Alternatives for the Border Buddy – Making Open Quilled Shapes

Alternatives for the Border Buddy – Making Open Quilled Shapes

One of my new favorite tools is the Border Buddy (click here for some beginners tips on how to use it).  Mostly I use it for creating paper quilled jewelry, but soon I’ll be experimenting with more designs to use it for.

Don’t have a border buddy?  Don’t despair!  The basic premise of a border buddy is to wrap your paper around a particular shape to create what I usually refer to as an open roll/open shape.  You can use any object for this, not just the border buddy!

The first thing to do is look around your home for what you can use.  Obviously it’s easiest to try to find round objects.  Pens, markers, glue pens, bottles, small jars, and cups are just a few of the types of objects that I’ve used for making open circles.  They work perfectly well!  The only difficulty comes when I forget what object I used for a particular project and then have trouble replicating it.  Usually I write down what I used and keep it around my desk and use it often.

Some alternatives to using the border buddy for paper quilling  - Honey's Quilling

 

What about squares and triangles?  These are admittedly a bit harder to find around the house.  You can find some pens/markers that have triangular barrels that would work.  You can use small boxes for squares and rectangles. Check your kitchen to see what sorts of different shapes you can find!

If you can’t find the triangles and squares that you need, you can also make your own.  It’ll take a bit of time to get it just right, but it’s definitely possible!  Triangles are easier to make sturdy than squares.  Simply cut out three rectangles of equal size (the length of the rectangle being how long you want each side of the triangle to be) and tape them together in a triangle prism shape.  Or just use one longer rectangle and fold it into thirds, bend into a triangle, and tape securely.  Before I tried this idea myself I saw it some time ago on Erin Curet’s facebook page for her  Little Circles Paper Quilling.  Click here to see the original photo.

Some alternatives to using the border buddy for paper quilling  - Honey's Quilling

 

When you make a square it is too easy for it to squish flat, so you need to tape an extra strip of cardboard across one end as shown here:

Some alternatives to using the border buddy for paper quilling  - Honey's Quilling

 

Speaking of Erin, she also has an excellent idea for making your own stacked circle quilling form (her term for something to wrap the paper around to make an open shape).  She originally posted the tutorial on her blog some time ago and now also has a youtube video to show how to make them.  Basically you use wide paper to roll large tight rolls of various sizes.  Glue those rolls onto each other like a tower, and use each layer just like you would the border buddy.  Genius!  You can make them as large or small as you want, which is great!  Not only does Erin show you how to make one, but she sells a kit in her etsy shop with all of the paper and the tool necessary to make it.  How convenient!  I haven’t made a complete form, but I have made a couple layers in some sizes that I use often for my jewelry.  I found that it was handy to keep them separate instead of gluing together in a form so I could put them into my travel quilling box.

Besides creating your own forms and using what’s around the house, there are other types and brands of forms and mandrels that you can purchase that work perfectly.

Firstly, it’s back to Little Circles – in her etsy shop she sometimes has gorgeous handmade wooden forms for sale.  You can see them in the above link for the kit.  As I write this post the only ones available are the needle style, not the stacked ones.  But when they are all available they are here in her tools section.  These are something I definitely want in my collection in the future, I love that they are handmade and made of gorgeous wood!  She has both the stacked forms in wood, as well as a set of wooden ‘needle’ tools in different widths.  Both look awesome!

Here is a picture of the needle form tools  in Erin’s shop:

Some alternatives to using the border buddy for paper quilling  - Honey's Quilling

 

After using the border buddy for awhile I noticed that there were similar looking sets being sold by a lot of quillers in India.  They call it the border buddy as well, though of course it is not sold by Quilled Creations.  You can find these from many of the shops in India that selling quilling supplies (see shops around the world on this page) such as Anandha Stationary.

After I saw that the there were other variants of the border buddy floating around (different colors, but looked otherwise the same) I also found the same tool being sold by a wire jewelry supplies company.  It is used for wrapping wire around to get the same shapes.  The brand and color is different, but the tool is exactly the same (except that it comes with a fourth shape, the oval).  I actually have a few of these for sale in my shop (limited supply, won’t be restocked) and I have one myself. As far as I can tell the quality is equal to the border buddy, it’s just a different color.


So I’m not really sure whether this border buddy tool was originally designed for quilling and then it was also picked up by wire jewelry makers or if it is the other way around.  Honestly my guess is that it was used for wire wrapping first as that has an extra shape for the tool which wouldn’t be quite as useful for quilling (since a circle can be shaped into an oval) and I see the beadsmith mandrel is available on many beading/jewelry making supplies websites.  I suppose it doesn’t really matter, but it is an interesting question!

 

Whether you decide to use objects around the house, make your own forms, purchase one of the similar tools, or the original Quilled Creations border buddy (available here on Amazon and here on Custom Quilling) you will have lots of fun making various open shapes for quilling.  Stay tuned for some new tutorials in the coming month using the border buddy!

What do you like to use for making open shapes?

 

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Paper Quilled Turtle Tutorial – 3D Quilling – Pendant or Magnet

Paper Quilled Turtle Tutorial – 3D Quilling – Pendant or Magnet

Today I am sharing with you one of my favorite quilling pieces – an adorable 3D turtle!  This works as a great pendant, but can be used for any other use as well.  It would make a great fridge magnet!

If you need to start with beginning quilling instructions, click here!

Paper Quilled Turtle Tutorial

Supplies needed:

(I used paper that is 1/8″ (3mm) wide, but you can use other widths if you prefer)

8 strips of green paper 24” long

6 strips of green  paper 6” long

1 strips of green paper 3” long

2 strips of green paper 12” long

slotted quilling tool (find it here in my shop or here in the US)

glue (I use PPA which can be found here in my shop or here in the USclick here to learn about PPA and other glues for quilling)

needle tool (optional) (find it here in my shop or here in the US)

 Instructions:

The instructions will show and describe how to make one turtle. Make as many as you need for your crafts and/or jewelry.  Feel free to exchange the colors for the colors of your choice!

  • Glue four 24” strips of green paper end to end so you have a piece that is 96” long.  Repeat with the other four 24” strips.  These will be used for the top and bottom of the turtle shells.

Paper Quilling 3D Turtle Pattern - Fee tutorial from Honey's Quilling - turtle jewelry

 

  •  Roll each 96” long strip into a circle.  Carefully remove it from the tool as shown, and glue it closed.  Do not let it expand! To get the roll off of the tool without the middle sticking to the tool and coming undone, make sure to have your thumbnail touching the barrel of the tool right under the roll.  When you remove it, the middle of the roll will be forced off of the tool by your thumbnail and therefore come off more easily.

Paper Quilling 3D Turtle Pattern - Fee tutorial from Honey's Quilling - turtle jewelry

  •  If you wish your turtle to have a round shell, leave the two circles as they are.  If you want it to have a more oval shaped shell, then shape it into an oval as shown.  The roll is pretty tight, so it’s not easy to get it into an oval shape, you have to press hard.  But you have to be careful so you don’t squish it or make it unravel.  Make sure your two scrolls are the same shape.

Make your own paper quilled 3D turtle pendant with this free tutorial from Honey's Quilling

  • One of the rolls  you will leave flat for the bottom of the shell.  The other you need to shape into a mound for the top of the shell.  Use your thumb/finger to push gently on the roll, shaping it into a mound as shown.  It can be shallow or deep, as you want.

Make your own paper quilled 3D turtle pendant with this free tutorial from Honey's Quilling

 

  •  To make sure that the pieces of the shell do not collapse or get misshapen, coat them with a layer of glue or sealant.  Here I am using PPA (Perfect Paper Adhesive), which works as both a glue and a sealant/topcoat.

Make your own paper quilled 3D turtle pendant with this free tutorial from Honey's Quilling

 

  • Roll the rest of the pieces for the body.  Roll a 12” length into a tight roll for the head.  Roll four 6” strips for the legs.  Let them expand just slightly, then glue them shut and shape them into squares for the legs.  Roll the 3” strip and let it expand a bit and shape it into a skinny triangle for the tail.

DIY paper quilled miniature turtle pendant - a free tutorial by Honey's Quilling

 

  • To make extra sure that your shell does not collapse, it is a good idea to put a support roll inside.  Depending on how deep you made your shell you’ll need 1 or 2 scrolls inside the shell.  For this turtle I used two 6” lengths.  I let the rolls expand just slightly and then glued them both into the top shell, one on top of the other as shown below.

DIY paper quilled miniature turtle pendant - a free tutorial by Honey's Quilling

  • Next it’s time to glue the top of the shell to the bottom.  Add a strip of glue around the edge of the base.  It is okay if the glue/sealant has not dried all the way yet.  Place the top shell onto the bottom and press closed, making sure it is even all the way around.

Paper Quilling Tutorial for 3D miniature turtle pendant from Honey's Quil

 

  • Glue the head, legs, and tail on.  Now you need to let it dry completely before going to the next step, preferably for an hour or two just to make sure the limbs don’t fall off while you are adding the border.  If you do not want to add the border as shown in the next step, then you are finished!

Cute turtle pendant made from paper quilling - free tutorial from Honey's Quillin

 

  • This step is optional.  It is highly recommended if you are going to use your turtle as jewelry or magnets as it will make it much more sturdy.  First, put dots of glue all the way around base of the body, head, legs, and tail.  Take the remaining 12” strip of paper and start gluing it around the base, wrapping around the head and limbs as you go.  The easiest way to do this is to use a pointed tool, such as a quilling needle tool (though you can also use a toothpick) to make sure it is wrapping tightly around the limbs.  Press the tool into all the corners where the limbs meet the body, getting it nice and snug.  You won’t need the entire length of paper.  When you have gone around once rip or cut the paper and glue the end down.

Paper Quilled 3D MIniature Turtle Pattern - Fee tutorial from Honey's Quilling - turtle jewelry

 

  • Your turtle is now finished and should look something like this!  It is not completely dry yet in these photos.  Once it is dry you will not see the glue spots of course.

Paper Quilled 3D MIniature Turtle Pattern - Fee tutorial from Honey's Quilling - turtle jewelry

 

  • At this point you can be finished, or you can continue on to add sealant to your turtle to make it water resistant.  If you are using it as a card decoration, inside a closed frame, or something similar you do not need to add sealant  If you are using it as a toy, a magnet, jewelry, or accessories, then you might want to add the sealant.  It will protect it just in case it gets wet and will also make it more sturdy so it won’t get squashed.  Click here to read several detailed posts about adding sealant to your paper quilled projects.

Paper Quilled 3D MIniature Turtle Pattern - Fee tutorial from Honey's Quilling - turtle jewelry

 

  • Feel free to experiment!  For a larger turtle use more strips for the shell and longer strips for the legs/head/tail.  You can use multiple colors for a circular striped shell.  Here is a multi colored blue turtle that I made as a custom order

Paper Quilled 3D MIniature Turtle Pattern - Fee tutorial from Honey's Quilling - turtle jewelry

 

 

Paper Quilled 3D MIniature Turtle Pattern - Fee tutorial from Honey's Quilling - turtle jewelry

 

This turtle tutorial is also part of a multi-pattern tutorial that I have for sale in my Etsy shop and in my Honey’s Quilling Shop.  It is available as a digital download in both places.  In addition to the turtle tutorial you get the popular dolphin, seahorse, and elephant patterns, not available anywhere else!

paper quilled jewelry animals

 

 

If you’re dying to have your own turtle pendant, but you don’t have time to make your own, I also have the finished pendant available for sale in my Etsy shop here.  You can custom order it in any color combo you wish!

Paper Quilled 3D MIniature Turtle Pattern - Fee tutorial from Honey's Quilling - turtle jewelry

 

 

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Make Your Own Circle Sizing Guide for Paper Quilling

Make Your Own Circle Sizing Guide for Paper Quilling

One of the very handy tools for paper quilling is a circle sizing guide or template.  With this you can make sure that each of your loose circles is the same size, making your designs more symmetrical, even, and pleasing to the eye (of course sometimes you don’t want everything to look perfect and that can be great too!)

If you are just starting out with quilling you might not have a circle template yet.  If you don’t want to wait until you get to purchase one, don’t fret, you can make your own with a few simple supplies! This is actually how I made my first circle sizing template, which I used for more than 5 years when I was a child before buying one of my own once I was in college and had a little income!

What you need:

  • A board – either a thick styrofoam board or a corkboard
  • round items of various sizes – buttons and coins work great
  • stick pins
  • a felt tip pen

Directions:

Choose your round objects as per the size of circles you want to use.  Here I am using two sizes of buttons and three Malaysian coins of various sizes.  You may want to make a row of each size, but you only need one object as you can repeatedly trace it.  Use your felt tip pen to trace each circle. Make your own circle sizing guide or template for paper quilling with this free tutorial from Honey's Quilling

Repeat by tracing each object as many times as you would like.  For this tutorial I only did each one once.  When finished, remove your circle objects, you are finished with them!

Make your own circle sizing guide or template for paper quilling with this free tutorial from Honey's Quilling

Now use your straight pins and place four around each of your circles – top, bottom, left, and right.

Make your own circle sizing guide or template for paper quilling with this free tutorial from Honey's Quilling

That’s it, your board is ready to use!  Use longer strips of paper for the larger circles, and shorter for the smaller.

Make your own circle sizing guide or template for paper quilling with this free tutorial from Honey's Quilling

 

Tips for Success:

  • The more dense your board is, the more sturdy your final product will be.  Here I used a semi-dense piece of styrofoam board from some packing material.  It is 1.8cm thick (almost 3/4″) which is pretty thick.  But it won’t last forever.  If you are just using it as a temporary tool that is fine.  But if you want it more permanent, find a thick corkboard as it will last longer.
  • It is more tricky to remove your coils from this board because of the heads of the pins.  To make it easier you can glue a circle together while it is on the template.  When dry, remove one or two pins to easily  remove the coil, then simply replace the pins.
  • To make sure your circles are all the same size, make sure you place your pins in the same positions on each of the circles of the same size.  For example, always put your pin IN the pen mark, or always put it outside or inside, whichever is your preference.  I found it easiest to place the pins exactly in the outline that I drew.  If you place your pins in the outline on one, and outside the outline on another, then your circles won’t be the same size.

 

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Make your own circle sizing guide or template for paper quilling with this free tutorial from Honey's Quilling

Make Your Own Paper Quilled Daisy Earrings

Make Your Own Paper Quilled Daisy Earrings

daisy orange

This tutorial will show you how to make your own paper quilled daisy earrings.  These daisy flowers are one of the basic quilling shapes, so they are great for a beginner to make!  This tutorial was first published on Red Ted Art, but I wanted to post it here as well with some additional guidance.  Be sure to check out the Red Ted Art site, it has SO many awesome craft ideas!

These daisies can also be used as decoration for greeting cards, frames, magnets, and even put onto hairclips!  This tutorial includes basic quilling instructions as well!

Supplies You Need (for one daisy):

If you don’t have a quilling tool but you still want to try this out, just use a toothpick!  When I started quilling when I was 10 years old I used a toothpick as I didn’t have a tool until a year or so later.  It’s a little harder to start rolling, but after a few tries you’ll get the hang of it.  You just have to use your thumb to tuck in the end of the strip to start rolling.

Before I had a proper sizing template I made my own.  Use a piece of thick styrofoam and draw the circles on in whatever sizes you want.  Put four pins around each circle and you have your template!  put a scroll inside the four pins and it’ll expand to the size of the circle you have drawn.   If you really enjoy paper quilling you’ll want to invest in a proper sizing template (see one here in my shop or here in the US).  They are really great and it’s so easy to use.  Plus they last forever!  I’ve been using mine for more than 10 years.

You can use any paper or craft glue for paper quilling.  It’s a personal preference what kind you like to use.  I used to just squeeze some out of a bottle and use a toothpick to apply it, but now I prefer to use a fine tip bottle so there is no waste!  My very favorite glue of all is PPA (Perfect Paper Adhesive) which I found this year (can be found here in my shop or here in the US).  Now it’s almost the only glue I use!  Well, in this tutorial I was using elmer’s craft glue, which is great as well (find it here in my shop or here in the US).  I use it when I’m traveling because the bottle is so handy and small.  All the glues, adhesives, and sealants I use can be found here in my store.

I really prefer to pin these daisies while they dry so they are even and don’t get bumped out of place.  If you don’t have a corkboard, just use a piece of styrofoam with pins, or a couple layers of corrugated cardboard with plastic or wax paper on top and pins.  Like my sizing template I’ve been using my corkboard for over 10  years and it’s still in perfect shape!  I just change the plastic covering every couple years or so to keep it fresh.  If you do paper quilling often it’s definitely a worthy item to buy!

One of the sealants I use is PPA (Perfect Paper Adhesive).  Not only is it the perfect glue, it’s an awesome sealant!!  I just use a tiny paintbrush to apply it to one side.  Let it dry and apply it to the other side.  Easy peasy and your paper quilling is water resistant!

If you try this tutorial out, let me know!  Have any questions, ask away!

You can also make these into adorable hairclips! Click here to find out how.

paper quilled hairclip

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DIY paper quilled daisy pattern - Free tutorial from Honey's Quilling

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Free Tutorial for Paper Quilled Circle Earrings

Free Tutorial for Paper Quilled Circle Earrings

Make your own cute paper quilled circle earrings!

This earring design can be customized in any size or color combo to match any outfit!  Here are the instructions:

Supplies (for a pair of earrings):

2 strips of pink paper 3” long

2 strips of pink paper 12” long

2 strips of brown paper 24” long

slotted quilling tool (here in my shop or here in the US)

glue (here in my shop and here in the US)

needle tool (optional) (here in my shop and here in the US)

The instructions will show and describe how to make two earrings.  If you want to make just a pendant, make only one circle.  If you want to make a pendant and earrings set, make three circles.

  1. Glue each 12” strip to each 24” strip to make one long strip.
  2. To make a solid roll, roll each strip on the slotted quilling tool (you can also use a needle tool if you prefer).  Do not let the roll expand at all.  Carefully slide it off of the tool.  I find it easiest to hold my thumbnail at the base of the roll right next to the tool, as shown in the left hand photo below and then slide it off.  This ensures that the roll doesn’t come undone while taking it off of the tool.  Once the roll is off of the tool, put a small bit of glue at the end and glue it shut.  Hold it for a few seconds to allow it to dry so it does not expand once you set it down.
  3. If you have used a slotted tool to make your rolls, you will notice that the inside of each roll has a small line across it, (see left photo below).  This is the part of the paper that was inside the slot of the slotted tool.  If you prefer to have a round hole in the middle of your roll instead of the line, you have two choices.  Your first choice is to use a needle tool to roll your pieces instead of the slotted tool.  Your second choice is shown in the photos below.  After your solid roll is glued and dried use your needle tool to poke into the middle of your roll.  Push the small line of paper to one side so that it cannot be seen.  Now your roll will have a nice round hole as seen in the right hand photo here. 
  4. Roll the two 3” strips as well as the 36” strips.  All rolled pieces are seen in the left hand photo below.  Now it’s time to glue the small pieces to the larger.  The smaller pieces are where you will attach your jumprings to join with the earwires.  Use a little more glue than you usually would, as you want this to be a spot with a strong bond.
  5. There are multiple ways to make the top part of the earrings.  The left photo below shows that you can put the top piece on horizontally or vertically.  The right hand photo shows that you can add more smaller rolls to each side of the larger roll.  This creates a nice design and is also more sturdy than just using one roll on top.  The size of the side top rolls are 1 ½” long strips of paper.
  6. Once the pieces are dry you may use a sealant or topcoat to make them sturdy and water resistant.  Click HERE to see a collection of posts and tutorials on how to add sealant to your paper quilled jewelry!  If you are looking to purchase some sealant, you can find sealants here in my shophere on Amazon, here at Scrapbook.com or here at Blue Moon Scrapbooking)
  7. If you would like to make post earrings, just make the main solid roll and do not make the extra little one (or ones).  See the photo below for an example of post earrings and a pendant made with this design:

DIY paper quilled circle earrings - Honey's Quilling

 

 

Here’s another cute variation idea – make two small circles for each earring!

DIY paper quilled circle earrings - Honey's Quilling

Another idea:  make simple circles and glue them to earring posts for simple post earrings!DIY paper quilled circle earrings - Honey's Quilling

 

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