Classy Chassis Necklace Tutorial

Getting Started.


- slotted or needle quilling tool

- 6 colors 1/4" quilling paper cut to length

- scissors

- glue

- ruler

- 1.5 cm cylindrical form 

- 2 cm cylindrical form

- 3 cm cylindrical form

- Finishing product (spray or other)

- 2 O rings

                                                                                 - leather cord

                                                                                 - jewelry wrapping wire

                                                                                 - necklace clasp

                                                                                 - jewelry plier tool (or regular pliers)

A note on forms:

You can often times find cylindrical forms in the sizes needed around your house by way of regular household objects.  For example, the 1.5 cm form that was used in this project is in fact a tube that holds a small thing of super glue.  Get your ruler out and start measuring what you have before heading to the craft store to find something.  Can't find the exact size? Don't sweat it.  This is art, not science.  Try tweaking the pattern a bit to make it work for what you do have.


This project calls for six colors of 1/4" paper that you will need to cut to length.


A)  32   4.25" srtips

    1   8.5" srtrip

B) 1   8.5" strip

C) 2   17" strips

D) 2   17" strips

E) 2   17" strips

F) 8   17 inch strips

* Additionally you will need a scrap length of paper

Make Sections.

Section 1.

Begin by making a tight coil using the 8.5" strip of color A. Glue to secure but leave on tool. Join the 9" strip of B at the seam and  continue the tight coil.

Glue to secure and remove from tool.

Section 2.

Using the 2 cm form, create a tight coil using both strips of color C.

Section 4.

Section 3.

Using the 3 cm form, begin the tight coil using both the D color strips and then seamlessly join both strips of color E as shown in section 1.

Section 5.

Using the 1.5 cm form and color strips F, make 8 closed coils.

Using a slotted or needle tool, make 32 closed coils using color A.

Assemble Sections.

Line up both the outside seam of section 2 and the seam of section 1. Secure together with small amount of glue.

Line up the outside seam of section 2 and the inside seam of section 3.  Secure together using small amount of glue.

Using the strip of scrap paper, wrap around section 3 one time and mark with a pencil to get the circumference. 

Measure the strip using your ruler.  Divide measurements by 8. (This one was 11.5 cm but yours may be different due to paper used or slight variation in form size).

Mark and cut your strip to the new marking. Round down to the nearest 1/10.  My division came to 1.43 cm, so I measured and cut my strip to 1.4 cm long.

Pinch off all 8 tight coils of section 4 at the outside seam to create a tear drop shape.

When completed, your 8 shapes from section 4 should look like this.

Using the small measured scrap strip, line up with the seam and then create another cornered edge at it's opposite length. Take care to pinch slightly before the edge of the strip so the corner will measure the correct length.

Using a liberal amount of clear drying glue, smear the flat surface of each of the shapes from section 4 .

Line up one of the corners on the flat edge with the center dot of section 1 and hold and press shape.  You may need to press the corners a bit so the shape will mold to the curve of section 3.  

Continue around with all 8 shapes.

Starting with one of the shapes near section 1, place and glue 8 tight coils from section 5.  Take care to place the glue so it will not show on the outside of the piece. Alternating filled and open shapes, fill in three more spaces using the same meathod.


Once all of the pieces have been fitted together, you should have an assembled shape that looks close to the model shown here. Before moving on to the next steps, be sure to allow all glue to completely dry.

You will want to seal your pendant before continuing on to turning your pendant into an actual necklace.  The method you choose is entirely up to you and your liking.  My personal favorite for jewelry is a two step process of first hand painting each surface with a coat of clear nail polish and allowing it to fully dry and then spray sealing with a UV protected acrylic sealer for added strength, protection, finish and a bit of shine.

Once your pendant has had time to dry completely, you will be ready to turn it into an actual wearable necklace.  At least that is what I am going to share in this tutorial.  Consider making more however and let your imagination be your guide as to what you can use the shapes for.They would make amazing Christmas ornaments or perhaps roll up a dozen in a variety of colors and make a mobile.  The possibilities are endless. 

To make the necklace version shown here, I used the following:

2 8.25" lengths of leather cord

2 O rings

1 necklace clasp

small bits of jewelry wrapping wire

Using one length of cord, loop the end through the O ring and hold with your fingers.

Wrap a small length of jewelry wire aroung the folded leather cord. Snip and crimp the ends to hold in place.

Open the O ring using a plier tool.

Bend in the ends on both sides of the O ring.

Taking this step will allow the ring to easily slide into the closed coil.

Guide the O ring into the ouside closed coil at the top of your pendant as shown. Use the plier tool to tighten.

Repeat the above steps with the other length of corn and attach to opposite side.



Congrats - You just made the Classy Chassis Necklace!

This design and tutorial was created for you by Erin Curet of Little Circles. Copyright 2013. All rights reserved.

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