Crafts: Filigree (quilling)
Today something new on my blog, filigree (also called quilling). Well, new ;-). Maybe you remember the technology from the past? When I was young I made many small crafts using filigree. The other day... aliexpress I was browsing and came across this again. I just wanted to try it again so I bought some paper and a starter set. In this article I show my first works :-).
Supplies for filigree
You actually don't need that much:
– First, a sheet of paper on which you will work. I printed the pattern very lightly with the printer.
– Strips of paper in various colours.
– A pen to roll up the strips of paper.
– Pliers to hold everything properly.
– Possibly a plate with shapes.
– Pins that you can insert into the sign.
- Pair of scissors
The pen, pliers, pins and board were in my starter set for about €4 at Aliexpress (search for quilling). You can also buy the paper strips on the site. Be sure to look for the lowest price, the strips are available from several suppliers, but the prices vary greatly.
How does filigree work?
1. If you have a sheet of paper, very lightly print the pattern you want to use on it. I chose my name and a butterfly. I searched on Google and only used images with only a thin outer border, without filling. It's not nice if you see the pattern later. Of course you can also work without a pattern.
2. To get various shapes, roll a strip of paper around the pen.
3. If you remove the strip you will get a spiral of paper. You can use this to make different shapes. I'm not that good yet, but you can find many examples on the internet of what is possible. For example, look at this YouTube video about filigree.
4. Once you have made a shape, stick it on paper. I still find that a bit difficult. I often use way too much glue. And that's not nice. So try to be careful with glue.
5. Continue slowly making more shapes to fill up your pattern.
I have now completed two works. The first one I made was a pattern with my name. I found it very difficult to make the letters neatly straight and tight. As you can see, it didn't work out very well.
Here you can see everything in detail.
My latest creation is a butterfly. As you may see, this one has turned out much better. Yet here too I used too much glue.
Do you remember technology from the past?
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