These terrazzo earrings from polymer clay are lots of fun to make and they are so pretty too in an understated way!
Terrazzo is a unique style that was developed in Italy around the 17th century in architecture. It’s got a distinctive look to it with pieces of multicolored stone embedded in the material giving it a look that’s earthy and appealing .
You can also replicate that look with other things that are way simpler like jewelry or small objects. The good news is you can easily duplicate this look on a small scale and it’s relatively simple to do!
Example of terrazzo stone…notice that the sizes of the accent pieces vary…some are small, some larger… giving it a look that stands out.
Let’s start with a good example, earrings or pendants. They will look amazing and great to give as gifts. To get started you’ll need clay in several different colors. This is also a great way to “use up” leftover clay you may have on hand in various color odds and ends. Go over your stash and be sure you have contrasting colors that are light and dark so you will be able to get the effect.
Choose a base coat that is light in color, it can be white, light pink, pale peach, light yellow or something similar. Then the dark colors or brighter colors, these can be brown, red, green, etc. Some basic tools, one of them should be an x-acto knife. Some jewelry parts like earring backs, wires, etc.
Start by rolling out the light clay, into a fourth of an inch slab. Next take the colored clay blocks or pieces you have on hand and use your knife to cut off small pieces. Sprinkle these clay pieces liberally over the light clay slab. To get the pieces to stick, get another pieces of the light color and roll it out and place on top of the other slab you were working on, and then go over it with the roller, you should be able to see the tiny clay pieces like confetti, underneath.
Now is the time to cut this into your desired shape, if you’ve got shape cutters nearby, choose whichever one you like best, and then for earrings cut two pieces, and then pierce two tiny holes near the top. bake these at the designated time and let them cool afterward. If you’ve assembled earrings before this should be easy, you can use jump rings to do so. then the French hooks.
These will look great paired with your favorite outfit, casual attire or work wardrobe…I’ll bet people will be asking where you got them? Don’t be shy, you made them….nothing wrong with a little humblebrag. And don’t forget to let them know you’ve got sophisticated taste!