How to Make Autumn Theme Polymer Clay Succulent Earrings

As the weather turns cold, it’s time to add autumn color pallet into your jewelry collection. Therefore I created a pair of polymer clay succulent earrings using orange yellow, olive green and dark red. In this tutorial, you will learn three different shapes of polymer clay succulent and how to arrange them on an earring.

If you’ve read my polymer clay tutorials before, you know I don’t like any guess work. In the post, I’ll show you the structure of each succulent, the size of each petal, and the color recipes for all three succulents. This is a very informative post and you can learn a ton from it. So read on!

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1. Orange Yellow Succulent

Using a rolling pin or clay roller, roll a piece of yellow polymer clay into 1mm flat sheet. Then as shown in picture 1, cut small circles from it using a Wilton No.7 cake piping tip (4mm in diameter).

The yellow polymer clay color recipe and succulent structure are listed in the next two sections.


Orange Yellow Succulent Color Recipe

  • Fimo Soft Sunflower 4g
  • Fimo Soft Tangerine 0.2g
  • Fimo Effect Translucent 3g


Orange Yellow Succulent Structure (picture 2 below)

  • Center: 1/4 of a circle
  • 1st Layer: 1/4 of a circle +1/2 of a circle +3/4 of a circle
  • 2nd Layer: 1 circle *3
  • 3rd Layer: 1 1/2 of a circle *5


Shape and arrange the succulent leaves based on the pictures below. Then set aside.

Polymer clay used in this project

2. Dark Red Succulent

Using a rolling pin or clay roller, roll a piece of red polymer clay into 1mm flat sheet. Then as shown in picture 1, cut small circles from it using a Wilton No.7 cake piping tip (4mm in diameter).

The red polymer clay color recipe and succulent structure are listed in the next two sections.


Dark Red Succulent color recipe

  • Fimo Soft Cherry Red 2.5g

  • Fimo Professional Bordeaux 0.5g


Dark Red Succulent Structure (picture 2 below)

  • Center: 1/4 of a circle
  • 1st Layer: 1/2 of a circle +1/2 of a circle +3/4 of a circle
  • 2nd Layer: 1 1/4 of a circle *3
  • 3rd Layer: 2 circles *5


Shape and arrange the succulent leaves based on the pictures below. This time, the leaf should be slightly wider and thicker than the yellow succulent above. In addition, arrange the leaves tightly against each other.

Polymer clay tools needed in this project

3. Olive Green Succulent

Using a rolling pin or clay roller, roll a piece of green polymer clay into 1mm flat sheet. Then as shown in picture 1, cut small circles from it using a Wilton No.7 cake piping tip (4mm in diameter).

The red polymer clay color recipe and succulent structure are listed in the next two sections.


Olive Green Succulent Color Recipe

  • Fimo Professional Leaf Green 3g
  • Fimo Soft Black 0.2g
  • Fimo Effect Translucent 4g
  • Fimo Soft White 2g


Olive Green Succulent Structure

  • Center: 1/4 of a circle + 1/4 of a circle
  • 1st Layer: 1 circle +1 circle
  • 2nd Layer: 1 1/4 of a circle + 1 1/4 of a circle


The olive green succulent mainly serves as a “filler”. Therefore we need to keep it small. Shape and arrange the succulent leaves based on the pictures below. Then set aside.

4. Assemble the earrings

Using 26/28 gauge soft wire, attach a 12mm gold plate on to a wired circle. You can read about how to make a perfect wired circle in here.

Apply the liquid clay on the metal plate and arrange the unbaked succulents on top of the plate. Remove a few leaves as needed (in picture 5 you can see I pulled out a few leaves from the red succulent to fit the limited space). If there are any uncovered spaces, stuck in a few individual leaves to make the bouquet full.

Bake the whole thing (wires plus succulents) in the oven at 230f/110c for 30 minutes. Then remove the baked succulents from the plate. Since we added liquid clay to the metal plate, after baking, we will get a smooth surface at the back of the succulents as shown in picture 7.

Apply super glue to the metal plate and pop the succulents right back on. Here you have it — a beautiful and lush polymer clay succulent bouquet — on a simple hoop earring.

Wires and metal plate used in this project

If you want to try this project, pin the complete step-by-step picture instructions below for your reference. Hope you enjoy the craft!

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