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Easy Stud & Dangle Custom Earrings: Silhouette Tutorial

In April I headed out to Salt Lake City for a 3-day blogging conference called SNAP!  It was amazing and so were the three fabulous bloggers I roomed with: Katie from View from the Fridge; Kim from The Kim Six Fix and Jessi from Practically Functional.  I wanted to take them each a little gift so of course I had to make them something special...and personalized.

Silhouette Cameo, earrings, stud earrings, dangle earrings, custom earringsThe gift is actually two parts: the first part is a personalized jewelry dish. That's like old news...see here for the tutorial.

The second part is a set of monogrammed earrings for each of them.  I've shared some other stud earrings on the blog before but I have to say - these may just be my new favorites.  I just love that little glass bubble that goes on the top.

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I ordered everything together from Amazon: the 12mm studs and 12 mm dangles and the 12mm
magnify cabochon.  If you're going to use the cabochon too you'll need some type of adhesive because they won't stay in the earring settings without it. I use E6000 and it works well, but we'll get to that.

Now the easiest way to do this in Silhouette Studio is to first convert 12mm to inches.  A quick google conversion and you'll find that 12mm = .4724 inches.

In Silhouette Studio use the draw an ellipse tool to draw a perfect circle.  Select the circle and then from the Scale window enter 0.472 into the 'specify dimensions' boxes.  Click apply. 

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Copy and paste the circle so you have one for each earring in the pair.  Now just cut the circles on vinyl. 

If you want to add a monogram to the earring use the text tool to type out a letter. Pick the font and then in Studio move the letter over top the circle so it's sized correctly.  

TIP: If the font is very delicate and thin you may want to put a .01 offset around the font and cut the offset rather than the original.  See more here on cutting thin/small fonts.

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After you've sized the text move it away from the circle, duplicate the letter, and cut it in a contrasting vinyl color. 

Weed both the circle and the letter then use a small piece of transfer tape to put the letter onto the center of the vinyl circle.  Transfer tape is better than paper, in this case, (I actually always prefer it) as it will allow you to see through to the vinyl circle for easier for better placement.  
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If you try to use transfer tape to move the circle into the earrings you will have issues because the edge of the setting is raised up.  Instead I suggest you put the vinyl circle onto the edge of your weeding hook and place it that way.  Placement is very easy this way! 

The final step is to add the cabochon. I've experimented a lot with this part of the process and I've found that a generous dot of E6000 glue is the best way to go. A large dot of glue is evenly spread across the entire face of the earring so you don't even notice the glue. A dot too small doesn't fully cover the vinyl circle and is much more noticeable.

Now since we were at the Snap Conference I thought it would be cut to make earring cards using the snap logo. I simply imported the design as a jpeg > traced it > filled the trace > added a .125 offset.   After adding two small circles for the earrings to go through, I set up like any print and cut. 

The original trace was set to "no cut" since I just wanted to print it.   The circles and the offset were cut lines.    If you need more detailed directions on print and cut click here to see the 101 tutorial for beginners. 

And here's how they all came together. Too cute, right?!

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Silhouette Cameo, earrings, stud earrings, dangle earrings, custom earrings

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