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Paper Craft: Making Filigree Heart Earrings with Quilling

teacher avatar Marissa Agnew, Sweethearts and Crafts Creator, Paper Princess

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Paper Craft: Making Filigree Heart Earrings with Quilling


    • 2.



    • 3.

      Making a Coil


    • 4.

      Forming Hearts


    • 5.

      Quilling Six Hearts


    • 6.

      Connecting Hearts


    • 7.

      Gluing Technique


    • 8.

      Creating Connector Loops


    • 9.

      Adding Layers of Glue


    • 10.

      Adding the Hardware


    • 11.

      Thank You for Completing the Project!


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About This Class

I bet you are wondering...what on earth is paper quilling?

Don't worry.  You do not need ANY prior knowledge to take and successfully complete this class.

Quilling is also known as paper filigree. It involves curling, rolling and scrolling thin strips of paper into various shapes for decorative and artistic purposes, and in this case, a pair of triple heart earrings!

During this class you will learn about what paper quilling is, including where it gets it’s name.  You will get an introduction to essential quilling tools and learn basic quilling skills to make a pair of gorgeous filigree heart earrings.

You can find a great quilling kit for purchase on my website as well as my paper quilled jewelry and art collections, in-person events, and free tutorials.

Please find me on Etsy, Handmade at Amazon, Facebook, InstagramPinterest, Twitter, and Tumblr.


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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: Making Filigree Heart Earrings with Quilling: Hi there. My name is Marissa and this is people close paper. Quelling is also notice paper. Philip. It's basically taking long strips of paper and throwing them up into different shapes to make art. And in our case today, I'm gonna show you how to make a pair of these people heart paper, closed hearings on when you wear them, all your friends don't even believe that the paper I want to ask you How on earth did you do that? And don't worry, you've never heard before. I had never heard of it either when I started. But I'm going to teach you stuff. I stuffed everything that you need to know to learn how to make these hearings. Please make sure you post photos at the end. I'm really looking forward to seeing beautiful creations. 2. Materials: okay, so we can get started. First. I'm going to talk about the materials that you're going to need. The most important thing you're going to need is what's called a slotted quelling tool. This is the essential tool that most people use for quelling somewhere experience. Squealers do wind up using a needle. I find this to be the easiest way, especially if you're a beginner. This one's my quill creations, the one that I have. I have never used a different one. It looks a little old, but it works perfectly on. I really recommend this when it's got a comfort grip on it. Another essential tool that you'll need is thes circle sizer ruler. It has all these different holes so that once we begin quelling, will be able to make our shapes nice and uniform. Get a nice even look to our hearings. Another essential tool. You'll need glue. I'll talk more about what type of blue you're gonna want to use later, but I recommend getting one of these precision tip uh bottles to put your glue into. You can also buy Chalmers and some other craft companies, make thes precision tip blue pens. That's fine. I like to keep a little pan handy as well. In case the tip gets clogged. You will also need a vessel to put your blue into a paintbrush that we're going to use to apply the glue. This one's Martha Stewart I find one of these brushes will last me an entire year of willing every single day. Highly recommend you will need some kind of a water vessel to clean off your paint brush and a rag. Also, to clean off your paintbrush or to get glue off your fingers, I find it's helpful to have a pair of tweezers around. Sometimes you'll get into picking up little pieces that may be difficult to special. If you don't have longer fingernails, you'll need your area hooks. The's are hypoallergenic, silver plated. You'll need jump brings, which will attach to her earrings, and you will need jewelry pliers to attach the hardware to your earrings. Finally, and most important thing that you're going to need is willing paper. It comes in many, many different colors and different thicknesses. The brand that I prefer is quote creations because off the thickness of the paper, I think it is a higher quality than some of the other brands that you find out there. But you can try a different Branson, see what kind you like, and they come in different lengths as well. We're going to be using three different shades of crimson, red and pink today for our hearings. All of these materials that you see here you couldn't find on Amazon or at sea many places all over the Web. I actually sell willing kits that are pretty cheap in my Etsy shop. Sweethearts and crafts on Nancy, Let's get started. 3. Making a Coil: I'm going to begin by showing you the most basic willing shape called the coil. So take your Quillin paper Whatever color you're going to use for your tap color heart, I'm using pink. Take one strip of paper and these air 17 inches long, we're gonna need 1/4 serve of paper. So take your paper and full didn't have and then tear it. You don't want to cut. Tearing will actually help us to hide our scenes. Fold your half strip of paper and 1/2 and terror. So now you have 1/4 strip of paper that's going to be about 4.5 inches line, which is the same as 11 centimeters. Now we're going to roll up our coil, so take your slotted, willing tool and put the paper into the end of slot Show you again. This is like threading a needle. It takes some practice on. Sometimes it can be frustrating. Just keep trying. Just insert the paper into the little slot at the end and pull it so that you get the paper kind of close to the needle. Then you're going to roll the paper towards you. Turn the slided willing tool so that it's rolling towards you and I'll show you that again . You put paper in the end and roll toward you. Now roll this towards you until you get to the end. Hold it and just kind of use your fingernail to hop the end. Take this little coil and put it into your smallest circle size number six and it should unravel to fill that shape. Pick it up and we're going to add a little bit of glue. A little blue goes a long way willing, so just add a little dab if you need Teoh. If it comes on done, you can always add more. You can't take you away. You can always add more. Smooth it down now, depending on what type of glue you're using, it may take five seconds to hold. May take 10 seconds. May take 30. Just be patient. And there you have your most Beijing basic shape and quil ing, which is the coil. You could make countless number of designs with just using coils. Okay, I'll show you this again. Take another quarter strip paper, insert it into the end of your slotted cooling tool. Roll it towards you and use a gentle touch when you're willing. You don't want to squish your paper too much. Pop off the end carefully put it into your circle. Sizer number six. If you have trouble getting it out, you can always use your tweezers. Four. Another thing you could dio is, too. Once the shape has actually filled up the hole, you can pick up the ruler and kind of carefully pop it up bottom. Add a little devil glue and smooth it down. Now, if you find that your coils are not easily unraveling enough to fill up the coil, it's probably because you have coiled it too tightly. Just unravel the paper. Try rolling it up again and be a little more gentle. Use a lighter touch. You can also try when you put the coil into the hole kind of tap on it, and it should unravel release a little easier 4. Forming Hearts: Okay. Next, we're going to make the second most basic shape in quelling, which is the teardrop shape. You're going to take one of your coils that you've created these beautiful coils. Find your scene, take your thumb and your forefinger, and you're going to pinch this into a teardrop shape. So find your scene and pinch. And there you have a little teardrop shape is the second most basic shape and quelling. You'll find that this is what you're gonna use to make a lot of flowers on and kind of nature type shapes. Don't Stewart again find your seem, and sometimes it could be a little tricky to see their it iss and pitch. So now we have to tear drops. That should be basically the same size because we put them in our circle sizer ruler to keep our shapes uniform. And now you can kind of see how this is going to become one of our heart shapes. Take one of your teardrops and you're going to apply a little line of glue down side less is more willing. Don't use too much. You can always add more later if you need to take the second half and press the two halves together, creating your heart shape. Now you're gonna want to hold this for a minute or so. Don't pinch too hard, but pinch the ends together, pinch the top together a little bit so that we can get these two halves of our heart to stick together. Like I said before, depending on what type of glue you're using may take five seconds. May take time may take 30. And there we have this really great hurt shape. We're going to repeat it to make the second pink heart when Lee to one for each hearing. So let's do it again. We're going to take 1/2 a strip of paper folded in half tear. Take your 1/4 served with paper inserted into the end and roll. Now willing. A lot of people have never heard of it, but it's actually a very old art form that came into popularity during the Renaissance. Nuns would take the gilded edges of Bibles. If you've ever seen kind of an old Bible, they have gold edging along the paper, and they would cut the edges off the paper and use those as they're willing strips and they would take the cooling strips on. Wrap them around goose feather quills. Long whose feather quills. And that's where the name Quillin came from because of the goose feather quills. And they would quil these strips of paper into intricate shapes and decorate all kinds of things jewelry, boxes, picture frames, church relics, all kinds of things. And that's just a basic history of quelling. But it actually does date all the way back to ancient Egypt, and Jane Austen even mentions it in her novel Sense and Sensibility. So now we have our last coil that we're going to make. Pinch it into a teardrop, add some blue down the side and attach two sides. Don't get frustrated thes fall apart on you. It will take some practice. Just keep trying and you will see sometimes even after these air glued together, the end is gonna want to start coming apart. Don't worry about that. Will hide it later when we connect the hearts. So now you should have to fairly identical pink heart shapes for the tops of our earrings. We're gonna repeat this process four more times so that we have a total of six hearts 5. Quilling Six Hearts: it gets a lot easier once you're used to all the tools, the feel of the paper, how the glue works on A lot of people actually graduate to just using a needle or a needle willing tool, which even after all these years, I prefer the slot in quelling tool. The needle is good if you need something has a really, really tiny hole in the centre, but I find that the slotted cooling tool it just makes everything so easy when I'm using the slotted cooling tool. I can actually do this without looking. At this point, I can get the paper into the end without even looking at it, and you can see when you're used to this. How much faster will go? Something that when I was a beginner, Queller something that would take me an hour to make them will take me 10 to 15 minutes. Now it's just like anything practice makes perfect or a practice makes better, at least, and you're just repeating this over and over again. If you wanted to make your areas with just one hurt, that's totally fine. This is all the same technique just six times over, well, creations. Actually, they have a lot of colors. They have over 90 colors. There's another company that I like called Lake City Craft. They have a lot of colors that quote creations doesn't have but some of papers, I think our little thinner culture pop. They have great great colors and very interesting color packs that you can buy. Whereas quilt creations will have shades of red shades of green shades of purple, Erin at at Culture Pop has made these color packs with different complementary colors. You might have a pact that has blue and orange and yellow and lime green and maybe those air summer colors or something like that. So she takes paper packs that have complementary colors and sells those since it's very clever. And there we go. We have six different heart shapes on our earrings are really starting to take shape 6. Connecting Hearts: The next step is to connect all the hearts so that we have three on each side and they look just like that. So you're going to take whatever colors you've chosen for the tap in the middle hearts. I have pink and the red. What I like to do is to pinch each heart at the bottom a little bit to give a nice point. Some of them you're going to have, like on this crimson one here where it's coming apart. You may want to add a little extra dab of glue there and kind of pinch it together. It may take a few separate tries for those little tips to stay together, but keep trying it and you could hold it there so that it comes together. It should stick after a minute or so. OK, so take your top heart and your middle heart. You're going to add a little dab of blue in the centre between where these two hearts meet , and then insert the tip of your top heart into that crevice with Lewis, push them together gently. Sometimes I like to pinch them on the side just to make sure that that tip gets down and they're really good. No should be fairly stuck and do the same thing with your rat in your pink hearts on the other side. Here I've got this tip is coming apart. I might add a little extra blue, and then I'm going to connect the two hearts. Huge this one. Get a nice tip and answer Now. When you're doing this, try to make sure when you push them together that you have the center of each heart is kind of matching so that it's creating one long line down the middle. See, if I were to have it like this where it's kind of a squiggly line, they're not lined up properly. So when you push them together, if you can see that there's one more online kind of coming down, then there even. Okay, now go back to your 1st 1 which has dried a little bit, and we're going to add the third heart to the bottom when a little dab of blue into the center off the top of the heart and carefully insert the point of the second heart. Now this comes apart on you. If the tap one comes off you can always put it back. Just repeat what we've just done over again. You may want to wait a little longer for this one to drive before you add the third heart as well. Okay. So again, you can see that the bottom of this is kind of coming apart. I'm going to add a little double clue there and pension a little bit. Get those tips to stay together. If you take time and do all these little things as you're making the earrings than the finished product will be that much more beautiful. Okay, add a little bit of blue and insert the tip of the road hurt into the crimson heart. You see how it's creating kind of a nice even line down the middle. Now we're going to need to leave these for a little while and let them dry before we start adding our glue to make the pieces more sturdy and wearable. 7. Gluing Technique: Now we're going to add a few layers of glued to our paper so that it becomes sturdy and wearable. The most important thing about this is the type of glue that you use. You can use armors and that will make your jewelry sturdy. But in order to make it water and UV resistant, you need to use something like this, which is what I like. It's called PP, a perfect paper adhesive. You can get it on Amazon, and it has. It's not toxic, and it has, ah, water resistant and UV resistant properties. So when it soaks into the paper, it makes the paper water and UV resistant as well. So that's really what you need to do in order to be wearing this jewelry on an everyday basis like you want Teoh. Okay, so you're going to take a little bit of this glue and squeeze some out into a little vessel , and you're going to take your paint brush. And just as with everything else and willing, less is more. Be gentle, so put a little bit of blue onto the edge of your paintbrush a little bit and gently kind of tap up and down onto your shapes. Less is more. Don't use too much, especially for this first layer. If you use too much glow instead of fixing the coils into these nights shapes that they're currently in too much glue will cause them to wrinkle and get all clogged up. And it's just not gonna look pretty. So use a very little bit of glue for your first layer. Very late touch and just kind of tamp up and down with your paintbrush. And by doing this, it not only kind of controls the amount of glue that you're getting on to the hearts, but it also gets your little bristles are gonna go in between all the little nooks and crannies of the paper. Okay, Now let that dry a little bit, Okay? Now do the other side flip it over, gets him glue. If you need to add a little more blue, you could do that. That's fine. Again. Light touch for this first layer of glue. Just kind of pop up and down and the other airing us well and let those dry. Now that those have dried, we need to get the sides of the pieces. It's draft your paintbrush nice and thoroughly. If you still have some wet blue in there, that's fine. Otherwise, you can add some more and get a little bit of glue onto the at your brush and just gently. Hey, besides, you could be hopes that's a little too much. You could be a little more heavy handed on the sides, because this way we won't be disturbing any coils. It's just sides, but still be relatively gentle. Make sure you get in between all the hearts, and another great thing about this glue is that it dries totally clear. So you're not going to see any like yellow or white clumping on here. And this is the mat version of this glue that it also comes in a glossy if you prefer to have a glossy type of blue. 8. Creating Connector Loops: while the shapes air drying. We're going to make another very important component of the hearing, which is the little connector loops that will attach the hearing to hard work we're going to Dio is take a strip of paper that is the same color as your top heart. In my case, it's pink and you need an eighth of a strip. This is 1/4 strip dividing and Hannah and Tear, and we're going to roll it into a very tiny coil. Insert paper at the end and roll. You want that fairly tight. Take it off the end. Now you're going to need enough room for your jump ring to be able to go through the whole . So if you think the hole there is a little too small, you can before you blew it, you can loosen the pressure between your thumb and your forefinger a little bit, so that unravels just slightly. And then you glue it in place you so glued down the end and we're gonna do that one more time so that we have one for the other, airing a swell take that last 1/8 strip and that's about a little over two inches, about two and 1/4 inches or 5.5 centimeters is 1/8 of a strip. Here, insert the paper into the end and roll it. Take it off. Just let it go just a tiny bit. Those were about the same. And if you think that you've messed up, if one of them's bigger or smaller than the other one, you could just always let this unravel and do it over again at some glue a little bit too much on that one. That's okay, since we don't have any coils in there to ruin. Okay? And those look great there about the same. Okay, now we're going to attach these to our hearings. So again, take your little your glue dispenser. Add some glue up at the top, find the seam, and you want to place seam side down, with the whole facing in the same direction that the holes are facing on the hearts. So this way seemed down and just push that into the little crevice in the middle. Okay, and we'll repeat it on the other side. Take your little connector loop. There's my scene. Add some glue at the top seems. Site down holes facing out and connect those. Don't worry. These little globs of glue will dry clear if you're using P p A l Marcia, dry clear to Okay, now we're going to let those dry also. 9. Adding Layers of Glue: Once you're areas have dried, we're going to move on to our second layer of glue. This is going to make our earrings even more durable and just make sure that we got every little nook and cranny with that water resistant glue. So you're going to need Teoh a little bit more glue to your vessel, and this time around you don't have to be quite a gentle. You'll be able to feel that your earrings are already semi hard. There's still easily manipulated, but they're hard enough that if you were to add more glue this time, we're not going to totally spoil your your coils. Now a lot of people assume that I spray these with some kind of sealant. I'm and I always have to explain to them that, yeah, you could use the spray, but it's really not what you want to dio. If you want to make thes durable, like everyday jewelry, those sprays, they don't provide a water resistant property. First of all, second of all, they smell horrible. They're very filled with toxic chemicals, and they really just they don't do a very nice job of getting it all the little nooks and crannies. So this is the proper way to do this. You don't want to use the sprays now that both sides air dry. We're going to get the sides with our glue, and it's at any point any pieces start to look a little funny. Just try to reshape. Hm. As I said before, these get sturdier, the more ceiling you apply. You could even do 1/3 coat if you wanted to, but I think that's a little overkill. You don't want to risk your piece looking like it has a lot of glue on it, because this is the mat form of this p P. A. It's going to wind up looking like it doesn't have anything on it at all. It's just gonna look like paper, which is something that's really neat about it, is that you can see that it's paper. So we're going to let these completely dry, and then we will add our hardware 10. Adding the Hardware: Our final stuff is to attach or jewelry findings, so we're going to need to hooks. These are silver plated. You can use whatever kind of mentally like and we need four jump rings. I'm going to use two different sizes. I'm going to use five millimeters one for each side, and I'm going to use to four millimeter jump rings. These air a little bit smaller again, one for each side. So we're going to take one of the jump brings and stick this through your connector loop, and then we're going to close it up. If you are into jewelry making the extra jewelry, fires are really handy thing to have, and you can get some very inexpensive types again. Take your jump ring, open it up, stick it through the connector loop and close it up. Then we're going to take our smaller jump rings. The four millimeters and these jump brings air silver plated. I suggest that you have your hooks in your jump. Brings to be the same tech mental, but that's up to you. Take your smaller jump ring, put it through the larger jump ring and then on your hook and close it up. Make sure it's completely closed so your hooks don't fall off. And then the last jump ring connected and a hook and close it. And there you have a pair of paper quilt triple her earrings. 11. Thank You for Completing the Project!: Thank you so much for taking this class. I really hope you enjoyed yourself. Make sure you share a project with other people. Since this is a great craft for people of all ages. I think kids as young as eight years old, successfully, this is also really inexpensive. And beyond the two basic tools that you use your paper so it doesn't cost a lot of money. Make sure you share pictures of your project in class Project folder. Really excited creations. Thanks again.