Make a Basic Teardrop Coil
Learn to make a basic quilled shape - the rolled paper teardrop coil with quilling expert Ann Martin from AllThingsPaper.net. Put your new skill to the test by making her Quilled Asymmetric Heart Necklace.
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Choose from two types of quilling tools - a slotted tool or a needle tool. The tool pictured here is the slotted type. It is very easy to use because the slot grips the end of a paper strip, which makes rolling a breeze. The only drawback is that the coil will have a tiny crimp in the center.
Tip: The most common quilling strip width is 1/8 inch (3mm). You can cut practice strips from a sheet of computer paper as it is similar in weight to quilling paper.
While a needle tool takes a bit more practice, the coil it produces will be perfectly round with no center crimp. You can use any stiff wire, corsage pin, or even a cake tester from your kitchen drawer as a substitute needle tool. Roll the strip smoothly around the needle with the thumb and index finger of whichever hand feels most comfortable. Apply even finger pressure on the strip while you hold the tool handle steady with the other hand. Tip: Be sure to roll the paper, not the tool.