Paper Quilling FAQ – Part II

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!

Paper Quilling FAQ - Homemade Slotted Quilling Tool

Paper Quilling FAQ – Homemade Slotted Quilling Tool

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 →

Quilled Jasmines and Forget-Me-Nots in a Heart

Quilled Jasmines and Forget-Me-Nots in a Heart with Bumblebee.

These past few weeks I’ve been busy working mostly on custom orders for quilled summer hearts. Considering that coming up with this design was fluke in the first place, I am very happy to see it has been a success after all. For my latest order I had to work on the same heart design, but use completely different flowers: quilled jasmines and forget-me-nots. Since it became an entirely new project, I decided to share it:

Quilled Jasmines and Forget Me Not Flowers in a Heart

Quilled Jasmines and Forget Me Not Flowers in a Heart

It was made for a lovely girl from Spain who liked my initial quilled heart, but wanted me to use only quilled jasmines to decorate it. Since her favorite color is blue, I decided to add the little forget me not flowers. Continue reading →

Paper Quilling FAQ – Part I

Paper Quilling FAQ – how to choose between different paper densities (grammage) and how to cut your own paper quilling strips.

I have been thinking about writing a paper quilling FAQ for a while now and last week I finally decided it’s time to set my idea in motion. For this, I have compiled the questions I get most frequently asked and tried to answer them in detail and to the best of my abilities.

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!

1. What brand of paper do you use? How do you choose between all the available paper densities?

I don’t have a favorite brand and I usually buy any colored paper I can get my hands on. The main criteria when choosing my paper is plain and simple: its color. I still haven’t stumbled on a sheet of paper I haven’t been able to quill with!

Paper Quilling FAQ - Paper Sheets

Paper Quilling FAQ – Paper Sheets

I use anything from 80gsm, 120gsm and up to 160 gsm for paper quilling. With time, I ended up favoring certain paper density for different quilled elements. For example: 160gsm for full petals made with tight coils, 80gsm for small petals or small fringed flowers and so on. Continue reading →

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