How to make polymer clay stamped heart earrings for Valentines Day
Published On: 02-12-2012 05:36pm
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red polymer clay (I used Premo)
liquid polymer clay
red Pearl Ex powder
stamp of choice
2 heart shaped cutters, 1 larger, 1 smaller
French wire ear hooks
4 2" eye hooks
4 heart shaped jump rings
round nose pliers
flat nose pliers
Condition your clay and roll it out on the #3 setting on your pasta machine. Cut out 2 hearts with the larger cutter, and 2 hearts with the smaller cutter. These will be the backs of your earrings.
Place 2 of the eye hooks on the larger hearts, as shown. Add a little liquid polymer clay clay over the wires. We'll cut them to the proper length and form a loop at the bottom after they're baked.
Cut the other 2 eye hooks to about 3/4" long and bend the end to form a hook. Place these on the smaller hearts as shown and cover with a little liquid polymer clay.
Now roll your clay out on the #1 setting of your pasta machine and use your heart cutters to cut out 2 more large hearts and 2 more small hearts. Lay these on top of the hearts with wires, press gently to assure there are no air bubbles, and smooth the edges. You can do a little shaping and refining at this stage if you like.
Next use your stamp to impress a design on each of the hearts. Spritzing the stamp with water will help to keep it from sticking to the clay. Gently blot off any excess water from your stamped hearts and use your finger to gently rub the red Pearl Ex powder onto the raised surfaces of the design. If your hearts become slightly squished you can reshape them now.
Bake the hearts at 275 degrees for 30 minutes (for Premo- for other brands of clay be sure to check the directions on the package). After the hearts are cool give them 2 coats of varnish to protect the Pearl Ex powder. I used Fimo Gloss Varnish for these. Always make sure your varnish is compatible with polymer clay. Once the varnish has dried you can assemble your earrings.
To assemble, cut the end of the eye pin on the larger hearts to about 1/4" long and use your round nose pliers to form a loop. Use the heart shaped jump rings to attach the large hearts to the ear wires and the small hearts to the large ones, you should end up with something that looks like this.
And there you go! Pretty red stamped polymer clay earrings- perfect for Valentines Day! ;-)