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!
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:
- Solid Dark Grey
- Solid Light Grey
- Solid White
- Solid Burgundy
- Specialty Camel Tooled
- Specialty Mahogany Tooled
- Specialty Black Glitter
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:
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.
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.
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 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.
Come share your projects over in my Facebook group. I’d love to see what you create!
Until next time,
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Lycia is a lifelong crafter whose goal is to help others find value, confidence, and joy in whatever they create. She geeks out on using technology to supercharge craft projects with Silhouette Studio, Design Space, Glowforge, sublimation, etc.! Lycia teaches these skills and more through online tutorials and videos as well as in-person classes at both the local and national levels.