I need another beading tool like I need a hole in the head, right? But a couple of weeks ago, I caved in and bought one of the new Big Kick machines from Vintaj, with the idea that I would make some lovely embossed brass pieces for earring making projects. Little did I know that playing with this machine would not just inspire me to create new and beautiful beaded earrings, it would push me a little further into the realm of mixed media jewelry!
I've always been a little intimidated by the idea of making jewelry with metals. Sure, I can cut and fuse glass and make lampwork glass beads on a torch. But those don't involve cutting or stamping or doing anything with metal. Well, even my five-year-old got into the fun, "helping" me crank the brass blanks through the machine and finishing them with the reliefing block and some colored inks.
When I found out that I could run thick leather through the Vintaj Big Kick, too, it gave me a whole new set of ideas for earring making projects! If you have a Vintaj Big Kick (or know someone who does), try this fun and easy earring making project using your favorite leather scraps and embossing folders.
- Leather scraps, approximately 1/2" thick (enough to make 2 leather coins, each 1 1/4")
- Nicole's Beadbacking or other bead embroidery medium
- 2 grams size 8o seed beads in color to match or contrast with your leather coins
- 1 gram size 11o seed beads in color to match or contrast with your leather coins
- 5 grams Czech farfalle beads
- 6 lb. braided beading thread (Fireline recommended)
- 1 pair ear wires
- E6000 adhesive
- Vintaj Big Kick machine and embossing folder
- Scissors for cutting leather
- Thread cutter
- Size 12 beading needle
- Flat nose or chain nose pliers
- Sharpie markers (optional, for adding color to leather coins, if desired)
Something else I discovered about running leather through my Big Kick machine: it will also beautifully emboss my scraps of Ultrasuede! What a great idea for making the back of your bead embroidery pieces just as interesting as the front, right?
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