- What kind of glue do you use?
The best glue for me is the common PVA glue. It is cheap, dries clear and you can buy it in almost every stationary shop. If you think that glue is too thin, leave it for 10 – 15 min in an open container or plastic pallet for painting. The water evaporates and the glue will be denser.
- How thick are the quilling strips you use?
Usually I use 1 – 5 mm quilling paper strips. If you are a beginner in quilling try to use thicker paper strips. It will be much easier to roll it. I started with 3 mm paper strips.
- Can you please tell me what type of paper to use to place quilling pieces?
The thicker the better. You have to remember that PVA glue is based on water so if you apply it on thin paper it may crinkle/wrinkle or whatever is the word for it. It may not look as you wish! Usually I am using 260 gsm ( or thicker ) acid free paper.
- How to make quilling tool at home?
If you are a wine lover and have no idea what to do with corks from wine, here is an idea for you. Take a needle. Using pliers cut the eye of the needle on 1/3 its hight. Insert your needle into the wine cork and happy quilling! You have just made your quilling tool.
The second way to make a quilling slotted tool is to cut the beginning of the cocktail stick in half.
- Is there something I can put to my paper quilling, just to be sure that the coloured paper cannot fade easily?
You can always use damar varnish in spray It will protect the colour of the paper you used as well as it will make your work dust and moist resistant.
- What do you use to make your earrings shiny?
My earrings are finished in satin. Simply because I do not like shiny things but you can find acrylic varnishes with different finishes. Mostly the are for decoupage but paper is paper.
Here you can find more information about protecting quilled jewellery.