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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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.
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 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.
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.
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!
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.
My Favorite Etsy shops for Faux Leather
Crafty Storz – this shop has lots of novelty prints in holiday themes. Great shop for making holiday earrings! They also have lots of plaid prints and glitter sheets to choose from. I especially love their sports printed faux leather designs. Check them out here.