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gold earrings

Cut and Sculpt Celtic Design Earrings

Materials and tools:


Polymer Clay in your choice of colors:
  • Sculpey Primo!
  • Fimo
  • Fimo Soft
  • Sculpey III
Polymer clay feels and molds amost exactly like the modeling clay you used to play with in grammer school...=) However, it can be baked to a durable hard consistancy with your home oven or toaster-oven. Sculpey III bakes to a nice bisque finish, very hard but brittle. The others still feel a little "plasic" after baking and are more durable.

Sculpey III is rather soft, but will work in this method because we will be working with small pieces which won't have any stress placed on them. Prices range from $1.29 to $2.59 per color in 2 oz. blocks. Check your local craft store or online catalog for availability.

Metalic Powder Used to highlight and add sheen; optional. I recommend Pearl-Ex powders or metalic "Pulver" (made by the Fimo company). But you can also use eye shadow!
A hard plastic brayer for rolling flat sheets of clay.

Good substitues are a glass jar with straight sides at least 4" tall; a toy wooden rolling pin (clay might stick to this, though); or for true polymer clay enthusiasts, use a pasta machine! (but don't ever use it for pasta again!)

Smooth Work Surface:
(1 ft. sq. or larger)
  • pane of glass
  • mirror tile
  • marble or ceramic tile
  • plexiglass
Glass works best. My craft table is covered with a large pane of flat, auto safty glass. I work on the surface, but I can also place paper patterns under the glass for easy use. Be careful of certain types of plastic surfaces... the plasticizer in the clay can literally EAT through some kinds of plastic (like the hard, clear plastic of Rubbermaid drawer carts!)

Modeling Tools
modeling tools
You can find these handy-dandy clay tools in any craft store or catalog. Plastic ones are OK, but I had to trim off the mold seams in order to make them work nicely....so I recommend wooden ones. Notice that these are the ones with a different tool at each end of the handle.

A good substitute would be an ordinary table knife, using the blunt side. Not as easy to manipulate and not as versitile, but it'll work...=)

Tapestry Needle and Straight Pin
tapestry needle straigt pin
These two tools are just about the most important ones to have around for scupting small things like these earrings. Used for details and the fine work of smoothing rough edges, you could almost use them exclusively for this project!
Scissors These should be very small, like embroidery or straight cuticle scissors.
Xacto Knife
xacto knife
This precise cutting tool is used to get the basic shape cut out of the sheet of clay. The #11 long triangular blade works best. There's no good substitute for this tool.
Pottery Cutter This tool looks like an oval spatula, if fact, a thin, flexible, metal spatula will make a fine substitution. Or you could use dental floss stretched across your thumbs. Press firmly to the glass while you pull under the clay releasing it from the glass so you can pick it up.
Soft Paintbrush
Used to apply the optional metalic powder to unbaked earrings.
Clear Varnish Choose between gloss or matte acrylic, liquid or spray. The spray is more convenient, but I've found that some of them remain sticky even after drying....I've had better luck with the brush-on liquid type. You'll need a cheap brush to apply this with. Some suggestions for a good finish: Future floor polish (yes you read that correctly!) or Flex Verithane "Diamond" varnish... both are brush-on.
Fish-hook Wires Choose gold or silver plate, stainless steel, or real gold/silver, depending on how much you want to spend...=)
Jump Rings Jump rings are used to attactch the fish-hook earring wires to our clay design, allowing it to dangle freely.
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this page last updated October 20, 2002.