Earring stand and Cardstock for backs, no problem!

I came across a design for an earring stand on a the laser-template site but it was a bit too long and wide for my Glowforge Plus. After doing some math and scaling things down a bit to fit and here it is, It is from PG Draftboard. (side note- tested it on some 3mm cardboard first). Dimensions are about 10.5 x 10.5. This was my first living hinge design and I am happy how it turned out. For the card stock, my wife had some laying around from her scrapbooking / cricut machine that I used. She offered to cut it but I said I wanted to try the laser out. Glad I did! I found some good settings and used the Krylon tack spray mentioned in the forums here, stuck perfectly while cutting, and I think it turned out well.

I also cut a ton of earrings, some my design and some that I found online. All from 1.6mm Amazon Black walnut and sealed with spray lacquer. My two daughters are currently beta testing a pair.

I am doing all this because my kids have a “Santa Shop” for their school where they invite crafters to come in and sell stuff to students. It’s giving me some motivation to learn and hopefully make a little money along the way. I hope I’ll get more mileage at craft shows or Maker Faires in the future. Next up is engraving some pencils with a jig…

The people in the community are so helpful here, just wanted to say thanks- really helped me jumpstart into my Glowforge crafting hobby/business!


Nice display and nice earrings.


Yep, they look good!


I think I may do another stand and some earrings with lighter wood so the contrast shows a little better for some of the designs. I have a sheet of PG medium maple that I might try. It is a bit on the thick side though, at 3.5mm. Would that be too thick for earrings?

Don’t know, you’d need to ask someone with pierced ears. (Wouldn’t think so.) :slightly_smiling_face:


Kind of what I was thinking as well. I will probably look around for more 1/16th inch wood, it seems to be a good thicknesses. I also have some veneers I’ve been playing with but they are too thin.

Very nice setup.


Wonderful display and the earrings are too cute!

You could layer veneers to each other to get to the thickness you desire. I would think two layers would get you pretty close to 1/16”.


Adorable earrings … what a great idea for their “Santa Shop”! Love the display also!

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I cut a ton of earrings and sell them wholesale to a couple of retailers. I only use the PG medium woods. I found that sourcing wood from other places was not as reliable. Also, the PG wood is already finished. We do dangle earring and post earrings. I will say I bought a ton a wood from a shop on etsy when I first got my GF. It is 1/16 and I use it for card stock. Has worked out well. My GF paid for itself in less than 2 months. LOVE IT!!


Thanks for the info! Wow, less than two months? That is impressive. I was figuring the earrings could be the most profitable thing I make since they are so small and the wood is cheap. I see them going for around $10 for simple engraved post earrings, so it doesn’t surprise me that you are making good $$ on them!

I have some PG walnut and PG maple. Since I already have a walnut, I think I’ll try the maple, it should be good for the contrast.

So I gave the PG Maple Plywood a try and am happy with how it turned out! But now I’m worried I won’t be selling as many of the non PG walnut earrings… since the maple is thicker the engrave seems to pop a bit more. Anyway, thanks for the suggestion and I’ll see how things go in a few weeks!


Yeah looks great. So, we do post earrings (wholesale) for $3 a pair. They have no findings whatsoever. Just the wood cut out and engrave. Some are $2 a pair. Dangle type earrings are anywhere from $4 a pair to $7 pair depending on size. Acrylics are a little more. Usually the post earrings sell for between $10-$14 and the dangle for $12-$18 a pair. Starting Nov1st we started churning out Ornaments. I just sent completed an order this morning that puts us over 500 ornaments. Average price is $6, but we do box and put ribbons on the ornaments. They sell for $15-$20 each. Most of our ornaments are not cut out of PG material. We cut them out of 1/4" acrylic (PG) or 1/4" Poplar or Oak. The only finish we put on them is Danish Oil rub sown. I have done acrylic awards, signs, and other projects too. Recently I am testing stone and glass tiles.


Thanks for the info. You’ve given me some ideas. After things settle down in Dec. I may go to a few local boutique stores to see if they might be interested in my earrings (perhaps give them a full earring board above as a trial to sell). I haven’t tried cutting any acrylic yet, but I was thinking about doing that as well. I have a few hand drawn ornaments that I think would work really well in addition to my wood cut ones that I’m planning to sell for the Santa Shop. Thanks again!!

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Amazing display, amazing earrings! What type of glue do you use between the earrings and the stud?

Thanks! I have been using regular super glue (CA), but recently I switched to a more flexible thin glue. The super glue holds well but it’s pretty stiff. I don’t have the name of the glue I am using handy, but I’ll try to remember to post it when I get back to my workshop. I also know a lot of people use e6000 glue.

Weld-On? It’s a thin acrylic glue/solvent. You’re actually fusing the pieces together.

It’s not that, but might be similar. I got it from an RC show. They had a ton of different adhesives and worked in different settings. I asked them the best glue for earring backs and they recommended a certain type. Only cost me $10 or so and it will probably be enough for a few thousand pairs :slight_smile:

Here is the glue I mentioned earlier that I am now using.


That’s thin cyanoacrylate - Krazy Glue :slightly_smiling_face:

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