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Ethnic clay earrings

Ethnic Clay earrings – DIY

A simple tutorial that will show you how ethnic clay earrings can be made using self hardening clay, acrylic colors, eye pins and fish hook ear wires.  The technique used is simple and can be used to make your own terracotta jewelry style earrings to go with your outfit!

Ethnic clay earrings

Step 1:

Make two small coin like pieces of self hardening clay (the kind which air dries) in the same size. Since clay earrings could be a but heavy, let the pieces not be too thick.


Step 2:

Make a smaller circle piece and embed it in the center.


Step 3:

While the clay is semi-dry, insert an eye pin at the top (to later insert the ear wire).


Step 4:

Make a design of your choice in the clay. I’ve made a design that is similar to many terracotta clay earring designs one may come across.


Allow the clay to air dry and let it harden well. This could take about 30 minutes to an hour.

Step 5:

Start by painting acrylic colors of choice.


Step 6:

Paint a few coats…


Once the acrylic paint coats are done and the paint has dried well, apply a coat of clear varnish.

Allow the varnish to dry.

Step 7:

Insert a fish hook ear wire in the loop of the eye pin. Flat nose pliers may be used to open and close the loop.


Step 8:

Repeat steps above to complete the other earring piece.


Completed pair of clay earrings…


Note : If Polymer clay is used, it has to be baked so that the model hardens. If it is M Seal or Fevicryl Hobby clay, then it will air dry and harden.


  1. Dear Ramya

    Im an ardent fan of your work!!
    All you DIY’s are just amazing and you have been a great inspiration for me as im a beginner in Jewellery making using quilling strips and beads.Thanks a ton!!! for all these DIY’s tutorial.Hoping for more of your Impeccable work !!



  2. Hi ,
    I started quilling recently, you have got good creativity.

  3. Hi,

    Your works are simply amazing, I learnt basics of jewelry making from your tutorials, and a Big Thanks to you, now I make my own jewels, and it is so much fun!!! And you tutorials are so simple and to the point. Keep up the Great work!!!

  4. Really nice tutorial. It helps the beginners to make jewllery. How to make terracotta jumka earrings?

  5. Really an interesting blog. It helps the beginners to make own jewllery.
    How can we make terracotta jumka? Give a tutorial of that also?

  6. Dear Ramya,
    Good work. Like the way u described everything.

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