I’ve recently started playing around with embossing metal. It’s become almost an addiction – really. The very first time that I cranked my Sizzix machine and found that I had imprinted little metal blanks with fabulous patterns – I was hooked.
What’s really nice is that this project is a quick one. If you’re looking to make a gift for a friend, or a teacher, you can whip up these little DIY earrings in about 15 minutes. And your kidlets – should you have any of those messing up the house – can help too!
I chose a spot on the die that I thought would make a nice embossing – with a sea star – and then closed the die. I slipped it between the cutting pads and ran it through my Sizzix machine.
So I did it again. For earrings, I was going to need a pair.
I used these pliers from Martha Stewart – they’re round nosed on one-side, but cupped on the other. I’ve recently started playing with these and they make creating a charm SO easy. In no time, I had created a round eye out of the straight part of the pin.
Now it was just a matter of assembling it. Using some brass jump rings and two pairs of flat-nosed pliers (using pliers instead of fingers ensures that your jump ring is closed securely), I attached an earring hook to the bead and the embossed square.
These would make a great quick gift, or a present for yourself! If you’re looking to try your hand at completely personalized jewelry (as you choose the design yourself every time), consider metal embossing.
You’ll be hooked!