How to make terrazzo style earrings with Sugru


Terrazzo-style drop earrings made with Sugru

Sugru Mouldable Glue and jewellery-makers have always had a strong bond. Excuse the pun. But unlike ordinary glues, Sugru is soft to touch and gives a 30-minute working time to get your design just right before it starts to cure. This makes it much easier to control and deliver a neater finish.

Here Sugru super-guru Helga shows how to use fresh Sugru combined with left-over bits of set Sugru to make these gorgeously unique terrazzo style drop earrings.

Some old bits of set Sugru in different colours (this project is great for expired Sugru).
A fresh single-use pack of Sugru in a contrasting colour.
Either a pair of old earring studs or a new empty pair readily available at any craft retail or online store.
A small amount of chain.

A craft knife/scalpel.

Already set Sugru cut with a knife

Chop up some already set Sugru

You can also use other soft materials such as rubber, cable, or soft plastic. Just bear in mind that it's going to be sliced later to create a neat edge. Be very careful when using your craft knife/scalpel! 

A hand opening a pack of Sugru

Open a pack of fresh Sugru

Divide your pack into two equal halves.

Hand rolling fresh Sugru in already-set Sugru

Get rolling

Roll each half of fresh Sugru through the chopped-up pieces of ready-set Sugru or other materials you’ve chosen. Try and collect as much as possible to cover the fresh Sugru.

Earring stud pressed into Sugru

Attach the earring studs

Bury an earring stud into each blob of decorated fresh Sugru. Steady as you go. Try to do this as neatly as you can!

Small ball of Sugru pressed to chain

Add the chains

Bury the chain into the underside of each blob of decorated fresh Sugru. We will be cleaning the area up once the Sugru has set.

This part is optional, but you can attach a smaller blob of fresh Sugru (maybe a different colour) to the end of each chain. 

Clock with hand moving around the face

Leave to set

We advise that you give your project 12-24 hours to set. 

Set Sugru cut with knife

Neaten up

Remember to be careful when using your craft knife/scalpel! Gently chop through the decorated Sugru to make more regular surfaces and achieve a terrazzo or tutti frutti finish.

boom 🔥

Terrazzo-style drop earrings made with Sugru

There you have it, or rather the ears have it. You can also affix these beauties onto some card – great for gifting!

More jewellery inspiration from Helga

Earrings made with Sugru
Necklace pendants made with Sugru
Cufflinks made with Sugru