How To Make Stud Earrings Match Your Polymer Clay Pendants Perfectly

Polymer Clay Stud Earrings

A Waste-Not-Want-Not Jewelry Making Story That Just Makes Sense:

The weekly video tutorial from a couple of weeks ago was about using alcohol inks on crackled gold leaf. In that project, you learned how to make polymer clay pendants which have a circular cutout near the top.

Now as you should know by now, I’m not a big fan of wasting clay. So those cutout pieces were used to make a matching set of earrings which you can see pictured above in today’s photo.

Making these earrings is very simple. After baking the round cutout pieces of clay upside down (to prevent bubbles), on a sheet of plain printer paper in a ceramic tile sandwich, the circles were sanded, polished and glued onto stainless steel ear posts with Krazy Glue.

That’s it! So simple it almost feels like you cheated! And they are so pretty and easy to wear. In fact I am wearing a pair right now!

In the comments section below, please share your “waste not want not” polymer clay stories. Let’s get those creative ideas flowing.

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  1. Silverleaf, 27 May, 2009

    Cool idea!

    I often make cookie cutter type beads/pendants from sheets of clay with cane slices or mokume gane on one or both sides of it, and there’s always leftover bits that are weird shapes, not big enough to make more beads. If it was plain clay I’d just ball it up and re-roll it, but as the clay has patterns I don’t want to lose that.

    Instead I carefully form the scraps into a log with as much of the pattern on the outside as possible, then use my bead roller to make swirly oval beads. They look pretty in their own right, and also tone in with the main project as well.

    I actually get a bit frustrated when I’m making something that requires scrap clay, because I hardly ever have any scrap clay! I end up using new clay instead because all my leftovers seem to end up as swirly beads. ;)

  2. aims, 27 May, 2009

    These are both great ideas Cindy.

    I’ve got a question. Do you have any idea of where to get pewter sheets? I tried my local Michaels and nothing. Everything but pewter. Any ideas?

  3. Louise, 27 May, 2009

    When I started making things with clay I loved doing pins and all the tiny pieces left became mini pins the same way you do your earings.
    Putting many together made it fun to put on a bag, on the flap of the jean pocket, on a cap or a hat.
    Great way to remember your different canes.

  4. Jocelyn, 28 May, 2009

    @ aims

    Just looking at options on leafing that need restocking. Hope these help!

    Found three great sites for online ordering. The first is good old The second is a site called Tons of leafing and pewter metal findigs on the second site.

    The third site is a jewel,, which describes the original art form of gilding and has some wonderful products and pictures for inspiration.

    Cannot get out to stores, so online ordering has become the norm. If you are at all hesitant, just get a credit card with a low max…say $200, and keep it just for polymer clay orders. It’s easy.

  5. Arlene Harrison, 28 May, 2009

    I was on a cane making spree last weekend and had bits and pieces left over. My favorite one was a blue cane with a antiqued gold wrap on each petal. Some of the bits and pieces that I trimmed off went into the bead roller and the rest went to earrings and a pendant using a technique from one of the recent PolymerCafe magazines using parts from fishing lures. The last bit was used to make a reel cover for the badge I wear at work. None of these projects takes much clay and now I have earrings to match my badge reel cover!

  6. Dawn M, 28 May, 2009

    Great idea for matching post earrings! Quite a bit of my scrap ends up as swirly lentil beads. Or I mix it to form a new color to use in another project. Because I use rubber stamps quite a bit, extra stamped pieces are put aside for mosaic tiles for later projects.

  7. Cindy Lietz, 28 May, 2009

    @Silverleaf: I know what you mean about not having much scrap clay. I almost always use up everything from each cane or project I do, in a similar way to you. (It makes it so you have coordinated beads that way.) When I need scrap clay I often just whack the bad end off a cane and use that. Thanks for sharing your ideas with us!

    @aims: Jocelyn did an excellent job answering your question. Hope you found that helpful!

    @Jocelyn: Great tips! Like the credit card one too. It’s a great one for nervous web buyers! Thanks for helping aims, I love that!

    @Arlene: Sounds fantastic! Bet you look professional wearing your custom badge holder and earrings!

    @intothedawn: I do that with the leftover stamped pieces too! I like the rough cracked edges as well. Think they look cool, like artifacts. Look great in mosaics too!

  8. aims, 28 May, 2009

    Hey Thanks Jocelyn! I will look into all three of these!

    Love the credit card tip as well!

  9. Richelle S, 04 December, 2013

    I have been making rose stud earrings and normally I just make them from a mold bake them then glue the backs on.i only bake for 15 min and I seem have a hard time when it comes to glazing. I also didn’t know about sanding. I usually glue the backs on but have recently tried to use eye pins place them in then bake then cut them down to size to save the glueing step. What would your recommendations be and help when it comes to glazing.

  10. Cindy Lietz, 09 December, 2013

    Hi Richelle, you don’t actually have to glaze them. Polymer clay does not need to be glazed, but if you really want the shine, try using Varathane and painting it on with a good quality varnishing brush. Type Varathane in the search box at the top of the page to learn more about that.

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