Every year, the first appearance of candy corn in the grocery store signals the true beginning of fall, which means itâ€™s time to start seriously planning our Halloween costumes. My personal favorite from childhood was the year I was a superhero, complete with shiny handmade cape and nifty boots. Of course, I kept having to tell people that, no, I was not Superman; I was Super Jessie. For this project weâ€™ll create a piece of candy corn a bit smaller than the real kind.
Yield: 1 piece
From the book, The Polymer Clay Cookbook by Jessica & Susan Partain. Read our review here.
The Polymer Clay Cookbook celebrates favorite foods with 20 tiny, deliciously realistic food charms to make from polymer clay and fashion into unique jewelry. Styled as a cookbook for the beginning miniaturist "chef," the introductory chapters discuss the "basic ingredients" and techniques used for polymer clay and jewelry-making. The remainder of the book offers 20 "recipes" grouped by category: fruits, breakfast, lunch and dinner, sweets and snacks, and holiday foods. Each recipe has a list of "ingredients," step-by-step directions with photographs, and suggested variations. Each piece is presented as a particular finished jewelry item, such as a necklace, but readers are encouraged to adapt the piece into any type of jewelry they choose. Each chapter also includ...© 2013 Jessica Partain / Potter Craft · Reproduced with permission.
Start with nice warm clay. Not sticky or mushy, but warm, so the three layers of color will bind together. Start by stacking very smooth balls of the white, orange, and yellow clays, making a snowman shape.
Holding the stack as shown, gently press it halfway flat.
You donâ€™t want it completely squished, just gently flattened.
Rotate the flattened corn 90 degrees in your fingers. It should look a little bit more like candy corn
nowâ€”the rounded edges of your spheres of clay should be flattened a bit and starting to merge into
the next layer of color.
Flatten the corn again, just as you did before.
Turn it another 90 degrees. Your corn should look even smoother and the layers more fused together.
Keep repeating the flattening and turning until your corn is completely smooth and the layers are nicely bound together. The edges should be slightly rounded. Donâ€™t worry if the layers arenâ€™t completely straight and evenâ€”real candy corn isnâ€™t perfectly straight and even either!
Decide which side of your candy corn is your favorite, and place it facedown on your baking tile.
This side will be the front of your earrings. If you have fingerprints on the surface, donâ€™t worryâ€”they
will be mostly eliminated when you press the flat pad of your ear post into the back of the corn to
create an indentation
Remove the ear post, then use a needle tool to create a rough surface inside the indentation. This
creates more surface area for the glue to bond, making for stronger earrings.
Bake for 15 minutes at 275Â° F (135Â° C).
To Make Candy Corn Stud Earrings
1. Make two matching candy corns.
2. Rub the front of each earring post pad over sandpaper to rough it up.
3. Rub the indentation in the back of each candy corn and the pad of each ear post with a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol to remove any residual surface oils and metal flecks.
4. Add a drop of cyanoacrylate glue to the front of each ear post pad, then press the pad into the
indentation in the candy corn. Wipe off any extra glue using a toothpick (not your fingers!). Let set
overnight, or for at least 6 hours.
5. If youâ€™d like to glaze the candy corn, glaze them after they have been glued onto the posts.