I don't typically design or make earrings, I myself is not a jewelry persons, so for this "Summer Craft Challenge", I decide to challenge myself to create some summer fruit earrings designs.
Here is my first pair - Pineapple earrings
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Step 1: Idea & Sketch
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Summer is really not the season for me, since I don't do well in the heat, so I was thinking to create something more fun and colorful, hopefully will lighten up my hot summer days.

After few scribbled, I decided on this two design: 

First one is just some curved diagonal lines, Criss cross them to create the stylized pattern of the pineapple.

Second one is going to be sort of fun in the sun at the beach scene. 

I decided put them to the test.

Step 2: Create Design File
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Of course, I upload the sketch PNG to the the Silhouette Studio, with “Trace” function, convert the design to vector format. Then separate the image into serval different pieces, so I am able to do multiple colors.

Basically, each pineapple will have two layers, the bottom layer is a solid backing with the whole pineapple silhouette, the front piece, include a leaves piece, then the pineapple body.

For the first one the body is just the Criss cross grid (see Photo 1), and for the fun in the sun one, I created 5 separate color pieces and a sun (see Photo 2).

I also thinking to create the earring with combination of the stud and the dangle, so I create a small round with the corresponding design on it. 

Save the design to SVG format.

 

Step 3: Laser Cut
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Setting 1
Process Method
Laser Cut
Process Material
3mm Basswood Plywood
Power(%) or Cut Pressure(g)
100
Speed(mm/s)
4
Pass
1

Upload the SVG design file onto xTool Creative Space, for 1.5mm Basswood, I use 100/4/1 for the cut setting, with the help of xTool Air Assist and Air Purifier, so the cut came out great. 

Since the pieces are rather small (see Photo 1), when I try to pick them up with my finger, quite a few of them actually drop off the honeycomb to the bottom plate. 

So the second time, with the help of masking tape, I was able to pick up most of the pieces without dropping them, and also they are all stick together (see Photo 2), that make it a lot easier to get all the pieces out, and I don't have to resort them.

Step 4: Color
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Again, dealing with small pieces, painting them is not easy to handle.

  1. So I first layer a piece masking tape on a carboard, sticky side up, and tape both end to the back. 
  2. Then I lay all the pieces onto the tape, the masking tape kept them from moving, which make the painting a lot easier, and when ready, they are very easy to take off (see Photo 1)
  3. I color all the pieces with acrylic paint pens

 

 

Step 5: Assembly
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  1. First, glue all the pieces together according to the design. Small clamps are come in handy to hold them together till the glue is set (see Photo 1).
  2. See Photo 2 for the hardware I uses for my earring, but you can be as creative as you wish, or as simple as you wanted. 
    * For the Stud Dangle piece, I choose large jumper ring for each the main piece (the pineapple and the small round), then add a small jumper ring in between to give a little more movement. (see Photo 3)
    * I also made one just dangle only, I also use the large jumper ring for the pineapple, and added few small jumper rings to create the extra movement. (see Photo 4)
Design Files
Pineapple.xcs
earrings
summer
fruiit
pineapple
summer fruit
tropical
sun
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