. 

Cut out the earrings

Bake your earrings 

Once the earrings are cut out, add a small hole to the top of the drop so that you can add a bead there later on. Then, bake the earrings for about ten minutes. 

Frame the earring

Make a frame 

Take polymer clay - without adding liquid clay - and cut out a piece that is around the same thickness as the background of your earring. Use this clay as a frame for your earring. Gently apply it to the rim of the earring. Use the blade of a knife to smooth it out. 

Insert the studs

Put in your studs 

Use some liquid polymer clay to apply ear studs. Simply place a drop of the clay on the thick side of the teardrop and push the ear stud into it. Then, place the earrings back into the oven for another 30 minutes. 

Finished earrings

The last thing to do is find a bead you love and loop it in. These earrings are completely unique. Every leaf, dot, and stem is made completely by me. I hope this helped you learn how to make clay slab earrings - I’m excited to see the colors and patterns you come up with! 

Suggested materials:
  • Polymer clay
  • Liquid clay
  • Needle
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  • Jeanne Jeanne on Apr 10, 2021

    What a beautiful job! You are gifted. You do need good eyes and hands for sure. Thanks for sharing

    • Leslie Leslie on Oct 11, 2022

      Hi Jeanne, actually you can get a set of magnifying glasses from Harbor Freight for a nominal price if you feel you need them and would like to try this.

  • Jeanne Jeanne on Oct 05, 2023

    I love these earrings. You are very talented !