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7nica
« on: September 08, 2009 05:05:49 PM »

Hi i'm pretty new to these forums and i'd really appreciate it if anyone can help me with this. I'm trying to make some earings but I don't know how to start and what materials or tools i'd need to make them or HOW to make them. the only thing i know for certain is that i'd like to make them out of polymer clay but other than that i know nothing else so could you please help me out???
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« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2009 10:50:45 AM »

Hi, and welcome!

There are at least two different things involved in "making earrings" --the materials you use for the findings (usually the metal parts) and the materials you use for the beads or other embellishments hanging from or attached to those findings.
  
You said you want to use polymer clay as your choice of materials in that second case, so you'll probably want to ask most of your questions, check out the archives of previous posts, and generally hang out on the 2 polymer clay boards here (or some forums/groups elsewhere) rather than the more general "Jewelry and Trinkets" board you're in right now:
Polymer Clay Discussions & Questions: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?board=239.0
Polymer Clay Completed Projects: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?board=238.0

It's fairly easy to learn to use findings (and perhaps plain wire too) to make beads into earrings in the simplest ways... check out my page on Wire, for example:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/wire.htm
...click on the category called Basic Wire Shapes, then scroll down to "Ear Wires" --and perhaps also check out "Simple Loops" and "Wrapped Loops" above that, etc.
If you want info later on fancier ways to turn beads into earrings or just more info on all kinds of ways to make earrings, you can ask about "earring findings" etc here in Jewelry & Trinkets, or look them up online:
http://www.google.com/search?q=how+to+make+earrings
or check out other "wire working" forums/etc (e.g.: http://cs.artjewelrymag.com/artcs/forums/26.aspx )


I have an online "polymer clay encyclopedia" too that has loads of info about jewelry and many other things that can be made with polymer clay (as well as covering "the basics" of pc, like baking, using finishes, tools/cutters/blades, conditioning, brands and their differences, supply sources, etc.) in addition to the page on Wire linked to above, so you might want to check out at least the page on Jewelry:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/jewelry.htm (click on Earrings)
And the pages on Pendants and Beads-Holes each cover a lot more about using various kinds of connectors to be able to hang or otherwise connect polymer beads to themselves or to findings/cordings, etc.
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/beads-holes.htm (various categories)
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/pendants_cording.htm (check out all the Loops & Holes category)

This is the main Tools page too, but you'll also find other tools discussed for relevant techniques on other pages:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/tools_Dremels_worksurfaces.htm

Polymer clay can be used to create so many entirely different looks though that it's hard to give exact pages at my site (or anywhere) for those since they'd be covered on the many other pages at the rest of the site.
(There is a page called Beads though, but it has mostly to do with many shapes that polymer clay beads can be created in--as well as some basics on rolling and finishing beads, etc.:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/beads.htm )

To get a general idea though of the many patterns/effects that can be created on the surface of polymer clay beads (or boxes/bowls/trays, buttons, eggs, Chrismas ball ornaments, frames, lights, notebook covers, fronts of cards, outdoor items, sculpts or clothing/accessories for them, and a jillion more things), you might want to check out the Table of Contents page for the site:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/info_letter.htm
...Scroll all the way down to see a listing of not only the 90+ pages at the site, but all the categories and subcategories on each page (then to go to any of the pages, use the alphabetical navigation bar on the left).

Each individual page at the site has tutorials, examples, tools, troubleshooting, ideas for variations, etc. for a particular topic. But the Kids/Beginners page also has a lot of topics all on one page (suitable for beginners, as well as some not-so-beginner things on making "games," etc), plus a kind of introduction to polymer clay:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/kids_beginners.htm
...click at least on Adult Beginners & Info for All Beginners

I've also written a number of summarized info and idea posts in the two Polymer Clay boards here that suggest good techniques and projects especially for beginners (those posts often have a "thumbs-up" icon next to the subject line like you've done to your post with a "question mark").
Here are a few of those (some probably overlap a bit):
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=192069.msg2020704#msg2020704
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=73664.msg3086458#msg3086458
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=73664.msg1153464#msg1153464
beginner tools: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=73664.msg1267435#msg1267435
beginner canes: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=178586.msg1852235#msg1852235
making molds: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=101292.msg960710#msg960710

HTH,

Diane B.


« Last Edit: September 10, 2009 09:07:55 AM by Diane B. » THIS ROCKS   Logged

POLYMER CLAY "ENCYCLOPEDIA" 
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7nica
« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2009 09:32:36 PM »

thanks 4 the info....it helps greatly! Smiley
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