DIY Sculptured 3D Leather Earrings

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I first saw these neat earrings in a jewelry store in the French Quarters in New Orleans of all places. My first thought was I can make these with my Cricut!

I have to admit, it was a little mind-boggling at first to figure out how to turn a 2-dimensional piece into some 3 dimensional. I might have had to do some research on the internet to get started.

After a few trial and error sessions with cardstock, I got the hang of it and created three designs total.

I experimented with a few different blades and materials. I thought the easiest and most versatile to work with was the stiffer faux leather. The one I had was actually a recycled purse that was very similar in texture to real leather.

The one I think looks the most stunning is the one made with faux metallic leather. Although the final product was the most beautiful, the faux metallic leather was a pain to work with on the Cricut because it was super soft and stretchy. I ended up having to use my rotary blade on the felt setting with my Cricut Maker.

If you only have a Cricut Explorer, I would recommend using either stiffer faux leather or thinner real leather. Alternatively, you can try the Cricut Branded leather and faux leathers that work well with all their machines.

Here’s a quick summary of the other materials I used for the project:

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Materials for 3D Leather Earrings

Leather – As mentioned above, I have different recommendations for different machines.

Earring Kit Set – I like the earring hooks for this design. Here is the assorted set I have that contains a wide range of finishes.

Cutting Machine – I use a Cricut. Check out my recommendations for Cricut machines and accessories for beginners for more info.

(Optional Glue gun or leather glue and piercing needle)

This project can be done with a knife but it would take a really long time and a steady hand.

Template – All 3 of my designs are available and free in my resource library.

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    Tips for Making the 3D Leather Earrings

    Step 1: Cutting your leather material

    Each type of material is different but I find if you are using any type of blade on either leather or faux leather, it works best to place the fuzzy side on some transfer tape and place the transfer tape side down on the mat.

    I know Cricut recommends the Strong Grip mat but I find the Standard Grip mat works just fine when using transfer tape.

    If you are using the rotary blade, I just put the leather directly on the Standard Grip mat smooth side down.

    Step 2: Assembling the earring

    I find the jump ring holes for these earrings are too small to make effectively with the Cricut so I just pierce mine with a needle. I also left them out of the SVG.

    Jump rings are super useful for leather projects. The connections to the earring hook would not fit the leather otherwise.

    Step 3: Finishing touches

    I had to hot glue part of the pink earring. It wouldn’t hold its shape due to the stretchy faux leather I used. I just added the slightest dab on the edges. This, of course, is totally optional.

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