- Begin by conditioning the quilling strip. This is done by running your fingernail or needle tool along the end of the strip. The paper will begin to curl as the fibers in the paper are broken down.
- Place the quilling paper in the slotted tool (at the very tip of the slot) or at the tip of your needle tool.
- Holding the paper in one hand and your tool in the other hand, begin turning your tool.
- The paper will begin turning as the tool grabs the paper.
- Try to keep the edges of the paper as even as possible - otherwise, you will find that your finished coil will have what I like to refer to as a little belly or a tornado effect.
- Keep an even tension and keep the paper as tight as possible.
- When you get to the end of the strip of paper, pull the paper off of the tool. If using the slotted tool, while holding the end tight slightly turn the slotted tool in the opposite direction so that the paper releases from the slot.
- Carefully glue the end of the paper. Remember, just a dab of glue.
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Quilling Shape - Tight Roll, Coil, Peg
This shape has many names; Tight Roll, Tight Coil, Peg, etc.
This is one of the basic quilled shapes. I find that I use this a lot for the center of my flowers as well as creating a border around pictures, in addition to many other uses.