How To: DIY Marc By Marc Jacobs Inspired Faceted Earrings

by Alicia on December 14, 2010

(Fabulous soundtrack: Fed Up by AM Taxi)

Last week I was admiring these Marc by Marc Jacobs faceted earrings.

But they disappeared from Shopbop so I set out to make my own. I think they turned out pretty awesome and plan on wearing them for New Year’s.



If you’d like to give it a try I have a kit for sale in my Etsy shop that includes all of the tools, supplies and instructions to make two pairs of earrings for $10.

Edited 11/27/12: Sorry, no longer available! Too busy running Whimseybox now, but you might like to check out the great DIY and craft kits we have there instead!

Faceted Earrings DIY Kit

Or, if you want to do it on your own, here’s what you’ll need:

0.25 oz polymer clay
1 pair earring studs
Jewelry adhesive (E600) or Super Glue
Acrylic paint – I mixed 1/2 Folk Art 660 Metallic Pure Gold and 1/2 Folk Art 580 Metallic Taupe to get the color I wanted
Razor blade (or polymer clay blade)

A few final thoughts: This was a fun and simple project that only took about an hour. You could just use gold colored clay, but I like the look of the paint. I’m already brainstorming my next project, a ring…


{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Jan December 18, 2010 at 12:56 pm


I love love this tutorial! Would you mind it terribly much if I can feature it on my blog on Monday?? I’ll definitely link back!


Jane December 20, 2010 at 6:24 am

Your faceted earrings is an awesome inspiration! Many thanks for sharing. I would like to feature your designs at

Contact me here if you have a concern.



grace - stripes and sequins February 9, 2011 at 7:27 pm



Alicia February 9, 2011 at 8:00 pm

Thanks Grace!


Kirsten at S&P February 14, 2011 at 9:34 pm

I love this! Going on my to do list. Added your blog to my link list as well xo


Alicia February 15, 2011 at 2:14 pm

Thanks! Post a pic when you make them, I’d love to see it.


Keely July 13, 2011 at 7:37 am

I love this tutorial I finally got around to trying it and I love how all my jewelry turned out. I also adapted a faceted nugget pendant from your tutorial and started making sets! Anyway thanks for the inspiration! here my blog posting about my finished product.http://kaleidoscopekanvas-kk.blogs


Alicia July 14, 2011 at 7:45 pm

Hey Keely, you are so welcome! Thanks for commenting, it makes my day when I hear that someone made one of my DIYs :)


Allison July 16, 2011 at 7:38 am

Holy Toledo! I just discovered your site – Kelly from Design Crush linked you – and I am officially obsessed! I too am I DIY junkie so this stuff is right up my alley. I will be pinning and trying several of your projects asap!


alicia July 18, 2011 at 11:59 am

Thanks Allison! Post pics, I love to see what people make :)


Kamila October 14, 2011 at 2:12 am

Thank you for sharing this video, I also share it on my blog hope you don’t mind.. This weekend I want to try to make something form polymer:) Have a wonderful weekend


Alicia October 14, 2011 at 11:17 am

You’re welcome + thanks for sharing it. Post pictures of what you make, I’d love to see!


Keira March 17, 2012 at 6:32 pm

I’m attempting to try these earrings but leaving fingerprints all over the clay. Is there a way to not leave so many prints all over them??


Alicia March 19, 2012 at 12:23 am

Some clay is softer than others. Try popping it in the fridge or freezer for 10-15 minutes if the clay is super soft. Also, after it has baked you can use a fine grit sandpaper to smooth out any surfaces that show prints. Hope that helps!


Jules April 24, 2012 at 3:19 pm

I love this tutorial!
I can’t seem to get clean facets, the clay (premo) keeps smooshing. I am using a gently used switch blade my my fiancés toolbox. Do I need a brand new blade?
Thank you!


alicia April 24, 2012 at 3:42 pm

I think a thinner blade would help a lot. If you don’t to buy a clay blade ( ) you might try an Xacto knife or straight razor blade. The thinner the better. Also, if your clay gets too soft from handling it sometimes helps to let it firm up in the fridge or freezer for a few minutes before slicing. Hope this helps!


Emily November 27, 2012 at 3:31 pm

Did you close your Etsy shop? The link doesn’t work and I cant find you manually either!


alicia November 27, 2012 at 4:04 pm

I did, a while back. Too busy running Whimseybox now! Sorry about that… I’ll update the post so no one else will be confused.


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