Step 1: Condition Your Clay Start by conditioning your clay to make it more malleable. Use an acrylic roller, pasta machine, or knead it with your hands until it becomes flattened and smooth.
Step 2: Think About Design Layers Select a main background color and tear other clay pieces into strips. Apply them to the background vertically, from darkest to lightest. Fold the clay and roll it until you achieve the desired look.
Step 3: Cut Out the Shapes Cut out the desired earring shape from the clay.
Step 4: Flatten Other Colors Flatten other colors like green and dark red. Cut out shapes, such as a Texas shape.
Step 5: Add Top Layers to Base Piece Carefully place the thinner clay cutouts on top of the base piece.
Step 6: Add the Final Layer Cut out cactus shapes and place them in the center of the Texas shape.
Step 7: Time To Bake! Bake the earrings according to the instructions on the clay packaging. Typically, bake at 275 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes.
Step 8: Smooth Out the Edges After baking and cooling, clean up the edges of the earrings using sandpaper or a sharp fingernail for a professional look.
Step 9: Make Holes to Attach Earring Hooks Use a small hand drill or a toothpick to make holes in the clay. These holes will be used to attach earring hooks later.
Step 10: Attach Earring Hooks Using jewelry pliers and jump rings, carefully attach the earring hooks to the holes.
Step 11: Time to Enjoy! Enjoy your beautiful handmade clay earrings. Take care to avoid dropping, bending, or exposing them to water, makeup, or perfume. Store them in a cool place.