Introduction: Laser Cut Earrings
Laser cut jewelry is widely popular - but there's no reason you can't make your own with a few materials and resources
Step 1: Materials
Now, not everyone has a laser cutter at their disposal, but many places will offer laser cutting services for fairly inexpensive prices. Most facilities will use an Illustrator (.ai) file, but you should check with them first.
Other materials you'll need:
- 1/8" or 1/4" Acrylic (or thin wood)
-Earring hooks and backs (Michael's, or a local arts and crafts store)
Step 2: Make Your File
Draw your earrings in Illustrator. Most lasers use a red line to cut and a blue line to etch. Again, check with your fabrication facility for the right specifications. Make sure you draw a small circle for the hook attachment near the top of the earring. Also, copy and mirror each one so you have a matching pair.
Double-check the size of your earrings. A good size is 1" wide x 2" long. Also be wary of sections that may be too thin.
Step 3: Attach the Hooks
When you receive your finished earrings, just attach the hooks, and you're good to go! These make great holiday gifts and birthday gifts for friends and relatives!