I’m asked all the time what materials, tools, and supplies I use and recommend to get started making jewelry with a Cricut. I hope this list of my favorite products is helpful to you!

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MY STUDIO DESK

Electric Height Adjustable Work Table

This is my studio desk, which I’m obsessed with! The table top raises and lowers electronically so you can sit and work or stand as needed. I have the 60×24 inch size with a Memory Preset Controller. This feature allows you to “save” heights as favorites so you can easily return to them in the future.

CRICUT MACHINES

Cricut Maker

The Cricut Maker is the ultimate Cricut for making jewelry. The Maker cuts faux leather, geniune leather, and can engrave.

Cricut Explore Air 2

The Cricut Explore Air 2 is a great machine for cutting faux leather, vinyl, foil, and glitter sheets. You can’t cut genuine leather with the Explore Air 2, so if that’s important to you, I would recommend getting the Cricut Maker instead.

Cricut Joy

The Cricut Joy can also cut faux leather, vinyl, foil, and glitter sheets. It only comes with a standard grip mat (instead of the purple strong grip mat) so it isn’t ideal for making a lot of earrings, but it’s great for occasional earring use. The Joy won’t cut genuine leather.

CRICUT BASICS

Cricut Strong Grip Mat, Purple

Green “strong grip” cutting mats are used to cut vinyl or iron on foil for jewelry making. They are also the basic Cricut mat for cutting many other materials.

Cricut Standard Grip Mat, Green

Purple “strong grip” cutting mats are the best mats for cutting faux leather, glitter sheets, and genuine leather. New, sticky mats are best, so this 3 pack ensures you always have a fresh cutting mat!

Cricut Basic Tools Set

The Cricut Basic Tool set is a must have for jewelry making. I use the weeding tool daily, and the mini spatula is great for lifting faux leather and leather earring shapes off the cutting mat without damaging them.

Cricut Deep Point Blade with Drive Housing

The Cricut Deep Point Blade with Drive Housing is an optional attachment for the Cricut Maker and the Explore Air 2. It’s used to cut Cricut brand geniune leather or metallic leather. To cut thicker tooling leather or garment leather, you’ll need the Knife Blade (below) and the Cricut Maker

Cricut Maker Knife Blade with Drive Housing

The Cricut Knife Blade with Drive Housing is an optional attachment for the Cricut Maker only. It’s used to cut tooling leather or garment leather. You can also cut specific thicknesses of balsa wood, chipboard, and mat board. The Knife Blade currently only works with Cricut Design Space running on a desktop or laptop computer (not a tablet or a phone).

If you just want to cut Cricut brand geniune leather or metallic leather, use the Deep Point Blade (above) with the Explore Air 2 or the Cricut Maker.

Cricut Easy Press Mini

The Cricut Easy Press Mini is the heat press I use for jewelry making. I use it for heat pressing vinyl and foil to faux leather and leather earrings as well as keychains.

Cricut Easy Press Mat, 8×10

The Cricut Pressing Pad is the perfect size pressing pad when using the Easy Press Mini for jewelry making. It protects your surface from heat really well.

Cricut Strong Grip Transfer Tape

I use Cricut Strong Grip Transfer Tape to protect my mats when I’m cutting materials that shed, like glitter sheets or suede. Place the transfer tape on your mat first, sticky side up, and then place your material pretty side down. Any glitter residue will stick to the removable transfer tape and not your mat.

Cricut Brayer

The brayer is used to press materials down really well to the mat before cutting. Getting the material stuck to the mat is one of the best ways to ensure you’ll get a great cut.

Blue Painter’s Tape

Blue painter’s tape is used to tape your faux leather, genuine leather or other material down firmly to your mat to keep your material from shifting during the cut. Blue painter’s tape is one of the biggest secrets to getting great cuts with your Cricut!

Art Glitter Glue with Precision Tip

Art Glitter Glue is my favorite glue for making faux leather earrings. Don’t worry, it doesn’t have glitter in it! It’s a great fabric glue that goes on easily and dries clear. The best part, though, is the precision tip you can add to the bottle. The tip allows you to spread glue in very small areas without making a goopy mess. Not every bottle of Art Glitter Glue comes with the precision tip, so be sure the item you are buying includes the tip. (The tips are also sold separately.)

    JEWELRY MAKING TOOLS & FINDINGS

Wubbers Baby Chain Nose Pliers

These flat nose “chain nose” pliers are my first pair of “go to” jewelry making pliers. The “baby” size is the perfect size, and they are good quality for daily use. I like to use the chain nose and the flat nose pliers together to open and close jump rings.

Wubbers Baby Flat Nose Pliers

These flat nose pliers are my second pair of “go to” jewelry making pliers. The “baby” size is the perfect size, and they are good quality for daily use. I like to use the flat nose and the chain nose pliers together to open and close jump rings.

fiskars paper punch for earring holes

Fiskars 1/16″ “Paper Punch” – Earring Hole Punch

Forget that this is called a “paper” punch – This hole punch is what I use day in and day out to punch the perfect size hole (1/16″) in faux leather and genuine Cricut brand leather earrings. You’re going to love them!

1/16″ “Paper Punch” – Earring Hole Punch

There are two 1/16″ hole punches I like – This is the other one. Used to make the perfect size hole (1/16″) in faux leather of all kinds. I offer links to both because I’ve found often one or the other is out of stock on Amazon at different times.

Fiskars 4″ Mini Scissors

These little curved scissors are ideal for trimming earring shapes after they are cut with the Cricut. They are also perfect for trimming earring cut holes and other small detailed cuts.

Assorted Earring Hooks

Assorted earring hooks like these are great – you get lots of different metal finishes with just one purchase. It’s a bonus when the metal is stainless steel or hypoallergenic.

Ball Earwire Earring Hooks

These ball earwire earring hooks are the trick to making earrings without tools. If you are hesitant to try making earrings because you don’t want to have to use jewelry making tools like flat nose pliers, these little earring hooks will be a life saver for you. Just slide the earring shapes onto the hook and pinch the little loop closed with your fingers. Easy peasy!

6mm Jump Rings (assorted colors)

These 6mm jump rings are my favorite size for earring making. I like this assortment so you can create many different metal colors of earrings.

GENUINE LEATHER & FAUX LEATHER

Cricut Metallic Genuine Leather, 1 12×12″ Sheet, Gold

This Cricut brand Metallic Leather in Gold makes beautiful earring shapes. You can cut this material easily using the Deep Point Blade (see above). The Deep Point Blade will cut this material on either the Cricut Maker or the Cricut Explore Air 2.

Cricut Metallic Genuine Leather, 1 12×12″ Sheet, Rose Gold

This Cricut brand Metallic Leather in Rose Gold makes beautiful earring shapes. You can cut this material easily using the Deep Point Blade (see above). The Deep Point Blade will cut this material on either the Cricut Maker or the Cricut Explore Air 2.

Cricut Metallic Genuine Leather, 1 12×12″ Sheet, Bronze

This Cricut brand Metallic Leather in Bronze makes beautiful earring shapes. You can cut this material easily using the Deep Point Blade (see above). The Deep Point Blade will cut this material on either the Cricut Maker or the Cricut Explore Air 2.

Cricut Metallic Genuine Leather, 1 12×12″ Sheet, Silver

This Cricut brand Metallic Leather in Silver makes beautiful earring shapes. You can cut this material easily using the Deep Point Blade (see above). The Deep Point Blade will cut this material on either the Cricut Maker or the Cricut Explore Air 2.

Cricut Faux Leather sampler pack, Neutrals

This Cricut brand Faux Leather sampler in neutral colors is my go to material for cutting very detailed cutout shapes. It cuts like butter, seriously. It is on the thinner side so you’ll either want to use more than one layer in your earring design, or add a backing. You can cut this material easily on the Cricut Maker, the Cricut Explore Air 2, or the Cricut Joy using the standard Fine Point Blade.

Chunky Glitter “Faux Leather,” assorted colors

This assortment of chunky glitter “faux leather” has a lot of great colors. This material isn’t faux leather, but it has a canvas backing and it cuts very well with the standard fine point blade on both the Cricut Maker and the Cricut Explore Air 2.

My Favorite Etsy shops for Faux Leather

Craftyrific – great assortment, fun patterns and colors, super fast shipping! Check them out here.

Art of Fabric Folding – colorful assortment of faux leather, as well as unique materials like jelly sheets and textured materials. They also have a lot of great cork sheets. Check them out here.

Thicket Company – great options for faux leather, especially prints and SMOOTH faux leathers, which I love to use for applying heat transfer vinyl on! Visit them here.

Trendy Luxe – this shop has some really interesting textures of faux leather. They also update their assortment weekly so I check back often to see what’s new in their shop. You can see it here.

Millie & Olive Fabric – this shop has some amazing patterns of faux leather! Great assortment of polka dots, stripes, bright colors, and tons of glitter sheets too. Visit them here.