Learn to Make THIS Laser Cut Necklace at Brit + Co SF!
Are you itching to use a laser cutter, but first need to learn how to create your own digital designs? Good news! We’re now offering a two-day Intro to Laser Cutting and Vector Illustration workshop at Brit + Co SF for exactly this, taught by independent jewelry designer Allison Hughes.
In our two-part class, you’ll learn the basics of vector illustration using Inkscape, a free downloadable software. Then you’ll create your own designs for a laser cut necklace or keychain, and cut them out right then and there on our laser cutter! Each student will get to make one of these three-layer necklaces or keychains in a completely original design of their own using wood, leather and all the necessary findings. To get that creativity flowing, we’ll take you through the process of making one of these layered beauties, designed by our very own instructor, Allison.
– jewelry chain
– jump rings
– lobster clasp
– laser cutter
– jewelry pliers
– wire cutters
Once you’ve sent your vector files over to the laser cutter, put your first material into the laser cutter. We started with wood for a solid base layer, then tan leather and then blue leather for the top layer. Now take a look at your vectors come to life, pop out your freshly cut shapes and get out the jewelry supplies — it’s time to put together your necklace.
Open up a jump ring and add all three layers of your pendant onto the ring. We attached a second ring as well to give us more room to string chain through. Cut a piece of chain to whatever length you would like your necklace to be and string the chain through the jump ring attached to your layered pendant. Attach jump rings and a lobster clasp to the ends, and the necklace is just about complete! It’s only missing a bit of flair.
Here’s where we added a little bonus feature. We gave the tan strip of leather a gold touch using a paint pen. Just let the paint dry, and you’re done!
Wear it long or short, and make sure to let everyone know YOU designed it yourself!
Fancy making one of your own? Check out the Brit + Co SF site and sign up for our Intro to Laser Cutting and Vector Illustration class! Our first two-part class starts on Tuesday August 12th from 6-8pm and Thursday August 14th from 6-8pm.
Please note: This is a class for beginners who have never used a vector illustration program. Class requires that you bring your own laptop and mouse with a scroll wheel, and have installed xQuartz and Inkscape (available for free download) before the start of the class.
Fall is right around the corner, and we're getting amped up for our next session of Selfmade, Brit + Co's 10-week interactive startup school. Designed to help you create a new business or grow your existing one, this course is personally led by Brit + Co founder Brit Morin and co-founder Anjelika Temple, and supported by more than a dozen of the top female entrepreneurs, creatives, and investors in the country. Students receive personalized coaching on everything from how to get out of your comfort zone to how to scale your business, and everything in between. And now, thanks to Office Depot, even more of you can join the course!
For the fall session, we're thrilled to team up with Office Depot to grant 200 FREE scholarship seats to the course. Scholarships are open to US residents, focusing on women of color, women from underserved and underrepresented communities, and women in need of support to help them trail-blaze. After all, we firmly believe that your support system is a huge part of how you achieve greatness, and we are here to cheer all of you on.
To nominate yourself or someone you know for a scholarship, head to our nomination form right here. The deadline for scholarship nominations is September 27th — it's time to take the leap!
Beyond the scholarship, Office Depot is all about helping you accomplish more. Whether it be the start phase, growth phase or keep businesses going phase, Office Depot offers a full suite of business solutions, including services and products, to help you work from anywhere, organize and save time and help build your brand.
So what are you waiting for? Take a chance on yourself and get yourself one step closer to truly being selfmade. Learn more about the Selfmade program, apply for a scholarship and prepare to be inspired :)