May 15 2009
Coils are the building blocks of most quilling patterns. They can be made in all shapes and sizes, but the one thing all coils have in common is that after the strip is rolled, the loose end of the paper is glued to itself.
Tight Coil: Using your quilling tool of choice, roll your strip of paper tightly, being sure to keep the paper aligned as you roll. Place a small dab of glue at the end of the strip, glue to the roll, and hold until set. Remove the tool.
Loose Coil: Roll a strip into a tight coil. Remove the tool and allow the roll to uncoil. Glue the loose end of the paper to the coil.
Teardrop: Make a loose coil. Hold the coil between the index fingers and thumbs of both hands. Using one hand, pinch your finger and thumb together catching the paper and forming a point. Leave the other end rounded.
Marquise: Make a loose coil. Hold the coil between the index fingers and thumbs of both hands. Instead of pinching the paper with one hand to form the teardrop, pinch the paper with both hands at the same time, leaving the center of the coil round.
Pressed Heart: Make a loose coil and pinch it into a teardrop. With your fingernail or toothpick, indent the center of the round end to form a heart shape.
Next time, I’ll show you how to make the basic quilling scrolls.