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Tight Coil Heart Tutorial

Tight Coil Heart Tutorial

Tight Coil Heart Tutorial

To roll tight coils, it’s easiest to use a slotted quilling tool. These are inexpensive and available at many craft stores, as are packages of multicolored quilling paper. You can also cut your own strips from any paper you have on hand using a metal ruler and cutting blade or a paper trimmer. Quilling paper is generally a bit heavier than typical copy paper, but using it to make tight coils would be fine.

To make a tight coil: 

Slide one end of a strip just far enough into the slot so that it doesn’t extend beyond the end. Rotate the tool with one hand while guiding the strip with the other.

When the end of the strip is reached, apply a dot of glue to hold it in place. A little tip… before beginning to roll, tear the far end of the strip. A torn end will blend better than a sharp cut so your coil will appear perfectly round. I find that a straight pin or paper piercing tool works well to apply glue when I’m making coils. There are also fine-tipped, refillable glue bottles that many quillers like to use.

Add a silvery glint by gluing a metallic-edged quilling strip around each tight coil. The heart frame also has some metallic strips mixed in with colored strips.

Completely assemble the heart on a non-stick surface and then place it on a journal, card, or mat board after spreading a thin layer of glue on the back.