Friday, May 3

Traditional jhumkis using paper-quilling

I have come across a whole lot of paper quill projects online, even jewellery. But did not think you can make something traditional with the universal paper. Am amazed though, the the sheer imagination that paper-quill enthusiasts can come up with! It will be a while before I get hooked to this craft that's become a rage in India, but here is something from someone who is dear to me.

Like the growing breed of paper quill crafters trying out traditional jewellery, my friend and the ever chirpy and creative Sankgetha Sripathy (pronounced Sangeetha) who runs the Smudgy Trove Facebook page, tried out of all things, jhumkis or jhumkas, that are so integral to an Indian woman's conventional attire.

She was kind enough to send me the pictures of material she used, and details of how she made them.
 
paper quilled earrings or jhumkas

Aren't they super colourful and gorgeous! Unlike the usual greens and reds besides gold hues that we use for jhumkis , these can be used with a range of clothes. I am yearning for such jewellery to be made using recyclable paper. Game anyone?

paper quill jewelry - things to use

Here is a picture of the materials she used -

Craft glue

Nose plier

Eye pins in brass colour

Earring hooks in brass colour

Quilling paper

Quilling needle or tool
She describes the procedure here:

``Take two colours of quilling paper. Hold the needle and roll the quilling paper of one colour. Once done, glue the corner of the paper and let it dry.'' 

paper quilling jhumki or earrings
 
paper quill jhumki smudgy trove

paper quill jhumka
``Once it is dried, gently push or nudge the centre end of the rolled paper upwards in such a way that it brings out a conical shape. Now with the help of the needle tool and your fingers, set the shape properly. 
Make sure there is some room in the cone's tip, to insert the eye-pin.''
step by step paper quill jhumkis
You could get an idea from one of the unfinished jhumki sets in the picture above. 
Now insert the eye-pin in that narrow hole, in such a way that the `eye' sits on top of the cone, and bend the pin's other end inside the cone to steady it.
 

You are left now, with the plain cone and `eye' ready to be hooked.


Use some small beads to embellish the broader edge, to resemble a traditional jhumki. And then, using the craft nose plier, fix the earring hook to this `eye'. Your jhumki is ready.

paper quill jhumki

paper quill jhumka set

If you notice closely, you may find some unwanted white from the glue.
You could overcome this problem by minimising the amount of glue you use while rolling the paper, and alternatively using a finishing spray to give the pieces a glossy shine.
Use your fingers to pull out the sticky dried glue debris too.


paper quill jhumkis
Are you the kind who loves matching pair of earrings for your clothes? You can reach out to the paper! Look at the colour combinations that can be so enchanting!
If you are into paper quilling and love jewellery, this one is a perfect combination for a creative afternoon! Wait not! Try your bit!

I am so in love with these earrings that I might grab them for my own use. But I have jewellery boxes waiting to be painted:) See here.


Pictures courtesy: Sankgetha Sripathy
Watermark: Smudgy Trove
For permission to use pictures and content:
radicreative@gmail.com


36 comments:

  1. Uma JanakiramanMay 4, 2013 at 5:08 AM

    Its Really awesome... The jhumkas looks very grand and beautiful... Thank you for sharing this, Radhika and Sankge :-)

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  2. Happy to know Uma, welcome to Imprints family:)

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  3. Hi,I am new to your blog.these jhumkas look awesome.could u tell me the size of the quilling paper used.njoying ur blog.(

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    1. Hi suja, sorry for the super late reply. they are the standard size that you get in shops.

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  4. can u pls let me know how u fix the pearls at the edge of jhumkas? by quik fix or fevi quik etc?

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    1. hi, sorry for the late reply. she used Fevicol i guess.

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  5. Hi really awesome

    sreethi

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  6. Hi,let me knw abt the finishing spray used for the jhumkas looks glossy.

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  7. Use varnish in small quantities to spread on it to look glossy ...

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  8. Hi Saranya, it is clay gloss that you find in the stores, but in this case she only used Fevicol.

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  9. Hai Radhika, i,m a house wife. i'm so interested to see ur blog, especially the paper jumka. i would like to try this. Be kind enough to tell me where i can get thesupplies for this in an affordable rate in mumbai(borivalli).

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  10. hi Raji, welcome to Imprints Handmade. I struggled to get craft supplies when I was in Mumbai. But if you don't mind travelling downtown, or ordering online, these links may help. http://www.craftadda.com/craft-supplies/quilling-tools
    http://theverandah.wordpress.com/craft-supply-shops/paper-and-more/
    https://www.facebook.com/PranamyaCreations/posts/423296754381756

    you can check Itsy Bitsy online store. I shopped at their bangalore store once and loved it. check out the Anupam Stationery store at Borivali West. The following link has a place for classes, and material in Borivali West.
    http://kutchiads.com/web/advertises/view?id=87

    All the best. Would love to see your work in future. please send pics:)

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  11. super creative very good

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  12. hi Radhika, truly fascinated by ur super creative work. I am new to quilling and enjoying making colourful ear rings with it. But I am still struggling with jhumkies as I am not yet able to make a cone out of the roll. Tell me any technique to make a proper cone without spoiling it.

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  13. hi Raadhika,
    I am new to quilling and enjoying making earrings out of it. But I am still struggling to make jhumkies. WheneverI try to push out circle of paper to make the cone, everything comes out. Pls help me with some simple technique. thanks

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  14. hi Mamta,
    thank you for your interest in paper quilling jhumkas.Sankgetha Sripathy who is the expert on this, will help you with this. you can mail her at smudgytrove@gmail.com. all the best for your future pieces of jhumkis. do not give up. creativity is after all, about the journey without giving up.
    radi

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  15. What is this material know as and where I get it I stay in Mumbai kandivali

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    1. hi krishna, you need to ask for paper quilling strips, or if you don't have other tools, paper quilling kit. check out these online links - http://www.hsn.com/shop/quilling/ct0274 or http://theverandah.wordpress.com/craft-supply-shops/paper-and-more/ or go to www.craftadda.com...i cannot vouch for the authenticity of these online links, but it has helped others i guess. Besides, check out Anupam Stores at Borivali. That is about the closest I can think of, to Kandivali. These days though, these strips are available in local stationery stores too...please let us know about your success. Good luck.

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  16. Where i can get these materials in Chennai. Please tell me Radhika

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    1. hi, check this link out. it has a list of online craft stores as well as craft supply stores in different cities. you will surely get paper quill supplies in one of them.
      http://theverandah.wordpress.com/craft-supply-shops/paper-and-more/

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    2. i need the tools and paper strips quilling pl tel me how to get it. what is the price all the hooks eyepin rings plier all i need. pl reply how to get this. i live in abudhabi uae

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    3. my email id saviravishankar@gmail.com pl reply ineed quilling tools materials beads pearls plier jumpring hooks rings all i live in abudhabi uae pl replly

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  17. Awesome earrings.. I just love it!!!! I am a big fan of u. Very colorful and creative too.... Veena.

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    1. Sorry for the late reply Veena. Thank you for your love and support.

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  18. hi..quilling strips 3mm is enough to do??????

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    1. Hi, please write to sankgetha@gmail.com. Sankgetha will be able to help with details.

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  19. hi i like to make jewelry i tried jumkas but while pushing all paper come out. i used moulds to make little long when itry to push they loosen and spoil. i live in abu Dhabi UAE pl tel me i need toolss paper and jewelry acceceries plier hooks rings jumprings etc pl revert onsaviravishankar@gmail.com

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    1. hi,
      please write to sangketha@gmail.com. she is the expert on this and will be able to help. sorry for late reply.

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  20. will we get any mould for obtaining the jumki shape (basket)
    and will we getthe beads in strips???

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  21. Hi,

    Your work is super awesome! Colorful n vibrant! I'm surely going to try this! Thanks for sharing this with us!

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    1. Thank you Megha Mala. Do try and share it with Imprints Handmade

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  23. I have never imagined wearing jhumkas with western dresses will look so good.
    Buy Jhumka Earrings Online India

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