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!
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.