Easy Opal Earstuds




I love opals for the mystic shimmering colors and the depth. For years I have tried various methods to recreate opals with various materials some more expensive than the others. Finally I hit upon this simple method which I am going to share with you and i really really hope you like it coz I just fell in love with it myself.


Step 1: Materials and Tools

hot glue gun

transparent glue sticks

dichroic paper (I found it as a packing paper)

black polymer clay (small piece)

wire sticks- or ear stud base.

Step 2: Creating the Opals

Load the hot glue gun with the transparent stick. first practice on a normal baking paper pressing symmetrical blobs of glue. Then press out symmetrical blobs of desired size and shape( approximately same, a bit asymmetry gives it a very natural look).

Let the blobs cool and dry.

Once cooled carefully cut out the blob along with the piece of shimmer paper that is stuck to it.

Your precious stone is ready.- already!!!!!!

Step 3: Setting the Gem in the Stud

Roll out 2 small balls of black polymer clay. Press it gently to flatten it. Then place the opal pieces you just created onto them and cut out any extra black clay on the sides. Pick up the whole piece and round the clay enclosing the edges of the Opal stone.

Cut Pieces of wire to about 2.5 cm sticks(2x).

stick these sticks into the polymer clay at 90° to the surface.( as shown in the picture)

Bake the whole earring as per clay manufacturers instruction, generally at 110C for around 15 mins.

The precious stone earrings are ready!!!!!!!

Step 4:

See how pretty and irresistible they look!!!

I hope this tutorial will come helpful and inspirational to you......



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    6 Discussions


    4 years ago

    this such an epic idea my 8yr daughter love to make her own jewelry. I bet we could make matching pendent and ring with the same technique. Thank you so much for sharing.

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    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    :) Of course you can make many more things. Also It is mess proof and neat , esp for kids at that age, just make sure your daughter is supervised whilst handling the hot glue gun.!


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you for a non-kiln method of faux opals.
    These look like something which can be made in a very short amount of time, unlike working with a glass kiln. I like it!

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    Reply 4 years ago

    Yes it takes no longer than a few minutes once you hv everything ready. Happy DIYing?

    Snuggle Bunny

    4 years ago

    These are actually really cool, they look like real opals. Going to have to do this.

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