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Erica Magrey makes earrings with a clear vinyl backing to create the illusion of floating shapes. She writes:

I’ve recently been making 60s, 70s, and 80s-inspired earrings out of leather, plastic, and yarn. I made earrings as a kid – one memorable pair was made of paint-spattered paper and another a painted toy car tire cut in half – so this is a fun return to my roots.

I used a bunch of different adhesives but none seemed to work too well. I tried Duco cement, a leather/fabric glue, and Wellbond. Eventually I ended up using Petronio’s, a very toxic contact cement that I use for shoemaking. So it’s really not ideal. I’m sure there is something better out there for this purpose – I just couldn’t figure out what that was. Also it’s important to score the plastic and the leather with a few short strokes of a blade in the areas where the adhesive will be used so it’ll bond better (esp. the plastic). I got that plastic at a tag sale (yard sale) but it’s available at most fabric stores. It’s like a flexible clear vinyl.

Read about the earrings at Erica’s blog, and see them all in her Flickr set.

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Becky Stern is a Content Creator at Autodesk/Instructables, and part time faculty at New York’s School of Visual Arts Products of Design grad program. Making and sharing are her two biggest passions, and she's created hundreds of free online DIY tutorials and videos, mostly about technology and its intersection with crafts. Find her @bekathwia on YouTube/Twitter/Instagram.

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