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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Quilled Paper Mosaic - Selfie of Sarah on: October 07, 2015 03:52:23 AM
This is the first in a series of portraits I am making based on 'selfies' from my personal Facebook account. This one is of a girl I was friends with in high school for a year or two and then drifted away from. I worked on making this paper mosaic for nearly 200 hours. I have spent more time focusing on every detail of her face for the past few months than I likely ever did back in the day when we were friends in reality. Sarah was kind enough to give me permission to use her photo for this project.

2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Paper Quilled Candle Holder w/ Removable Lid on: March 07, 2015 11:57:12 AM
Perhaps I have a bit too much time on my hands.... but I just love figuring out how to construct usable objects out of paper.  This candle holder is the perfect example of that Smiley Hope you like it!

3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / First finished piece after some time away... on: August 20, 2014 04:44:31 PM
It has been awhile since I have had the urge to finish anything - just busy with work, kids, home etc. - nothing very exciting.  But, I finally was bit by the bug once again and picked up my quilling tool to finish this picture that I first started back in November.  The picture I had first intended almost a year ago was entirely different than what it became.  I much prefer this version.  Sometimes a step back is exactly what we need, no?  Anyhow, I hope you like it Smiley

4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Quilled bracelet & earrings. on: March 24, 2014 05:01:14 AM
Here are a couple new designs that I did this week for some video tutorials I am making.  I have been trying to come up with a bracelet design for the past couple of years that will keep it's shape, be easy to put on and still be made up entirely of paper - I finally found one that works Smiley
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Newly quilled jewelry ... on: February 12, 2014 05:43:20 AM
When I moved back to the mainland, I decided that I would like to create tutorials for all of my current jewelry designs that I have imagined and quilled over the years.  This project will obviously take some time as I have a few hundred designs to put to paper, but it is proving to be even harder of a task since every time I go to re roll an old creation - I get an idea for a new one.  Every time.  I also have some major issues with telling myself no, so off I go on a rolling tangent   Anyhow, here are a few of the new designs that have popped up over the past few weeks as I continue to document the old.

6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Three new quilling projects. on: September 12, 2013 10:47:13 PM
I've been working on a lot of little projects lately that I thought I'd share...

I love the idea of unconventional quilling - and what is more of a surprise than mixing fire and paper?  I designed these candle holders and turned them into a free tutorial if anyone wants to give them a try Smiley

This is a simple pair of earrings that I plan on turning into a tutorial but haven't yet.  I love how the colors came out.

And lastly I designed these earrings as a magazine submission - but sadly they were rejected Sad  I am still pretty bummed out about it, but at least I get to wear them now.

Thanks for looking!
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Quilled Paper Sunflower Necklace Tutorial on: August 22, 2013 11:37:07 AM
Hi all!  It has been a pretty busy summer full of travel and the festival season has kept me too busy to post much on here unfortunately.  It is starting to slow down now however and I thought it would be nice to share a little sumpin', sumpin' that I made with my Craftster friends.  I hope you like it!

Before We Get Started.

This tutorial, while very easy to make, does call for the knowledge of a few basic quilled shapes - if you have never quilled before or need a little refresher, you can find a free tutorial at http://www.littlecircles.net/quilling-shapes-tutorial.  This tutorial also calls for a stacked quilling form (which is very, very easy to make) which you can find the free tutorial at http://www.littlecircles.net/apps/blog/show/32147013-diy-stacked-quilling-form-tutorial.  If you don't have the time to make one or just don't want to, you can alternatively use any type of cylindrical objects in the correct diameter Smiley


For this project I used 7 different colors of paper.  You could use less colors for the interior petals if you wish but I will list the amounts that I used in the example pictured above.  I used Quilled Creations paper for this project which are all 17" long strips.

A) Copper              7 x 17" strips, 12 x 4.25" strips
B) Antique Gold     1 x 17" strip
C) Golden             1 x 8.5" strip, 8 x 4.25" strips
D) Sunset             12 x 4.25" strips
E) Pumpkin          12 x 4.25" strips
F) Deep Yellow     8 x 4.25" strips
G) Watermelon     12 x 4.25" strips

*Don't forget to snip the glue off the ends for a seamless finish.


Stacked quilling form (link to make is above) - Alternatively you will need .5", 2" & 2.5" cylinders to use as forms.
Quilling tool
2 open jump rings
Necklace clasps
Cord.  For this example I used a natural hemp but I have also used leather.
Jewelry wrapping wire (not pictured)
Wire wrapping tool (not pictured)
Finishing sealer (I used clear enamel with a UV protectant)

Make 7 Outer Petals.

Using your stacked quilling form (the 2.5" tier) and one strip of color A, make a closed coil.

For color A, I chose to use a metallic paper.  As always with metallic and pearlized papers, be sure to press and hold the paper ends a bit longer than normal to allow the glue time to adhere.  

Shape Rings Into Teardrops.

Shape each of the closed coils into tear drop petal shapes.  Be careful to take not of where the outer paper edge lay and position it at the bottom of the petal so it will be hidden from view when glued to the center.

Make Spacers for the O Rings.

Make 2 tight closed coils using your quilling tool and 2 4.25" strips of color E.  With small amounts of glue, place and secure each closed coil into the inside peak of two of the outer petal shapes as shown in the photo above.

Make the Interior Petal Shapes.

Roll the remaining 4.25" strips in colors C, D, E, F & G, using your quilling tool into open coils.  Secure them with glue and shape them into teardrops.

In a random pattern, place 7 or 8 teardrops inside each outer petal.  The amount will vary depending on the positions you choose.  The petals containing the closed coils for the necklace fastenings will probably only need 6. There may be a few teardrops left over.  Once all the shapes are in place, use the tip of your glue bottle or a small dot of glue on the end of a toothpick and slide it between each of the shapes as well as the outer petal.  Do not use too much glue!  A little dab will do ya!

Make the Center.

Using the 2" tier of your stacked quilling form and the 17" strip of color B, make one closed coil ring.

Using the .5" tier of the stacked quilling form and the 8.5" strip of color C, make a closed coil ring.

Make twelve closed coils using your quilling tool and the remaining 4.25" strips of color A.

Place the small closed coil ring inside the larger closed coil ring.  Gently slide all twelve of the smallest closed coils in between the two rings.  Use the needle tip of your glue or a tooth pick to slide in between all parts to secure.

Before Assembling.

Place all seven petals around the center to make sure they will fit nicely before gluing.  Depending on how many individual shapes you placed in each petal, it may seem a bit snug.  This is no problem.  Just shape each petal into a narrower teardrop shape as a whole.  Do this with all seven and they will fit just right.

Place as so: two petals on the top, one petal with the closed coil on either side of those two and the remaining three evenly around the bottom.  Glue each petal to the center as well as the petals on either side.


Before turning your sunflower into a necklace, you will want to seal it in some manner to give it protection from both water and UV rays.  Use your favorite method.  My personal favor is a clear and thin enamel with a UV protectant.  Allow the glue and sealer to dry for several hours before adding the necklace fastenings.

Lastly but not Least.

It's time to turn this paper flower into a true piece of wearable art.  Using your jewelry pliers, open up each of the O rings wide.  I used 7mm, but I would have preferred 8mm.  Turn in each end of the ring.  When you close them into the closed coil, they will glide in better.  Using slight pressure at the sides, press the rings in to create more space at the top.

Loop your cord through one of the jump rings and fold over.  Using about 1.5" of wrapping wire, wrap the wire around the cord as pictured below.  I use my fingers.  Be sure to crimp the ends down with a tool so the wire does not stab you when you wear this necklace.  That would be no fun.

Repeat this same process on both the other side as well as the end bits to attach the clasps.  The length of the cord you use is entirely up to you and your preference.  Hold the necklace up to yourself in front of a mirror before putting on the clasps.  I never do this and my necklaces are always too long and I end up re-doing the clasps on shorter lengths. E.v.e.r.y.  s.i.n.g.l.e.  t.i.m.e.

You're Done!

Thank You & Happy Rolling,
8  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / 12x12 Quilled Mosaic - 'Map of I Am' on: June 04, 2013 02:47:41 PM
I have decided it might be great fun to dabble a bit in the world of art competition and created this piece as my first submission.  Some element of the theme 'maps' had to be featured within the art.  I featured many variations on the theme, but hopefully they are not too hidden to be noticed.

This was also the first piece I have ever done where I took and posted progress pictures of every step.  If you are interested in seeing those, they are posted on my art Facebook page. 

Thanks for looking!

9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / 'the room' quilled mosaic on: May 25, 2013 10:22:32 PM
Just finished this 8 x 10" quilled paper mosaic.  I am pretty thrilled with the result.  It took about 85 hours to complete and it is probably the most fun I have ever had doing a picture.  Hope you like it!

10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / 16x20 quilled mosaic on: May 20, 2013 11:17:42 AM
I am beyond thrilled to share this completed work - not because I am especially in love with it or anything, but because I started it in October 2012.  I worked at it really hard for a bit but my desire to finish sizzled.  For the past 5 months or so, I have only worked on it one weekend each month at a festival I attend.  I am happy to say that yesterday was it's last appearance Smiley

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