You can emboss metal easily! These embossed earrings are a quick project – make them for gifts and your friends will think they are from the department store.
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!
Metal Embossed Earrings
I started by taking a square brass blank and putting it on an embossing die. For this project, I used the Vintaj DecoEmboss Ocean Reef Die.
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.
After a quick sanding with the reliefing pad, I had this! The bright brass shone through wherever I had embossed the square. I loved it!
So I did it again. For earrings, I was going to need a pair.
At this point, I rifled through my bead collection and found this one among my blues. I thought it looked nice next to the ocean-inspired embossing. I slipped it onto an eye-pin.
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.
And I was done! I can imagine these slightly-larger earrings dangling from the ears of many of my friends. They’re summery, but not over the top.
These embossed earrings 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! For those who are crafty, love other peoples’ junk, or just love a good chat, visit me at Suburble. I’m always making stuff!
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