Charmayne's Quilling and Curly Cues
Christmas quilling! Tree ornaments and Santa Claus. Fun seasonal projects that seem new each year when I unpack Christmas decorations. My Angels and stars and snowflakes have their own pages.
Most of the small photos below link to larger ones, just click the photos.
From an vintage quilling kit sold by Artistry in WOOD, Columbia, Illinois. It was complete with instructions, jewels, paper, and center post. The paper had yellowed so I used my own red strips.
This is the Shooting Star. "Out of the World ORNAMENTS. Heavenly bodies to orbit your tree....." Worst part of this ornament is trying to store it undamaged!
This project was inspired by Julie Webb. Many other quillers have used
the 3-D bell shape including Ze A-Quilling Dreams, Neli,
Artmonica-handmade, IS Z, and Gaylaine Boivin but Julie's bells on top
of Marquise quills caught my eye and I adapted her design into my 3 ornaments.
One for my Christmas tree, two for gifts.
My version includes the bell clappers, berries. a hanging loop, finished reverse side, a 3-loop bow, and is narrower. But still it is Julie's design. Thank you, Julie!
|I rather got stuck on snowflakes and stars this year but I did make a gift for my friend, Daggi. She sent me the 2 little clothespin ornaments last year. Next year she will get back my quilled version.|
|A quilled Christmas tree ornament, front and back.|
|This is a small wood Christmas tree-shaped ornament, maybe 5 inches tall at most. It came just full of the holes for the ornaments, presents and garlands. I decided to use scraps of quilling paper to fill in the holes. It has 4 sides. It took awhile! Especially as I filled in all the very tiny holes which comprised the garlands. That was crazy. And it did not look good. My friend, Gail, suggested spirals. Perfect. I cut strips in half lengthwise and rolled them on my needle tool. I glued them on top of the filled-in holes. I had glued in all those 1/2" tiny tight rolls. Worked fine and the tree looks so much better.|
|I found a cute set of tree
ornaments designed by Erin Curet (littlecircles.net). There is a
tutorial link on her web site. The actual tutorial is on Craftsy.
A couple of warnings... It took me far longer than Erin's hour estimate. Experts always work quicker! The other caution I have is to not go by her numbers of strips needed if you are not using her paper. I had a large number of leftover greens from different manufacturers. This caused me no end of problems as I tried to make the trees until I quit trying to use her strip numbers. I used my actual circle sizes.
I love the way they came out. I even made a second set to give away. I also made a tree from crimped paper at Bob's suggestion. After the first couple of top-most layers, I began each circle with un-crimped paper, finishing the outer edges, the part that would show, with the crimped paper. It was far more stable.
|Another caution... Don't dome the circles too much or your trunk will not show when the tree is hanging. I did not want to add another piece of trunk as it then looked way too long. I actually made my trunks a bit differently from Erin's instructions. I have a plug in the top of the trunk as well as the bottom. I did not want my cord to have any kind of chance of coming out. The cord is glued inside the trunk, too, as a further precaution. I made two plugs, glued one into the top of the trunk, threaded the cord through the trunk and inserted the other plug. A bit more fooling around but very secure.|
|This little Santa belt ball ornament took for ever and a day! It is quite small. Lots of little red tight coils to be sure! My base is smaller than a golf ball and is a hard polystyrene craft ball. I colored it with a red Sharpie before I started gluing on the black belt tight coils. The Sharpie rubbed off onto my fingers. Try coloring only half at a time to prevent that problem. This is not my original idea but I don't know who's it is. I saw the photo on-line but without any clue as to the maker. So sorry. I added the eyes and long eyelashes. My string goes all the way through the ball. I just pierced it with a large needle.|
|I am putting quilling on the outside of clear glass ornaments.
First step is to add glitter, actually something finer called Glamour Dust, to the interior of the ornament. It adds opaqueness and shine and, in the case of the green and red balls, a bit of color. Check my snowflake page for how-to's.
I sprayed the outside of one with a sealer so hopefully the quills will stay on. I guess time will tell as to the durability of the others. I did not like the shine it gave the paper and I haven't checked into matte sealer sprays.
|I wanted a silver edge on the quills for my white globe but I didn't have any of the metallic strips available that day. I had read an years-old article, I think by Pat Caputo, which suggested using a permanent marker to edge the strips. I gave this a try and it worked quite well. Not perfectly but pretty good. I used a new package of strips and pinned them on edge to my work surface. Bob has since made me a little jig to use. It is a piece of board with a groove cut into it. It holds the strips very tightly. This controls the bleeding of the Sharpie a little and the pins don't get into the way as I lay down the color. That also helps prevent bleeding. In the right-hand photo directly below, you can see one of my quills made after edging the bundle.|
|Santa and a snowman. There are so many cute little 3d Santas on the
Internet. I just had to try, too.
The tree is just a little plastic tree I had intended for a future snowglobe project with the grandchildren. I put it into a tight closed coil base.
|The Snowman's scarf is a crimped piece of my re-purposed Berenstain Bears story book. I tried to cut circular but jagged buttons for his eyes and buttons to look like coal. We decided he did not need arms.|
|Santa Claus! I am so happy with him! I probably spent a week working on him but he was worth it. Notice I have him standing flat on his left foot and tipped onto his right toe. I like to have my 3D creatures look like they could be in motion any second. The balance is harder to get right. I pushed his legs around until he stood up and then held him until the glue was dry.|
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