I’m a total fan of anything crafty and custom made. I absolutely love the thought and effort that goes behind anything that falls into the ‘handmade’ category. Making jewelry is also fun and rewarding when you get an accessory to wear after all the effort- of organizing all the different elements, designing them and assembling it for the final result. Also, I’ve been getting back to one of my old hobbies- quilling (the art of making intricate details with paper). Paper has so much versatility as a medium, doesn’t it? Simplicity really appeals to me, and so does quilling. So it just made sense to combine the two- with these tube quilling earrings!
1/ Insert the paper through the gap in the quilling needle.
2/ Holding the quilling needle, position the end of the paper strip by folding it at an angle, as shown above.
3/ It’s all a matter of twisting now! Glue the last bit of loose paper on it to avoid unravelling.
4/ Put the headpin inside the wide gap of the quilled structure with the pointy end going in first (hold the top ‘head’ part and throw it in).
5/ It should look like this. ^
6/ Using the pliers, bend the straight part like this. ^
7/ Take the jump ring and use the pliers to pull it apart.
8/ Insert the jump ring into the loop made by the head pin, add the earring loop as well, and then bend it closed with the help of the pliers again.
9/ Add the mod podge and apply it evenly over the full paper structure. You can use a brush or even your fingers (!). If you don’t have mod podge, you can coat it with regular craft glue.
10/ That’s it! Repeat the instructions to make a second pair. To get the size alike, use the same length for the quilling strip. And after that..make some more! In different colours! You can add little stickers/ gemstones at the ends too, if you like.
Have fun quilling + jewelry making. This is a great project especially if you’re new to quilling and would like to try your hand at it. And also, a girl can never have too much jewelry, right? It’s a win-win situation, I think 🙂 -Aaria xo