Thursday, January 22, 2015

Quilled Heart Necklace Tutorial

With Valentine's Day on the horizon, I had fun designing a necklace that could be a gift for yourself or someone you love. Granted, heart jewelry is most often geared to little girls, but perhaps black and silver paper shaped into an asymmetric heart looks somewhat sophisticated. I like to think so anyway... humor me?

Quilled Heart Necklace Tutorial

It truly isn't hard to do and you can make at least five or six pendants from just one package of quilling paper. Pretty sweet!


Quilled Heart Necklace Supplies

Quilling paper - 1/8 inch (3mm) silver-edge black
(In the U.S., metallic-edge strips are available from Custom Quilling, Whimsiquills and Quilling Supply Plus; in the U.K. from J.J. Quilling Design.)
Quilling needle tool - use a cake tester/stiff wire as a substitute
Glue - my favorite is Martha's Craft Gel Adhesive
Paper piercing tool - to apply glue
Plastic lid - use as glue palette
Damp cloth
Jewelry pliers - two pairs
Jump ring - silver
Necklace chain


Quilled Asymmetric Heart Necklace Tutorial

1. Make outer heart:
a. Stack and glue three 8-inch (20cm) strips making sure all have the silver edge facing the same direction. Begin 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 (overnight is ideal). The layers may separate when shaped if the glue hasn't had a chance to fully cure.
b. When the strip is dry, refer to photo and fold it off-center. Roll each strip end around the handle of paper piercer or quilling tool.
c. Pinch point firmly to sharpen and curve to one side.
d. Apply a small amount of glue where coils meet.

Tip: You can use lightweight card stock instead of quilling paper to make the heart outline and a silver metallic pen to edge the strip. Be sure to cut the card stock with the grain (usually the longest dimension of a sheet) so it will roll smoothly. I wouldn't recommend card stock for the inner heart however, as it is generally too thick for quilled coils. Plain black paper would look nice if you don't have silver-edge quilling paper or you can lightly press the heart into a silver stamp pad for a bit of metallic shine.

2. Make inner heart:

Quilling Steps

a. Dampen fingertips and roll a 12-inch (30.5cm) strip on the quilling tool. Use your thumb and index finger of whichever hand feels most comfortable, applying even and firm pressure while holding the tool handle with the other hand. Be sure to roll the paper, not the tool.
b. Allow the paper to relax into a loose coil
c. Slide it off the tool and compress the coil.
d. Pinch one end to a sharp point and curve it to the side. (This is called a shaped teardrop in quill-speak.)
e. Apply a small amount of glue to teardrop point and press end in place for a moment. Trim excess paper.
Applying Glue to Shaped Teardrop Coil

f. Repeat process to make a second shaped teardrop the same size as the first.
g. Glue the two teardrops side by side to create a heart.

3. Assemble pendant:
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 usually recommend this only 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.

Opening and Closing a Jump Ring

c. Slip a chain through the jump ring and enjoy your new creation!

Another idea is this necklace I designed for Creative Paper Quilling. It combines heart-shaped outlines with loose coils. There are quite a few quilled jewelry patterns in that book and also several in All Things Paper.

Quilled Double Heart Necklace

Stay tuned for another Valentine's Day DIY coming up next week.
{Edited to say it's posted! Free Spirit Heart}


Sathya said...

Awesome heart pendants...Love ur tute...

Traci said...

Thank you so much for this tutorial! Such a lovely result...and I just *happen* to have some lovely metallic edged paper I've been saving...

jessica okui said...

Yes, you necklace definitely has a sophisticated air to it. Looking forward to seeing what other Valentine tutorials you will be sharing.

Traci said...

Wow! This is SO beautiful! I really want to get into quilling--you've inspired me so much.

Denise Cameron Custom Quilling said...

Love it Ann, those strips are my favorites!

Ann Thompson said...

what a great looking necklace.

Lenoria said...

This necklace is beautiful, thank you for the tutorial!

IzzysMom said...

Lovely heart but I have a question - how do you prevent the coils from popping out of place when the piece is hanging vertically? My coils do the 'slinky' and I'm not sure how to prevent it.

Ann Martin said...

Hi IzzysMom, it sounds as if you might not be using even finger pressure when you roll a coil, something that just comes with practice. Meanwhile you could apply a bit of glue to the back of your coil to hold the spirals in place. If a coil is wound densely enough, the glue won't show. Actually, it's not a bad idea to dab a tiny amount of glue on the back wherever coils adjoin one another too.

Ann Martin said...

Thanks for all of the nice comments everyone. I hope you'll give the pendant a try.

Candy said...

Your instructions make it look so easy. Maybe one of these days you'd be willing to do a guest post on my blog. I love your quilling!!!

SUGANTHI said...

Lovely Ann. Thanks for sharing your gluing tips. Your pendant looks stunning. hard to say it is made from paper.

Ann Martin said...

Thanks Candy, that would be fun. :)

Ann Martin said...

Thanks Suganthi, I always say this, but much of the credit goes to the metallic edge paper.

Handmade in Israel said...

That looks beautiful! It is definitely suitable for the older girl too :)

Stephanie Pounds said...


Ann Martin said...

Thanks Lisa and Stephanie!

Heidi Kay @ Muslin and Merlot said...

Beautiful! I really like that silver-edged paper. Thanks for the tutorial!

Ann Martin said...

Thanks Heidi Kay!

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