I have always been fascinated by terracotta jewelery . I love their earthy look and how fab they look when teamed up with Indian Ethnic wear. The air dry clay that I had bought looked quite easy to mold and I thought why not try making some jewelery pieces. What do you think??
Steps to make your own –
- Roll your air dry clay or any other type of clay you are comfortable with into balls about an inch tall.
- Using a rolling pin, roll them into ovals about 3 cm thick.
- Cut them into desired shapes using a blunt edge knife
- Using a toothpick make a hole to pass the string through
- Let it dry for a min of 24 hrs.
- Once Dry, paint them black using all surface acrylic colors. The key here is not to use any water. Another tip is to leave the bottom bare while painting the top. Once the top is completely dry, paint the bottom.
- Once dry, Use basic shades like, red – yellow , dark blue – light blue, Green – yellow, Balck white etc and draw simple geometrical designs as above. Wait for 1 color to completely dry before applying the next.
- Once they are completely dry, apply a coat of modpodge / clear varnish to seal the paint in. Again this is optional.
- Buy ready made earring loops / hooks available at hobby stores or with jewelery making kits and using pliers, loop through the clay tablets.
- Wear them and show them off to your friends. My neighbors liked them so much they picked them all.
Why don’t you give it a try too and then share the pics. Linking this post to Patricia’s Weekend Wrap up 3.
Very very pretty Shruti and awesome ideas! You should start a business 🙂
Hi, Thanks for posting these lovely ideas. I was wondering if you could tell me what kind of air dry clay you used for the jewelry? Thanks so much!! Becky Anderson
We get a local variety Air dry clay in craft shops in India. It is really soft and malleable and hardens when exposed to air ( takes 12 – 24 hrs to really harden)
Nice pictures of Terracota Jewelry. It is an exotic dressing style when worn with the traditional nomadic or tribal dresses. So please, don’t wear this with 9 yards madisaar saree. Trying to be a little humorous.
(I have no idea on these things. My wife asked me to write this.)
U r awesome Shruti!
Oh my God..are you for real…you made all this at home!!! you rock lady..totally rock!
@Sg: LOL. These are handmade.n thanks for the tip. I don’t own a madisaar n will not try teaming it with teracotta jewels :p Pass my Hi to ur wife.. and ask her if She’ll like to have a pair.
@Shankari: I can’t make the same things twice. I get bored too soon. .. Not a good quality if one has to start a business.
with good ideas
Wow Shruti!! Lovely terracota jewellery 🙂
@Swaram: thank u . thank u. Its my first attempt at this. N i really missed having a good brush ..
@Shalini: thanks. kahan ho aap? artsy-craftsy misses u. 🙂
@R’s mom: Just Time pass re! 🙂 glad u liked them so much.
@Sm: welcome here. n thank you. 🙂
@Priya: Thanks. Any entries from ur side for arsty-Craftsy?? 🙂
Shruti, mind-blowing!!! What colors, what patterns!!!
My wife (LG) says thanks.
Gorgeous- start a biz yaar!
Shruti, those earrings look wonderful, and I LOVE Your Ganesha!!
Shruti, This is gorgoeus. I have a friend here who does terracotta jewelry as a business. She has some lovely patterns 🙂 I was wondering about the how. Thanks for the quick lesson. Have a feeling Meg will love trying this out:)
These are gorgeous!! Loved each one of them:)
Can you pls tell how u made the flower imprints? I mean what did u use to?
Oh my.. very very pretty!! You make this look so so simple and easy. I’ve never tried my hands at terracota.. 🙂
@Vidya: Try it out.. pretty easy.
@art: U flatter me. 🙂
@GB: Thank u. n welcome here. That ganesha is yet to be painted. Its a gift for my colleague who is shifting
@sands: Ohh ask meg to try with some easy geometrical designs . n share the pics.
@Anon: I have a paper embosser. Used that.
@Patricia: 🙂 U like? U shud give it a try. This was my first attempt at it and they look quite amateurish. But it was soo much fun.
Very nice, Shruti. When can I place an order for some?? 🙂
These are beautiful!! Lovely colors:)
I have tried pressing leaf/pasta shapes onto clay… but this paper emboser thing looks very neat. Let me see if i can get one, hope itsnt expensive:)
Looks super easy, thanks for linking in the carnival.
Wow Shruti!! hats off to your creativity!!!!
I just loved all your work…ur rocking….
love them all…grt work!!
I was looking for stuff made with air dry terracotta and I found your blog. Thanks for the procedure. Did you use the white clay or terracotta clay for your work? I want the unpainted raw feeling, do you think that the terracotta version with just a sealer on top will work?
thanks and can we get the small mould anywhere in salem
2 questions.. what is air dry clay? where is is available
how did u manage the wire – the twists . what kind do we buy?
Can u pls let mee know how u get the moulds to impress on clay? where did u get those from? pls reply.