Instructions for making the Loose Scroll or Open Coil shape are as follows (note: These instructions can be used no matter what length or width paper you are using):
- 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 slot at the very top of your slotted tool or at the top of your needle tool or pin.
- Holding the loose end of the paper in one hand and your tool in the other hand, begin turning the your tool gently pulling the paper.
- The paper will begin turning as the tool grabs the paper.
- Keep an even tension. For this shape do not pull tightly, keep a looser tension so that the shape will open up when pulled off the tool.
- Keep the edges of the wound paper as even as possible. This prevents creating a little pop-up in the center of your shape. Some people will call this a belly or a tornado.
- 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 approximately 1/4 turn in the opposite direction so that the paper releases from the slot.
- After pulling the paper off, let the coil open up.
- Do not glue the end, this will allow the coil to remain rounded and open with a tail.
Since the end is not glued, it is not necessary that you tear the end. Often times, if it is a shape where the end is visible, cut the end at an angle so that it tapers and gives a more polished look. Tearing or cutting produce similar effects as the end is in the center of the shape and is generally not visible.
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