Quirky, interesting pieces that stand out from the norm are some of the best conversation starters. These metallic knot stud earrings definitely fall into that category! Inspired by a pair of metal Kate Spade earrings, this DIY project uses oven-bake clay and metallic spray paint. These earrings are a great idea for anyone who loves nautical style or simple, statement-making accessories.
– Metal cookie sheet & parchment paper
– Metallic spray paint
– Two post & backing sets for stud earrings
– Oven-bake clay (I used a block measuring .5″ wide x .5″ high x 1″ long)
– Strong craft glue (such as E6000)
– Craft scissors
1. Roll a piece of clay into a ball measuring about the same width as your thumbnail, or about .5 inch wide (1.27 centimeters).
2. Roll the ball into a 1/4-inch-wide log (0.635 centimeters).
3. Carefully tie the log into a knot.
Tip: When you knead and roll clay with your hands, it can become warm and fairly soft. This might make it difficult to tie a knot, as the clay will be more likely to stick to itself. If your clay is too sticky, let the log air dry for about 30 minutes. If necessary, you can always roll the clay back into a ball and give it another go. Don’t worry if it doesn’t work the first time — it took me a couple tries!
4. Trim each side of the clay knot, using either your fingers or a pair of craft scissors.
5. Repeat steps 1 through 4 to create a second clay knot. Place both pieces on a metal cookie sheet covered with parchment paper. Bake the clay according to the package’s directions.
6. After the clay cools completely, head outside and spray paint the knots. Leave them to dry according to the spray paint’s instructions.
7. Glue stud earring posts to the back of each clay knot.
Note: You can spray paint the back of each clay knot if you want. I chose not to, as they cannot be seen when worn.
8. Let the glue dry overnight.
Then rock your brand new earrings! How fun are they?
Photo credits: Kirsten Nunez
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