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Inlay Earrings


By Theresa Ekdom

These inlay earrings are an ideal way to use up the scraps of hardwood left after cutting your Christmas ornaments. You can cut several in a day as gifts for family, friends, or yourself!

Start by stacking two contrasting colors of hardwood together by running a bead of hot glue around the outside edges. Do not use double-sided tape; the pieces need to fit tightly together for the inlay to work properly.

Attach the pattern to the work piece and drill blade-entry holes for the inlay section with a #63 drill bit. Drill the holes for the earring hooks with a 116“-diameter bit.

Hardwood, 2 contrasting colors: ¼” x 3” x 3” (6mm x 76mm x 76mm)
Glue gun and glue sticks (hot melt, for stack cutting)
Glue stick or temporary-bond spray adhesive
White glue
Sandpaper and sander: 120 grit
Tung oil
Jump rings: 6mm (one for each earring)
Jump rings: 4mm (one for each earring)
Earring hooks (one for each earring)

Tooth blades: #3 regular
Drill and bits: 1/16″ (2mm) diameter; #63
Needle-nose pliers

Click below to download the inlay earring pattern.

Inlay Earrings Pattern