FIMO leather-effect earrings
Eye-catching at any time of the year, and the highlight of your outfit:
geometric earrings in contrasting shades. We show you how easy it is to make your own earrings.
To make a pair of earrings, take two blocks of FIMO leather-effect indigo and two blocks of dove grey. We’re using pure indigo here, and also creating a slightly lighter shade by mixing in some grey to create two-tone earrings. To do this, you will need 5 ½ portions of dove grey and 3 portions of indigo.
You can of course adjust the proportions of your mixture depending on how much of a contrast you want your design to have.
Tip: Work in progress and left-over material should be protected against sun and heat and can be stored in a screw-top jar or in cling film to protect it from dust and dirt.
Mixture: Knead the FIMO, mixing the indigo and dove grey together for as long as it takes to achieve a uniform colour.
Then roll out the two FIMO leather-effect shades into even sheets (approx. 0.5 cm thick) using your acrylic roller.
Cut one edge of each sheet straight and place those edges next to each other. Now roll over them with the acrylic roller, applying gentle pressure to bind the different-coloured sheets together.
Now you need your clay machine: pass the two-tone FIMO leather-effect sheet progressively through the clay machine until you reach setting 4.
Lay the FIMO sheet on baking paper. Take the two diamond-shaped cutters and cut out the earrings. In addition, cut two thin strips (approx. 1 cm wide and 7 cm long).
Preheat the oven to 130°C / 266 °F and check the temperature with the FIMO oven thermometer. Lay the earrings and the two strips on the baking paper on the baking sheet and harden in the oven for 30 minutes at 130°C / 266 °F on upper and lower heat.
Tip: Cut out the earrings on the baking paper and then place them and the paper in the oven together. Then you won‘t need to touch the earrings and they won’t curl up.
After hardening, leave the earrings to cool. Use the FIMO professional drill to drill a hole at both ends of each of the strips. This is where you will attach your earring hooks.
Thread a strip though the diamond shape. Push a jump ring through both holes and attach the earring hooks. Close the jump ring securely. The best way to do this is with jewellery pliers.
Tip: There are no limits to your creativity here, so you can of course make your earrings in different colours. A combination of saffron and grey, for instance, or black and watermelon, will look great too.
And you can also experiment with different shapes: why not try round, triangular or heart-shaped earrings?
What you need
smooth working surface (glass or ceramic), sharp kitchen knife, baking paper, jewellery pliers, 2 jump rings and 2 earring pendants
No time right now?
Save this article as PDF!