Quilling is a paper-rolling craft that creates decorative shapes and can be used to make jewelry. It is also used for gift wrapping and other paper projects.
There are two main shapes used in quilling, scrolls and coils. Despite their lacy appearance, these paper shapes are quite strong. They can even be pressed on a hard surface without breaking.
Quilling is an ancient papercraft technique that has experienced a resurgence of popularity in recent years. Its paper strips can be shaped into scrolls or coils and manipulated into unique shapes for one-of-a-kind jewelry, monograms, and more. This book pairs expert guidance with minimal supply lists to give crafters a chance to try this fun and rewarding hobby.
Creating quilling shapes is easier than you might think. Though at first glance they may look complicated and fragile, the basic building blocks are just two shapes: scrolls and coils. Scrolls are a single rolled strip that is allowed to loosen or relax, while coils are tightly coiled pieces that can be pinched and glued together in a variety of ways.
To practice, cut a small strip of colorful quilling paper and roll it around your index finger and thumb. With a little practice, you will be able to control the size of each coil and keep it even. To make this project faster and more accurate, try using a circle sizing board that has pre-drilled holes in various sizes to help you achieve consistency.
A short list of supplies and a bit of patience are all you need to create beautiful, wearable quilled jewelry. Paper quilling can be done with anything thin enough to roll, such as a bamboo skewer or round toothpick, but most quillers prefer a tool that makes the process ten times faster than using your fingers.
Various tools can be purchased from arts and crafts stores, and online suppliers offer packages of basic paper quilling strips in multiple colors. Metallic-edge papers are also available and can be used to make stunning designs, such as the bird shown here.
Most quillers use a needle tool that has a slot on one end and is similar to a needle, but there are also other types of tools with more unique shapes. A clay modeling tool is used to shape coils and help you position them, but other items that are useful are pliers for moving, crimping, and shaping, and a non-stick surface such as an acrylic sheet or waxed paper.
Many different shapes can be made with quilling. All of them start out as a coil, which can be pressed into a shape or manipulated in other ways to create new forms. Most of the projects in this collection are created with basic loose and tight coils.
To make a coil, simply take one end of a paper strip and begin winding it around your quilling tool. Once the desired size is reached, glue down the end to secure it. Repeat the process with additional strips of paper to add more coils to your jewelry design.
Another type of coil that can be rolled is a ring coil, which is molded around larger forms like the handle of a tool or the end of a pen. You can also find specialty molds with larger diameters to make really large ring coils! These ring coils are used in the smallest silver-edge ivory earring (findings not included). They are joined to a yellow tight coil to form a flower shape.
Quilling is a technique of curling and shaping thin strips of paper into designs. The finished pieces are glued to secure them.
Glue is an essential tool for any craft, and it’s especially important in quilling. It’s also helpful to have a variety of different glues to choose from depending on the project or your preference.
Many quillers like to use a fine-tip glue bottle. It makes it easier to apply a small amount of glue exactly where you want it. You can find these at most quilling supply shops.
To create the interior honeycomb design of these earrings, start with one primary color and two strips of secondary colored paper. Glue the ends together to form an outline circle. Then wrap the second piece around the first to complete the honeycomb shape.Paper Quilling Jewelry