How To Make Leather Look Clay Earrings
Have you seen the new leather effect FIMO clay at your local craft store yet? I first saw it being used by someone I follow on Instagram and I was instantly intrigued, I had to try it for myself! On the next trip to my favorite store, I bought a few colors and decided to make a set of trendy earrings with it.
Roll the FIMO clay thin
The first step is to cut off some of the clay and roll it out as thin as possible, I did mine about 1/8″ thick. I had laid down some parchment paper and then sandwiched the clay between another sheet and rolled it out with a rolling pin. I found rolling it without the parchment had it stick to my wooden rolling pin and nobody wants that!
Creating the leather look
Now I will confess, the first time I did this I thought I was done and ready to bake the clay. I didn’t read the instructions fully and thought baking it brought out the leather texture. I was wrong! The correct next step is to pick up the clay right after rolling it out and gently stretching it in every direction. That’s what creates the leather look! Here’s a close-up shot showing you the effect:
Repeat the process with all of the colors you want to use. You can preheat the oven while you’re rolling out the rest of the colors to 265 degrees. I used another sheet of parchment to line my cookie sheet and then spaced all of the colors onto it and baked for 30 mins as the packaging directions stated.
Designing the earrings
Once they are baked, set them aside to cool. While waiting you can start designing the earrings in Cricut Design Space.
I’m using this earring cut file from Creative Fabrica for this project. You’ll want to upload the design into the software and open them up as cut files.
I’m going to use the design in the lower left-hand corner, so I deleted the other earrings. I also resized it to be smaller.
Hot tip: If you’re not sure what size you want to use I would recommend printing out a few different sizes on paper first and seeing what you like best before cutting the real material.
I chose to use 3 different colors of clay for this earring design and if you’re not familiar with Cricut Design Space it automatically will sort your cutting mats by color for you. Then duplicate the design by right-clicking on your mouse to pull up the shortcut menu.
Now you’re ready to send it to cut! Click the green “make it” button in the top right-hand corner of the screen.
This is where you can move the earring parts around on the mat to make sure they are in the right locations with the actual material on your cutting mat.
Secure the clay with tape before cutting
Speaking of your cutting mat. Let’s attach the leather clay to your mat and load it into the machine. Since this material is thicker than most and my mat is pretty well-loved I added washi tape all around it to make sure it didn’t slide around while it was cutting. Also, make sure your knife blade is loaded into the B tool clamp.
Next, make sure to adjust the cut settings. I played around with several different settings and found this 4-5 oz. garment leather did a great job. I did send it to cut 2 more times before fully unloading the mat though. It will ask you to check to make sure it’s fully cut after each cycle.
Assemble your earrings
Now it’s the fun part, assembling your earrings!! I used gold jump rings and earring hooks to complete mine. You’ll also need 2 small pliers to pull the jump rings open and then can slide the rings through the holes and then squeeze the rings again to close them. Repeat this process for each layer.
Finally, step back and look at those gorgeous creations you just made! A beautiful and on-trend set of earrings you can wear or share with loved ones.
I’m definitely going to be making more of these in the very near future! I can’t wait to try out the other earring cut files too.
Thanks for following along!!