Now I want to talk about how to make some quilled paper earrings! Looking at all of those cute handmade quilled earring sets from a few days ago really made me want to try my hand at some of my own! So here I go.
So if you’d like to make yours too that are one of a kind for yourself or someone special, look no further. Depending on how far along you are with your quilling experience, you’ll need a few tools but also a few jewelry related items too.
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Even better, later on you can paint these or add beads to accentuate them, what fun! I used to love dabbling in the making of jewelry (not professional, I mean, just fashion type with wire and bead patterns, nothing like gold and gemstones) Ok, let’s get started.
Anyway you’ll first need some strips of quilling paper in your chosen color (or you can do like I did, in the pure spirit of saving and reusing paper!) and grab some magazines and cut them into strips)
Magazine paper is ideal as the thickness is just about right for a project like this, plus when you see what we’re going to do; no worries about any of the pictures or text showing! 😁
Gather all your essential quilling tools , we’re going to need them, plus some jewelry fixings. The most important parts are those that are fundamental to making earrings, including French hooks, (or if you prefer, leverbacks will work too) some jump rings and jewelry wire pieces known as “eye pins” used to string beads on.
It can be tricky to find all these things in one place but the kit to the right I found, has all of them.
Next – scissors and needlenose pliers will be needed . To preserve your final work of art, some glue and varnish such as Mod Podge. is encouraged too.
Quill your first strips (if you’re new or need some tips, this guide should help you out) I’m making two triangles and two squares.
Tricky part – take your pliers, bend the wire piece and thread through the open end of your first quilled shape, secure the end down so it doesn’t come loose.
Secure a jump ring over it, that will be used to attach the French hook, but I’ll get to that later.
Repeat with the other since we’re going for a matching set…
Glue pieces together; let set for awhile, over night if you need to for permanency.
Apply a coat of shellac, varnish or Mod Podge to the shapes to protect them – they are still paper , this will also give them a nice glossy finish too.
My shapes kind of look like little teeny houses, LOL…
A fun thing you can do is to add a little bead dangle below the shapes…One or two small beads is all you need here, as it will accentuate the look of your quilling art and not draw attention away from it.
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I used two and two of those wire stem eye pin pieces which I bent with my pliers and wrapped through the bottom of the second square) shape.
All that’s left now is to attach the French hooks. The opening at the bottom is usually very tight, so we’re going to take the pliers and open the jump ring slightly and slide on the hooks, then pinch it back together again.
Ta-da! You’ve just finished making your first gorgeous pair of quilled paper earrings👍.
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