As I was digging through my fabric stash the other day, I came across two pieces of lambskin leather that I had purchased years ago. Why on earth had I hid these little beauties away? I started thinking of different projects I could make with them and one idea I had was to make leather earrings.
I got my supplies and gave it a try. One of the good things about making leather earrings is that you don’t need a lot of leather to make your project.
I thought the leather would be sturdy enough to cut without the interfacing on and so I stuck it right on my mat. Bad idea. It did cut through the leather just fine but when I took the leather piece off my mat, it left a furry mess. Great, I ruined my mat. It did come off a little if I rubbed it off with my finger but it was taking a long time and still wasn’t back to the same stickiness that it was before. I needed a backing but I wanted one that wouldn’t stay attached to my leather. Then the lightbulb came on and I thought I would try using a piece of adhesive cardstock. I stuck the cardstock to my leather square and put it on my mat. I put the blade at a 10 with a speed of 1 and a thickness of 33 and did a double cut. My shape wasn’t intricate which I think was helpful.
You can see in the picture above that I snipped off the pointy tops of the earrings with my scissors so that they didn’t hit the silver earring fasteners. Other than that the shape worked out perfectly and even came with a hole in it. I think it was meant to be.
* Not all leathers are created equal, so when cutting with your Silhouette stick with lambskin leather for similar results!