Paper Quilling FAQ – Part II – What type of glue to use and how to apply it, quilling tools and how you can make your own slotted tool and varnishes for waterproofing your quilled jewelery.
Time for the second and last part of the paper quilling FAQ! In case you’ve missed the first part, where I talked about how to choose between different paper densities and how to cut your paper strips, just click here.
Disclaimer: I will talk mostly about my own style of quilling which is based on my personal preferences and what I found that works best for me throughout the years. There are no rules set in stone, so I encourage you to experiment and try different things!
3. What type of glue do you use? How can I apply the glue so I don’t get stains and smudges and my projects stay clean?
Any PVA glue which dries clear is perfect for quilling. Polyvinyl acetate (PVA) glue is also known as white glue, wood glue, carpenter’s glue or school glue. It’s very cheap and comes in a non-toxic and washable formula, making it safe and easy to clean from different surfaces, if stained. I have used several brands throughout the years and never had a problem with any of them: Bic, Toy Color, Planet Craft, to name a few.
Even if the glue dries clear, the key to make a neat and clean project is to only use the tiniest amount of glue needed to make the paper strips adhere! For this, you can either use a fine tip applicator or add a small amount of glue on a non-stick surface and then apply it with the tip of a toothpick or a needle.
4. What quilling tool do you use? How can I make my own quilling tool?
The quilling tool was another thing I had to improvise back when I started quilling. You can also make your own slotted tool by slitting a toothpick in half using a cutter or an x-acto knife. It’s very easy and almost free!
For a better grip, I’ve inserted mine into a drawing mechanical pencil, but you can easily use just the toothpick. I eventually bought a proper quilling tool, but I still prefer my homemade one. Continue reading →