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Projects: Rose Earrings

July 6, 2010

A couple of weeks ago while I was telling a friend about the fuchsia earrings, the proverbial light bulb went on above my head. Why not make rose earrings based on  Adele’s 3D rose tutorial!

I played around with a couple of sizes of earring bases (the post kind), and have found that for this project the 10mm flat earpost (w/nut, surgical) has worked the best. Of course, to make smaller or larger earrings, you can use a smaller (larger) earpost, adding or subtracting hearts for the petals of the rose. And, should you want the non-pierced earring type, you can use those too, but you will need to find some with a base that will work for you.

Here is a list of what you will need, for the post earrings I made:

  • small heart punch (alternatively, use the image provided by Adele on her rose tutorial)
  • extra large ball embossing tool (or largest ball tool you have)
  • parchment paper (this is a great project to use up some of your scraps)
  • 10mm flat earpost (2)
  • silicone glue
  • tweezers

I chose to use a scrap of pastel rainbow paper to make my roses. Using the small heart punch, I punched 11 hearts for each earring. Each heart is them embossed with the largest ball tool that you have.  The trick to getting each heart to curl nicely is not to hold the heart with your free hand while embossing. In fact, for extra measure, put your free arm behind your back! I also chose to do a little extra embossing on three hearts to get more of a curl on them — these were used closer to the center.

Now that all the hearts are embossed, wrap one heart around a quilling needle (or tapestry needle) or just roll it tightly, to make a cylinder. I seem to get a better, more even result using the quilling needle, but that is just me.

Now, it is time to put these all together!

What I found to be easiest, is to stick the posts of the earrings into two layers of funky foam, to hold them upright. Taking my base scrap of paper and dabbing a little bit of silicone glue onto the back it, I glued the base paper to the base of the earpost. On top of that I squeezed a blob of silicone glue. Then using my trusty tweezers, I placed my hearts around and around into the blob of glue, until I got to the center of my rose, and then placed the cylinder in the center of the glue blob.

Now to let it all dry! This will take hours as the silicone based glue is not a fast drying glue. So, it is preferable that you leave your earrings to dry overnight.

Once the glue is completely dried, we have one last step before you can wear them! That is, to cut off the excess paper around the base of the earpost.

Finally, it is time to try these earrings on. Not bad for the prototypes! And they are a great project for some of that scrap parchment paper that keeps collecting!

Hope you all are having a great week. Thanks for stopping by!

  1. July 6, 2010 1:42 pm

    These are totally adorable Chiara, thank you for providing the link to the tutorial! Absolutely love this rose!

  2. dorita permalink
    July 6, 2010 2:29 pm

    Fantastic! brilliant idea and they are beautiful on you!

  3. July 6, 2010 3:36 pm

    Terrific idea for parchment scraps, C!!! I have many (way too many, in fact) zip bags full of scrap parchment that I have never managed to convince myself to dispose of… Thanks for the tutorial link and for sharing how lovely your parchy rose earrings look on YOU :))

  4. July 6, 2010 6:49 pm

    Wow 🙂 Great idea. Beautifull earings!

  5. Mary Price permalink
    July 7, 2010 3:17 am

    Great idea Chiara. I had already been thinking of getting one of my classes into making the fuschia earrings, but they have already made roses, so would probably enjoy these too. I’m wondering if when all the glue is dry, it would be an idea to carefully varnish them with pergagloss or even clear nail varnish. Must experiment.

    • cepet permalink
      July 7, 2010 7:18 am

      Mary, I think that would be a great idea to help save the paper. Hope your class enjoys!

    • July 16, 2010 10:18 am

      Might it not be better to gloss the heart shapes before putting them together? Fiddly I know, but if you tried to varnish them once they were assembled the gloss might just drip and collect in the centre of the rose. Just a thought…. 🙂

      • cepet permalink
        July 16, 2010 5:04 pm

        Adele, I haven’t had a chance to play again, what with 3 weddings to prepare for, but, that is what I was thinking — apply clear nail varnish before setting the pieces into the glue, but after they are embossed. I suppose, that if one used the clear nail varnish, the brush would help one to add only a light coat that wouldn’t be drippy.

        • July 22, 2010 8:36 am

          Clear nail varnish would be better I think. I find the Perga Gloss tends to flatten out embossed shapes when applied and the brush would help to apply a light coat. Might have to try this out myself….. Not sure in what spare time though! lol 😉

  6. Mary Price permalink
    July 16, 2010 7:29 pm

    I’ve tried making a brooch and then varnishing afterwards which wasn’t too bad. But thanks to the really hot weather we have been having silicon just refused to dry and glue dried too quickly. I am going to try again both varnishing before and after when I get a chance.

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