What can you make with the new Cricut Explore? Apparently pretty much anything! I had a great time designing and creating this lace-cut gold leather cuff on my new Cricut. But let me back up for just a second…
I was asked to participate in the Cricut Design Space Star challenge! How fun is that?? So for the next few months, I’ll be posting projects that I design and create using my Cricut and the Cricut Design Space software (you can finally cut any svg or even jpg you want! Yay!)
So the first challenge was to create something related to Fashion or Gear, my team chose “lace” to be our team theme. I knew I wanted to do some sort of jewelry type item, and I hoped that the Explore could cut leather. So I went about and did some research about all the materials that the cricut explore can cut, and then went on youtube to see if it could actually cut those things. After watching a few videos about cutting leather on the Explore I felt pretty confident so I ordered some shiny gold leather (of course), and a deep cut blade.
A few days later I had all my supplies and decided to start with a pretty tough test cut:
The machine cut it perfectly. That branch is REALLY small, the width of the branch part is less than 1/8th of an inch. And its LEATHER! I was sold on my project idea, and moved onto design phase.
A lot of this was trial and error. I wanted to create a lace-cut cuff to show off how intricate the explore can cut, but I didn’t want to waste any leather perfecting the design. So I did quite a few test cuts to get the overall size perfected as well as the individual cut-outs big enough to cut, but not too big. I did all my file creation on Adobe Illustrator and then saved my files as a .SVG and then just simply imported through the Design Space software. (A free download of my cuff cut file available at the end of this post.)
Once I was happy with all the specifications of my cut file, I just let the Cricut Explore do all the heavy lifting…errr…cutting.
For best looking results, I recommend putting the leather face down (or raw side up), and adhere it well to the cutting mat. The cutting took a long time – with the leather it cuts every cut 3 times, so for an intricate piece like this it was at least 30 minutes if not longer.
But when it’s done, it’s pretty much ready to go! No sewing, gluing, or anything else to do. There may be a few “chads” (ha)” stuck in the smaller cuts, just clean those up with an xacto knife or detail scissors. I also recommend using a fresh deep cut blade, or replacing your blade often if you’re cutting a thick material.
Look how amazing it turned out:
And my little helper holding it for the camera. The leather is super strong and durable even with all those cuts. It actually might be my favorite material to cut on a die-cutting machine.
For the fasteners, I found some metal ball spikes with screws (in antique gold)
To fasten it, you just pop the balls through the other side of the cuff into the holes with the tiny strip cut out.
The tension of the leather and the size of the ball head keeps everything in place.
I love how this gold cuff turned out. It’s trendy, it’s fun, and it’s easy to wear. And best of all, it doesn’t look DIY!
So since this is a competition, I could really use your help! There isn’t voting in this round, but every time you click one of my cricut links or cricut graphic ads, that counts for a traffic vote. And if you like this project,pin it from the cricut pinterest board and follow along on the Cricut Design Space Star Challenge Pinterest Board and our Team 11 Pinterest Board.
Also since I created the cut file myself, I can offer it as a free download! So if you are thinking about getting a Cricut Explore or if you already have one, be sure to download this file! Just click on the image below:
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And you MUST visit all my teammate’s Lace-themed projects. Here is a little collage of all of our projects:
Disclosure: I received a Cricut Explore in exchange for participating in the Cricut Design Space Star Challenge. This post was not sponsored but there are cash prizes available to winners of the challenge. Links contained in this post are Affiliate links.