ECD Jewelry – Red Shimmer Pine Sprig Earrings

January 29, 2015

Earrings

Hello everyone, it’s Mary here today. This is the first time that I’m trying out the new Jewelry dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs. I think the earrings came out pretty well! They sparkle much more than they appear in the image due to the beautiful Shimmer Sheetz. I added some Ice Resin to the die cut Shimmer Sheetz earrings which dries up clear and smooth.

Making the Earrings

1. Cut 4 pieces of craft foam large enough to accommodate your chosen jewelry die plus space around it. Cut one piece with the die from the front and one piece from the back (this mainly only matters if the foam has adhesive on it already, otherwise just flip one after cutting). Stick each of the cut pieces to the non cut pieces so one is flipped compared to the other; these will form 2 molds. Note: in my photo below, the foam I used on the bottom was yellow and the foam that I die cut was blue.

2. Seal the molds. I used a thin coat of Multi-Meduim but it came off when I removed the jewelry (which gave the backs a matte texture). You may want to try silicone or other sealer plus a release agent.

3. Using one of the jewelry dies from Jewelry 1, cut 2 pieces from Red Metallic Shimmer Sheetz (use metal adaptor plate with your die cutting machine). Cut one from the front of the sheet and one from the back so one will be a flipped image of the other.

Making Earrings

4. Emboss the cut pieces using the Sprig embossing folder by placing each as desired in the folder and temporarily securing them with tape before running them through your die cutting machine (this will keep the pieces from moving). I wanted the sprigs to pop up so I oriented them as such.

5. Sand the embossed side of the sprigs using a sanding block. Paint them with Patina paints as desired (acrylic will likely work as well). Let this dry.

6. Mix Ice Resin as directed, enough to fill both molds. Spread a very small amount into the bottom of each mold – just enough to cover the very bottom. Place your jewelry pieces (painted side up) into the bottom of the molds. Pour more Ice Resin into the molds, just enough to fill them and evenly cover the metallic pieces.

7. Let this dry at least one day or so, until they are mostly dry but still slightly flexible. Remove from molds. Sand edges if necessary. If you would like a curve in them, place them face down into a large tape roll. Press them against the side to give them a curve. Tape to hold them in place against the roll.

8. Let them dry until completely cured, about two more days. Drill small holes in the tops (I used a Dremel tool with a very small drill bit placed on an old rubber mouse pad). Polish edges if desired. Mount on dangle earring wires.

9. To make the card, cut a piece of white cardstock large enough for the earrings to dangle plus room for the stamped sentiment above. Stamp, punch holes for the earrings, and thread the wires through.

Supplies

ECD Supplies

Other Supplies

  • Craft Foam (e.g. Fun Foam)
  • Sanding Block
  • Ice Resin
  • Studio Multi-Medium, Matte
  • Patina by Ranger: Emerald, Jade
  • Gold Dangle Earring Bases
  • White Cardstock
  • Stamps
  • Ink: Red, Black

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11 Comments

  • Reply Designer Jewelry May 26, 2015 at 2:57 am

    Your blog is really helpful for the jewelry lover. Thanks for sharing such a nice blog!
    Designer Jewelry

  • Reply scramblinrosie March 21, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    I am just curious, why did you put them into resin? To make them a bit heavier? I’ve made a few stempunk necklaces from the Sea Glass dies. I was wondering if the using resin had a reason.
    I like using the crackle medium for steampunk.

    • Reply Mary Prasad March 21, 2015 at 8:44 pm

      I put them in resin to make them a bit heavier/thicker and because I love the high gloss look. I might try the crackle some time!

  • Reply Willow January 29, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    The earrings are beautiful and I was hoping to duplicate them but without photos and/or a video showing how these were made, there’s no way I can follow the directions. That is disappointing, but the earrings are great!!!

    • Reply Joset van de Burgt January 29, 2015 at 3:03 pm

      Hello Willow, We do have a You Tube video showing the new jewelry dies. To watch the video you can click on the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=828katZDFO0

      • Reply Judi Kauffman January 29, 2015 at 4:46 pm

        Willow, you can make the earrings without the resin if you want, just skip that steps 4 – 8 and use a 1/16″ punch to create the hole at the top of the Shimmer Sheetz pieces before dangling them on the earring wires. The key to cutting Shimmer Sheetz jewelry shapes is in the video for which Joset sent you a link. Cutting side of the die is facing DOWN toward the metal adaptor plate, with the Shimmer Sheetz facing UP in between the die and the metal plate. Hope this helps. Keep asking questions if you need more info.

  • Reply barb macaskill January 29, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    These are simply gorgeous! Can’t wait to get the jewelry dies so I can get started! TFS!

  • Reply Karen Aicken January 29, 2015 at 11:19 am

    They turned out BEAUTIFUL! Love the idea of adding resin, too.

  • Reply dyeandpigment55 January 29, 2015 at 8:46 am

    Thanks for the great tutorial.

  • Reply Candy Spiegel January 29, 2015 at 8:44 am

    Beautiful!

  • Reply Raquel Mason January 29, 2015 at 8:08 am

    Beautiful earrings Mary, I love how shiny they are!

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