Charmayne's Quilling and Curly Cues

Snowflakes

Snowflakes are very fun, relatively fast projects. And the possibilities are, of course, endless as we all know there are no two alike.  As usual, there are larger photos under most of the small ones.

 

     
2016 Snowflakes    
The giant snowflake project started with a picture and tutorial I saw quite a few years ago. Click here to see my full project photos and some instructions and tips.
There is a link to the original inspiration website, too, on the page that opens for my project.

Giant quilled snowflakes  
quilled snowflake with red rhinestones Snowflakes always look so intricate but you can look closely at them and break them down into the basic quilling shapes. This one has the addition of little rhinestones. The center was made with the same white paper, first edged with a red permanent marker.  
Quilled polka dotted snowflake
This snowflake is made with polka dotted paper from Karen Marie Klip.
polka dotted paper snowflake
The paper is white with red dots on both sides of the strips.
Polka dot paoer quilled snowflake
Paper width is 3mm or similar to our 1/8" wide.

Fanoe snowflakes

I made 5 more snowflakes in June of 2016 while we were in Europe. You can take your quilling along on trips as it can be such a portable hobby, requiring only a few supplies and space in the suitcase.
cream and blue quilled snowflake ecru and red quilled snowflake
cream and blue quilled snowflake cream and lavander quilled snowflake cream quilled snowflake

The first few I made in 2016 used 1/8" strips, cream or ivory in color. Most have at least one other color for accent and some have pearls and jewels glue on. I try to think of how they will look on a Christmas tree or on display some way or another. Therefore many are "finished" on the back, too. I check for excess glue, cover the middle with a narrow strip coil or another jewel. I want the back to look as nice as the front.
quilled snowflake in the making A snowflake in the making. It takes a lot of pins!
Click the photo, bring up the larger picture and to the left you will see a stack of small tight rolls secured with a pin, ready to glue into place.
asymmetric quilled snowflake asymmetric quilled snowflake  
quilled snowflake cream quilled snowflake gold and cream quilled snowflake
green and cream quilled snowflake
front
green and cream quilled snowflake
back
green and cream quilled snowflake
side view
cream, red, purple quilled snowflake cream and purple quilled snowflake
front
cream and purple quilled snowflake
back
     
2015 Snowflakes    
In 2015, I made any number of snowflakes. To me, they are what quilling is all about. Tight coils, open quills, shaped loose coils. Delicate and precise with great attention to details. Beautiful and dainty yet sturdy and useful. I know there are quillers who have "progressed" beyond snowflakes. I read a quilling book review just recently where that was mentioned. I love snowflakes, find they make wonderful Christmas gifts, and hope I never stop making them. Here are some of mine. red snowflake red and white
quilled snowflake in red and white I made several white and red snowflakes while on Jury Duty. It could have been pretty boring during the waiting times. Reading and quilling made those times pass very quickly. quilled snowflake in white with red accents
snowflake on glass ornament I made several ornaments with snowflakes on the outside of the glass ornament. Each is double sided and the snowflakes are all different, side to side and different from ornament to ornament.

snowflake on glass ornament
snowflake on glass ornament snowflake on glass ornament side view:  snowflake on glass ornament
I did not want the snowflake from the reverse side to show through. Here is what I came up with... I diluted standard white glue with water and added a drop or two of liquid food coloring. I poured some into the ornament, swished it around to completely coat the inside and then poured in glamour dust. Glitter was too coarse. This all has to happen very fast. My coating did not come out perfect. It is hard to judge exactly how much glue will coat the inside and not puddle into the bottom, even after I poured out some excess. And you need to be very fast with the glamour dust. Pour a lot into the ornament and shake it around. You can re-use the excess. I also saved the excess diluted and tinted glue by capping the little bottle I mixed it in. Without the food coloring, the coating is white and iridescent. Very pretty and opaque. snowflake on glass ornament  snowflake on glass ornament 
blue and yellow quilled snowflake blue and yellow quilled snowflake red, white, purple quilled snowflake
I started making a set of very large snowflakes from heavy-weight cream colored paper. I hand cut the paper into 1/2 inch (about 13 mm) strips. I plan to hang them in my windows. The paper doesn't accept the glue well so it is a slow process to make each quill. 3 is a good start, but I think this project will carry-over to next year. giant cream quilled snowflake  
giant cream quilled snowflake giant cream quilled snowflake  
2014 Snowflakes    
Arno 2014 Arno 2014 label You cannot see the little smaller-than-a dime label until you look underneath! Yes, it is inside!
One of my sons thought it would be nice for his children to have snowflake ornaments of their very own as something to cherish from their Grandmother as they decorate their Christmas trees in the future. Bob and I are big on putting the child's name on things and so we came up with a way to permanently label the Captured Snowflakes for Arno and Riley. This is a multi-step process but not at all hard. It is quite a bit to write on this page so click HERE to be taken to a PDF file. It will give you my step-by-step instructions. Make sure you put the label inside the ornament before the snowflake. I added Riley's after the snowflake was inside and it was more difficult than necessary. Captured Snowflake label
Tools
Riley's name inside a Captured Snowflake ornament Riley 2104 Riley 2104 label
One of my daughters-in-law has several Berenstain Bears story books for Arno and Riley. I found one at our local Thrift Shop and, having never read any of these books, brought it home. Eek! Pages were torn and others written on. Totally unacceptable so the book became "up-cycled" into quilling strips. Here is the lovely snowflake... Bearnstein Bears snowflake Berenstain Bears snowflake
quilled snowflake    
snowflake I very much like this snowflake.
I started with a star using Karen-Marie's star system method. Then I added the details including comb quilling. It measures 4.25" across.
Pictured to the right is a size comparison of two snowflakes. The little one is 2.25" across
snowflakes large and small
2014 snowflake number 1
My first snowflake of 2014





small snowflake
My second came out quite different, even though I thought I was making another one in white. Differences noted to the right. Another difference very hard to see is the crystal glitter I sprinkled on top of a light brushing of PPA glue.
size comparison
The center tear drops in the first got squished into Marquise shapes in the white snowflake. Oops. I was watching TV! The size difference came about do to a shorter strip length. Snowflakes are all different but if you want 2 alike, pay attention to what you are doing!
     
2013 snowflakes    
snowflake snowflake Captured Snowflake #3
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snowflake snowflake snowflake with beads
I started quilling snowflakes according to the instructions in a LOVELY book called "Snowflakes, Sunbursts, and Stars" by Ayako Brodek and Shannon Voigt. This is a wonderful book in all ways possible. I have done the first four snowflakes; to the right are numbers three and four, Sleet and Flutter. Sleet
Sleet, 2 1/8" across. Tiny!!
Flutter
Flutter, 3 3/4" across.
1/4 inch wide paper

The pictures in this row are made from 1/4 inch wide paper, actually cut with a standard paper shredder. Don't do this unless your shredder is new!
1/4 inch paper
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I made these snowflakes for one of my sons' family. My thinking was these snowflakes would be less delicate for little hands and would stand up to grandchildren decorating the tree!
1/4 inch paper

Next time, I will use actual 1/4 inch quilling paper. My shredded paper has fuzzy edges. I was impatient and did not want to wait for my paper order to arrive...
snowflake snowflake
snowflake
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While looking at pictures on-line one evening, I came across the "Captured Snowflake". This is so intriguing. I purchased the instructions on-line. They are a downloadable PDF file. I found the empty glass ornaments at Michael's craft store before Christmas. After several frustrating evenings and two completed Captured Snowflakes, Bob suggested I needed tools. The proper tools always make the difference. We got long tweezers in a set, again at Michael's, in the jewelry making section. The set of four has several wonderful types of tweezers. My 3rd and 4th Captured Snowflakes were more successful and much easier.  I am still having struggles getting everything flat in all directions. Practice makes perfect I guess.
Captured Snowflake

This is my first Captured Snowflake.  I was afraid I'd break a glass ball with my first attempts  and thought about using plastic balls but don't worry, go with the glass! I used some faux snow in the bottom of the ball. My others have the crystal snow I should have used initally.
 
This is my second Captured Snowflake. Bob suggested adding a little color. It is not completely straight, yet it is still quite fascinating to see the snowflake encased in the glass ornament and perhaps no one will notice imperfections while wondering how I got the snowflake inside. Note this snowflake is different than my first.

second Captured Snowflake
comb quilling comb quilling This snowflake was made using a comb. Naturally, it is known as comb quilling.
snowflake Snowflakes are delicate looking on the Christmas tree. They are very nice hanging from thread in windows, also. snowflake
Daggi's snowflakes

Daggi's set
snowflakes

Several  comb quilled snowflakes
"candy cane" snowflakes

"Candy Cane" snowflakes
snowflake

Sometimes it is hard to figure out the shapes in a design. This one has hearts in the center.  Scrolls, S-shapes, and inverted V shapes make up the blue section and white marquis are on the outer tips of the snowflake.
snowflake

Nearly the same shapes as the snowflake to the left but a very different end result. I put a little pearl in the center. Sometimes you need it to cover a less than perfect hole, other times it just is nice.
snowflake with rhinestones

This snowflake has little clear rhinestones covering 6 joining's as well as the center. I glued them on both sides. They are little flat "jewels" I found at the craft store. Hint: use tweezers to place them.

 

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