These marbled polymer clay egg earrings are a cute way to wear a subtle touch of Easter flair, but versatile enough to wear any time of the year. They are a quick and easy craft, and you can customise to any colour scheme you like - I went with classic eggshell blue and a turquoise inspired marbling. To make these earrings, you will need clay in the colour(s) of your choice as well as a few basic jewellery-making supplies and you can easily apply the same technique to create a pendant. You can go plain or speckle with ink after baking if you prefer - just skip the marbling steps.
- Trim two eye pins to suit your egg size. You can trim and insert straight, as shown, or for a stronger hold, leave it a touch longer and create a loop or zig/zag for added grip.
- Select your clay colour(s) and work a small quantity of each clay in your hands until conditioned to a soft and pliable state for working.
- Roll a small thin cane of each colour.
- Twist the canes together.
- Bend the twisted cane into a loose ball and divide into two halves. I often roll clay when marbling, but found (the hard way...) that doing any extra working and combination at this stage resulted in muddy marbling once I formed the eggs.
- Roll each half into a ball (marbling will blend in the process) and then elongate to an egg shape.
- Gently insert the cut end of your eye pin into an egg and carefully smooth insertion point if/as needed (a toothpick can be handy for this detail task). Repeat for the second egg.
- Bake to manufacturer's directions for your chosen clay and cool completely before continuing to attach to earring ear wires. If using a glaze (optional) apply prior to attaching your earring hardware.
- Use small pliers to open your ear wire loop to the side, the same way you would a jump ring. Always open/close sideways, never pull apart. Slip the eye pin loop onto the earring, taking care to ensure your bead is facing pattern-out for wear. If you would like a little more dangle, you can attach via jumpring(s) or small length of chain.