Earrings with PMC3™ Precious Metal Clay

Nellann Roberts
Courtesy of PMC Connections
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Simple Dangle Earrings

These simple earrings can be mixed with simple bead combinations for tremendous variety.
STEP 1
Apply a light coating of Badger Balm to your textures, clay roller and hands.
STEP 2
Divide the 16-gram package of PMC3 into two equal parts and roll into smooth balls. Flatten each ball before rolling out in order to start an even circle.
STEP 3
Lay one clay circle on one of the patterns of the ''bento box'' rubber mat. Place three playing cards on each side of the clay.
STEP 4
Roll Clay Over Stamps Put the ''table cloth'' mat – pattern side down – on the clay and roll evenly in both directions. Carefully remove and set aside. Repeat for the other earring.
STEP 5
Cut the Earring Using a Circle Cutter Cut out each earring with the 1-inch circle cutter. Remove any excess clay with scalpel and pat edges to smooth.
STEP 6
Dry Earrings Earrings should be dried in a dome shape. Everyday objects you already have, like spoons, are a favorite for this purpose. We also found the shape of our wood dapping block was a convenient dome.

Important: Make sure that the texture you would like to appear on the front of the earring is the concave surface of the dome.
STEP 7
Drill a Hole Drill a hole in each earring using the PV set drill.
STEP 8
Clean and fire the earrings. Be sure to use fiber to support the undersides of the domes during firing.
STEP 9
Use a Burnisher After firing, brush with wire brush, tumble and burnish raised surfaces of your texture with a burnisher. We followed with silver black and 2 x 2-inch ultra polishing pads for a high shine and maximum contrast between the peaks and valleys of the texture. Don't forget to give the texture on the back of your earrings equal attention.
STEP 10
Polish the Earrings There are endless options for finishing your earrings. For the version pictured above, we used ear wires and two jump rings to hang the bead in the hollow created by the dome.
STEP 11
For variation, we dipped the earrings in liver of sulfur solutions to create beautiful colors that complimented our bead selection. You can also experiment with different numbers and placement of beads.

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