Pebeo Paint Polymer Clay Earrings Tutorial

Pebeo paint polymer clay earrings
Pebeo paint polymer clay earrings

In this three part polymer clay earrings project, I'll show you how to apply Pebeo paint to flat clay without the paint "running away", eliminating the need for a bezel and introducing more design possibilities.

Most Pebeo paint and polymer clay projects involve the use of bezels. The bezels contain the paint and prevent it from spilling. But what if you don't want a bezel as part of your design? What if you want a donut, for instance?

In this project we'll be making three pairs of earrings and a pendant, where I'll show you how to make flat textured clay blanks and how to apply Pebeo paint to them without the paint spilling off the sides.

Eliminating the need for a bezel allows for many more interesting and intricate design options, such as using the paint on domed or curved surfaces, and combining the paint with other polymer clay techniques. I'll be exploring some of these design ideas in the future, but for now, let's learn how to keep that paint in its place!

You will need the following supplies:

  • A circle cutter set (I’m using the Kemper cutter set and the Sculpey cutter set)
  • Black polymer clay
  • Silver mica powder
  • A piece of sponge or sandpaper for texture
  • An oven
  • A pasta machine
  • An acrylic roller
  • A tissue blade
  • A skewer
  • Pebeo Prism Paint (I’m using Eggshell White, Almond Green, Marina and Onyx)
  • Pebeo Moon Paint (I’m using Emerald)
  • Ice resin
  • A measuring cup
  • A curing mat
  • A hand drill
  • Renaissance wax 
  • Twelve silver jumprings
  • Six ear wires

How to Make the Bases for the Pebeo Paint Polymer Clay Earrings and Pendant

  • To start you’ll need a sheet of black clay rolled out on the thickest setting of your pasta machine.
  • Texture one side of the sheet using sponge or sandpaper, or any other texture that you prefer. Make sure to press hard enough so that you are left with a good texture imprint.
  • Brush over the texture lightly with silver mica powder.
  • Cut out two circles for each pair of earrings you want to make. You can choose whatever size you prefer, but the bigger the surface, the more space you will have to work with the Pebeo paints in part two of the tutorial.
  • For the pendant, cut out a large circle from the black sheet, then cut a smaller circle from near the top to make a donut shape. Use a skewer to carefully remove the small circle.
  • Gently pick up each circle, one at a time, using your blade and smooth off the edges of each one.
  • Bake all of your bases for a full hour at the recommended temperature of your polymer clay brand.
The bases are now ready for the paint.

How to Apply the Paint to the Polymer Clay Earrings and Pendant Bases

  • I'm going to be using three pairs of polymer clay earrings bases and a donut base.
  • Before you start, thoroughly mix your paints until the dark translucent color changes to a lighter metallic color.
Earring Set One:
  • For this set we'll use the Almond Green, Marina and Eggshell White Prisme paint.
  • Apply these in a sort of stripe formation using your skewer. Work up to the edges, but not so close that you break the surface tension. First the Almond Green, then the Eggshell White and finally the Marina. (See the video for more information on how to apply the paint.)
  • Go back and add dots of the colors into different areas. Maybe some of the White in the Marina and some of the Green in the White. Mess around and have fun.
  • Once you’re happy with those put them aside and bring over another pair of earrings.
Earring Set Two:
  • For this set we'll also use the Almond Green, Marina and Eggshell White Prisme paint.
  • Drip the paint onto the earrings. You can see what a difference it makes to the pattern.
  • Put this pair aside.
Earring Set Three:
  • For this set we'll use the Eggshell White and Onyx Prisme paint.
  • This time we’ll drag the colors in random directions to get a sort of patch work effect.
  • Put this pair aside too.
Donut Pendant:
  • For the donut we'll use the Almond Green, Marina and Eggshell White Prism paint, as well as the Emerald Moon paint.
  • Streak the Prisme paints over the donut like zebra stripes.
  • Drip a tiny drop of the Moon paint into a few chosen areas. The Moon paint stops the Prisme paints from blooming so don't apply too much.
Let all the pieces cure, preferably on a silcon surface, for a full 48 hours at least. Sometimes you need more than that. I like to leave them for a week to be sure.

It's very important that you apply the paints correctly to achieve the right results, so please see the video for more in depth instruction and lots of tips and tricks to make the process easier.

In part three, I’ll show you how to resin and finish off the pieces. (Coming soon)

Pebeo Paint Polymer Clay Earrings Tutorial - Part one

Pebeo Paint Polymer Clay Earrings Tutorial - Part Two

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