More than a month ago I posted two step by step tutorials showing how to make some fun paper quilled earrings with the technique called tubing. As I mentioned, I saw the technique first here on Jane Jenkin’s quilling blog a couple months ago.  She explains that it is originally created by Genevieve Godden and she saw it on the Quilling Guild blog (click here if you are interested in becoming a member of the Quilling Guild – you can only read the official blog if you are a member). I have been having fun making a few more pairs of earrings with tubing – some of the same patterns that I already showed, and a new style as well. Here they are!

This is the original pair that I made for the tutorial, which you can find here.
Here you can see the size of these earrings.  Not too big, not too small.  If you want them a different size, just make a different length of tubing!  You can also make skinnier tubing or fatter tubing to change the look.  Very customizable!
Time to look at some new colors!  These magenta and pink ones are perfect for brightening up your outfit!
Another shot of the pink ones.  It can be tricky getting a photo of certain colors, and this pretty dark pink is one of those!
I’ve been wanting to make a pair of earrings with this dark purple for awhile.  It is deep purple from Paplin.  So here I paired it with ivory as the underneath color.
I need to make some more earrings with this color, I love how it looks like the color of a dark eggplant (even though I don’t particularly like eating eggplants 😉
The first design that I thought of when I saw tubing was these spiral earrings.  And here they are!  I love this combo of brown and gold papers. Click here for the tutorial to learn how to make them!
With this outside photo you can more clearly see the little quartz beads that I used on the end.
Next I made this pair with blues and a blue glass bead on each end.  My daughter loves this pair and is asking me to put it on some clip on earrings for her!
Here you can see the size of this curly cuties!
And here is a totally new pair!!  This design was totally my daughter Svara’s idea (you can see her quilling projects here).  For the tubing on this one I chose to use only black, not a different color on the inside.  So it is two full layers of black.  I love how this pair turned out!  In fact I have claimed it as my own, something I don’t do too often (I have about a dozen pairs of my own earrings that I have taken for myself, but about 100 pairs that I have just storing and/or listed in my Zibbet shop).  These were just too awesome to pass up, though, don’t you agree?
I ended up using PPA matte as the topcoat for this pair. In the previous photo you can see how matte they look.  In this particular photo they look slightly glossy, but it’s just because of the brightness of the shot.  I thought a nice matte would go perfectly with these black snail shaped earrings.
Here is the size of this pair.  You could use a shorter or longer piece of tubing for a smaller or larger pair of earrings.  I used a tiny back seed bead on the end which I think suited this pair perfectly.  I was a little afraid that the tiny seed bead would go right into the end of the tubing, but it turned out to be the perfect size.  Yay!

Sealant for the earrings

For those are wanting to make your own earrings, you’ll want to make sure they are sealed to be sturdy and water resistant before using them as jewelry.  Click here to read all of the posts I have about sealant. OR if you want a quick answer and product names, I would suggest this:

  • Start by using a liquid sealer that will soak into your earring and make it nice and stiff.  I suggest Ceramcoat All Purpose Sealer (click here to read a review post with tips about this sealer).  With some earrings you can get away without using a liquid sealer as the base coat, but for these earrings to keep their shape (especially the spirals and the snail) they NEED to be as stiff as possible or else they’ll lose their shape, hence the need for the Ceramcoat sealer or similar product.
  • Finish with a topcoat to make your piece water resistant and sturdy.  I recommend either PPA matte, PPA gloss, or Diamond Glaze, though there are others that work well also.

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