Saturday, February 25, 2023

Create Wood and Acrylic Earrings with UV Resin

 Hello all.  It's been a minute since I've posted and I don't really have a good excuse.  But I'm back finally with a quick tutorial on how to make these beautiful earrings!

You are going to be shocked to find out how easy these are to make and I think they look really high end and boutique-worthy.  You are going to need several strips of acrylic and wood in varying widths.  I made them at 12" long.

You are also going to need:

- UV Resin (I recommend high viscosity) and UV lamp
- Blue Painter's Tape

Step 1:
Line up your chosen wood and acrylic strips on a piece of painter's tape.  Make sure they are pressed as close together as possible.  Then top with another piece of painter's tape and trim.

Pin down the strips in your laser bed. Then go to your laser software and line up your favorite earring shapes on the taped strips.

Next, cut the earring designs.

Next, remove the painter's tape from one side only of the design.

Now you are going to apply your UV resin to the untaped side.  Make sure that you get the resin all the way to the edges and pop all the little bubbles before you cure them under the lamp.

Cure the resin for the recommended time according to your chosen resin brand.  When cured, remove the masking on the back and repeat the process on the other side with the UV resin.

Then marvel at your creation!

Wasn't that easy peasy?  I may have gone a little crazy making these but I really enjoyed the process!  Just think of all the different possibilities you can come up with!

If you found this tutorial useful, leave me a comment!  Thanks for reading!

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!