It’s the last Sunday in the month, and hybrid is taking over the blog again!
This month I want to show you a project that I’ve been planning to do for a while, and always chickened out of by convincing myself it would be too much effort or would end up looking totally blah!
Wondering what project had me surrendering before I started? ….Homemade cufflinks!
My husband has recently fallen in love with shirts that require cufflinks, and I’ve bought him some lovely designs over the past few months, but some of the simpler ones made me stop and think: I could sooo do this!!! The more I looked at the cufflinks, the more I realised that similar techniques are used to make some pendants too – so I figured if I could master making one I could probably do both. Reasonable thinking, right?
It was very easy to find the cuff link blanks and corresponding cabochon cameo covers via Google. You do need to know the colour (silver or gold effect), shape (circle etc), and size of cufflink you want to make. I chose to make small ones (12mm), but next time I will definitely choose a larger size. I purchased my supplies (enough to make 5 pairs) from an Etsy store for less than £8.
Next, I made small circular blank file on Photoshop, and played with designs for my cuff link set. I settled on Kate’s We Go Together Like… & We Go Together Too, as I thought the 2-part nature of the doodles complemented the 2-part nature of cufflinks – and the doodles were simply too cute to resist 😉
Once I was happy, I merged the layers for each design and reduced the image size to fit my blanks (12mm). After cutting and pasting them all onto one document for simplicity, I printed them and then used my scissors to carefully cut out the lot. This was a little tricky due to the tiny size of the circular designs, but the key was just to take it slowly.