Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Two Part Bunny Earrings

 Welcome back!  It's March 29th and I should be doing my taxes but this earring idea has been kicking around in my head.  I have gone through about a hundred prototypes but I finally came up with a layered bunny earring that turned out pretty stinking cute!  These are a little work and need a little patience so I'm offering them as a free file.  Here's what I came up with

And here's how it works.  Dowload the free file (below) and load it into the Glowforge UI.  There are several layers and here's the key: 


I used whiteboard for these and masked them prior to cutting.  I always score with a higher power to get a deeper score and to help the paint stay in the lines.  I then removed the masking from the inner ears and toe beans and painted those parts pink with a Posca marker.  After it dries I remove all the masking and assemble them by gluing the head and feet on the body. As designed they are about 1.5" x 1" and they take about 1.5 minutes to engrave and cut per pair.  I hope you think they are as cute as I do!

Thank you for visiting and let me know what you think!


Thursday, January 20, 2022

Upcycled Denim Jeans Feather Earrings File

 Hello All!  Wow, it's been almost a year since I've posted!  I have been busy beating cancer!  I finished chemo in June and had surgery last month to have my ostomy reversed.  All scans are clear so I just have to go in every 3 months for bloodwork to make sure I'm really cancer free.  

I have also listed several new files in my Etsy shop.  If you get a chance, check it out!

I'm really trying to not spend a bunch of money on supplies in the new year since I have tons of stuff I haven't even used yet.  I've been wanting to try cutting denim with my Glowforge and made these really cute earrings.

These were made from a really old pair of jeans in my closet that should have been donated years ago!  The brand is D.Jeans.  Anyone heard of them?  When I googled them, they are only available on Poshmark or Thredup so they have probably been out of production for years.  Seriously, I think they are at least 20 years old!  Upcycling is really popular right now and if I can use free materials for some cute earrings, it's a win!

First I cut the jeans up using the inseam as the middle of the earrings.  I ironed the piece flat and put it in the Glowforge.  I then cut them using medium Proofgrade Leather as the setting but changing the speed and power to 180/Full.  Depending on your denim weight, you may need to use a faster or slower speed.  Try to place the seam in the middle of the design.  I held the denim down with magnets and I did mask but I don't think it's necessary to do so.

Cutting takes about 20 seconds and is the easiest part of making the earrings.  Then you have to fray them by pulling out the threads one by one... This is actually demonstrated on a keychain size piece.

Here's the keychain I made using the denim and wood charms.  I used an eyelet in the hole to make it more secure: 
Anyway, after fraying it, I added some bling!  I used some iron-on ribbon from Hobby Lobby that I cut into a single strip.  It comes like this:
And you can easily cut it to whatever size you want.  I ironed it using a Cricut mini press in the middle of the earring.  I love how they turned out!

You can download the svg I used for the earrings and keychain HERE
If the above link doesn't work - try THIS ONE
I hope you enjoyed this post and happy Forging!