Christmas Earrings in Oven Baked Clay
Remember my post two weeks ago about making Christmas decorations with Sculpey? Handmade Christmas DecorationsWell we are at it again!
This week whilst playing my favourite Christmas carols and enjoying being in the middle of the festive season. We decided it was time to get out the Sculpey clay and make Christmas earrings, (I mean "why not?" it is the season). We didn't copy from any particular picture, we just allowed our imaginations to run wild and create whatever came into our minds.Making the Christmas earrings was a little more intricate than anything that I have done with Sculpey before. I had to "switch on" my fine motor skills to make sure that I didn't fumble through these delicate designs. I definitely recommend using Sculpey tools (mine are actually cake decorating tools that I bought at my local department store. They work just the same as Sculpey tools but you can get them for a fraction of the cost).
We also purchased some earring hooks and metal earring headpins to use. I prefer Sterling Silver for sensitive ears. However if you do not have sensitive ears then surgical steel should be ok to use.I found this experience although a little more challenging was still lovely and mindful. I didn't feel stressed about making these earrings, I just went with the flow and enjoyed the process slowly and mindfully.
If you want to have a lovely experience making your own Christmas earrings using Sculpey we have included the basic instructions below. Just remember to allow your imagination to lead you into creating your own unique designs.
- Sculpey III clay (colours of your choice)
- Earring Hooks and earring pinheads
- Jewellery making pliers
- Contact glue e.g. Tarzan Grip glue or Selleys Contact glue
- Baking tray
- Baking paper
- Cake decorating tools (make sure it is used for Sculpey only and not food)
- Small Rolling pin (make sure that this rolling pin is used only for Sculpey and not for food)
- Pre heat the oven to 130 Degrees Celcius
- Line a baking tray with baking paper
- Choose the Christmas design you want to make
- Break off a piece of clay, and start making your design
- Once the design is completed, pierce the top of your design with the pinhead in the spot where the earring will be (pierce it about half way into the clay and then remove. You may need to turn it slightly to make sure the hole will be big enough to insert the pinhead when the clay has been baked). Use your jewellery making tool to curve the top of the pin head into a small loop (this is where you will attach the earring hook).
- Place the baking tray in the oven and bake for 15 minutes (Note: the Sculpey website advises Sculpey III to be baked for 15 minutes per 6mm thickness. Please use this guide if your clay is thicker than 6mm, to bake it correctly)
- Remove it from the oven and allow it to cool
- Place the pin head in the clay and measure how much of the pin head is in the clay plus another 5-7mm. Cut off at the length you desire
- Attach the earring hook to the curved part of the pin head using your pliers.
- Attach the glue to the pin head along the part of the pin head that will go into the clay (please follow instructions on your glue packet)
- Insert the pinhead into the clay and set aside for the glue to dry.