Learn how to use wood veneer to make beautiful earrings whether you have a Cricut from the Explore or Maker family!
This tutorial is for beginners looking for a challenge.
If you’re no longer a beginner, that’s okay! This project still is a nice challenge, but the video may be a bit too detailed for you!
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How to create wood veneer earrings
In this tutorial, you will learn how to create your own earring design in Design Space (yes yes, by yourself!).
Next, I’ll show you the best tricks for cutting wood veneer. Did you know that you can cut it with the deep point blade? You know, the one that has a black housing?
This means you can do this project as much with a Cricut from the Explore family as with a Cricut from the Maker family!
Tools and materials required
- Cricut of maker or Explore families
- Wood veneer
- Adhesive foil vinyl (or other adhesive vinyl, see note at the bottom of the post!)
- Transfer tape
- Purple and green mat
- Deep point blade (black) and fine point blade (the one that comes with the Cricut)
- Jewelry pliers
- Hooks and rings for earrings
- Masking Tape
- Scissors or trimmer
- Tools for weeding
- Small piece of sandpaper or nail file (optional)
- A small piece of parchment paper (optional)
Size of earrings
Earrings are designed simply from circles, which are free in Design Space. Here are the dimensions mentioned in the video:
- Small circle: 0.6 in (1.5 cm)
- Cutting circle: 0.85 in (2.2 cm)
- Large circle: 1.2 in (3 cm)
- Holes: 0.07 inches (0.18 cm)
Design Space images used in the project
This project was initially part of the 2021 Homemade Event. At that time, the Foil cut images on the earrings were included in the event. Currently, you must be a Cricut Access member to have free access to the images.
To find these images in Design Space, click on the “Images” button and copy and paste the numbers including the “#”.
- Leopard #M21C6453C
- Flower #M2745ED72
Note that you can also use any other image you like!
Design Space Project
The best way to learn is to do all the steps to create the earrings in Design Space yourself. I highly recommend it!
On the other hand, I understand that you may be in a hurry or maybe you just mastered Design Space and would like to skip this step!
Well, I have good news! I shared my project publicly in Design Space. You can access it, simply by clicking here.
Would you also like to share a project in Design Space? Follow this link to find out how to do it!
Also, take the opportunity to subscribe to my Design Space profile and be notified when I share a new project or make available to you a new image that I have created!
A word about the Foil adhesive vinyl
The adhesive Foil is not a vinyl that is easy to work with. You’ll see the trick I do in the video.
It is indeed very rigid. So combined with a tiny pattern, it’s not ideal! The cut must be set perfectly otherwise it is impossible to weed.
On the opposite, too much cutting pressure and all the small pieces we want to keep (as here, the flower petals) will pop off the backing.
If you are a beginner and want to simplify your life, use a different type of adhesive vinyl than “foil” and you will have way less trouble!
Did you know that you could even use heat transfer vinyl on wood veneer? Even the Iron-on Foil!
As a matter of fact, in general, heat transfer vinyl is much easier to weed. The fact that it is already on a backing also helps a lot! heat transfer vinyl is also ideal for application on bare wood.
Read this post that will explain when it is best to use adhesive vinyl and/or heat transfer vinyl (Iron-on) on wood.
Make your own earrings in wood veneer
Watch the video to see all the steps!