Don't forget to poke the photos to enlarge!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Mini Quilling For Fun.....

I did the basket yesterday,not knowing that it would get me going on minis that I had forgotten about.

When I first started in minis, there was a lady that used to come into the mini store where I worked with quilled pots, plants and other items to sell. She taught a couple of classes in quilling and I picked it up.

Then yesterday Ann Martin of "All Things Paper" left a comment about the basket. I went to visit and found wonderful things on her blog. If you are interested in doing anything with paper, hers is the place to see.
After looking there and remembering what we used to do with quilling, I went to the drawer where I keep quilling paper.....Mind you, I have never purchased quilling paper in a store. I just kept picking it up for a quarter or so at garage sales over the years.

This is another thing that I need to actually use, instead of just storing it in a drawer.

Soooooo......First I made a mini pot. I rolled three strips of gold paper on my handy dandy quilling machine. This was also a garage sale purchase. It is great for doing anything that needs coiling.

You slip the end of the paper into a little slot and turn the handle....In no time you have a flat coil.

After I got three pieces tightly coiled, I glued the end and slipped it off. Then I eased up the sides and made it bowl shaped. I covered the interior with glue so that the bowl would stay in shape.

Then I started cutting little slivers of green quilling paper in two shades. Simply a long diagonal on one end and flat on the other. I curled the leaves over a sharp edge and glued the flat end into the edge of the bowl....When I got all the way around, I made a loose brown coil to fit inside the center. Then I glued more leaves into that one and finally did a third smaller one in which to glue the center crown of leaves.

I took several lengths of purple and slashed them along one side. A serious quiller would do this with a little machine....I don't do it often enough to justify 50.00 for one of the machines...Fiskars scissors work well, even if they do take a little longer.

Back to the coiling machine I tightly coiled about 1 1/2" of the purple for each flower. Then I fluffed them out with my fingernail.

I tucked them into the leaves. Don't ask what kind of a plant this is.....It is just a fictional flower.

About the time I took the photo of the finished plant, to my surprise, Cordelia showed up. She has been very quiet for a while now. She took one look at the plant and said, "You have ignored me long enough, lady. I demand equal time to Tessie, Zar and especially Spike. Am I not, at the very least, more important that that silly dog?"

With that, she grabbed the bowl and added, "I want my house finished. After all, I was here before Tessie and my house is still wanting.... Your six year old's attention span is getting somewhat tiresome."

There she sits on the front porch. I believe that she has been around Tessie too much. She has officially started a long list of "Tasks that must be done immediately" for her house. That's what it says at the top of the paper she just handed to me.

Evidently that is how she thinks that she will get her house finished first.....Right. I will just put it on the pile with all of the other lists from Tessie and Zar. The stack is about six inches high now.....I will think about it tomorrow.....

See you then.


Andrea Thieck Miniatures said...

Thank you for sharing this great link and tutorial!
From time to time it must be difficult to live under the same roof with such determined females like Tessie and Cordelia. I hope, you've strong nerves.

Caseymini said...

Andrea,believe it or not, when Cordelia moved in, she was shy and mild mannered....Then she got friendly with Tessie....Need I say more? OK...Two words....Bad Influence!

Susan said...

Great idea! Love the plant, it looks just like one of my bromelliads only the 'flower' on mine is red.

Kathi said...

Pretty little "fictional" plant you made! Hope that Cordelia won't be to demanding. You have a blog to do! How else would we find these great ideas?

Cathy said...

I was wondering if you could give more info on the tool....maker? Where is the handle? A bigger pic of the entire tool??? Your plant is great and I would like to try one buy the arthritis gives me problems making the pot so the tool you show looks promising. Thank you!!!

Sans! said...

But Casey, even the most mild mannered may grow a little impatient being ignored for so long! :)

Tell Cordelia she looks just like the pot of flowers you made her, fresh and pretty! And I love her shoes.

Deni said...

I just luv coming in here Casey
You continue to totally amaze me all the things you manage to get done!
Do you have a little elf that does all your housework? mmm thats what I'm wondering......I may have to borrow that the time I get all that ordinary house stuff done I am out of time lol

Caseymini said...

Cathy, unfortunately the tool is at least 25 years old and they no longer make them. I did find something similar on this page. If I didn't already have the one that I have, I think that this one would be my choice. You do have to purchase a seperate slotted needle tool, but I think that could be an advantage. I sometimes have trouble getting the coil to lift from the one that I have. With this one you simply slip the needle tool out from the back to release the coil.

Maia's Twinkle Miniatures said...

The plant looks beautiful! Thank you for sharing, you always have such great ideas!