Sunday, 29 July 2012

Make your own quilling comb

Hi Crafter's

As many of you know I have recently got hooked on quilling. I discovered husking and I wanted a comb but was having trouble finding one. So decided to make my own. 
So here is what I did.

You will need fine corrugated card ( used in card making ), 15 cocktail sticks and PVA glue.
When choosing your cocktail sticks make sure they are as smooth as possible with no nicks or splinters in them, this will save you a lot of time later . 

Cut 2 pieces of  corrugated card 8cm X 3cm

Apply glue to every alternate row of the corrugated card.
Put a cocktail stick into each channel of glue 15 in total.

Cut the tips off  7 sticks and then cut them in half.

Apply  glue to the empty channels.

put a cut stick in between each full cocktail stick.

When done should look  something like this.

Now place the second piece of corrugated card on top, with the flat side up. Firmly pressing together.

Apply some glue to the inside edges and then press firmly together to neaten the ends up.

When you have finished pressing your comb together and cleaned up the excess glue it will now be ready to bind. You can use 3mm ribbon if you wish. In this tutorial I have used  Nymo beading thread because I didn't have any ribbon at home.
Start wrapping the ribbon or thread tightly from the middle trapping the end under as you go.
Don't go beyond the end cocktail sticks as it will unravel if you do.

When you get to one end start going back in the other direction keeping the ribbon or thread tight as you go. Cover in this way at least three or four times if you use ribbon  then tuck the end well in when you have finished. If you have used thread you can spread a bit of glue over the end of the thread. Leave to dry. If you wish you can varnish to make it last longer.
Then it is ready to use.

These shapes have been made from strips of waist paper from my office shredder, perfect for practising with.

I hope you find this as useful  as I have.

Thank you for visiting and I will see you again soon.


Foxycrafts said...

Great idea, Sue. I'll definitely have a go at making one of these.

Love Joan xx

Carole said...

Now that's what I call crafty:) Making something verses buying it. Very clever you. I don't know much about quilling though I have tried it. A bit tedious yet I love the look of quilled cards. I scrolled through your blogs and your cards are just so darling it makes me want to give quilling another try. I stopped by to thank you for your comment and really enjoyed looking around. The ballerina is precious.

SUSAN said...

oooooooooh my goodness... I love your idea....really really brilliant and very creative.
Great idea to make a quilling comb.
So proud of you...


Inna D. said...

Cute idea! Well done!

Anonymous said...

I have no clue who you are but you saved my day with this! Been looking at combs on Ebay but I find them too expensive and my normal paper sellers don't sell the comb. Now off to find the materials. My fingers are itching to start quilling again.

Sue said...

I'm so glad you liked it. Where ever I can I like to make my own tools. You will have to let me know how you get on with it. :)