- Quilling tool (slotted and/or quilling needle)
- Paper strips
- Clear craft glue (PVA glue)
- Craft knife
- Cicle template
- Cork work board
- Craft mat
- Shallow Dish (for glue)
- Toothpicks (for glueing)
- Tweezers (for holding and positioning pieces)
- Damp cloth (for wiping glue from fingers)
- ...and some patience!
Paper strips come in many different weights and many suggest the ideal paper weight for quilling is between 80 - 100gsm. When choosing paper if it is too light it will not sit well and if it is too heavy it creases rather than coils. The strips of perp are cut from 1.5mm widths to 10mm widths with the standard being around 3mm.
Tear a strip of quilling paper into approximate 10cm pieces. Insert one end of the measured strip into the slot of the quilling tool and while holding it firmly, turn the handle to wind the paper around the tool. Carefully take the coil off the tool.
PVA glue is preferred because it drices clear however, it should still be used sparingly. Pick up a small amount of glue with a toothpick and glue the loose end of the coil. Alternatively you can use a fine tip glue applicator such as a glue pen or glue bottle to achieve a fine slither of glue on your artwork. For glued ends to blend neatly into the coil, it is recommended that you tear off the required lengths instead of cutting them.