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Quilling Carft Book

Quilling Carft Book

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Quilling Information - Techniques,Designs & Ideas
Quilling or paper filigree is the art of rolling thin strips of paper into different shapesand using the shapes to form designs. Quilling has been around since the Renaissanceage, but I was only recently introduced to it. It is fun and easy and I find it to bepretty relaxing. I hope this introduction to Quilling will spark an interest, and startyou imagination flowing.
The tools needed for this craft are very basic. Paper strips, something to wind thestrips around and glue are basically all you need to get started. Paper comes in manydifferent weights. You select the weight according to what you want your finisheddesign to look like. The strips of paper are usually cut anywhere from 1/8" to 1" widewith 1/8" being the standard. In the examples I used ordinary construction paper cutinto 1/8" strips. I used a toothpick to wind the coils, but some prefer needles, pins,hat pins or some specially designed tools for quilling. Ordinary clear-drying white glueis good for most projects. If you are using a paper that has been sprayed with metallicpaint, a heavier clear-drying glue may be used.
Other tools that may be helpful
 Scissors for cutting the strips of paper, although you can purchase pre-cut strips of paper for quilling in some craft stores.A small plastic cap or plastic bottle to hold a few drops of glue so the rest of thebottle won't dry out.A ruler is used to achieve uniformity in the size of the pieces.You can use a piece of corrugated cardboard covered with waxed paper as a workboard. A pattern can be slipped between the cardboard and the wax paper and if glue gets onto the wax paper it can easily be peeled off. Another alternative isstyrofoam covered with plastic wrap.Tweezers and a muffin tin are good to have handy for organizing by different sizeor shape and the tweezers will help you pick up or place the smaller pieces intoposition.A damp sponge or washcloth is helpful to keep your fingers free of glue and tomoisten the strip when you start a coil.
Basic Shapes
"V" Shape
Fold the strip in half and roll the ends on the outside of the paper, away from theinner crease.
Roll only a small part of the paper strip, leaving the rest of the strip straight. Feelerscan be made with the strip folded in half as in this example, or just with one coil froan unfolded strip.
Peacock Eye
This can be made from either a loose or tight coil. After the coil is made pinch oneside. A petal can be formed by bending the tip of the peacock eye slightly to one side
Contoured Peg
After rolling a tight coil, push the peg up from underneath the center to contour it'sshape. Used to add dimension to a design.
Roll a strip of paper tightly and glue the end while the coil is still tight. Pegs can beused in the design or glued to the underside of another shape to raise it creatingdimension.
Fold the strip in half, roll the ends in the same direction. One coil will be rolledtoward the center crease, the other away from it.
Open Heart
Fold the strip of paper in half and roll the ends toward the center of the crease.
Tendril (Note this got smashed in the scanner it should be open and springylooking)
Roll in a spiral shape around the toothpick as tight as desired, also known as a spiral,rope or twist.
"S" Shape
Roll from both ends of the paper but on opposite sides of the strip
Made from either a loose or tight coil. After the coil is made pinch two oppositesides. Also called a marquis or an eye-shaped coil.
Leaf Shape
If you bend one or more ends of the diamond, you form a leaf shape.
Squeeze a loose coil into an oval shape, but try not to point the ends.
Roll a loose coil and form a diamond. Pinch the smooth sides into points forming asquare.
Squeeze first into an oval then pinch the corners to form a rectangle.
Star of Leaf Shape
Form a diamond first. Grasping the ends push in toward the center forming twonewer points with a curve between them.
Pinch a loose coil into a 3-sided shape. Usually this looks better if you keep thecenter a round as possible.
Closed Heart
Pinch a triangle, then push in one side to form an indent.
Half Moon
Pinch a loose coil on two sides while placing your finger in the middle of one side,this will cause an indentation on that side.
Pinch a loose coil on two sides while pushing in toward the center at one side.
Those are some of the basic shapes and how to make them. I will continue with moreshapes and some finished designs. This will give you an idea of what quilling is. Havefun experimenting, I hope that this has your creative mind spinning, thinking of waysto combine the shapes into different patterns and designs.

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