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.
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 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.
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.
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