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Hi there!

Has anyone attempted to make earrings from a standard stoneware clay? I would love to make some ball earrings or rolled out and shaped earrings, but I wonder about 1) how to insert the posts 2) how the small amount of clay handles in the kiln? Thanks!

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42 minutes ago, ChloeElizabeth said:

Hi there!

Has anyone attempted to make earrings from a standard stoneware clay? I would love to make some ball earrings or rolled out and shaped earrings, but I wonder about 1) how to insert the posts 2) how the small amount of clay handles in the kiln? Thanks!

I glue the ceramic piece to the post with e6000 after the glaze firing.  It is very durable.  I put the earrings in the kiln as "fillers", placed around larger pots. 

Roberta

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look at the thousands of them on ETSY for ideas, many are hung from wires in the firing.   they have a small hole that is used for the wire ear loops.

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just saw a current discussion of colored clay in the section of the forum called   clay and glaze chemistry.   it's about colored extrusions and shows earrings in multicolor with holes.

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If you're going to glue on posts, leave the backside unglazed and fire them on the shelf like anything else. If you're doing pendant earrings, you can also leave them unglazed on the back, or if you want them glazed all over you have to rig up a method of hanging them. There have been a lot of posts here on the forum about ways to hang small objects in the kiln. If you leave the back unglazed, make sure you're using a well vitrified clay or seal the back so they don't absorb body oils.

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