Saturday, February 11, 2012

Basic Quilling Tools To Help You Get Started

So you want to start quilling, but you don’t know how to get started.  Well, here’s a list of the tools that I have, and the tools that I still need. 
These are tools that I consider essential.  The only thing missing are the fine point scissors that are so useful when cutting small pieces of paper.  Right now I use regular pointy scissors but I didn’t photograph them here because they are not the best scissors to use.  I’m waiting for an order that I placed through Amazon.com, my quillers’ scissors are in there. 
Anyway, a bottle with a very fine tip is extremely helpful.  When you’re quilling, you only need to use the tiniest dot of glue, otherwise you will end up with a big mess of glue and your item will not look good.  A pair of fine tip tweezers is really important in my opinion.  They are very helpful to hold your quilled pieces when you’re trying to add glue, or putting the different parts together.  Next is probably the MOST important quilling tool of all, the quilling slotted tool.It has a split tip where you place the paper to for the coils needed for quilling.  Next is a quilling comb.  This comb is used for a technique called “husking”.  Husking looks beautiful when you’re making butterflies, dresses, etc. 
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This is called a Quiller's Grid Guide.  You can use the guidelines to create snowflakes, to hold your pieces together as you glue them, to do husking and weaving.  I find this tool to be like a third hand, holding everything for me as I work.  You will need pins, of course.
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This last tool that I’m showing you today is a Quiller’s Board.  The use for this board is obvious, it helps you create different sizes of circles, and keep uniformity when you need to make several circles of the same size.
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There are a number of other tools, some of which I will be adding to this post in the future.  But if you have these tools above, you will be able to create beautiful quilled art.
If you have any questions about what you see on this post, leave me a comment and I will be more than happy to answer them.
XOXO
Marfa