Tuesday, July 8, 2014

{Faux Agate Earrings Made with Polymer Clay}

Hey, y'all!  I have a new DIY jewelry tutorial to share with you today!  Have you seen the agate jewelry that is all the rage now?  I am totally in love with the earrings and necklaces and rings made from these pretty stones.  I decided to try my hand at making my own agate from clay, and I used the faux agate I created to make some earrings.  I love the way they turned out!
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 I've had polymer clay in my craft stash for years, but I haven't used it in forever.  After seeing some of my bloggy friends use it for different projects lately, I knew it would be the perfect medium to try to create faux agate.  
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I used a pearly white and silver, along with turquoise and two shades of blue.
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I kneaded the clay in my hands and then rolled it into balls.
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I used a marker to flatten the clay.  (What can I say?  I don't have any fancy clay working tools.)
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I then rolled the flattened white clay into a tube shape.  I wrapped the different colors around the white tube and rolled the tube into a thin snake.  This is when I just started experimenting.  I cut the clay snake into pieces and cut some of the pieces in half.  I rolled some of them out.  I cut small sections of the snake and then flattened the end with my thumb.
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I ended up with different swirly pieces of clay with different patterns.  I used a circular-shaped cookie cutter to cut out my clay.
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I baked the clay according to the package directions.
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After the clay cooked and cooled, I used a gold paint marker to color the edges and back of the clay circles.
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Since agate is shiny, I covered the unpainted part of the clay with a layer of Dimensional Magic.
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I used super glue to glue earring posts to the back of the clay circles.
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And then just as an extra precaution, I covered the gold paint with a layer of gloss Mod Podge.
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I love how each pair of earrings is unique.
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I can't wait to think of more uses for this faux agate, and I look forward to working with polymer clay again.
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10 comments:

  1. Stopping over from Creative Bloggers Collective - love this idea. The earrings look fab! xx, b

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  2. Those are gorgeous! I want to take the leap into crafting with polymer clay.

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  3. These are absolutely gorgeous!!! Now I need to make some!

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  4. I'm in LOVE with these earrings, Bethany - they're so gorgeous and this is such a clever idea! I've got to go make some for myself! : )

    -Mel the Crafty Scientist

    (P.S. So sorry if I've posted a version of this comment 523 times... the page keeps resetting on me!)

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  5. So beautiful! LOVE the colors you used. These look easy and fun - I'll have to try!

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  6. Wow! I had no idea how easy that DIY would be from the picture. These look like they would make great gifts :)

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  7. These are SO pretty! You did a fabulous job! I featured these at our #BeAwesomeParty this week! Angie xo

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