Mollie Makes - - Introducin­g -


Poly­mer clay in yel­low, white, coral and blue Acrylic roller Small lozenge-shaped clay cut­ters Power drill or hand drill Fine-grade sand­pa­per Bak­ing pa­per Pli­ers Two jump rings Two ear­ring studs and back­ings Peach em­broi­dery thread or 4 ply linen yarn Su­per­glue Sewing nee­dle Why save state­ment ear­rings for best when you can rock them on the daily? We’re fully in favour of all the tas­sels, all the time, and th­ese dan­glers will look equally amaz­ing if you’re go­ing out-out, or with your day­time stripes and denim. It’s about adding a play­ful hand­made touch to any out­fit.

We also love that poly­mer clay is kind of like play­dough for adults, and with this pro­ject you get to break the rules a bit, mix­ing all the colours to­gether to cre­ate mar­ble

style painterly pat­terns.

Con­di­tion the poly­mer clay by rolling it in your hands to en­sure it’s soft and easy to work with. Blend two or more colours with the white to cre­ate the right yel­low, or­ange, coral and blue tones for the pro­ject, as shown.

To form the base, roll the or­ange clay out onto a piece of bak­ing pa­per to en­sure it doesn’t stick to the work­ing sur­face. The base should be 0.5cm ( ") thick.

Roll the yel­low clay into small balls and place them on the base. Roll th­ese balls flat so they’re the same thick­ness as the base.

Roll the blue clay into long snake-like shapes, and ar­range them on the base. Again, gen­tly roll th­ese flat onto the base.

Us­ing the im­age as a guide, con­tinue adding more clay colours and shapes and rolling them flat into the base un­til you have a com­po­si­tion you're happy with.

Roll out a small amount of coral clay to 0.5cm ( ") thick. Us­ing the cut­ters, cut two small lozenges from the coral clay and one large lozenge shape out of the pat­terned clay base. Cut the large lozenge in half across the width. Th­ese shapes will make up the com­po­nents for the ear­rings. Fol­low­ing the man­u­fac­turer’s in­struc­tions, bake the shapes in the oven.

Once cooled, drill a small hole into each shape to hold the jump rings, us­ing the im­age as a guide. At this stage you can also use a fine-grade piece of sand­pa­per

to neaten the edges of the com­po­nents. Us­ing a big­ger drill bit, drill three holes at the bot­tom of the pat­terned semi­cir­cle ear­ring piece to ac­com­mo­date the tas­sels.

Cut a length of thread for each tas­sel. The length of thread you’ll need de­pends on the thick­ness of the thread. We used 2m (78 ") per tas­sel, but you might need more if you’re us­ing a finer thread.

Fold a length of thread in half and thread it into a nee­dle. Sew through one of the holes on the pat­terned semi­cir­cle ear­ring piece, se­cur­ing the end of the loop with your fin­gers. Con­tinue sewing loops of the same length un­til you reach the end of the thread.

Take an­other shorter length of thread, and tie in a knot at the back of the ear­ring com­po­nent. Wrap the thread around a few times around the top of the tas­sel, and then tie an­other knot.

Re­peat Steps 8-10 so you have three tas­sels on each ear­ring. Trim the tas­sels, and stitch any loose threads back into the tas­sel.

Us­ing the pli­ers, se­cure a jump ring to each ear­ring to con­nect the com­po­nents, as shown. Fin­ish the ear­rings by at­tach­ing the two ear­ring posts to the back of the ear­rings with su­per­glue.

Kelly Chap­man

Kelly’s been an art teacher for over 20 years, teach­ing vis­ual arts in schools, as well as adult cour­ses in print­mak­ing, sculp­ture and fi­bre art. Lately, she’s been fo­cus­ing on jew­ellery mak­ing. Her jew­ellery designs cel­e­brate the tac­tile qual­i­ties of poly­mer clay, com­bined with fi­bre-based el­e­ments.­

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