It’s time for another free tutorial! I have many planned for this year, so I’ll start with this adorable simple owl pendant. It can also be used as earrings, a magnet, to adorn a greeting card, or anything else you can think of!
Supplies for 1 simple owl for a pendant. (double if you want earrings)
- 3 strips of spring green 24” long
- 1 strips of aqua 24” long
- 2 strips of black 3” long
- 2 strips of ivory 6” long
- 2 strips of deep aqua 6” long
- 1 strips of deep aqua 2-3” long (depending on how big you want your beak to be)
- slotted quilling tool (find it here in the US)
- glue (find it here in the US)
- needle tool (optional) (find it here in the US)
- tweezers (optional) (find them here in the US)
- sealant (to make your design water resistant. Click here and here to view how to use sealant) (find some sealants here in the US)
- For each body, glue together one spring green and one aqua strip. Rip off 1 ½” length from the end of the aqua color. Roll this into a tight roll with an empty middle. Roll the strip starting with the spring green end. When you have about 6” of the aqua end left, glue the tight roll on and continue wrapping the last 5” of length around your body shape. Glue into place. Pinch the two sides carefully so that your finished tight circle body is more of an oval shape, with the added tight roll at the top to put in the jump ring to make it into earrings.
- For the eyes, glue together a black, ivory, and deep aqua strip. Allow it to dry. Start rolling from the black end, and glue into a tight roll. Repeat for the other eye. For the nose, roll the 1 ½” deep aqua piece. Let it expand into a loose roll. Glue it closed to the size that you want, and pinch into a triangle shape. Here are all of the finished pieces:
- To assemble, pour a little glue onto a surface and dip your eyes and nose pieces into the glue. I like to use tweezers for this as the pieces are quite small. Place the eyes and nose onto the base, and adjust as necessary.
- If you would like your design to be water resistant, now is the time to add the sealant! Click here and here to learn how to use sealant on your paper quilled jewelry. There are many different sealants that you can use! I have compiled some here that you can find in the US and other places)
These can, of course, be made in any color combination you choose! Make them realistic colors, or make them colorful and fun as I have done here. Use longer strips of paper to make bigger ones, and shorter strips of paper to make smaller ones. These are approximately 3/4″ (2cm) wide (at the widest point in the body) and 1″ (2.5cm) tall not including the jump ring.
If you’d like to make more owl designs, check out my full tutorial here with many more details, tips, and more designs! It is on sale for direct digital download at both Honey’s Hive on Etsy and at Honey’s Quilling Shop
Or if you’d like to purchase this or other owl jewelry that I have made, or make a custom order for some (I can make them in any color combinations!), visit my etsy shop!
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