With all the neon and pattern mixing going on this summer I've found myself drawn to simpler accessories....studs in particular. After going a bit overboard at one of my favorite bead stores a few months ago my go to pairs have been rough, uncut amythest or quartz nuggets but when I saw the thorn earrings by Lee Hale I promptly removed whatever was in my ear and got to making a pair for myself.
WHAT YOU NEED:
- Polymer clay
- Clay knife/ Xacto
- Earring posts (I used 6mm ones but I would definitely opt for a 4mm diameter so that your clay thorns don't have to be so thick)
- Wax paper
- Gold spray paint
WHAT TO DO:
- Break off a piece of your clay and soften it up
- Flatten it out a bit and then cut out two triangles
- Keeping one side straight, slowly begin to create a curve on the other side
- After shaping it to your liking go ahead and bake it. I normally bake mine at 150 degrees on wax paper. I normally keep checking it until its not flexible and then I know its done.
- Once they cool off go ahead and spray paint. I haven't used a can of spray paint since my last job as a visual assistant and even then I wasn't superb but I found the Krylon brand to be much easier to use. It went on extremely light and misty offering up a really even coat.
- Let it dry and spray the other side
- Glue the golden thorns to the earring post then let dry overnight
- All you have to do now is wear 'em out