Design Instructions

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Supplies needed

  • 2    Dome 8mm Earring Post    (94-1000-40)
  • 2    Beaded Bezel Drop    (94-2426-40)
  • 2    Eyelet 3.7mm    (01-0080-11)
  • 1    Leather Strap 10x1/2”, Copper    (21-0010-19)
  • 2    Round Jump Ring 18G 8mm ID    (01-0026-01
  • 2    Round 2088 Crystal Flatback, SS34 (Rose shown)
  • 1    Eyelet Setter & Anvil    (79-0102-00) Optional

Tools

  • small scissors
  • bench block
  • hammer
  • rotary leather hole punching pliers
  • pen, or white chalk or charcoal pencil
  • ruler
  • E 6000 jewelry adhesive
  • toothpick

Skill Level: Beginner-intermediate

Finished Size: Variable

Designer: Tracy Proctor

Download the Leather Feather Earrings PDF

Watch our technique videos on the TierraCast Blog (look for Eyelet Setting Tutorial)

Tip: The eyelet setter and anvil is optional for this project. The eyelets can also be set by hammering directly onto the tube using the ball peen side of a hammer. Hammer straight and gently until the tube is flared evenly all the way around and flush with the leather. For design use chalk/charcoal pencil to draw design or cut freehand.

Steps

  1. Use a toothpick to apply a 2-3mm bead of adhesive into one bezel. Place one flatback crystal into bezel and press down. Repeat with second bezel and crystal. Allow to dry.
  2. Cut one 2" piece of leather. 
  3. Cut design: begin by trimming the top end to a shallow point - 1/8" down side up to center.
  4. Rotate piece and repeat at bottom end, cutting a longer point  - 3/8" down side up to center. 
  5. Cut three notches on each side starting about 1/2" from bottom point and spacing about 1/2" apart.
  6. Using the smallest (2mm) setting on the leather hole punching pliers make a hole centered about 1/8" from top of shallow point.
  7. From the top side of the leather insert one eyelet through hole.
  8. Flip over and place eyelet flange onto recessed area of eyelet anvil. (Alternatively, place flange side down on bench block.)
  9. Insert eyelet setter into top of eyelet tube and hammer until set. Begin slowly, rotating setter slightly to flare the eyelet evenly. (Alternatively, set with ball peen side of hammer.)
  10. Open one jump ring and thread through eyelet from the back. Before closing add one bezel charm and one earring post. Close jump ring.
  11. Repeat Steps 2-10 for second earring.

 

FUN IDEA! Try painting with textile paint. Shown: Jacquard Lumiere Paint

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