It’s the first tutorial of the new year!
Today’s cute filled tri point design earrings are based on the tutorial I posted last month for double triangle earrings. Those were a nice simple design, but I thought it could use a little sprucing up to be a bit more fancy and fun! I’m including the instructions for the basic shape as well as for the fill-in so that if you haven’t read the other post you can just learn everything here.
Supplies You Need (for one pair of earrings):
- 2 strips of paper 17″-24″ long (if you make a smaller or larger triangle you may need a shorter or longer strip of paper. If I’m using paper that comes in strips of 17″ I just use that. If I’m using strips of paper that come in 24″, I just use that. So the length is a bit flexible. I am using deep rose)
- 2 strips of paper about 6″ long (I am using deep rose color)
- 18 strips of paper 1 1/2″ long in various colors for the fill. I use deep rose, pink, and pale pink
- glue (My favorite is PPA which you can find at Custom Quilling, or here on Amazon)
- Border Buddy by Quilled Creations (you can find it at Custom Quilling and on Amazon)
- cork workboard covered in plastic.
- sealant for making your earrings water resistant (click here to read more about different sealants or read below about the exact sealants I used on this pair)
- earwires and jump rings (I use a 5mm diameter jump ring to attach to the earring design and then a 3-4mm jump ring to attach that to the earring hook).
- This design is quite simple once you follow a few good tips for using the Border Buddy. If you haven’t already, check out my first post on tips for using the Border Buddy! You will be wrapping each of the strips around a certain layer on the Border Buddy. If you have numbered the layers on your Border Buddy, it will be easier to keep track of which layer you are on. My number 1 layer is the biggest layer. Make sure as you are wrapping, you apply glue all around the border as you go, to keep a nice sturdy triangle shape. Just be sure to wrap very carefully so the edges line up or you’ll end up with the edges looking uneven. I apply glue to two sides at a time to make it a bit quicker. *note* these photos are obviously of the square tip for the border buddy, you will be using the triangular one for these earrings.
- Wrap each 24″ strip around level 1 of the triangular Border Buddy.
- Wrap each 6″ strip around level 8 of the triangular Border Buddy.
- Position your triangles so that the small triangle is inside the big one, but with the corners facing the sides of the big triangle and pin them in place as shown here:
- Then put a dab of glue on each corner of the small triangle. Use pins to push the edges of the large triangle until they meet the corners of the small triangle and push the pins into the board to keep it in place.
- Now here are the pink ones!
- Roll all of the 1 1/2″ strips into coils, let them loosen a bit, glue them closed, and shape them. For the first layer I use deep pink, the same as the border, and I pinch them into triangles. For the second layer I use pink and pinch them into diamonds. For the last layer, light pink, I also do diamonds. It can be a little tricky to get the last shape to be the right size. If you try and yours is too big, pluck it out with tweezers and try again, making a smaller one.
- Once both earrings have dried, it’s time for sealant! Use a small paintbrush to paint on a light layer of sealant. After it fully dries, take out the pins, flip it over, and paint another thin layer of sealant. After that dries, do one more thorough layer of sealant. After that dries, do a last layer of topcoat/glaze for extra protection. For the sealant you can use something like Ceramcoat All Purpose Sealer (my review and tips here), or DecoArt Americana Multi-Purpose Sealer (review coming soon). For this piece I used the Ceramcoat. Once it is completely dried, put on a layer of topcoat or glaze for even better protection. Some of my favorites are Diamond Glaze (my review here), Triple Thick Glaze, PPA matte and gloss, Crystal Lacquer, and others. Click HERE for all of my posts on particular sealants and topcoats and comparing them. For this particular pair I used the 3D Crystal Lacquer.
- Finally attach the jump rings and earwires, and you are done! You can also attach the earwires and jump rings right before the last coat of glaze, and then hang them to dry. This can help to ensure a nice smooth coat.
These would be fun to make in many different color combos!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial for filled tri point design earrings, let me know what you think!
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