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9 Lessons (44m)
    • 1. Paper Craft: Quilled Flower Earrings

    • 2. Materials

    • 3. Creating Coils for Petals

    • 4. Shaping Teardrops for Petals

    • 5. Rolling Flower Centers

    • 6. Assembling the Pieces

    • 7. Adding Sealant

    • 8. Attaching Hardware

    • 9. Yay! You Did It!

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Paper quilling is also known as paper filigree.  It involves curling, twirling, pinching, and manipulating strips of paper into intricate shapes and designs.  Traditionally quilling is used for art pieces and cardmaking.  However, you can turn your art into fashion by following the steps Marissa uses to make her quilled work suitable for everyday wear.

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Marissa Agnew

Sweethearts and Crafts Creator, Paper Princess


I learned to be crafty...

I love paper quilling and making paper quilled jewelry, ornaments, and art pieces. I also make gel medium art pieces often including paint and other mixed media. I then embellish the images with paper filigree, making 3D paper quilled art. Outside of my shop, Sweethearts and Crafts, I love to take quilling beyond "the norm" and love experimenting to see what I can make, including baby mobiles, holiday centerpieces, hair accessories, greeting cards, sculptures, and wedding cake toppers...all from humble strips of paper.

But I didn't always consider myself an artist...

I grew up thinking that the art gene skipped over me. My brother and sister could draw and paint in a way I could never figure out. When I drew a person the proportions we... See full profile

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1. Paper Craft: Quilled Flower Earrings: Hi, everyone. My name is Marissa, and today I'm going to be teaching you how to make a pair of paper willed hearings. Now, I know most of you have never tried calling before, much less heard of it. So I want to thank you for taking a leap of faith and trying paper cooling with me today. And even if you have never heard of it before, don't worry. I'm going to take you through the tutorial stuff, buy stuff, and you will learn how to make she's beautiful paper quilt hearings. 2. Materials: you will need the following materials to make these paper quote airings. First and most importantly, you will need a slotted quelling tool if you purchased a kit for me. This is included in your kit. You can use a toothpick if you don't have a slaughtered quelling tool. You will also need a circle sizer ruler. This is also included in the kits that I put together. Uh, you can also use any other circle template that has varying degrees of circle sizes. You will need quelling paper. Of course, if you purchase the kit, you will have a variety of eight and strips. But most varieties of cool paper come in longer lengths. Thes are 17 inches, and there are many, many varieties of paper that you can choose from. You'll need some type of glue or adhesive. I will talk more about glue an adhesive in the tutorial. But plain Elmer's glue is just fine to use here. A non essential but helpful tool is tweezers. You will need a paintbrush to help you apply glue. Also, some a jar of water to clean off your paintbrush, and a small vessel in which to pour your glue that will be helpful. You'll need jewelry pliers for when we attach our hardware and the actual hardware you will need. You'll need a couple sizes of jump rings. Any metal here is fine. I recommend for this project six millimeters and three millimeters, and finally, you will need your wires again. Any type of metal for your ear wires. This fine. I've chosen silver plated surgical steel. 3. Creating Coils for Petals: today, we're going to be making thes, uh, pink flower earrings. Of course, you can make them in whatever colors you like, but I have chosen pink, and there are two different shades of pink in here. Okay, So for those of you who have never heard of people willing, thank you for signing up for this class that I have really been looking forward to the opportunity to share this art with you. Um, quelling is an ancient art form. Dates back as far as ancient Egypt, but it was really popularized during the Renaissance. And you could read a lot more about killing on the Internet, Of course, where there's everything. Um OK, so let's get started. First, you have to choose your paper. Uh, this is the paper that I have chosen. This is different shades of pink, This particular papers by quilt creations. There are many different brands of killing paper, and I prefer cool creations because of the thickness of the paper. It's very high quality paper. Ah, lot of other brands. They will offer different colors and actually a lot of brands there strips or even longer than this. These air 17 inches and many brands are going to be 21 or even 24 inches. But I find that the quality of these is so superior. I prefer to get a few inches less of paper just to have that thickness. Okay, so first, we're going to pick two different shades off willing paper. I'm going to choose this very hot pink for the inside of the pedals. Okay, so we'll take one of those strips, and I'm also going to choose this kind of. It's also a hot pink, but a little less hot. Nice, bright color. So you can see them well, and you can choose whatever colors that you like. You don't even have to choose pink. You could do blue or red or whatever floats your boat. Okay, I'm going to get this up here. Okay? So, first for the outside of the pedals for the inside brother, we're going to use 1/4 of a strip. Make sure your edges air clean. You don't want any of that glue that's on the edge of the paper here. Okay, so these edges air clean, you're going to do 1/4 of a strip, so you just fold the paper in half. If you have the 17 inch strips folded in half and you can just tear it, there's no need for cutting. If you want to cut it, that's fine. But a lot of killers actually prefer to use Tauron edges, because if you see it's a little frayed. So when you glue it down to itself, the edge is going to almost disappear. So you won't have seems like you will If you were to cut the paper case, we're going to do that again. Fold it in half and here in the middle. So what you're going to wind up with is four different strips. There are approximately four inches long. Now, if you purchased um, equaling kit from my shop to help you along with this adventure, um, then you're strips are eight inches long, and you will just need Teoh. Tear those in half, not into quarters. So you see you're gonna have a little strip that's approximately four inches long, a little longer because these air 17 inches about 45 inches, it doesn't really matter. Either. One is fine. Somewhere between 45 inches, as long as they're all the same way price, you take one of your strips. This is another tool that you will have gotten in your quill. Ink it, and it is an essential tool for Quill Er's. You can use a toothpick, but this is really if you're going to get into quelling, you need one of these. It's a slotted, willing tool you can see at the end. Here. There's a little slit that will make it easy for you to insert your paper, and it makes things really easy for coiling and rolling or your paper quelling strips and this one's Baikal creations. It's got this nice comfort grip on it, so it doesn't hurt your hands is exact, same one that I've used for years. I've never had to buy another. So you're going to take your rolling strip and insert the end into little slot. It might take a couple practice. A couple tries for you to do that. Takes practice like everything. So you inserted into the end and then you start rolling control towards or away from me. I prefer towards. I think it's just easier, they said. You roll the paper, try to keep it neat, but if you get a little off center. That's totally fine. We're going to be taking this off of the slotted, willing tool in a minute, and you'll get better with practice. Like most things after you do this a few times will be able to do it pretty quickly. So you roll it up into a little coil, a tight coil and kind of push it off. And what you're going to dio is take your coil, hold the onion place, and we're going to place it into our circle. Sizer Ruler. This is another material that you will found in your kids that you brought. You couldn't find circle templates online. There are all different kinds. This is the one that I like to use because it's nice and small. It's easy for travel to you could just put it in your little kid or your persimmon. Okay, so we're going to use circle size six. Put your little coil into the six. Sometimes you have to tap it to make sure that, um, the coil expands enough to reach the outside, especially if you were holding it for a minute. Like I was just there. Okay, so it's expanded into the exact size that you want. You're going to take it out and pull up the edge, and we're going to apply a drop of glue. Um, I'll tell you more about blue in a second here, let's apply a drop of glue and then we'll talk about blue. So high a drop of glue. Press it down. Really Only need a little bit, but as you can see, I always wind up getting it all over my fingers anyway. Doesn't matter. Okay? And sometimes you're gonna have to hold the paper down for a second just to make sure that it sticks. Then you have a nice size six coil, and we're gonna wind it making 11 more of these for a pair of earrings there six per year. Now the glues they're going to use this is what a lot of people like to start out with. It is an al MERS precision tip glue pen. Um, this is what I started out with. It's just plain Elmer's in there, but you'll see it has a nice fine point tips. So when you squeeze it, the blue comes out into a neat little drop. If you're going to really get into quill ing. I suggest that you move on and buy one of these precision zip glue applicators. These little bottles, they're fantastic. They have a little lid on him, so the blue doesn't get dried out. Um, and you could fill it with any type of blue that you like, and you just have to practice us and see what types of blue work best for the kind of cooling that you want to dio. I prefer to use p p A, which is perfect paper adhesive. This is match. It comes in glossy as well. But the great thing about P p A. Is that when you use it, it makes your quilt pieces water resistant and UV resistant. So you're not gonna get any fading of your paper because of that UV resistant property. But also, if you happening, it caught in the rain in your jewelry. That's okay, because you've got your water resistant sealant on there and I'll show you how to seal your pieces at the end of this tutorial. You can find this on Amazon or in a lot of different craft stores. Okay, so returning Teoh are earrings. We're going to make a whole bunch more of these. So let's continue. We'll do this again. Insert your paper into the end, roll towards you. Circle, size it up. Add your glue, that's press it down, stick after a second there and be gentle. You don't wanna squish it. It gets a little out of shape. That's totally fine, because we're going to pinch these later to make that nice pedal shape and way, way. And so now we have six pedals, which we need for one airing. 4. Shaping Teardrops for Petals: and what we're going to do to get this pretty petal shape you're going to take You're coil . It doesn't matter where the seam is because we're going to cover them with this other paper after we make these shapes. So you're gonna take your coil right at the end and pinch. So you get this nice little teardrop shape. I'll do it closer up this time. Okay? So you're going to take your coil, hold it at the end in a pinch. You don't want to pinch in the middle because that will give you an entirely different shape. Just pinch right at the end. Done. Hold it at the end. On touch. Okay, so now you can start to see how this is going to how these shapes are going to turn into this. Our next step is going to be to cover each of paddles with this second color of paper. You're not going to break this up. What you're going to do, you're gonna take the whole piece of paper, make sure your ends or clean you can even tear it off if you want. That might be better. Okay. Take one of your pedals and you're going to apply a dabble flu and take your paper and place it right onto the paddle. You're probably wanna have to hold it down a little bit. Try to make sure it's on their straight. This is going to try to come off on you, just like minus. If you need to add Mark blue, you can just don't add too much. So once that's Attash. Then you're going to take this paper. See, I need Mark. Sometimes it just doesn't want to stick. But you don't want to. Over glue it. No, over. Glue are overdue. Okay, that's a little better. I can feel it that's attached now. Okay, so you're going to take this and wrap it around the pedal? I said, just doing this two or three times. Depending on how thick you want these, you can see that the border has a different color. So that's wrapped around once rep around twice. And I think I'm actually three times. That's true for from outside, making even five. Okay, so we're gonna wrap that around five times. And the reason why you don't want a pre cut office or preach hair. It is because you don't waste any paper. You could just tear it off right here. You're gonna hold the end and just hair. Then you're going to glue down the edge. And there you have one puddle. Okay? And let's do it again. You're going, Teoh, hold your paddle. I find it easy to hold the paper quelling strip in my in between my index of my middle fingers so that it's right there. Apply a dab of flu. Put your paper on top of that glue. Hold it down. You want smooth it down? It doesn't matter. That's all the way that it's not all the way to the end. That's fine. It's gonna get covered up in a second. Okay, so once that's attached, see, it's nice and attach. Then you're going to wrap around five times, so that's one to three. And if you're if you're form starts to get out of shape, just kind of pinch it a little at the end to keep it in the shape that you wanted in. Okay, so that was three, four and five. Now it's important to be precise if you do, if you wrap the paper around five times for one paddle. You want to wrap it around five times for all the pedals so that you get a nice uniform. Look, you don't want wanting to be bigger than the other. Okay? So then you take it, tear it off the end, apply a drop of glue, and that's to, and we're gonna rack this four more times way. 5. Rolling Flower Centers: Okay, so now we have our six shapes and we still need to make the center of flour. See how that has a little center in the middle. We'll need to make that. And we can use some of this leftover paper from wrapping the outlines poor. If you like, You can use a different shade of paper. I think in this one I actually used this lighter shade of pink. But today, waste not, want not. I'm going to use this little scrap here. Now you're just gonna have to see how big you need this piece to be. Um, it's gonna have to be pretty small and rolled pretty tightly to turn out to be this size. So let's see how much paper we need for that. Insert your paper quelling strip into the end of the slotted quelling tool, and you're going to roll tightly. You don't need a very big center for this. That's about right. So I'm gonna measure how much that IHS says just over one inch. So let's go with 1.5 inches just to make it easy for you. They will do 1.5 inches exactly, and make sure Your other piece that you're going to use for your second hearing is the same length as the one for the first during. So just line these up and tear off the excess. So you have two that are the same. Okay, so let's do that again. We will insert the paper into the tool and roll it up nice and tight while you're holding on to the edge to see where the edges here, hold on to it and either pull it off, or I like to push because sometimes the oil get unraveled. If you pull too hard of it's very tight, so just hold on to it and push it off with your thumb. Try not to squish it and carefully so that it doesn't unravel on you. Find the edge, pull out the edge and put a little dab glue and press it closed. Now, this is gonna be hard if you are not very dextrous. This may take a few tries for you to get um, you might get a few unraveled coils of paper, but just keep trying. You'll get it eventually. Okay, so you want this little tiny coil 6. Assembling the Pieces: you have all the components for your quills hearing. Okay, Now, I think that the easiest way to do this is to do it in sections. So divide your pedals in half. First you're going to take three pedals and kind of blew them together into, uh, half of your hearing, put a little dab of flu and then attached the two pedals side by side. You want the ends to meet up, so it's like a little heart shaped. This is actually a really common thing in calling us to make hearts this way, coincidently. Okay. And then we'll do the same thing with our other group of three. We will take two of the pedals, put glue on one, and it doesn't matter if you're seem is at the bottom. Even if it's on the side, that's OK, because we're gonna cover all that up, put glue, take another pedal and attach it. Now, if you're a very finicky person, when you're doing this, you may want to pay attention to which direction your coils air going in. Honestly, it is really not that noticeable, but if you're kind of obsessive about details or if you're a perfectionist, um these two coils are going in opposite directions. You can see the one on the left is going counterclockwise, and the one on the right is going clockwise. Feel free to turn them all the same way. If that's going to drive you crazy or you could vary them counterclockwise classifies groups. Okay, so now take your first heart shape that you made. This is relatively dry, and I'll see they're sticking together on their own. And you're going to add in 3rd 1 Okay, this one's going clockwise counterclockwise, so we'll do clockwise on this one. Okay, so take your third pedal at a drop of glue, third pedals and attach, and you're going to squeeze thes together a little bit because you do want to make a nice, solid shape of glue, comes out the top of the bottom, just press down on it, get it on your thumb. So it's not all gloppy and just hold these together for a second until it drives enough so that they're going to stick together. And if it doesn't stick right at the end, so it's fine helps. And here I'm going to add a little more glue because this one's have interest was stickin. Sometimes it's easier to do this on a flat surface which I'm going to do now. So stick these together and now my hands are not gonna be pulling them apart. So just leave that sitting like that. Let's do it again. We'll take our other shape, this counterclockwise clock waas So we need a counterclockwise. This one has well, so much on that. This shape is a little off, so I'm going to pinch it to make it perfect. Attach this and we're going to put it down. Let it dry for a second. Okay, Now, the next thing that we're going to dio IHS, we're going to attach all the pedals together and we're going to insert the's center Now. You can see when you put these together, they don't match up perfectly. So when you put them all together, you're going to wind up squeezing your pedals together. Now, because of that second layer of paper that we put on here, there's sturdy enough that if you squish them a little bit, you're not going to ruin the shape. It's going to be more changing the shape to fit your need So what you're going to do here is put glue on both sides. You don't have to put it on this side, but put it on to pedals on one side, and then you're going to squished these together. You may have to play around with the shape a little before you get it right, but you will eventually get that shape together and again. You can squish these paddles together to get that shape that you want. If they start coming apart on you, that's right. Just push them back together. And this is the hardest part of creating these hearings is getting that final shape that you want correct all the pedals spaced evenly, and it probably will come apart on you a little bit. Don't get frustrated if you have to. You can add some more glue, okay? And I think that that's I've got the shape that I want. Now I'm going to let this dry a little bit and then we'll come back and we'll put the center of our flower. Now that your flower shape has tried, we're going to take one of these center coils that you made and inserted into the center I think the easiest way to do this is with tweezers. You can use your fingers if you like, but I think tweezers probably works the best. So take your tweezers and hold the small center, please, And put some glue pretty much around the whole thing. And then you're going to insert it into the center of your flower, Push it down, and there you have the completed flower shape. 7. Adding Sealant: Now what we're going to do next and this is optional for you is to coat the entire flower with sealant. I like to do this for all of my quilt jewelry so that it has that water resistant property that we talked about earlier and UV resistant. Um, it also provides a sturdiness to the piece that you're not going to get unless you add another layer to the piece. So take some of your flu and this brush that I'm using is by Martha Stewart. Um, it's the only brush that I ever used for pieces of this size. I have used this brush on hundreds, possibly thousands of Quil pieces, and it's still in relatively good shape. I would definitely recommend this, but a wide variety of brushes is good, depending on what kind of work you're doing. So take a little bit off clue, and the most important thing here is to use the glue sparingly on the first coat. If you use too much clue, you're these beautiful coils that you made are going to get clumped up and wrinkled. They may even start to unravel inside here and there. They're not going toe. Look nice. You spent a lot of time making these, so make sure you take care of them by being judicious with your use of glue. So for this first layer, just dab a tiny bit, and then you're going to have Auntie each pedal just, uh, and by tamping down like this, you're actually getting in between the coils, so your piece will be water resistant on the inside and the outside. We're going to do two, maybe even three coats of this glue. Just make sure the first layer his thin you're going to allow that to dry. Okay, so the first side of our first hearing is pretty much dry, so we're going to flip it over, and you're going to repeat the glowing. Remember, the important thing is not to get too much glue on the first layer, cause you're going to apply several layers of this. So just a little bit at first. Now it's going to be tempting for a lot of you to want into want to look into using a spray to coat your jewelry. When I first started quelling, I couldn't believe that people actually sat there and did this and coded all of the little tiny, intricate pieces of these coils. Um, it blew my mind. So I found a spray. And to be honest with you, the spray just does not got it. This is the way to do it. If you want to do it properly, you should paint it on there on the sprays. First of all, don't always offer they'll offer protective ceiling, but they don't necessarily offer that that water resistant property. But in addition, they're highly toxic. You cannot use them indoors. They smell horribly, and they're just it's I would not recommend it again. We're going to wait for this drive. Then we'll get the edges and will repeat the process. Okay, Now we're going to do another layer. This is back to the first side, and you can add a little more glue this time around. And then depending on how this looks and feels to you, you can even choose to add 1/3 layer if you like. Just make sure you don't overdo it. Okay, so now we're going to buy the last layer of glue on the other side. Going for a little more hair, huh? And again, you could be a little more liberal with this layer of glue. Use may because you've already put on that first coat and you were very careful with it. So the second layer, you can add a little bit more blue, okay? And we will let that dry. Okay. Now, finally, we're going to add a layer of sealant to the our pedals. You don't have to be quite as careful with this layer because thes outside parts are not coils. They're several layers of paper thick, so they're not going to war as the oils do. If you just pile on a bunch of glue, make sure you get in between the pedals. You don't want to leave any parts uncovered. Okay? And now we're going to let that dry. 8. Attaching Hardware: Okay, so now we have finished piece totally dry, and the only thing left to Dio is to add our findings. You can always add a final layer of glue or sealant to your quota. Jewelry making, even start here. Sometimes I like to keep it simple and only at a couple layers. I'm depending on how delicate the pieces. You don't want to get too much glue on there because then you'll lose those those beautiful details in the coils. In addition, you can look into adding a top coat. As I said before this pp a comes in a glossy as well. So if you wanted to add a shiny top coat, you can certainly do that as well. You just add it right on top the way that it is with your your regular ceiling first. So we're going to add our hardware. Um, I think I will choose six millimeter jump rings and through the magic of video, I have another identical flower, and we also have our hearing hooks. I mostly used silver plated jewelry, but you can certainly use gold the way there's all kinds of different hardware. I used hypo allergenic hooks. They are lead free and nickel free. A lot of people have allergies, so I find that that is a good choice. Any jewelry pliers, you can use your fingers, but I don't recommend it. Necessarily. It would, uh it would be difficult. So you're going to take first jump ring and attach it to you're hearing to stick it through one of those holes in the pedals and then close it up and do the same thing on the other side. Take your jump ring inserted into one of the bulls and close You want to try to get besides to match. Otherwise, you're going tohave your pieces air gonna fall out, okay. And then take the even smaller three millimeter jump ring. Put that through the first John Frank, and then before you close it, make sure to add your beer wire and close it right up. These smaller ones can be tricky. You want to really make sure that you get them closed? You wouldn't want your lovely hearing to suddenly slip off of the hardware. Sometimes I choose to wear these with plastic safety vax because the earrings are so lightweight, you may forget that you have them on, which is a benefit of paper cool jewelry. You're never going toe have saggy earlobes. So put the jump a ring on, Add your other ear wire. It doesn't matter how you put your wire on because both sides of the same and close that one up. And there you have it. A completed pair off. Pretty pink paper quilt flower earrings. Thank you. 9. Yay! You Did It!: try again. I hope you enjoy the tutorial on how to make paper quill hearings. And if you have any questions, please post them in the discussion area. I'll be answering your questions. And most importantly, if you do complete the tutorial, which I know you can I have facing you. Please post pictures of your lovely work. I really want to see the beautiful creations that you've made. I hope you had fun. And thanks again for joining me on this art jewelry adventure.