earrings are perfect for summer! In hues of pink and red, they will go
with many outfits.
The watermelon earrings are made out of polymer
clay. A polymer clay watermelon cane is made, and slices from this cane
become the watermelon slices.
You can make several sets of these
earrings at one time, perfect for summer craft bazaars or to give away
as gifts. Or, you can use the rest of the beads to make a matching
necklace or bracelet.
Do not be intimidated if you have never worked
with polymer clay before. All the instructions are included below. If
this is your first time working with polymer clay, be sure to check out
the tips and techniques article first
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1. To begin the
watermelon earrings, you must first make a polymer clay
cane. A polymer clay cane is a log of clay, that usually incorporates a
pattern inside it. The pattern is revealed when small slices are cut
off the log, or cane. They are fun to make! This polymer clay cane is
an easy one, perfect for beginners. To begin the cane, roll a small
amount of red or pink clay into a log. Mine was only an inch long or
so, and about ½ inch in diameter. If you want to make a lot
of beads, then make the cane longer.
2. Next, roll out a layer of white clay using the largest setting on
your pasta machine. If you do not use a pasta machine, use a rolling
tool to make a flat sheet of clay. Place the red cane on top of this
white clay, and trim the edges of the clay to the same size as the
length of your red cane, using a blade. Then, roll the white sheet of
clay around the red cane.
3. Repeat step 2 with a layer of green clay. The green clay will wrap
around the red and white cane. This is one of the most simple canes to
make, yet the effect is very realistic. The cane is done and ready for
4. Gently roll the cane back and forth under your palm, applying even
constant pressure. You want to reduce your cane only slightly, and
eliminate any gaps between the layers of clay. Then, place the cane
into the refridgerator for about 30 minutes to 1 hour to chill down. If
your cane is sliced when it is warm, the colors may blend together and
you may not get crisp edges (lines).
5. When the cane is cool, use your polymer clay blade (or razor blade)
to cut off slices 1/8 inch thick. To make one set of earrings, you only
need one slice.
6. Cut this slice right in half to resemble the two watermelon slices.
If you plan on making dangle earrings, use a pin or needle to poke a
small hole at the top of the watermelon slice, where you want the
earring to hang. If you are using post earring backs, there is no need
to make a hole.
7.Bake the clay in a preheated oven for the recommended temperature and
time. Allow the watermelon slices to cool completely.
permanent sharp tipped marker to
draw on little watermelon seeds. Paint the watermelon slices with a
coat of sealer, if desired (or use clear fingernail polish).
9. If you are making post earrings, simply glue on the earring backs to
one side of each slice. If you want to make dangle earrings as shown
here, first you need to open and thread on a jewerly loop through the
tiny hole you poked. Use needlenose jewerly pliers to help open the
loop. Then, open the small loop on the end of the dangle fish hook
earrings with the pliers, and thread this onto the jewerly loop. Close
up both loops tightly with the pliers. The watermelon earrings are now
ready to wear!