Hello my crafty friends, it’s Raquel Mason here today. I like to coordinate my necklace with my earrings so I was very eager to try out the new jewelry dies. You can create a matching set in so many different colors as there are so many different colors of Shimmer Sheetz to choose from. I had an idea in mind and got right to work.
1. Cut two pieces of Fire Opal Gemstone Shimmer Sheetz at 4.5 x 5.
2. Cut a piece of Transparent Double Sided Tape Sheet at 4.5 x 5. Remove the release sheet and adhere to one of the Shimmer Sheetz. Remove the second release sheet and lay the other Shimmer Sheetz on top of the adhesive. You will now have two Shimmer Sheetz adhered together.
3. Emboss the Shimmer Sheetz using Butterflies Embossing Folder.
4. Drop several drops of rubbing alcohol and various alcohol inks onto a felt applicator tool and pounce over Shimmer Sheetz. Let this dry.
5. Use a sanding block to sand over the embossed areas to reveal the silver core.
6. Sponge Teal Blue and Jet Black StazOn in several areas or as desired.
7. Use Jewelry Dies 1 & 2 to cut desired shapes for your necklace and earrings (Note: A Metal Adaptor Plate is required for cutting the shapes). Place the following inside your machine’s cutting plate sandwich – Metal plate, then altered Shimmer Sheetz, then the die with the cutting side facing down. TIP: If you want the pattern to match on the earrings, instead of allowing it to be random as shown, carefully position the dies so they cut pairs of identical pieces.
8. Use a 1/8″ hole punch to punch holes into all of the die cut pieces before attaching jump rings. Use jewelry pliers to open and close the rings. Refer to the photo for ideas about placement.
Use a 1/16″ punch for smaller holes.
Instead of silver tone, choose copper, brass, or gold color necklace chain, jump rings, and earring wires.
9. Complete the earrings. Depending on the style of earring findings you choose, you may need a jump ring. The style shown requires only Shimmer Sheetz shapes with a hole punched at the top so the shapes dangle from the wire. Be sure to squeeze the wire just above the shapes so they can’t slip off.
I hope enjoyed my tutorial and feel inspired to try it out yourself.
Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies –
Other supplies –
1/8″ or 1/16″ hole punch
17″ open link (chain) necklace with clasp (or other preferred length)
Jump rings in metal to match necklace (one per “dangle” on necklace)
Earring wires in metal to match necklace and jump rings
2 pairs of pliers
Slate, Currant & Meadow Alcohol Ink
Teal Blue & Jet Black StazOn