Daylight is growing shorter and soon the cool days of Autumn will be here. As we pull out the boxes of warmer clothing to layer, one cannot help put reminisce over all the fun that was had during the sweet summer months. Let’s hold on for just a bit longer and make these cheery quilled earrings that inspire feelings of endless sunshine…..
This tutorial was created and designed using a tool, a stacked quilling form, that I created for my personal quilling work. It is very easy to make and if you would like to make one as well so that your earrings come out exact, you can find the free tutorial on my website. If you prefer not to do so, you can find household cylindrical objects that are the same diameters as I used with the stacked form. These instructions also assume a basic understanding of quilling and creating the basic shapes. If you need to learn or brush up on your skills, you can find a free tutorial here.
This tutorial calls for cuts in seven colors. I used paper in 1/4” ( 5 or 6 mm) widths from both Quilled Creations and Lake City Crafts. When making the following cuts, be sure to snip off the ends on either side to remove any remaining glue and ensure seamless joining.
A) 2 x 34” (86.5 cm) total length, 2 x 8.5” (21.5 cm) strips – Outside of large teardrop.
B) 2 x 51” (129.5 cm) total length, 2 x 8.5” (21.5 cm) strips – Inside of large teardrop
C) 4 x 17” (43.25 cm) strips – Outside of leaf teardrops.
D) 4 x 8.5” (21.5) strips – Inside of leaf.
E) 4 x 8.5” strips (21.5 cm) – Inside of leaf.
F) 8 x 8.5” strips (21.5 cm) – Outside of petal teardrop.
G) 8 x 8.5” (21.5 cm ) strips – Inside of petal.
- Stacked quilling form. You can find the link above or find similar forms in 5” (12.7 cm) , 2” (5 cm) & 1.5” (3.8 cm) diameters.
- Quilling tool.
- 2 7mm O rings.
- 2 ear wires.
- Jewelry pliers.
Make outside of earring.
Using the 5” tier of the stacked quilling tool and 51” of color B, roll a tight closed coil. When you reach the end of color B, seamlessly join 34” of color A. Make 2.
When making the teardrop shape, be careful to place the outer seam at the base of the earring so it will not be in view when wearing.
Make 4 closed coil rings.
Using 1 strip of color C and the 1.5” tier of the stacked quilling form, create a tight closed coil. Make four.
Take one 8.5” strip of color E and glue it 1/4” below the edge of a 8.5” strip of color D as shown in the picture below. Using your quilling tool, roll a tight coil where the color E strip remains on the inside.
Put a ring of glue on the inside of one of the C ring coils. Places the tight closed coil you just made inside the ring and allow to expand. Manipulate the paper to ensure all outer edges are connected to the glued paper. Repeat this three more times with the remaining C rings.
Shape the four ringed coils into teardrop shapes. Place the outer paper edge near the base.
Place a line of glue on the edge of each leaf. Pay attention to the way the direction of your inner coil, the glue should follow the side of the teardrop that is more open.
Place the completed leaves inside the larger outer teardrop that you previously created. Insert a small dot of glue between the base of both leaves to secure them together.
Using 8 strips of color F and the 1.5” tier of your stacked quilling form, make 8 tight coil rings.
Use your slotted tool and the 8.5” strips of color G to make tight closed coils. Place glue inside the F rings and allow the G coils to expand inside. Make 8.
Shape each of the completed coils into teardrop shapes. Place the outer paper edge at the peak.
Glue each of the petals into the earring as shown in the following pictures. Take care to note the direction of the inside swirl. The more open edge should face outward.
Place glue around the petals to secure together and to the outer ring of the earrings.
Make 2 Closed Coils.
Begin making a closed coil using a 8.5” strip of color B. Glue and secure when you reach the end of the strip. Place a dot of glue and seamlessly join a 8.5” strip of color A. Glue to secure and remove from the tool. Make 2.
Place a small strip of glue along the peak of your earring. Secure one of the coils just made along the paper edge. Allow the glue to dry completely.
Finishing Quilled Jewelry.
Once the glue has dried completely, you will want to seal your finished earrings. There are many options available to you to do so based on your preference. My sealer of choice is a clear UV protected nail enamel that I apply by hand.
When attaching the O rings to your earrings, the will more easily slide in if you first bend in the prongs as shown below.
Not into big earrings? Try making just one and turn it into a necklace instead. Either way, you will have a fun project to make and a unique item to wear or give as a gift.
About the author:
Erin Curet is a paper quilling enthusiast who travels around the US sharing her love and knowledge of the craft. She enjoys teaching what’s inside her head by freely sharing her designs and tutorials on her website www.littlecircles.net
Copyright 2013, Erin Curet. All rights reserved. This design & tutorial are for personal use only.