I have always been a pretty big fan of working with polymer clay. Once my daughter started watching YouTube videos of girls making tiny pieces of cake, pizzas, and even snow cones I was hooked. I had to get some clay and start making my own tiny treat charms.
Emojis are a quick and easy project to do with polymer clay. I find them to be a great way to use up leftover yellow scraps that I have. I can change the face on them to match my current mood or a particular project that I’m working on.
They are also easy enough that this is a project kids can help with too! It is important for kids to wash their hands well after using clay, though. Although polymer clay is generally safe, it can be toxic if used improperly.
Working with Emojis
Emojis are a simple shape that anyone can do. There are a variety of circle cutters available on the market. But, I used the end of my small clay rolling pin for cutting my circles for my emojis.
The painting is easy as well. For the heart eyes emoji that we decided to do on this project, it’s only two hearts and a smile. This is something that even kids can do without much help.
Emojis are fun! They are a great way to express your feelings or even trick yourself into a good mood. It’s hard to frown when you’re surrounded by smileys!
Working with Polymer Clay
Avoiding fingerprints is one of the biggest issues with working on these earrings. This can be done by wearing plastic gloves or by using a tool to smooth over the surface if any fingerprints show up.
When baking smaller projects like these earrings it is best to go about 5 minutes or so less than directed on the package. The clay may still have a little give to it but this can be fixed with glazing. It’s better to have softer clay than to have burned clay. This is especially true when working with colors like bright yellow.
We did two coats of glaze on this project. The first coat went on right out of the oven. The second coat went on after painting to seal everything in. It helps to give it a nice shine as well.
When painting clay we use standard acrylic paints. Other paints can be used but we find that acrylic works fine for our projects. It seals in well with the glaze that we use as well.
Making the Earrings
Once you have your emojis cut out, painted, and glazed you can add the earring backing to them. It is important to use a glue for this that is not toxic. For the most part, we tend to avoid many glues for earrings as they can contain harmful chemicals. We just used a hot glue gun for this project
It is important to make sure that your project dries at least 24 hours once you complete it. This will help ensure that your adhesive is set and that your glaze isn’t still wet in any spots. Overall, this project can easily be completed in an afternoon and worn the next day.
If you prefer a smaller earring simply make a smaller circle. However, I wouldn’t suggest rolling them out to any thinner than about 1/2 inch. Anything smaller than this typically does not fare well in the baking process and can be more prone to breakage.
Making Other Emoji Fun
Not quite in the mood for earrings? No sweat! These little polymer clay emoji charms work great as magnets, the tops of DIY thumbtacks, or even cute little bookmarks when added to the top of a paperclip!
The sky is really the limit when it comes to fun things you can make with these shapes once you have them cut out and painted. (How about an emoji charm bracelet?)
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