I like huggie earrings!  These stud hoop earrings hug the ear lobes hence their name. They are a great alternative style because they are more discreet than larger hoops. Their width also shows off any patterns. 

Check out this super easy polymer clay huggie earrings tutorial. You'll soon be making many of them! The designer is Cindy Fullerton

She adds a texture to the clay after it is rolled out. You can use solid colors or blends. Also consider adding mica powder and other colorants on top to personalize the designs.  

The key tool she uses are hair clip polymer clay cutters. Cindy uses a texture plate and cutter from TheClayExpress.  You can also find a huge variety of hair clip cutters  as well as texture plates on Etsy. 

Cindy shares some tips including using dry rice grains to prop up the huggies when in the oven.  She also uses liquid clay as extra glue around the stud ear posts.  An alternative is to use Starbond Medium glue  (use BGSB15 for a 15% discount) which is a very strong one especially if you don't want to bake the earrings again. If so, make sure the stud pads are bigger rather than smaller for a larger area of adhesion.

A round of applause for Cindy who still managed to complete her quick video despite having to multi-task while filming it!

H/T to Aims of Big Blue Barn Designs for this find. 

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