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Quilling Tools & Supplies - Everything you need to start quilling
The art of paper quilling or paper filigree
I have to admit I have been developing a new passion... And it's a passion for quilling. I wasn't all that well familiar with this craft and if you would ask me about it a few years ago I probably wouldn't even know what it is all about. But now it is really growing on me and I enjoy it more and more. I was a bit lost at first as it does take patience and I was lacking some of the most important quilling tools which would make my job a lot easier but tools or not it was and still is fun.
It's a technique where there virtually are no limits, you can let your imagination run wild and make creations that will take breaths away. It is something that relaxes me, it is something that is reserved just for me. I am still not as good as I would want to be and still need to master some of the techniques but I am getting there.
Original Photo Credit: Ipshita B via Flickr CC BY 2.0
Quilling Starter Kit - All you need to begin your quilling yourney
When I started out quilling I didn't even thought to search for a starter set and looking back I guess if I would get one it would save me time and money (and nerves).
This kit includes slotted tool, needle tool, tweezers, sizer ruler, a pack of quilling paper and glue as well as instructions on how to use the tools and how to quill.
Quilling Tools - The Basics
Needle Quilling Tool
The most basic tool you will use to make your projects. It's needle thin pin will make it easy to make small centres in your rolls. If you are working on cork (or similar) surface you could use sewing needle as needle tool although something with a handle will make quilling a lot easier (and precise).
Slotted Quilling Tool
Slotted tool is super useful for making tight rolls.
The most important tool of them all. I can't imagine how you could glue together or assemble the little rolls to look as you want them to be without the help of tweezers. The regular ones are OK for beginner projects but if you want to do something detailed thin ones are a must.
A set of matching needle and slotted tools. I am a huge fan of purple so I do love this duo a lot. Rubber handle makes them easy on the hands.
These super thin tweezers will keep every piece of paper where you want it to be.
Where to buy quilling paper? Basic Quilling Supplies
This was one of the first questions on my mind
Our local craft store didn't have any so I did have to order it online. But, since I am more of a now person and when I get an idea I want to make it hapen asap I decided to take things into my own hands. I bought a pack of colorful paper at the craft store and with my crafting knife started cutting long strips of paper, trying my best to make them as even as possible. I was sucessful to some extent and if you are only making a small quilling project this can work but if you wan't to be a "ful time quill-er" I would advise against this technique.
I am using pre-cut quilling paper now, it's easy to use, comes in all kinds of colors and isn't that expensive. But lately I started considering paper shredder/cutter which would make me my own quilling paper out of anything.
Quilling Paper - Pre-cut or cutting machine
How to make quilling paper? Easily with paper shredder. Wan't it pre-cut? You can get it in many colors.
I love these as they come in an assortment of matching colors (you can get them in pretty much any color your heart desires).
This mini hand shredder will make strips the same size as the ones you can buy (the regular size). I think this will be saving me some money in the long run.
The Mother of Template Boards - Quilling made easy
Using a circle template will make sure your shapes are even
If you have a small kid there's a good chance he or she has a ruler with shapes (template ruler) and there's a good chance there are more than one circle shapes on that ruler. If this is the case you can lend their ruler for your quilling project. 99.9% of all shapes used in quilling techniques are in their essence circles.
If you don't have anything you could use as a template and you are thinking about buying something this one is worth looking.
It has a huge working area, lots of circle sizes and what I like the most the templates are mounted on a self healing cork surface which is perfect for pinning pins and will make your quilling even easier.
Pins will help you move the centre of your circle and will allow for even more cool shapes.