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Quilled Yin-Yang Symbol

Posted July 19, 2013 By lady rain
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Yin-Yang SymbolThe Chinese Yin-Yang represents two complementary energies. Early Chinese scholars used the Yin-Yang concept to understand how things work in the universe. The Yin-Yang symbol still exist today. Its concept is used as a representation of the state of balance in many disciplines like health, medicine and feng shui.

Here’s how to make a Yin-Yang symbol for paper quilling projects.

Join two black strips of quilling paper to make a long strip. At one end of the black quilling paper, join a short white strip of quilling paper about 3cm in length. Repeat the same with two strips of white quilling paper and a short strip of black paper.

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Take one of the quilling paper and insert the end with the small strip into a quilling tool. Turn the quilling tool to make a closed coil about 1.5cm in diameter. Apply a little glue to the end of the strip to hold the quilled shape.

Repeat with the other strip of paper until you have made two coils. Each coil should have a small round contrast colour in the centre. These round centres represent the seeds of the Yin and Yang.

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Pinch each coil to form two teardrop coils.

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Bend the pointed end of each coil so that it is slightly curved. Fit the two quilled pieces together to form the Yin-Yang symbol.

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Apply a little glue to hold the Yin and the Yang. Take a strip of black quilling paper and wrap around the two quilled shapes.  Apply glue to finish off.

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How To Store Quilling Paper

Posted July 15, 2013 By lady rain
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When working with quilling paper shapes and designs, things can get a little overwhelming when strips of quilling paper get mixed up and end up in a tangled mess. Quilling paper strips can easily get creased or torn if they are not kept and stored properly. Keeping strips of quilling paper organised is easy, and it saves a lot of wastage and frustration when you need to concentrate on your paper quilling designs.

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Clear plastic bags are great for storing quilling paper. Sort out the quilling paper by their colours and sizes. Use one plastic bag for each colour and size of the quilling paper.

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Small paper clips and magnetic clips have 101 uses. These paper clips are ideal for holding small bundles of quilling paper while you are working on a paper quilling project.

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The paper clips keep the quilling paper strips straight and free from tangles.

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Magnetic paper clips with quilling papers stay organised on a magnetic board.

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How To Make Quilled Butterflies

Posted July 8, 2013 By lady rain
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This craft tutorial teaches you how to make these beautiful paper quilling designs. With strips of quilling paper, make a couple of white teardrop coils. Instructions for making basic quilling coils are in Paper Quilling Shapes tutorial. Then, follow the instructions in the Quilling With A Comb tutorial and make two looped coils with a comb.

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Glue a white teardrop coil in the centre of the looped coil and wrap the coils with another strip of quilling paper (black) to hold the shape.

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Make a couple of teardrop coils (purple and black) for the lower wings and a bigger teardrop (white) coil for the thorax of the butterfly.

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Assemble all the coils together to form the butterfly and glue the parts together.  Attach a small strip of paper (folded in half) for the feelers.

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Paper Quilling Shapes

Posted July 4, 2013 By lady rain
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How to make a paper quilled coil

Take a strip of quilling paper and insert one end into the slit of a slotted quilling tool.

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Start turning the quilling tool and the quilling paper will wrap around the tool to form a coil.

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Keep turning the quilling tool until it reaches the other end of the quilling paper. Carefully remove the coil from the tool and let it unwind a little to make a loose coil.

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Apply a little glue to the free end of the paper and stick it to the coil.

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Use quilling papers with various colours to make coils of different shapes and sizes. The following quilled shapes can be made by pressing and pinching the round coils with your fingers.

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Paper Quilling With A Comb

Posted July 3, 2013 By lady rain
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The materials required in this paper quilling tutorial are strips of quilling paper, a comb and some glue. The comb can be any of these items: a quilling comb, afro comb, an onion holder or a normal comb. I am using a baby comb in this tutorial!

Start somewhere in the middle of the comb. Insert a quilling paper around a prong like this.

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Wrap the strip of quilling paper around a prong on the left of the middle prong.

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Bend the quilling paper under the comb and wrap the next prong on the right of the middle prong.

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Bend the paper under and back to the left side of the comb and wrap the prong next to the previous loop on the left.

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Continue wrapping the prongs until the whole strip of paper is twirled around the comb.

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When finished looping, apply a little glue to the end of the paper strip and stick it to the coil. Trim off the excess paper if necessary.

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Remove the looped paper from the comb but hold the paper firmly so that the loops do not unwind or become loose. Use a pair of craft pliers to hold the paper if it is too delicate to handle with your fingers.

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Gently bend the looped paper so that the leftmost loop touches the rightmost loop. All the small loops will be enclosed on the inside of the coil.

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Get hold of another strip of quilling paper and wrap it around the coil following its shape. Finish wrapping the coil by applying a little glue to the end of the paper strip and trim off the excess paper.

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This is how the quilled coil should look like. It has an oval shape with little loops inside the coil.

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After making the loops on the comb, the paper can also be bent the other way to make a coil with a different design on the inside.

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Wrap a strip of quilling paper around the coil following its shape. Apply some glue to the end of the paper strip and trim off excess paper.

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