Ballroom Shimmer Crackled Paint Polymer Clay Earrings [Gallery]

Ballroom Shimmer Earrings - Polymer Clay Tutor “These colorful
earrings bring the
perfect drama to any outfit,
whether a sparkling ball
gown or a favorite pair of
jeans.” ~Cindy Lietz

Can you just picture these stunning earrings swishing gracefully from the lobes of a glittering ballroom dancer as she glides across the floor with her partner? I can.

Lately we have been watching a lot of the So You Think You Can Dance TV show, and although I am far from graceful myself, I feel as though I move a little smoother when I wear a pretty pair of earrings like this.

As many of you already know, Doug and I have an almost 15 year old daughter named Willow who is aspiring to be a professional photographer when she grows up. This summer, she has started working along side Doug, learning the tricks of photographing and editing beads and jewelry for our Website.

Previous to this post, some of Willow’s photographic work has already been featured in some of the recent color palette presentations. You can see them at these links: Peeled Tree Bark, Exotic Spices Palette, Snail Palette and Peach Rose).

And in today’s photo shoot, Doug and Willow worked together to provide you all with a beautiful gallery collage of jewelry making inspiration. This is a wonderful opportunity for Willow to gain experience. I am excited to see where she takes her new skills!

By the way, here is a link to the previous featured Gallery post if you did not get a chance to see it: Blue Iris Sculpted Flower Pendant

Please use the comment section at the bottom of the page, to discuss the items presented… or to let me know what other projects you would like to see and learn more about.


Ballroom Shimmer Crackled Paint Polymer Clay Earrings:

Ballroom Shimmer Earrings - Polymer Clay Tutor
Graceful and shimmering, these Ballroom Shimmer Earrings were created with polymer clay and a crackled paint technique using my own custom made metallic paints in Pinks, Golds and Blues. The polymer oval shapes are 1 – 1/2 inches (4cm) long and 1 inch (2.5cm) wide. The high gloss resin coating provides protection and also showcases the depth of the textured surfaces very nicely.

Enhanced with the rich warmth of bronze wire, hand torched headpins and ear wires… the real fresh water pearls are wire wrapped and linked to create a shimmering tassel beneath these artistic earrings.

At a total length of 3 – 1/2 inches (9cm) these earrings dangle just an inch or two off your shoulder and bring the perfect drama to any outfit, whether a sparkling ball gown or a favorite pair of jeans.

Price: $30 (US) Ballroom Shimmer Earrings – If you are interested in purchasing the jewelry item shown in today’s gallery post above, then please send an email to let me know. Be sure to include your full mailing address so I can work out the shipping cost and get back to you with payment instructions.


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  1. Jocelyn, 01 August, 2011

    Willow, you are going to be a very good photographer if your past work here is any example. How exciting for you that you come from a talented family that can show you the tricks of the trade while you are still at home.

    Cindy love these earrings, and sure hope they show up as a tute soon.

  2. pollyanna, 01 August, 2011

    Fantastic pictures with great detail…….love these earrings!!!!

  3. Anna Sabina, 01 August, 2011

    Great pictures. Inspiring to have your daughter following in her parents creative footsteps.

    Cindy, I LOVE So You Think You Can Dance. It is like my favorite show. I think one of the girls are going to win. I am sure the voting is really close. It is a great show that inspires boys to dance and emphasizes Men should dance like Men. Are you going to participate in national Dance Day?


  4. Cindy Lietz, 03 August, 2011

    You guys are not the only ones that think these earrings are pretty… they sold within a few of hours after this post went live, and are currently jetting their way over to New Jersey as we speak!

    I agree, that Willow is becoming a very good photographer. I know how difficult it is to do a nice job on photographing jewelry. It will be so nice to have the extra help, so that Doug can be freed up to get to more of those behind the scenes tasks he has been wanting / needing to do. I am really proud of Willow. She is really a lovely teenager and it is great to see her blossom like this.

    @Anna Sabina: No I am not participating in National Dance Day, though it sure looks like it would be fun. Maybe we could have a polymer bead team next year? I can just picture us all dancing away in our studios! :-)

  5. Lupe Meter, 01 August, 2011

    Beautiful earrings! That is awesome that Willow is learning photography from her dad! Great work!

  6. Sandra J, 03 August, 2011

    the shots are great, the close ups are very good.

  7. Phaedrakat, 03 August, 2011

    Gorgeous earrings! I’d love to see a tutorial on your paints/technique. I’m also a huge SYTYCD show fan. My neice teaches hip-hop…they filmed her (& students) for a National Dance Day segment. I hope they show some of it on TV…!

    Back to this post — very lovely jewelry, photographed beautifully! ~Kat

  8. Elizabeth S., 03 August, 2011

    Lovely photography of lovely earrings!

  9. Karonkay, 03 August, 2011

    Photography is such a difficult thing for most of us. Willow- your work is awesome. You have a great eye .

  10. Rebecca (Becky) Chisenhall, 04 August, 2011

    I love these earrings! I, too, hope this will be a tute in the near future! I am so happy they are already going to their new home so soon! Great photography job, Willow! Reminds me I need to get that photography box set up that I have been trying to make time to do…..

  11. Phaedrakat, 05 August, 2011

    @Cindy: What type of paints did you use here…or will it “all be revealed” in upcoming weeks? ;D

  12. Cindy Lietz, 09 August, 2011

    Thanks guys for your sweet comments for Willow. She is a shy girl but she loves to read your compliments.

    @Phaedrakat: All will be revealed… ;D

  13. Jan Neff-Sinclair, 10 January, 2012


    I was wondering if I missed the “follow-up” where all “will be revealed.”
    Could you please steer me towards that tutorial?

    Thank you,


  14. Cindy Lietz, 27 January, 2012

    Hi Jan, sorry to have taken so long to get back to on this. ‘All was revealed’ in the Make your Own Crackle Paints Tutorial. It is a fun one. Hope you will try it out!

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