DIY Polymer Clay Earrings

I am so excited to share this DIY with y’all. Polymer clay is so much fun and I can’t wait to pass it on. It’s fairly easy and it really allows you to let your creativity lose. You’ll need an assortment of polymer clay, earring posts, small metal loops, and clay tools. It is possible to improvise and create your own clay tools. I’ve found that toothpicks, chop sticks, and knives can come in handy.

DIY Polymer Earrings / Crafted in Carhartt

Take a close look at the steps below (from left to right). They are a lose guideline for you to create your own earrings. Don’t be afraid to alter any of the stages. Remember to bake your clay at 275 °F for 15 minutes before you put on the hardware.

DIY Polymer Earrings / Crafted in CarharttDIY Polymer Earrings / Crafted in CarharttDIY Polymer Earrings / Crafted in Carhartt

Once you’ve made a pair or two, start to experiment with color and size. Don’t be afraid to mix it up. It’s a blast! Here are some of the other designs that I’ve come up with.

DIY Polymer Earrings / Crafted in CarharttDIY Polymer Earrings / Crafted in Carhartt

You can even take your polymer jewelry making skills to a whole new level and give necklaces and beads a go. Take a look at what I came up with using the same techniques above.

DIY Polymer Earrings / Crafted in Carhartt

 

 

Jenelle Steele of  The Violin Making School of America

violins and Carhartt

violins and Carhartt

violins and Carhartt

violins and Carhartt

violins and Carhartt

violins and Carhartt

violins and Carhartt

violins and Carhartt

violins and Carhartt

violins and Carhartt

violins and Carhartt

violins and Carhartt

violins and Carhartt

violins and Carhartt

violins and Carhartt

The beauty of a handcrafted instrument is undeniable. How often does that slip your mind when listening to a song that captures your heart? We all love music, no matter what genre it may be. Let’s take our involvement a step further to consider all that goes into what we’re hearing.

Jenelle Steele played the cello for 19 years. Her background includes ceramics, metal work, glass mosaics, and furniture refinishing. To mix her admiration for music and her love for physical, artistically minded work, she enrolled in The Violin Making School of America.

Violins are such strikingly beautiful instruments. Before my trip to the school in Salt Lake City, I never thought of how unique each handmade piece is. Jenelle told me that every maker has their own style giving each violin it’s own personality and voice. It was fascinating to see that a craft so focused on quality and precision still highly values the unique qualities of the end product.