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Polka Dot Earrings | We’re All Ears

It feels like it’s been ages since I made earrings! And then, Erin announced her theme for the We’re All Ears challenge of September, and it looked just too fun to not give a shot. The theme? Dotty. Or more specifically, polka dots.

I have been trying to bring more bling to things I make. It was my goal for last year, and I’m still struggling to implement it! 🙂 I wavered between making contemporary earrings or traditional Indian ones for the challenge, and decided I’d make both, and make them both blingy. In the end, I was able to make only one pair, but I love them!

Polka Dot Earrings | Anita
The ever-striking combo of red and gold exceeded my expectations!

I started out by rolling out a sheet of red polymer clay at the second-thickest setting of my pasta machine. For the polka dots, I used a stencil and brushed Perfect Pearls in mandarin, sunflower, and gold. From this, cut out two rectangles containing six polka dots each, and prised away some arcs between the polka dots. I did an initial bake, and then added in another background sheet of black, with Translucent Liquid Sculpey binding the two layers.

After the final baking, I drilled a hole each at the top of the earrings. Then I just had to add more glamor. I used ICE Resin so the colors would appear more vibrant. One does need to be really careful with resin. In my case, it started overflowing, first out from the red areas into the blacks, and then it started oozing down from the blacks too! There was nothing else to do but move around the earrings occasionally so they don’t get stuck to the base.

When the resin cured, I found that the jump rings I had were either too large or too small, and I made a couple of jump rings with my 18 gauge wire so I could attach earring findings to finish the pair.

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Many thanks to Erin for the oh-so-fun-and-inspiring theme! Go on and check out more dotty, spotty earrings over at Earrings Everyday.

16 thoughts on “Polka Dot Earrings | We’re All Ears

  1. I love the red and gold beads that you made. They are really gorgeous. The sheen on them is wonderful. It is hard to believe they started as polymer clay. Well done!

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    1. Thanks very much Kathy! I love how much more beautiful the resin made the beads. Now I feel that they were a bit meh immediately after baking. 🙂

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  2. These came together beautifully. I love how they shine. Your use of the perfect pearls was inspired!! I hate that you had so much trouble with the resin, but it looks like they worked out in the end.

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    1. Thank you, Hope! I’d forgotten about the Perfect Pearls until I laid my hands on it for a different art project, lol… I love that it worked out well.

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  3. These are an absolutely gorgeous pair of earrings! The combination of the red with gold is just wow, and the resin just brings out the bling so much more! Can’t wait to pair it with a dress and wear it!! 😀

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  4. These are classy, retro, jazzy and fun! I love red with gold and the resin really makes the dots POP as if they are floating! Thanks for playing along with me! Enjoy the day. Erin

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