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More DIY Faux Leather Earrings – and a FREE cut file!

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Surprise! As I mentioned in my last post, I just finished teaching a class on faux leather earrings at the All Things Silhouette Conference in Peachtree City, Georgia organized and hosted by Terri Johnson Creates. While I was at the conference, I discovered another source for faux leather. I’ve been playing with…I mean TESTING…it today  and I just couldn’t wait to share more about it. And since I missed posting last week, I’ve got something special for you – a free earring cut file so you can try making some earrings of your own!

Faux Leather Earrings

First, let me tell you where you can find some of this fabulous faux leather for yourself. Visit gaylesnest.com and search for “Marine Vinyl”. You’ll be amazed at the selection! Gayle sells the material in 12 inch x 9 inch sheets or 12 inch x 54 inch rolls and her shipping charges are very reasonable. I brought home quite a variety from ATS, so I’m sure you’ll be seeing more posts like this in the future!

The materials I used today were:

The free cut file includes 6 different designs. Some of the shapes can be mixed and matched and the two sizes of teardrops look great when layered together. I’ve even provided you with the shapes needed to cut a backing if you decide to make double-sided earrings.

Click here to download the free cut files:

Earring Freebie – Studio file
Earring Freebie – SVG file

Faux Leather Earrings

Another fun thing to try is cutting a design from two different colors of material and combining the positive space of one color with the negative of another. For this pair, I combined the black glitter with the solid white. The backing was cut as a solid piece and I added adhesive with my handy-dandy Xyron sticker maker. (Note: The sticker maker is great for any earrings that are 1.5 inches or less in width. For wider earrings, use a Xyron Creative Station.)

Click here to see a demo of the Xyron Sticker Maker.

Faux Leather Earrings

Faux Leather Earrings

For tips on adjusting the size of the earrings without changing the size of the earwire hole, check out my other faux leather earring tutorial.

Each of the materials had a fabric-like backing and I had the best success when cutting on the reverse side. The marine vinyl has a bit of stretch to it, so make sure to adhere it to the mat securely, using painter’s tape if necessary. You may also find that you get better cuts if your design is not placed near the edges.

Faux Leather Earrings

Faux Leather Earrings

Any blade will work, but my preference is the Silhouette Premium Blade.

The cut settings I used were:

Solid – Dark Grey and Light Grey & Specialty Tooled

Blade: 10     Speed: 1     Force: 33     Passes: 3

Solid – White and Burgundy

Blade: 10     Speed: 1     Force: 33     Passes: 2
(for very detailed cuts with thin lines, 1 pass may be sufficient)

Specialty Black Glitter

Blade: 3     Speed: 5     Force: 33     Passes: 2

Once I added a set of Double J Earwires from Craft Chameleon, the earrings were complete. An earring card made with a design from the Silhouette Design Store (Silhouette Design Store ID #14053) provided an extra touch.

Faux Leather Earrings

Faux Leather Earrings

Faux leather earrings are a fun and relatively inexpensive project that provides instant gratification. For even more ideas, be sure to check out the earring designs available in the Silhouette Design Store.

Silhouette Design Store Earring Files

Come share your projects over in my Facebook group. I’d love to see what you create!

Until next time,

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14 Comments

  1. Hi Becky, Do you have a template for when you turn the tear drop style over and need to put the 2 holes at top to pinch together? Thanks much. Take care and be safe.

    1. I don’t have a template like that but it would be simple to make in Studio. Another idea is to pinch the two sides together and punch the holes by hand with a small tool like a reamer. I love the one I got from Craft Chameleon! https://bit.ly/2VuMvfy (affiliate link)

  2. How do you attach the backing to the earring? I read that the Xyron adhesive is water soluble. So does it hold the 2 layers and make the product durable? Do you have any other recommendations for adding backing? Thanks for the tutorial.

    1. You’re welcome and thanks for commenting! Most of the time I use the Xyron permanent adhesive. If I’m making an earring that’s fabric on one side, I use HeatnBond. So far, all of the ones I’ve made have been very durable. Hope that helps!

    1. Hello Gina! Thanks for visiting my site! The settings I shared in the post work with the AutoBlade. Are you asking if there is a pre-set in the software with those settings? If so, the answer is no. You’ll need to add a custom setting. You could also adjust the settings for Leatherette but be sure to revert back to the original settings (Blade=6, Speed=3, Force=33, Passes=2) before exiting the Send Panel so that they will be correct for Silhouette Leatherette Sheets. Thanks for commenting!

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