By General Crafts Contributor Amy from the Etsy Shop DangerousRainboCraft.
Bring out your fun breakfast loving side with these polymer clay waffle earrings. Learn how to make realistic clay waffles you can use as charms, necklaces or, embellishments (you could glue one to an adjustable ring).
What you need:
- polymer clay (I used Sculpey III tan and yellow.)
- scrap polymer clay from old or failed projects (never throw your scraps away they always can have a use)
- an old gift card
- clay roller or a glass jar
- Liquid Fimo aka Fimo Deco Gel
- painters pallet or clean disposable plastic lid
- findings: headpins, jump rings and earring findings
- hobby blade
- jewelry pliers: needle nose, cutter
- corn starch
- chalk pastel or charcoal and paint brush to apply
- optional: Sculpey Glaze (for a protective shine) and a paint brush to apply
- optional: cutting board or clay mat
Mix up some scraps of clay and form it into a ball. Flatten your scrap clay using a roller or glass jar. My flattened clay was about 1/4 of an inch thick and had a diameter of about 2 inches.
Use a gift card to make indentations in a grid pattern. Bake clay as directed. I used Sculpey III which bakes at 275 degrees for 15 minutes per 1/4 inch thickness. I baked mine for 15 minutes. Let it cool. You now have a waffle texture mold you can use again and again.
Prep your waffle mold by sprinkling a little corn starch onto the mold. give it a gentle tap to remove excess starch.
Place a slightly flattened ball of clay on top of your mold. Use a clay roller or glass jar to flatten your clay to your desired thickness. Repeat this process so you have 2 waffles (or however many you wish to make) adding corn starch after each mold use.
Shave some brown and dark yellow chalk/ charcoal with a hobby blade.
Shade the tops of the waffle grids with your shaved chalk/ charcoal using a synthetic paintbrush. Insert eye pins (trim if too long) or head pins then pre bake your waffles for about 5 minutes. While you are waiting for them to cool, lower your oven temp to 265 accommodate for the Liquid Fimo baking temp.
Mix Liquid Fimo and shaved brown chalk/ charcoal with a toothpick to use as maple syrup.
Use a toothpick to apply the maple syrup. It is easiest to keep your waffles in your baking pan while adding syrup so you don’t make a mess moving them. For the butter, I cut out a thin square of yellow clay and placed it on top of the syrup. Your oven should now be pre-heated to 265. Bake for 20 minutes for the Liquid Fimo to cure completely. Failure to completely cure will result in your work staying tacky or sticky.
After letting your work cool, use needle nose pliers to attach a jump ring and earring finding to your waffle charms (if you used head pins trim and curl them before adding jump ring etc.).
Enjoy! I hope you have fun wearing your new earrings.