Custom + Easy + Cheap = Magnificent Jewellery!




Introduction: Custom + Easy + Cheap = Magnificent Jewellery!

About: I'm a fanatic of self-fabbing!
For this Instructable, you will need:
  • an idea,
  • a computer,
  • an Internet connection,
  • a sheet of medium density filberboard (MDF), that's what I used in the case, but you also could take acrylic (PMMA, plexiglas) or plywood,
  • earring & necklace chain & clasps (easy & cheap bought on eBay),
  • spray paint if you prefer a painted version,
  • a camera to immortalize your work & loved ones!
Well, that's all.

What!? And what about the laser cutter, the design files & the necessary software?
In fact, you don't need them if you have all of the above list.

Here are the steps:
  1. Look for a shape that matches your idea on (free) stock vector websites (I used this for the earrings:,
  2. Download it locally on your computer,
  3. Note: you can skip the previous steps if you download the files that are included in this Instructables,
  4. If you don't already have a vector graphics application, you can download and install Inkscape:,
  5. Open your shape in your vector drawing application,
  6. Adjust the size so that it fits your needs (beware of measurement units!),
  7. Create 2 concentric circles: one with respective diameters of 1mm and 3.5mm,
  8. Copy them so that you have 2 pairs,
  9. Position one pair so that it overlaps with the (right/left) border of the shape,
  10. Weld the outer circle,
  11. Select the inner circle and the resulting shape and combine the 2 shapes so that you get only one shape,
  12. Repeat steps 9 to 11 with the other pair of circles,
  13. Adjust the line width and/or color accordingly to the specifications of your favorite laser cutting service provider,
  14. Save your work, you're done! Congratulations, the most difficult part is done with success,
  15. Upload your design on your laser cutting service provider's website or on a USB key to have it fabbed (i.e.: cut) at your favorite Fablab/TechShop/Hackerspace. Don't forget the masking paper tape (the white roll near the can & MDF sheet) so that you don't get ugly fume marks!
  16. Once it's done (or arrived in your mail box), you just have to adapt the chains & claps with easy-to-find tools.
  17. Enjoy your self-designed jewelry!

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    8 years ago on Introduction

    This looks great! Nice piece of jewellery! And if you used acrylic you could choose so many different colors to cut. Although, acrylic can sometimes easily break if too thin.- DW.


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Hi 5thp!
    Thanks for your comment!
    I agree with you: one could prefer acrylic to have the out-of-the-box choice of colors.
    Acrylic or wood, it's still fragile when too thin, yes!
    I did with what I had, in fact: MDF + possibly paint, that's why I made this choice, in fact.
    Don't hesitate to fab some in acrylic and post you photos!



    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks about the MDF. I am surprised that the MDF is that thin. Also, do you find with MDF it produces a lot of smoke as well? I did a monogram necklace for my daughter using mirrored acrylic.- I had to adjust size for the thin places. I then did it a three ply baltic birch plywood, and it turned out excellent and more durable.


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    @5thp, the cut of the MDF produces fumes that mark the surface.
    I attach here a picture I just made to show the difference.
    In fact, there are 2 differences, to be honest: I didn't use the same side of the MDF sheet on the 2 pictures, and one side is already lighter than the other (on the right-side).
    Anyway, I find that the difference is sensible!

    laser-cut-MDF-fumes-2013-07-04 09.01.jpg