Quilling

Quilled Orchid

I have always been fascinated by the beauty of Orchids. They have long  been a symbol of love and beauty. Their colors and petal arrangements are so elegant and interesting that they always capture attention.

I tried to recreate the below red orchid with strips of paper.

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I have added below some more pics which I took as I made the orchid. The fevicol was still wet when i took the pictures. Hence the white residue on the flower and petals.

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I also made a few buds. This is how the final outcome looked.

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I hope you like it..

Happy quilling!!

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Tiny blue wildflowers

I saw these tiny blue/purple wildflowers while browsing online a few days back and instantly fell in love with  the color and their tiny petals.

Purple wildflowers

Purple wildflowers

I tried to make quilled flowers resembling these cuties and this is what I could make . I also made a few buds to match the flowers.

Blue wildflowers

     Blue wildflowers

Though the quilled flowers are not exactly like the actual flowers, I totally loved the outcome.

I hope you like it too..

Happy quilling!!

Quilled Lampshade

Hello again..

In this blog, I bring to you the quilled lampshade that I made last week. For this, I used 10mm quilling strips  so that the finished structure is sturdy. I used 1 complete pack (100strips) of the bright orange coloured strips.

Making the base ring:

I glued together 3 full length strips to make a long strip. I rolled it into a sturdy ring by winding it  around the glue stick.

Making Coils:

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To start with, I made different types of  coils with the strips. I made around 15 tightly rolled coils. To make the tight coils, I rolled the complete strip firmly with the needle and secured the end with fevicol before removing the coil from the needle slot. The rest of the strips were rolled into coils of different dimensions. I cut around 40 strips into half which I later rolled into loose coils of two different sizes. To make the loose coils, I rolled the strips with the slotted needle  and removed the coil from the slot and allowed it to relax for a few seconds. Then I secured the end of the coil with fevicol. I rolled the remaining full length strips into loose coils and secured the ends firmly.. Since the strips were longer, these coils were larger than the coils made with half strips.

For all the loose coils, I glued all the concentric circles to one side so that the finished coil has more space between the rings so that the light can pass through the shade. Sticking the circles to one side also made the final structure sturdy.

Sticking the coils together:

To get the perfect shape while sticking the coils together, I used an inflated balloon as a mould.

Using baloon as a mould

Using baloon as a mould

I positioned the base ring around the lip of the baloon and started sticking the tight coils around it. I made sure that all the tight coils were closest to the base ring and the loosest coils were stuck farthest to the base ring. Since the strips were 10mm thick, the structure was getting flat as I glued more coils. ( shown below)

Structure was getting flat  as I glued more coils around the ring

Structure was getting flat as I glued more coils around the ring

I had to gently press the glued structure with my hands so that it took the shape of the balloon. This had to be done before the glue completely dried up. Though at the beginning it looked like the lampshade was not taking the desired shape, as I glued more coils together,  the resulting structure was getting better.

Below are some of the pics I took as the structure was getting complete. I used a vessel to hold the balloon in place while I was sticking the coils together.

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The final structure was  much better than I had imagined . The asymmetry made it look even more elegant. See below the pics  of the final structure taken from  different angles.

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Here is how it looks as a lamp shade.

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Next time, I am planning to make a complete sphere using multi-coloured strips. I will keep you posted when it is ready.

Till then, Happy Quilling!

Before you start quilling..

Basic quilling supplies

Basic quilling supplies

In my previous post, I had shown you about some of the basic shapes in quilling. Before you start making wonderful creations with quilling there are a few basic thing you should know about the supplies you use.

Quilling paper:

Quilling strips of 3mm and 10mm width

Quilling strips of 3mm and 10mm width

The quilling paper is available as strips of 3mm, 5mm, 7mm and 10mm widths. One side of the quilling paper is shiny while the other surface is matt. While rolling the paper into coils, make sure that the shiny surface faces the outside so that the finished pattern has a glossy finish.

Quilling Needle:

Quilling needle come in different form. The most suitable for beginners is a slotted needle. It has a slit at its tip to hold the edge of the quilling strip firmly without slipping. This makes it easier for the beginners to roll the paper strips into coils. However, the tip of the needle is thick which would leave a hole in the middle of the tightly would coils.

Glue:

You can use any general purpose glue to stick the strips. However, it is good to choose a glue such as fevicol which dries up quickly. Make sure you only use a little amount glue because excess glue can stick to the sides and make your designs look bad. It is better to use a sharp object such a toothpick to apply the glue. You can also use fevicol as a varnish or waterproof shield on the finished quilled projects. Just smear a thin layer of fevicol on your final design either with a finger or with a flat brush and leave it to dry for a couple of hours. As the fevicol dries, the quilled design becomes more firm, waterproof and gets as glossy finish.

Why wait.. Get your quilling supplies and start rolling..

Happy Quilling!!

IMG_20150112_232256Quilling is a very easy and relaxing hobby. But beware, it is very addictive. Once you get the hang of quilling, there is no turning back and the possibilities are endless. All you need to start quilling is a slotted needle, glue, some strips of paper and loads of time and patience and not to forget The creative mind!

There are a few basic quilling shapes/patterns one has to know and these patterns can be combined to make beautiful pieces of craft. All the quilling patters start as a coil of paper strip which can be pressed and shaped into various other patterns.

A lot of tutorials are available to learn the technique of making the basic quilling patterns. I have listed a few blogs below which I find helpful:

http://www.littlecircles.net/quilling-shapes-tutorial

here is a wonderful video tutorial for the beginners:

Get your quilling supplies and start rolling…

happy Quilling!!