Just a few days ago I posted some leather earrings I made on Instagram, and I got a few questions about them. I figured it would be a great idea to address them all in one place and help you all make your own embossed leather earrings. (some links are affiliate)
Cutting leather with the Cricut Explore
When you use Cricut Genuine Leather, you can cut it with your Cricut Explore machine (learn about the Cricut Maker here) if you have a deep cut blade. It’s the one in the black housing.
When you go to cut your project, search for “leather” and select either the Genuine Leather or Metallic leather, whatever you’re using. Place it face down on a purple StrongGrip mat and mirror the image (though it really wouldn’t matter with this earring design) but I like to stay in the habit of hitting Mirror every time I have something face down on a mat.
Send it to cut and remove cuts from the mat when it’s done.
**Note, if you are cutting Cricut Faux Leather, this can be done with the fine point blade, and the hole for the hook cuts out great. Not usually so well with real leather. Read about making faux leather earrings here.
Cutting leather with the Cricut Maker Knife Blade
You can also cut Cricut brand leather with the Knife Blade. But you will choose the Garment Leather 2-3 oz setting for materials. Then make sure the leather is 11 inches wide or less, and tape down the edges, and use a StrongGrip mat. This makes sure your project won’t slip while cutting several passes.
Slide all the white star wheels to the right (they will run over the 1 inch of free space since your material is only 11 inches wide.)
After the knife blade finishes the first pass, it will tell how how many total passes it will complete and the estimated running time. I checked my cuts after 3 passes and they were all the way through, so I finished the cut early. You will also have the option to send it for an additional pass if it hasn’t cut all the way through at the end.
Embossing leather with the Cuttlebug
When using the Cuttlebug, you can make the designs embossed – patterned raised up, or debossed – pattern pressed in.
To get the embossed look, place the leather face up in the embossing folder. To create the debossed effect, place the leather face down in the embossing folder.
Place the Cuttlebug on a smooth sturdy surface and open the two side to lock it down. Layer plate A, then one B plate, then the embossing folder. Open the embossing folder and add the leather earrings. Close the folder and top with the second B plate. Slide the whole stack into the opening of the Cuttlebug and start turning the handle. When it starts to pull in, let go of all the plates – you don’t need to push it through. There will be some resistance, as the leather is pretty thick, but it goes through fine.
Open the folder and remove the embossed leather earrings. You will likely need to poke the hook hole by hand using a needle, or a leather puncher. Add hooks to each earring and pinch to secure.
And that’s it – your new embossed leather earrings are ready to wear! Experiment with other types of leather and other embossing folders for even more variety.