Lemon Jewelry Tutorial: How to Make Polymer Clay Earrings

12 Materials
2 Hours

In this tutorial, we’re making lemon jewelry! I’ll show you how to make polymer clay earrings with a lemon slice cane. Let’s get started!

Tools and materials:

  • Polymer clay
  • Cutting tools
  • Pasta machine
  • Silicone brush
  • Needle tool
  • Cookie cutters
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Nail sander
  • Gloss glaze
  • Jump rings
  • Earring posts
  • Superglue
Mixing clay

1, Mix white, yellow, and translucent clay

To make the core of the lemon, add translucent and white clay to yellow clay and mix it thoroughly.

Shaping clay

2. Shape it into a disc

Shape the clay into a ball and flatten it to create a disc shape.

Slicing clay

3. Slice the disc

Cut the disc into 8 equal parts.

Flattening clay

4. Flatten white clay

Flatten a bit of white clay in your pasta machine at the thinnest setting.

Covering clay

5. Cover four of the wedges in white clay

Shape the white clay around the wedge of four of the yellow slices, but don’t cover the curved edge.

Putting pieces together

6. Put the wedges back together

Sandwich the wedges without the white border in between the ones that have it.

Filling center

6. Fill the center with white clay

Roll a white snake to fill the middle of the lemons.

Cutting off excess

Cut off the excess.

Adding trim

7. Add a white trim around the lemon

Roll a sheet of white clay on the 5th thickness setting of your pasta machine, and wrap it around the lemon.

Trimming excess

Trim the excess.

Adding trim

8. Add a yellow trim around the lemon

Repeat step 7 with yellow clay to create the peel.

Reducing clay

9. Reduce

Reduce the cane from the middle so you don’t mess up the lemon.

Progress shot

Here’s what your cane should look like!

Rolling clay

10. Roll the background clay

Roll the background color clay on the fifth setting, and more yellow clay on the thinnest setting.

Adding lemons to background

11. Add full lemons to the background

Cut out full lemons from the yellow clay and place them on the background.

Adding lemons to background

Use your fingers and a silicone brush to blend and soften the sides of the lemons.

Adding lemons to background

Add texture to the side of the lemon with a needle tool.

Adding lemons to background

12. Add lemon slices to the background

To make it easier to slice, put your cane in the freezer for 20 minutes.

Place full and half lemon slices on the slab.

Adding flowers to background

13. Add flowers to the background

You can make flowers using the same technique as my cherry blossom tutorial.

The only difference is I made the petals longer and didn’t indent the middle of the petals.

For the middle of the flower, I added a dot of yellow clay.

Adding leaves

14. Add leaves to the background

Cut leaves out of green clay, and add lines to the middle.

Cutting shapes out

15. Cut out the earring shapes

Once the slab is full, cut out earring shapes using your favorite cookie cutters.

Cutting components

16. Cut out additional components

Cut out additional components from solid-colored clay.

Cleaning the pieces

17. Clean the pieces

Clean up the earring pieces with rubbing alcohol.

Baked clay pieces

18. Bake

I baked my pieces for an hour at 225 degrees Fahrenheit.

I recommend you bake some samples to figure out your ideal temperature and time.


19. Sand

Once the pieces are cool, wet sand them. I’m using a nail sander as it works really well for polymer clay pieces.

Drilling holes

20. Drill holes

Drill even and clean holes in the earrings. After cleaning, let them dry.

Applying glaze

21. Apply a gloss glaze

Use a soft paintbrush to apply a gloss glaze to the dry pieces. You don’t have to seal polymer clay, but I prefer a gloss finish. Let them dry.

Adding jump rings

22. Add jump rings

Attach the main earring pieces and their components together with jump rings.

Attaching earring posts

23. Attach the earring posts

Use super glue to attach the earring posts. You’ll need to let it dry for 24 hours without handling.

Lemon jewelry: How to make polymer clay earrings

Lemon jewelry: How to make polymer clay earrings

Here are the results of our polymer clay earrings DIY.

What do you think about this lemon jewelry? If you like it as much as I do, let me know down below!

Next up, check out my post on How to DIY Monstera Leaf Earrings From Polymer Clay.

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