Friday, April 18, 2014

Mini bow polymer clay post earrings tutorial

I used sterling silver posts to make these earrings but your can easily use hypo allergenic, nickel free, or other ones.  This project uses a minimal amount of polymer clay so it’s a great use for your leftover clays!  Perfect for little girls…or mom since Mother’s Day is right around the corner. These earrings are simple but elegant and perfect for any occasion.

You will need:

Polymer clay

Clay tools, (roller, pointed tool, craft knife, clay blade)

Waxed paper to cover work surface

Earring posts and backs

Gloss glaze for polymer clay


Aluminum foil to cover cookie sheet and home oven pre-heated to 275 degrees

E6000 glue

Masking tape to hold bows while applying the glaze

1.     Roll out your clay thinly.  Use the clay blade to cut two strips of clay 1/8” wide by 1 ½” long. 

2.     Fold one end into the center and press lightly to make a loop.  Fold the opposite end to the center to meet the first loop.  Press in the center with the pointed clay tool.

3.     Cut two more strips of the thinly rolled out clay 1/8” wide by ½” long.  Fold at an angle.  (See photo) Place the bow loops you just made on top of this piece and press to adhere. (Bow tails made)

4.     Make the center knot by attaching a tiny strip of clay at the top center and bring around to the bottom using the pointed clay tool.  Press lightly to attach a knot to each bow.

5.     Cover a cookie sheet with aluminum foil.  Preheat your oven to 275 degrees and bake for 20 minutes.  Do not over bake.  Do not use a microwave.  Let cool.

6.     Attach a piece of masking tape, sticky side up and place the baked bows on to hold while you brush on a coat of clay glaze and let dry.

7.     Add some E6000 glue to the back of your post earring findings and attach a bow.  Repeat for second earring. Let dry completely. (E6000 glue is available in craft stores and discount department stores everywhere and works best)


  1. I'll be sharing your post with my daughters. They will love this! Thanks for the tutorial!

  2. Those look great, I thought you used a mold from first look. Great work. Please come share at the Anything Goes weekly linky, if you have not already.

  3. We're always impressed with what you can create with polymer clay - terrific tutorial too! Thanks for sharing on #simplybebetsy and hope to see you again soon!

    Sharon and Denise

  4. These are really cute and we love all the cool things you can do with polymer clay - very creative - thanks for sharing it with us on #simplybebetsy.

    Sharon and Denise

  5. These are absolutely adorable! I can't wait to make myself a pair :-)

    Kristy @ 3 Peppers Recipes - Crafts, Cooking & Color

  6. Adorable I'll have to try and make some. Thanks for sharing at the party! Theresa @DearCreatives

  7. Very cute :) Thanks for linking up at Happiness is Homemade!

  8. They are so cute!
    BTW, I just noticed I am not getting your feed on my bloglovin! Looks like I have missed so many of your great projects!


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