New polymer clay earrings

With both sets of my polymer clay earring components created in Julie Picarello’s workshop – the round discs and the long “lizard tails” – I drilled a small center hole approximately 1/8″ from the top of each piece. That is where the similarity in the embellishment process ends.

Using gold-filled wire threaded through the drilled hole, I made a wrapped “hanger” for each of the round discs and then attached a handmade gold-filled ear wire. I then created some crystal bead dangles using the same gold-filled wire and attached them to each ear wire with a small jumpring.

Using Silamide thread (my favorite for beading) and size 15 seed beads, I used the drilled hole to secure a ring of beads around the top of each “tail”. From that base ring, I worked peyote stitch first up around the top of the piece and then on the bottom of the ring, decreasing when needed to form fit the beads around the “tail”. I added a small pearl for embellishment and then a loop at the top so that the pieces could hang comfortably from ear wires.

Next up…..the pendants…


9 comments on “New polymer clay earrings

  1. Amy Crawley says:

    Beautiful earrings Karen. The stitch work on the dagger shaped earrings is wonderful. I can create artwork in a tiny space but not when it comes to beading. I’m all thumbs.

    Looking forward to seeing these pieces in-person sometime.


  2. Judy says:

    Wow weeee… Those are stunning. You are such a great designer and beautiful artist. I just love that these are so different. You are my hero.

  3. Jenean says:

    Very beautiful work. I love your color choice and your design.

  4. Olga says:

    MMm… Like this!)

  5. artandtea says:

    Thanks everyone for your wonderful comments! 🙂

  6. Lisa Clarke says:

    I really like that top pair! I’ve been doing a lot of the “dangly little beads in front of big clay tiles” thing lately and I think it really works. Nice!

  7. artandtea says:

    Thanks Lisa! Yes, at first I just had the wirework there but the “hanger” space looked empty to me. I wanted something in that small space and thought about putting in some beaded fringe but the dangles were faster, lol. I love the look, too!

  8. Susan Hemann says:

    Stunning earrings! I so admire the bead work. I’m going to have to investigate polymer clay and beading further. I use the clay for my doll faces but have never made jewelry.

  9. artandtea says:

    Thanks for your kind comments, Susan! You could bead around your doll faces. 😀

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