Introduction: How to Make Faux Leather Earrings With Cricut Joy
I have been wanting to make some faux leather earrings for awhile. I have cut faux leather on my Explore Air 2 but I wanted to see if the Cricut Joy was up for the challenge. I am so pleased with how well the Joy did, and it is just the perfect size to make your own custom earrings.
Step 1: Choosing an Earring Design
I found the Tear drop Layered earring in the images in Design Space. I inserted that into my canvas. I sized them to the size that I wanted (2.5 inches high).
Step 2: Choosing an Image for the Second Layer
I then found an image that I liked of the deer head. I sized the deer head on one of my top layers. After it was the size that I wanted, I duplicated the image and flipped it horizontally. I placed this flipped deer on the other top layer. I then sliced both of these images out of both top layers of the earrings.
Step 3: Selecting How to Load Materials
I then hit Make It. It asked me how will I load all of the materials for this project. I selected On Mat.
Step 4: Loading the Faux Leather on the Mat
I cut a small square that was just bigger than my earrings out of my plaid faux leather and placed it pretty side down on my mat. I used painters tape around all the edges to make sure it didn’t go anywhere.
Step 5: Selecting Cutting Options and Cutting Earrings
I selected faux leather (paper thin) as my material and also selected more pressure. I loaded the mat. And the Joy did the rest! It was such a clean cut, I was actually quite impressed.
Step 6: Cutting the Glitter Faux Leather
Then I did the black glitter faux leather. Because I didn’t want my mat covered in glitter, I did this faux leather pretty side up. I still used painters tape to tape it all down.
Step 7: Attaching the Earring Hardware
After both layers were cut, I used the needle nose pliers to attach both layers to the jump ring and the hook.
Step 8: Finished Earrings
And here they are all done!
For next time, I plan to use bigger jump rings. The ones that I had are too small and do not go over the top of both layers of leather. I think I would also make the top layer with the deer a little bigger as well.
Other than that I was pretty happy with how they turned out. The Joy is just the perfect size for making some custom jewelry for yourself, to give as a gift, or even to sell. It really was such a simple project and the Joy exceeded my expectations.
Who would you make some earrings for?