How to Make Paper Quilling Jewelry

The intricate paper coiled designs of quilling first became popular in Europe around the 1495 with the introduction of paper manufacturing. This was a cheaper substitute for expensive metal, which had been used to create elaborate designs on reliquaries and holy pictures. The paper pieces were then gilded or painted to mimic the intricate intricacies of the metal work.

In England, quilling was a fashionable hobby among ladies of the upper class. They were taught it along with needlework in the Edwardian and Victorian eras. It was considered a proper pastime, as it relieved the ladies from housework and allowed them to be creative. Detailed instructions and templates were published in magazines at that time. Special recesses were even carved out in tea caddies, baskets, portraits, and furniture sides for quilling.

Today, there are many online tutorials to teach beginners the basics of this craft. It is also possible to purchase specialist quilling papers at a variety of sizes, including 1/8 inch and 3mm strips. These are acid-free papers that assure the longevity of the rolled and glued shapes.

In this project, I used a combination of the two different sizes to make my earrings. To start a new coil, fold the end of a strip into itself over itself to secure it. Then roll it in a circular motion around the tip of your quilling tool. Repeat the process to form a tight coil. Once the coil is formed, pinch it at its end to form a teardrop or marquise shape. Paper Quilling Jewelry

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