Why does a pair of Polymer Clay Earring cost so much?
I'm sure everyone of you have/had this question in your mind. To understand that, you need to understand the entire process.
Design and Conceptualising
I intentionally avoid designs that have been attempted by other makers (with the exception of flowers because it’s almost impossible to avoid). This process may take an hour to a few days depending on the complexity of the design. For instance, I conceptualised the Aladdin inspired earrings for a week before I attempted them.
Then I have to mix our own colours to get the perfectly complimentary tones. The longest I’ve taken is 2 hours to mix a particular shade of dusty blue.
Even using a out-of-the-pack colour (e.g. white) takes time because all clay needs to be conditioned before we can start using them each time. Conditioning is simply putting the clay through the pasta machine again and again until it is soft enough to work with.
Making the design
After prepping all the colours required, this comes the favourite part - making the design. A simple floral palm-sized slab (using cutters) can take up to 2 hours to create. My popular strawberry palm-sized slab took me 8 hours to carve each strawberry and leaves and put them onto the slab. There’s also the detailing which is tedious to do because some tools are very tiny to use and manipulate.
Cut and Bake
The slab have to be cut into individual pieces before putting them into the oven to bake for an hour.
Sand and Buff
After they have cooled, I have to sand and buff them. I have to select the individual parts that goes together and lay them out before drilling them.This can easily take an hour or two for 10+ pairs of earrings.
Lastly, I’ll have to assemble the earrings with the jump rings and adhere the posts and backs before carding them.
The earrings are now finally ready for sale.