DIY Marbled Clay Earrings Tutorial

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 30 minutes, including baking time
Age range: 8 and up with supervision for oven

Things you’ll need:
Two colors of clay (main color and contrasting color)
Clay tools or scissors
Oven and baking sheet
Earring post and clutch set
E6000 glue

Things to do:

  1. Pinch off a small amount of the contrasting color of clay. This will be the color that marbles. Here, we used pink. Roll the clay around in your hands to soften it.
  2. Roll the contrasting clay out into a long skinny tube using the palms of your hands.
  3. Using scissors or a clay tool, break the contrasting clay off into small pieces. Set those aside for now.
  4. Pinch off a small amount of the main background color of clay. Here, we used pearl. Roll the clay around to soften it.
  5. Roll the main color of clay out into a tube, making this tube a bit thicker than the tube in step 2 with the contrasting color.
  6. Place the bits of contrasting clay on the main color’s tube, making sure you place the contrasting pieces around the entire tube.
  7. Roll the tube gently using the palms of your hands to flatten out the contrasting pieces of clay.
  8. Form a ball with the clay, working it until you’re happy with the marbled effect. Try not to overwork the clay; this can blend the colors together to create a new color rather than the contrasting two-color marbling.
  9. Divide the ball of clay into two equal parts. Roll each equal part into a ball, trying to make the two balls an even size. If one ball looks larger than the other, remove some of the clay and roll it again.
  10. When you are happy with the size, gently press your thumb down on each ball of clay to flatten it into a disc.
  11. Place the discs on a baking sheet. Bake them at 275 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes. Remove them from the oven and allow them to cool.
  12. Place a small amount of E6000 glue on each earring post, then center the discs over the posts. Allow the earrings to dry for at least 24 hours before wearing them.

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