My friend and student, Lorna, expressed a wish to make boxes this term – so here’s the first.
This box has a base and lid, 4.5cm (2 ¾”) in diameter. Because I knew I’d be decorating the lid with flowers, I was able to start it with lots of strips and roll them all together. This saves a lot of time.
Before I started, I added an extra half length to the outer strip so that all the ends would glue down smoothly. After that, I added strips to the coil, one at a time, until it was the size I wanted.
I had to be a bit more careful with the base to make a neater centre. The sides of the box are a Ring Coil, 3.5cm (1 ¼”) in diameter to begin. Three full length strips will increase its size a little. If your widest strips are not wide enough, pile them on top of each other and finish them with a hand cut strip from a piece of paper.
To keep the lid in place, make a Ring Coil smaller than 3.5cm and keep adding to it until it is a nice snug fit inside the box. Then glue it to the underside of the lid. A knob made from two Cup Coils is useful for the top. Flowers are prettier but be sure to use strong enough coils to stand up to being gripped. Most of mine are Cup Coils. Coat all surfaces smoothly and thinly with PVA glue, which dries clear, for protection. When your box is dry, you may like to spray it with the acryllic spray I have mentioned before.
For more information about Tight Coils of different kinds and their uses, Jane’s ‘Fourth Instruction Book’ is an easy to follow introduction. http://www.quilling.karoo.net/learn.htm#books4 There’s a book, ‘Three Dimensional Quilling – Making Characters’, by Jane, which has lots of ideas for using Tight Coils to make model people and animals. http://www.quilling.karoo.net/learn.htm#books14
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Coming up next ……. a Pot Pourri Box!