If you like me when you are in a crafty mood, or an “I can make that myself” mood, you are determined to get what you want and make it look the best. If you are looking to learn how to make Cricut Faux Leather Earrings on an Explore Air With Heat Transfer Vinyl I tried many different ways until I got the perfect look that I wanted! I wanted to walk your through a “How To” post to save you some time and hopefully some money on the materials that you will want to use. This post contains affiliate links. At no cost to you, if you make a purchase we might earn a commission.
How to Make Cricut Faux Leather Earrings on an Explore Air With Heat Transfer Vinyl
There are definitely other ways that you can get the same look, but here is exactly what you will need for each step. After you make these cute earrings, don’t forget to make some cute leather bows!
What you need:
I use the Cricut Explore Air 2 (Here is a bundle that has the mat boards and the scraper tools) for my Faux Leather Earrings. If you plan on making a lot you will probably want to upgrade to the machine that has a bit more features which is the Cricut Maker or Cricut Explore Air 2 Machine (eventually you can do a lot more things if you are willing to spend the extra money toward the beginning by getting a Maker).
I personally own the 9×9 but for this project, the MINI would be perfect! Shop your favorite size Easy Press if you don’t have one already!
The Mat Boards:
Cricut has a lot of different mat boards depending on the material you are using. Which mat board you use is very important or you will end up wasting a lot of material.
When cutting the HTV the Heat Transfer Vinyl, you will want the Green Mat Boards.
When cutting the fabric you will want the purple strong grip fabric board. The Green mat board could work but your material is more likely move during your cut leading to wasted material.
Painters Tape (Cricut doesn’t sell this for some reason but it is recommended on the faux leather material.)
Scraper to flatten all your material on your board to make sure it attaches.
Mat Boards including thee Easy Press Mat
Cricut Weeding Tool
Making the Earrings
Working in Design Space:
Find the shape you want to use for your earrings (I used Tear Drop #MFB0BF as my base and I hid the later to only use the back layer, then I made the image thinner b/c they are too wide otherwise.)
I created my KC using photoshop but you can add any design you want for your HTV.
Don’t forget to cut each section using “CUSTOM” on your machine.
Also when cutting your HTV don’t forget to mirror it.
Cutting Genuine Leather:
Shiny side down. Use the strong grip board. I cut mine with EXTRA pressure. Tape it down with painters tape. Don’t forget to move the white rotary blades all the way to the side so that it doesn’t go over your fabric.
Before removing your mat after cutting, try gently lifting to make sure you don’t need to hit the cut button again. It worked on the first cut for me.
You can see the example in my video I embedded below.
The circles for where the fish hook goes I used the Cricut weeder and scissors to help push it through the cut. You can see that in the video I will embed below.
When using my Easy Press (1), I decided not to pre-heat the leather and instead of pressing it for 20 seconds I did it for 25 seconds at 270 degrees.
Take a picture of your earrings, and don’t forget to tag me on social if you decide to post!
Finally I used the earrings fish hook with ball at the end to save me from doing an extra jewelry piece!
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