Make a conversation starter!
I love to create quilled jewelry with metallic-edge strips because of the surprise factor... people never believe me when I tell them it's paper! For this asymmetric heart-within-a-heart design, I used silver-edge black quilling paper for a sophisticated look. The pendant is surprisingly sturdy so it can be worn long after Valentine's Day.
You'll find lots more paper jewelry ideas and free patterns on my blog, AllThingsPaper.net
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Gather your supplies and include a damp cloth to keep your fingers free of glue... if there is a bugaboo of quilling, it's trying to work with sticky fingers!
Specialty quilling paper with a shiny metallic edge is available online from J.J. Quilling Design in the UK and in the U.S. from Custom Quilling, Whimsiquills, or Quilling Supply Plus. You can use plain paper if you prefer; quilling strips are available in a multitude of pretty colors.
Make outer heart:
a. Stack and glue three 8-inch (20cm) strips, making sure all have the silver edge facing the same direction. Do this by applying glue to one side of a strip, lay another on top, repeat process with third strip. While the glue is still wet, wipe strip gently with a damp cloth to remove any excess glue. Set strip aside to dry completely. Tip: Patience is key - the layers may separate when shaped if the glue hasn't had a chance to fully cure.
b. When the strip is dry, make a crease a bit off-center. Refer to photo and roll each strip end inward around the handle of paper piercer or quilling tool.
c. Pinch point sharply and curve it to one side.
d. Apply a small amount of glue where coils meet.
e. Apply a small amount of glue to point and press end in place for a moment. Trim excess paper. This is called a teardrop coil in quill-speak.
f. Repeat process to make a second teardrop the same size as the first.
g. Glue the two teardrops side by side to create a heart. Curve point slightly to the right.
a. Glue teardrop heart inside the heart outline.
Tip: If desired, apply a spray or brush-on satin acrylic varnish to give the paper water resistance and extra durability. I recommend this if you live in a high humidity area.
b. Attach jump ring to right coil of outer heart.
Tip: To open and close a jump ring smoothly, grasp each side of the split with pliers. Use a twisting motion to open the ring and close it by reversing the motion.
c. Slip a chain through the jump ring and enjoy your new creation!