ice Cream earrings: A whittling Project treat

By Pete Luxbacher, Woodcarving Illustrated Magazine

Easy to carve and personalize with bead and ice cream colors, these earrings are a great conversation piece. You can make single ice cream cones to wear as pendants or bracelet charms by adding a jump ring to the top loop instead of the ear hooks. 


    • Dowel, 3/8″-dia.: 12″ long
    • Sterling silver or plated findings: 2 each ear hooks, ring posts
    • Beads, size 11/0: 4 to 6 each, any color
    • Toothpicks
    • Acrylic paint: ice cream flavor color
    • Clear coat: spray or brush-on
    • Cyanoacrylate (CA) glue


    • Carving knife or detail knife
    • Ruler
    • Pencil
    • Drill and bit: 1/32″ dia.
    • Needlenose pliers
    • Paintbrushes
    • Foam cup
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      Whittling Summer earrings tutorial

      Wood Carving a Fish - Step 01

      1. Lay out the blank.

      Lay out the blank. Since you’ll be making multiples, create
      a template from heavy cardstock by cutting slots for the pencil. Starting at the edge, measure down and make a mark at 7/32″ (5.5mm), 3/8″ (10mm), and 11/16″ (17mm). Fold the cardstock down the center of the marks, and then cut slots on each mark. Use the folded corner to help you
      transfer the marks the entire way around the dowel on both ends.

      Wood Carving a Fish - Step 02

      2. Score guidelines onto the

       Make stop cuts along the traced lines with a carving knife. I roll the dowel on the table while pressing down with the carving knife.

      Wood Carving a Fish - Step 03

      3. Shape the scoop.

      Hold the knife at a slight angle while rotating the dowel to
      trim the underside of the ice cream on top of the cone. With practice, you can remove all of the excess wood in a single piece.

      Wood Carving a Fish - Step 04


      Round the ice cream ball. Make small, gradual cuts. Do not make the ice cream overly smooth; tool marks add to
      the texture of the ice cream.

      Wood Carving a Fish - Step 03

      5. SHAPE THE CONE.

      Shape the cone. Start in the middle area between the two lowest marks, and cut to the stop cut at the bottom of the band.

      Wood Carving a Fish - Step 04

      6. TAPER THE CONE.

      Cut a slope from the bottom of the band to the bottom
      of the cone. Deepen the stop cut at the bottom of the cone as you carve the taper. Keep rotating the dowel while cutting the taper to ensure the cone does not become

      Wood Carving a Fish - Step 03

      7. SHAPE THE BAND.

      Shape the band to remove the last of the machined dowel
      surface. Leaving the ice cream ball thicker than the band makes it easier to paint the ball without getting paint on the band.

      Wood Carving a Fish - Step 04


      Drill a hole in the top of the cone with a 1/32″ (1mm)
      diameter bit for the finding. Deepen the stop cut around the bottom of the cone to separate it from the dowel. Push a double-sided toothpick into the drilled hole in the cone
      top to hold while painting. 

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