Quilling Tools

Essential Tools For Paper Quilling Success



To get the best of your paper quilling experience, you will need high quality METAL Quilling tools that are easy to hold, set with precision accuracy and made to last!

The top tool is the Slotted Quilling tool... this slot along it's shaft holds the paper end securely as you turn the tool in your hand and is often easier to manage for beginners. The knurl on the handle ensures a firm grip, no slipping... assists in the rolling of a neat, even tight roll.
Some procedures such as a "folded rose" will benefit from the tension that the tool holds on the end of the paper also and make them so much easier.

The bottom tool is the Quilling Needle tool.. the same high quality handle with a specifically chosen needle that enables a fine centre hole after rolling.

This needle style Quilling tool is held still in your right hand( if right handed!) and you roll the paper around the needle using your thumb and finger with the left hand. If you want a smaller hole left in the centre of your tight roll, it is worth mastering this tool.

We've found that the best glue (and it's inexpensive too) is Elmer's Glue All. It is a white glue that dries clear. It's important that you try other glues and decide which glue works best for you.

This can not be stressed enough. Use a very small amount of glue when joining your shaped coils. Too much glue may cause buckling or may show thus spoiling the professional look of your finished project.

If not using a glue bottle/applicator, you'll need toothpicks or a needle to apply the glue to the shaped coil. Place your glue into a small open container (a contact lens case is excellent for this purpose) so you can dip your toothpick into it easily. Stir the glue often to keep it from forming a film or drying out. You can also put a damp sponge over it to keep the glue from drying out. HINT: A Contact lens case is very handy for holding your glue and the lid can be closed to keep your glue fresh.

In my opinion the best method for applying glue is to use an ultra fine glue applicator. Again use tiny drops of glue. HINT: A small glass with a wet sponge placed in the bottom will keep your applicator/bottle free flowing and prevent the tip from drying up. Place the bottle upside down with the tip touching the sponge.

You'll find that a good pair of tweezers are excellent for placing those small pieces in the right place. I have several pairs. For more information on tweezers and the different types and their varied uses refer back to Chapter 2 - USEFUL QUILLING TOOLS AND SUPPLIES. Try several types to see which one works best for you. See Figure 61 which shows the different types of tweezers.
Tweezers can be used to hold your shaped coil while you put a few drops of glue on the edges you're gluing together without damaging it.
Tweezers are useful to pull the center to your coils edge when creating concentric coils.

T-Pins or regular pins will help hold your pieces together while the glue dries. The pins will also allow you to put the project aside and finish it later should something come up ( something unimportant like preparing dinner LOL). I use several different T-pin sizes. For more information refer to Chapter 2 - USEFUL QUILLING TOOLS AND SUPPLIES.

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