Today I'll take you through the steps for finishing polymer earrings, with photos from my studio.
My Four-Step Process for Finishing Polymer Clay Earrings...
- Sanding the pieces and buffing
- Creating the ear wires and attaching
- Selecting Swarovski crystal embellishment for each pair
- Assembling the earrings-- bringing all the pieces and details together!
It all starts with sanding...and more sanding...and more sanding. I work from 800 grit through 2500 grit wet/dry sandpaper in soapy water. The sudsy water helps to keep the sandpaper free of debris.
My hands get really sore from this but they are super clean-- and my pieces look great! If you have trouble with sore fingers from sanding, try wrapping your fingers with masking tape.
When I am satisfied that my pieces are sanded to perfection, it's time to begin assembling the earrings into their final form. Every set of earrings gets their own pair of unique, hand-formed sterling silver ear wires. I use 20 gauge half-hard round wire.
Here is a peek at a brand new shape I'm working on now for YIKES!Studio. The ear wires on these earrings have a hook on back. The shape and colors of this piece are organic and perfect for spring. I've chosen a light blue Swarovski dangle for the ear wire.
These red and black earrings needed a little extra on the ear wires. I wrapped blackened steel wire around the sterling silver. I love the way the black steel mimics the lines in the polymer.
Manipulating the steel wire around the ear wire.
Here I want to create a funky, messy looking knot of wire to attach the ear wire to. It starts with a loop from the blackened steel wire.
More wire bending
Finished wire work. I like a messy looking knot of wire. Its just more fun that way!
I have been working on some photos for my new, soon-to-launch website! Stay tuned! ❉