How to make air dry clay earrings (a 10-step DIY tutorial)

Air Dry Clay Earrings DIY Tutorial

HAY, how art you? Do you know what is air dry clay? Air dry clay is clay that doesn’t require baking to harden, so it’s really convenient to use for art projects. From planters, candle holders, jewelry dishes to decorative pieces, you can be assured that you will never run out of DIY ideas with this craft material. Moreover, nothing beats the satisfaction of wearing or using something you have made with your bare hands. In this article, I am sharing the 10-step DIY process of making air dry clay earrings. Read on and DIY with me!


Step 1: Flatten clay

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First, take a small section of clay and roll it until it is flattened using a rolling pin. You can also use a cylindrical glass jar, or any similar items.

Tip: Roll the clay between 2 popsicle sticks to achieve an even thickness.

Step 2: Cut out desired shapes

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Next, cut out your desired shapes. Depending on the shape of your design, you may need different tools. I used a small plastic pen cover to cut out circles, and the x-acto knife to cut out trapezium shapes for my mountain design. Smoothen the edges and surface with your fingers. You can also adjust the thickness of the clay here; I think a thickness of about 2mm is just right.

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Tip: Use stamps to create imprinted designs

Step 3: Leave the cut clay pieces to dry and harden completely

Lay the pieces on a piece of wax paper. The amount of time needed for air dry clay to harden completely depends on environmental conditions. For me, I left them to dry overnight and they were ready to be painted the next day.

Tip: To speed up the drying process, flip the pieces over during drying.

Step 4: Sand off uneven parts

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Once the clay has completely hardened, use sandpaper to sand off uneven and bumpy parts and smooth out the surfaces.

Step 5: Paint the clay

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Acrylic paint works best with clay projects. I painted all of them white first to get a clean and even base. Depending on the paint you are using, you may need a few coats of paint to get an opaque and consistent finish. 

Step 6: Leave painted pieces to dry overnight

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Acrylic paint dries faster than other paint mediums. However, I left them to dry overnight just to play safe!

Step 7: Seal with mod podge

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Then, seal the paint with a few coats of mod podge. Let each coat dry for about 15 to 30 minutes, depending on environmental conditions. They come in both matte and glossy finish, so pick the one that you prefer. 

Step 8: Leave to set for 2 nights

Again, place the coated pieces on a piece of wax paper to set for 2 nights. You may notice that it feels slightly tacky to the touch at the beginning if you are using the glossy mod podge

Tip: Flip the pieces over from time to time to prevent them from sticking to the wax paper.  

Step 9: Glue on earring posts

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Once the mod podge has cured, glue earring posts on the back of the studs with E6000 glue. I got mine online but I believe they are available in your local craft stores too! 

Step 10: Leave to set for 2 nights

At this point, you will be really excited to try on the earrings but hang in there, leave them to set for two nights so that the glue can dry completely. 


Finally, the earrings are completed!

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Air Dry Clay Earrings DIY Tutorial

Hope you will enjoy this fun little DIY project as much as I did. 

Watch the video below for the complete process:

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