When we received the Silhouette faux leather paper to play with, I was totally intrigued. It cuts as card, but can be washed and sewn like fabric. When washed by hand or in the washing machine, it becomes softer and takes on the texture of leather.
I liked the idea of delicate items being made out of this tough and somewhat masculine material, so decided to make some feather earrings.
What you’ll need:
- Silhouette CAMEO
- Silhouette Faux Leather Paper
- Pair of earwires
- Jump rings
- Metallic permanent marker / paint
STEP ONE: Open and Resize ShapesOpen Design #79106 in Silhouette Studio and scale to 33% of original size
STEP TWO: Remove Quill
The feathers need to move freely on the jump-ring, so the top quill parts need to be removed. This can be done a number of ways - point editting, the modify tools such as crop or subtract, or with a knife. I chose the latter option
STEP THREE: Cut and washUsing your stickiest mat, make sure that the faux leather is well stuck down. I used the default blade settings pre-set for faux leather and the cuts were great, but always do a test cut when using new media. Once cut wash in the sink or washing machine.
STEP FOUR: ColourAdd a touch of metallic paint or permanent maker using a ruler or tape for a straight line.
STEP FOUR: Attach with Jump Rings to EarwiresUse jump rings to attach the feathers to the ear-wire. An important tip is to twist the jump ring rather than pull apart, as this will not distort the shape.
I was having so much fun with these feathers that I made a handbag charm also!
THE FINISHED PRODUCT