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1  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 – this’ll 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.

2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Quilled bats for Halloween on: October 10, 2007 11:21:32 AM
Another topical quilling tutorial!  Cheesy


Body – 1 strip black

Wings – 1 strip black each

Head – 1 half strip black

Ears – small length of black, approx 1 eighth strip

Roll the body first. Roll entire strip, release coil and allow to relax. Glue the end of the strip to the body of the coil to create a loose circle. Gently squeeze the coil at one end to create a rounded ended-teardrop shape.

Roll the 2 strips for the wings up individually. Release coils and allow to relax. Glue the ends of the strips to the bodies of the coils to create two loose circles. Try to make these circles match in size, as this will help to create more symmetrical wings.

Pinch the circles into a teardrop shape.

Pinch off-centre from the opposite side to the point of the teardrop to create an unsymmetrical half-circle, ie the bulge of the circle isn’t in the centre of the half-circle, but off to one side.

Pinch at the height of the bulge in the half circle to create another point.

You should now have a triangle shape, with one long side, and two progressively smaller sides.

Push the shortest of the sides in toward the centre of the shape, so that it curves inwards..

Roll the half strip up, release coils and allow to relax. Hold against the body shape to judge whether it is the right size.

If too small, hold the centre of the coil loosely and unroll a few loops of the coil to loosen. Glue the end of the strip in the position that matches this size.

If it is too large, hold the centre of the coil loosely and gently pull the end of the strip to tighten the coils. Roll the excess length in the same way as before, and glue to body of coil,

Position the longest point of the wings on top of the body, with the inwardly curved section furthest away from the body, and glue in place. Glue the head on top of the wings.

When the glue has dried, fold the small length of black into an ‘M’ shape. Glue the lower tip of the ‘M’ to the centre of the top of the head. When the centre has dried securely, glue the ‘legs’ of the ‘M’ to the side of the head.

Thassit: a bat!! Cheesy

3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Quilled 3D spiders for Halloween on: October 10, 2007 11:19:59 AM
Thought I'd add this, in case anyone is interested!  Smiley
Although it's hard to see in the photo, the bodies are round.

Body - 6 black strips (or 5 black, 1 red if you're wanting to make a red-bummed spider)
Head - 1 black strip (or 1 red strip)
Legs - 1 eight of a black strip per leg

Also needed: a short length of black to cover the seam between the front and back halves of the body.

To make the body, roll 3 black strips into a tight roll, and carefully push into a curved bell shape. Repeat for the other half of the body to make matching halves. Make the tip of one tight roll slightly flatter, as the head will have to be glued to this. Coat the inside of both halves with glue and allow to dry.
If you want to make a spider with a red rear, just roll the first strip of one half in red.
When both halves are dry, dot glue around the edges of the halves, and stick together. Try to line up the seams of the two halves with each other, as this makes them easier to hide with the seam strip.
Once the glue between the two halves is dry, take the short length of black and coat the back lightly with glue. Press it along the seam to cover it.

Legs are made by gluing the last few millimtres of four one eighth length strips on top of each other. Once the strips are glued, fold in half and splay out. Glue the glued ends to the body, attaching to the seam strip.

For the head, roll a tight roll with a strip of black. Mark eyes on it with silver pen. Glue to the flattened half of the body.

There, done!
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