If you know me, you know that I LOVE Halloween, and you probably also know that I have a lot of quirky jewelry. I made these little skull stud earrings recently and they are perfectly my style. They are a little bit Dia de los Muertos, a little Jack Skellington, and lots of fun! I’ll be wearing them all of October because I like to stretch my favorite holiday as long as I can. Scroll on to find out how to make them!
To make a pair of your own you will need: white polymer clay, stud earring backs, all-purpose glue, black paint, and some clear polyurethane coating. Other fun paint colors or rhinestones are optional add-ons. You’ll need a few simple tools as well: a chopstick or dull pencil, a knife, a small paintbrush, q-tips, and an oven.
1) Start out by rolling two small spheres of clay, a little larger than a pea. Pinch each sphere slightly on one side and then flatten, making an oval shape that is wider on one end. The narrower end will be the jaw of your skull. Press in a bit on the bottom to flatten the “chin” of your skull shape.
2) Next, use a dull knife to create some “teeth” and two vertical “nostrils.” Use the chopstick to make two oval shaped indents for the eye sockets.
3) Bake these clay pieces according to the package directions.
4) After your skull pieces are hardened and cooled, use a small paintbrush to fill in the features with black paint. Don’t worry about staying inside the lines, we will neaten things up in the next step.
5) Using a q-tip dipped in a bit of nail polish remover, gently buff off any paint on the raised surface of your skull, leaving only the indented features painted. If you want a glossy look, add a coat of clear polyurethane sealer on top.
6) Glue the earring posts onto the back of your clay skulls with an all-purpose glue. Once the glue is dry they’re all done! You could definitely try out other halloween shapes as well, like candy corns or black cats. The possibilities are endless.