Jewelry is an expression of you, your style, and who you are. So, why not create your own jewelry with your very own illustrations? It doesn’t get more personal than that.

Your illustration could be as simple as a line drawing or more intricate if you’re a skilled artist. Or, if you’re not an artist but still want to create your own jewelry, try tracing sketches or drawings from friends, family members, or other royalty-free sources. 

Once you have the materials, you can create all different types of jewelry. If you master earrings, move on to brooches or play around with color and more detailed designs. The choice is yours!

Finished illustrated earrings ready to be worn.
Finished illustrated earrings ready to be worn.

What You’ll Need

  • Translucent shrink plastic film
  • Sandpaper
  • Waterproof markers
  • Scissors
  • Oven
  • Parchment paper and a baking sheet
  • Earring components (see photo below)
  • Glue (for plastic/metal)
The earring components needed to make your own stud earrings.
The earring components needed to make your own stud earrings.

How to Make Custom Illustrated Earrings

Step 1: Sketch

Sketch a few ideas for your earring designs on regular paper. For beginners, use a rather simple design. You can always get more intricate next time!

Step 2: Trace

One completed image traced onto the plastic film and one ready to be traced.
One completed image traced onto the plastic film and one ready to be traced.

Gently sand your plastic film with sandpaper. Then copy your favorite sketch onto the plastic film with waterproof markers, ensuring you use the colors you want on your final product. 

You should be able to see through the film and follow the lines of your original sketch. But keep in mind that your design will shrink, so draw it almost double the size you want it to be on the earring itself.

Step 3: Cut

Carefully cut out designs.
Carefully cut out designs.

Cut out your designs making sure there is little excess on the outside of your drawing. Bake the plastic film pieces on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper in a 300°F (150°C) oven. The illustrations are ready when they are flat again. Let them cool.

Step 4: Glue

The finished plastic pieces being glued onto the flat front part of the earring.
The finished plastic pieces being glued onto the flat front part of the earring.

Once cool, glue the earring components to your plastic illustrations. Let sit for a few minutes to ensure the glue dries, and then they’re ready to wear!

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