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Paper-Quilling Comb Techniques, Shapes and Designs

Updated on May 22, 2016
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The slotted quilling tool is most often used to make paper-quilling coils, but another useful tool is the quilling comb. A quilling comb looks exactly like an afro comb with metal prongs. It is used for making paper coils and paper flowers that are popularly used in paper quilling art designs and scrapbook designs. If you can't get hold of a quilling comb and don't have an afro comb, a normal comb is a great substitute. I have been using a baby comb. The distance between the prongs can create different sized coils; you may want to experiment with different combs if you wish.

Basic Coil With Loops

The quilling-comb method is a quick and easy way to make evenly shaped loops inside each coil. Coils made with a quilling comb are generally bigger than those made with a slotted quilling tool.

We will begin by making a simple coil using the comb. You will need some quilling paper and a quilling comb, or a normal comb. (See the illustrated instructions below.) Insert a strip of quilling paper in between the prongs of the comb and wrap one end around three prongs to make a small loop. Apply a little glue to secure the loop. Then bring the paper strip upwards and wrap it around so that the new long includes two prongs above the first loop. Pull the paper back to the first prong. Continue to wrap two more prongs above the second loop. Continue wrapping in one direction until the strip of paper is all looped around the prongs. Apply a little glue to the end of the paper to secure the coil and trim off the excess paper if necessary. Remove the finished coil from the comb and you will have a basic looped coil.

You can adjust the number of loops by increasing or decreasing the number of wrappings around the prongs. You can press or pinch the finished paper coil with your fingers to form the shape you want.

Basic Coil With Loops: Instructions

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Insert quilling paper in between the prongs.Wrap quilling paper around three prongs of the comb.Use glue to hold end of paper.Wrap paper around the next two prongs.And around the first prong.Wrap paper around the next two prongs.Continue wrapping...see the loops forming..Glue end of strip and trim off excess paper. Remove from comb.A basic comb-quiled coil with loops.A simple design with quilled coils.
Insert quilling paper in between the prongs.
Insert quilling paper in between the prongs. | Source
Wrap quilling paper around three prongs of the comb.
Wrap quilling paper around three prongs of the comb. | Source
Use glue to hold end of paper.
Use glue to hold end of paper. | Source
Wrap paper around the next two prongs.
Wrap paper around the next two prongs. | Source
And around the first prong.
And around the first prong. | Source
Wrap paper around the next two prongs.
Wrap paper around the next two prongs. | Source
Continue wrapping...see the loops forming..
Continue wrapping...see the loops forming.. | Source
Glue end of strip and trim off excess paper. Remove from comb.
Glue end of strip and trim off excess paper. Remove from comb. | Source
A basic comb-quiled coil with loops.
A basic comb-quiled coil with loops. | Source
A simple design with quilled coils.
A simple design with quilled coils. | Source

Another Basic Looping Method

Alternative looping method
Alternative looping method | Source

Another way of looping the quilling paper around the comb is by making the biggest loop first and then slowly decreasing the loop sizes. Personally I am not a fan of this method. The designs and shapes made with this method tend to be rather sloppy looking and not delicate enough. The shapes are a lot bigger, too, and not proportional to my other quilling designs.

Two-Directional Wrapping

This is an awesome way of making a great-looking coil with little loops in the centre. All you need are some quilling paper, a comb and glue. Start somewhere in the middle of the comb. Loop one end of the quilling paper partially around a prong to hold it in place as shown in the picture. Start wrapping the paper around a prong on the left next to the middle prong. Bring the paper under the comb and wrap the next prong to the right of the middle prong. Pull the paper back to the left and wrap the prong next to the previous left loop. Continue wrapping until the strip of paper is twirled around the comb or you have made enough loops required. When finished looping, apply a little glue to the end of the paper strip to hold the shape. Trim off the excess paper especially the bit sticking up on the middle prong.

Instructions: Two-Directional Wrapping

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Insert quilling paper.Wrap quilling paper around and under a prong on the left.Bring the paper to the right.Wrap it around and under the prong on the right.Back to the left side to wrap the next prong.Wrap around and under the next prong.Back to the right again.Repeat.Continue wrapping.More loops forming.See the loops.Finish off with a little bit of glue and trim off the excess paper that was sticking out.This is what the little loops look like.Bend the paper to enclose the little loops.Both ends of the paper meet to form a coil with tiny loops inside.Wrap another strip of quilling paper around the coil. Use glue to stick the loose end onto the coil.A comb-quilled coil with tiny loops.
Insert quilling paper.
Insert quilling paper. | Source
Wrap quilling paper around and under a prong on the left.
Wrap quilling paper around and under a prong on the left. | Source
Bring the paper to the right.
Bring the paper to the right. | Source
Wrap it around and under the prong on the right.
Wrap it around and under the prong on the right. | Source
Back to the left side to wrap the next prong.
Back to the left side to wrap the next prong. | Source
Wrap around and under the next prong.
Wrap around and under the next prong. | Source
Back to the right again.
Back to the right again. | Source
Repeat.
Repeat. | Source
Continue wrapping.
Continue wrapping. | Source
More loops forming.
More loops forming. | Source
See the loops.
See the loops. | Source
Finish off with a little bit of glue and trim off the excess paper that was sticking out.
Finish off with a little bit of glue and trim off the excess paper that was sticking out. | Source
This is what the little loops look like.
This is what the little loops look like. | Source
Bend the paper to enclose the little loops.
Bend the paper to enclose the little loops. | Source
Both ends of the paper meet to form a coil with tiny loops inside.
Both ends of the paper meet to form a coil with tiny loops inside. | Source
Wrap another strip of quilling paper around the coil. Use glue to stick the loose end onto the coil.
Wrap another strip of quilling paper around the coil. Use glue to stick the loose end onto the coil. | Source
A comb-quilled coil with tiny loops.
A comb-quilled coil with tiny loops. | Source

Make This Awesome Coil

Continuing through the pictures above, carefully remove the looped paper from the comb. Gently bend the looped paper so that the leftmost loop touches the rightmost loop to form a closed coil. You will be able to see all the loops being enclosed on the inside of the coil. Use another strip of quilling paper to wrap around the coil to hold the shape of the coil. Finish wrapping the coil and apply a little glue to the end of the paper strip. You should get an oval-shaped coil with little loops in the middle.

Another Awesome Coil Using Two-Dimensional Wrapping

Using the same two-directional wrapping method above, you can make a different awesome coil design without much effort. Wrap the quilling paper around the comb following the instructions above to make the loops. When you have finished looping the paper strip, carefully remove the paper from the comb. This time, bend the looped paper in the opposite direction so that all the small loops are facing out instead of being enclosed. Use another strip of quilling paper to wrap around the loops. Be careful not to squash or flatten the loops when wrapping around them. Use glue to secure the end of the paper strip. You will see a very different but beautiful design on the coil this time.

As mentioned before, you can adjust the number of loops in each coil when wrapping the paper around the comb. The coil can be pressed into a different shape with the fingers. You can use different coloured strips of quilling paper to wrap around the coil to give it a two-toned or multi-toned colour. The possibilities are endless when it comes to incorporating paper quilling designs in craft projects.

Instructions: Alternative Coil Using Two-Directional Wrapping

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Make tiny loops with a strip of quilling paper following the previous instructions.Looped paper is ready for the next step.Make sure the loops are facing out this time.Bend the paper so the two ends will meet.Wrap another strip of quilling paper around the loops.Another comb quilled coil with loops.A quilled design with comb quilled coils.
Make tiny loops with a strip of quilling paper following the previous instructions.
Make tiny loops with a strip of quilling paper following the previous instructions. | Source
Looped paper is ready for the next step.
Looped paper is ready for the next step. | Source
Make sure the loops are facing out this time.
Make sure the loops are facing out this time. | Source
Bend the paper so the two ends will meet.
Bend the paper so the two ends will meet. | Source
Wrap another strip of quilling paper around the loops.
Wrap another strip of quilling paper around the loops. | Source
Another comb quilled coil with loops.
Another comb quilled coil with loops. | Source
A quilled design with comb quilled coils.
A quilled design with comb quilled coils. | Source
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Cute Little Owls
Cute Little Owls | Source
More Quilled Flowers
More Quilled Flowers | Source
Quilled Butterflies
Quilled Butterflies | Source

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      Lori 15 months ago

      Thank you! I just started quilling yesterday and I bought to much stuff, watched to many videos, but your blog and simple photos....Viola!

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      neet 16 months ago

      its really very amazing.....i am tyring it for my child sch project

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      Shilpa 16 months ago

      Awesome designs.....loved your easy step by step tutorials....am a beginner.......but would love to follow this art.....wish to learn some new patterns from you...

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      Anuratha 2 years ago

      Wow! Amazing

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      harini 2 years ago

      Nice

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      Ankita 2 years ago

      I always knew that comb is used in some way for quilling always wondered .... today just becoz of ur post i learnt it.... thanks a ton... muah...

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      Ankita 2 years ago

      I always knew that comb is used in some way for quilling always wondwred

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      Khadijah Ahmed 2 years ago

      Love quilling n ur pics r awesome!!!!!

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      Emilia Riera 3 years ago from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

      These are lovely. You have inspired me to try this. :)

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      lady rain 3 years ago from Australia

      peachpurple - learning how to make paper quilling shapes is easy if the instructions are clear enough. I am glad you can follow my step-by-step instructions here :)

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      wow, it looks pretty easy with your step by step pictures. thanks

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      piyush 3 years ago

      this is amazing

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      lady rain 4 years ago from Australia

      priya rani, I'm glad you like my paper quilling art. Thank you!

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      priya rani 4 years ago

      really,all of them are very nice.thanks for your outstanding art

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      lady rain 4 years ago from Australia

      Vivian, thank you for your kind comment, I really appreciate it!

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      Vivian-tmt-hnp 4 years ago from USA.

      7:02pm Thursdy 6 June 2013

      Masterpiece! I love them so much .

      I appreciate your value designs.

      Vivian

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      lady rain 4 years ago from Australia

      indian cooking, thank you! I have a few more tutorials on paper quilling, please have a look at some of them if you want to learn more techniques. Thank you for leaving a comment here :)

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      Sonia Sood 4 years ago from Mumbai

      These are beautiful! And the tutorial is easy to follow. Would love to try this!

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      drosostalitsa 4 years ago from Greece

      great tutorial! I lust love paper quilling..

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      linh 5 years ago

      wonderfull!!

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      lady rain 5 years ago from Australia

      divyagattani, thank you! I'm glad you like my paper quilling designs :)

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      Divya 5 years ago from India

      Its so beautiful ! :))

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      lady rain 5 years ago from Australia

      Glimmer Twin Fan, thank you for your kind feedback. I hope you get to do paper quilling soon :)

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 5 years ago

      Once again a gorgeous quilling hub! Sharing and hoping to try this one day. Love how you used to comb.

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      lady rain 5 years ago from Australia

      carol7777 - it's easy, just go for it and make some beautiful designs. Thank you for leaving your lovely comment :)

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      This makes it really easy. The pictures are gorgeous. I am ready to try this with such beautiful results. Thanks for sharing and voting up....++++