I made these Scented Easter Hot Cross Bun Earrings from polymer clay. I also added some fragrance oil and REAL Dutch Cinnamon. They smell divine – even better after baking too.
Following below is the DIY Tutorial on how to make these. If you don’t want to make them though and just need a pair NOW! … I have a listing on Etsy for them. Please note: Easter (Good Friday) is 30th March this year. I cannot guarantee that they will arrive in the post before then (Australia maybe, overseas – probably not) – but if you are OK with them NOT arriving before this date, please check them out if you would like to order.
Click on the Listing below and it will take you to my Etsy Store – AdorablestShop, where you can purchase these handmade scented goodies 🙂
To Make these Scented Hot Cross Bun Earrings …
You will need:
- Polymer Clay (affiliate links – I may earn a small commission – Thanks 😉 )
- Clear Liquid Fimo or TLS = Translucent Liquid Sculpey
- Fragrance Oil (affiliate links – I may earn a small commission – Thanks 😉 )
- ‘Dutch’ Cinnamon (aka Cassia Cinnamon) – spice aisle at supermarket
- Earring Blanks
- Glue (like E6000)
- Non-stick baking paper (small piece)
- Access to an oven
- Clean and smooth work surface, like a glass table
- UV Clear Resin
- Small Brush
- Artist Pastels
How To:1. Gather your supplies. You will need a small amount of light tan coloured clay (mix a tiny bit of brown into white). If you only have primary colours (you can make any colour), then mix a tiny bit of black, red and yellow (= brown) into white clay. The ‘fruit’ is a small amount of purple-black clay.
2. Make a tiny pinch pot in your tan clay. Add a couple of drops of fragrance oil. I used Sugar Cookie. It is VERY important that you do not use Alcohol based fragrances (that includes perfumes and food flavouring) because it will ruin your clay. Maybe not straight away, but eventually it will lead to a sticky mess – it reacts and disintegrates it. It MUST be oil based. Fragrances for soap and candle making are usually suitable.
3. Add your Cinnamon. ‘Dutch’ Cinnamon in Australia is the Cassia variety. Pinch it together and knead in gently.
4. You should have a uniform ball of delicious smelling clay.
5. Divide into 2 evenly sized balls. About the size of peas.
6. Make into cube shapes.
7. Gently round the corners on the ‘top’ of the bun.
8. With a toothpick, scratch the edges where the bun would be torn.
9. Make a slight indent with the edge of the toothpick for the icing.
10. Pick off tiny pieces of the purple-black clay with your toothpick and attach.
11. Bake in your oven for the required time. They smell so good 🙂
12. When cool, use your pastels and brush to give them the ‘baked’ look on top.
13. Mix the ‘icing’. On the right of the picture you can see a mauve liquid. I found that my white artist pastel (shaved with the toothpick) when mixed with Liquid Fimo turned out like this. I didn’t add it to the bun (luckily) and did a test and baked it separately. It still turned out mauve after baking. On the left of the picture you can see I added Liquid Fimo to crumbled plain white Fimo. It took more mixing, but was far better in colour. If your white pastel gives this mauve colour do not use and instead use the second method.
14. Use your toothpick again to fill in the cross with your ‘icing’. Bake for minimal time.
15. I used UV resin just on the top to give a sheen, like glossy Hot Cross Buns have. Use the fine paintbrush from your pastels (clean of course!) to paint on the UV resin. I love this stuff. It was a sunny day, so it cured outside. Because the hot cross buns are not completely covered with resin, the cinnamon and fragrance can still waft.
16. Add a small amount of glue to your earrings and secure your buns! If need be, you can scratch the underside with your toothpick (it’s been handy throughout this tutorial!) to give more ‘bite’ to the adhesion.
DONE! Make and Wear or Make and Share!
Easter Bunny says Hoppy Easter! If you enjoyed this polymer clay tutorial, you may also enjoy these …
Thank you and if you make some, send me your link.