Making Smooth Tight Coils
When you make tight coils and they exceed a certain diameter, they can get kind of rough looking. Especially the larger they become. For some reason, as you coil the paper on your tool, it creates little ridges, kind of like those on a record or the rings on a tree. Flattening them out can be challenging as you can actually make the problem worse if you’re not careful.
I am not sure where I found it, but when I first began quilling, I saw a video where a woman describes how to correct this issue and it works. So because my goal is to impart as much quilling knowledge as is possible, I decided to use her technique and show you how it’s done.
As you can see, the tight coil on the left (green) has a smoother surface than the coil on the right (pink). That’s because I held my finger on the outside edge of the coil as I spun it. Holding that little bit of tension against the edge, helps keep it from getting out of shape the larger it gets. Because it’s mostly smooth when it’s ready to come off the tool, I can fix tiny ridges by pressing it flat with the rubbery edge of my Quilled Creations Slotted Tool. Their rubber-gripped Needle Tool works well, too!