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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Re: Simple quilled hearts card on: February 10, 2008 03:32:23 PM
So sweet, and so symmetrical too!!   Grin
Nice work!
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: coloring book! on: January 30, 2008 12:57:14 PM
Ohhhhhh, want!!!
I could satisfy my somewhat obsessive neat / colouring carefully within the lines urges Cheesy
It's beeeeeeeeeeeeautiful work!
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Quilled elephant head project on: January 30, 2008 12:53:20 PM
I've been doing it for...erm...about 18 years now, yeek!!
I don't use a tool because when I taught myself from a booklet, there were no tools available - I got a bag of 3000 strips in various colours, and a Dryad leaflet, and went from there.
I find to start rolling a strip without a tool it helps to 'scrape' it a little, which breaks the fibres up a bit and lets it roll easier, and if it's being a pain, roll up the start of the strip and release it a few times - lets it get into the pattern of the roll...

I have NO idea if that made any sense!  Cheesy
Basically, just keep practising, and the centre gets smaller and smaller. I also use fine point / watchmakers tweezers, so I don't have to let go of it in the fiddly beginning stages, which helps to keep it tight.

Hope you managed to get it into a card sweets4ever Cheesy
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Quilled elephant head project on: January 24, 2008 03:16:18 PM
Apologies in advance if this is in the wrong place, or if I'm doing things wrong - this site if huge and I get confuzzled!! Huh Also, apologies for the crappy colour of the photos, but it's late at night and winter in Scotland, it was the best I could do!

Anyway, was trying to make this tonight from a design I made ages ago, so I thought I might as well write it down as I was working, so other peeps can make it. S'not quite right yet, but I hope someone can use it!

Quilled Elephant Head


Grey 3mm wide quilling strips
White 3mm wide quilling strips


PVA glue in a fine nozzle dispenser
Fine point tweezers
Reverse action tweezers
Cuticle scissors
Black pen

Head 3 strips
Chest 6 strips
Ear 4 strips
Trunk 2 thirds of a strip, decreasing lengths from that
Tusk 1 quarter strip, tight rolled, small length of grey to cover base
Jaw 1 sixteenth strip
Eye - 1 sixteenth strip

Roll the head, chest and ear sections and glue as loose coils. The ear should be slightly larger than the head section. Use reverse action tweezers to arrange and glue the coils against one side of the roll (see photos, they help make more sense!), glue on back to hold in place and let dry.

Once dry, carefully shape each part as shown in photo. Glue the tip of the chest to the side of the  head, and the ear on top of the junction between them. The two bottom parts should support the ear.

Roll the trunk pieces into loose coils. Make the smallest two equivalently sized.

Using reverse action tweezers, squash the coils flat, keep flat by clamping between the tweezers, and cover the backs with glue. Let the glue dry thisll hold the coils in this flattened position.

 Take the smallest two pieces and pinch into teardrop shapes. Glue to the end of the trunk.

Glue the trunk pieces together in order of size, angling them in a gentle upward curve. Glue to the lower edge of the point of the head.

Roll the white length into a tight roll. Push into a pointed shape and fill the inside with glue. This will make it strong and solid. Let it dry, and wrap a short length of grey around the top of the tusk, so it sticks out beyond the wide end of the tusk. Coat the inside of this grey extension with glue, and press against the lower side of the head to attach.

Roll a short length of grey into a loose coil, and pinch into a teardrop shape. Glue the wide edge of the teardrop to the underside of the head for the jaw.

Roll a tight white roll, and use a pen to draw on an eye. Slide into the coils of the head and glue in place.

5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Re: New baby = new stamp :D on: January 21, 2008 05:31:42 AM
That is so sweet! Cheesy
So, rubbers are for carving, yes?
Hmmmmmm....I like this plan!
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Xmas Quilling on: January 21, 2008 05:29:59 AM
Ohhhh, I was being talked about, and it was in a NICE way! Thanks! Kiss
I have to admit -  do love my quilling!

And those cards are FAB - they must have taken aaaaaaaages to do...hope your friends appreciated them! Cheesy
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: quilling on: January 21, 2008 05:23:20 AM
Ohhh, that's fabby, love it!!!
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Quilled card (my first quilling!) on: December 21, 2007 06:35:41 AM
Yup - that definitely doesn't look like the work of someone who's never quilled before, it's fab!
Keep going!  Smiley
9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: BRRR! Mommy, my head is chilly! (4 pics) on: October 10, 2007 12:58:11 PM
So cute, both hat and baba...and the LOOK on her face!!! Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Clam and Lobster: Amazing "Surf's Up!" Amigurumi! on: October 10, 2007 12:54:36 PM
I think I'm in lobster-love! Grin Grin Grin
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