Paper-Quilling Comb Techniques, Shapes and Designs

Updated on May 22, 2016
lady rain profile image

Lady Rain works as a daytime stock trader and writes about crafts and travels. She spends her weekends doing papercraft models and painting.

Source

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

Click thumbnail to view full-size
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

Click thumbnail to view full-size
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

Click thumbnail to view full-size
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
Source
Cute Little Owls
Cute Little Owls | Source
More Quilled Flowers
More Quilled Flowers | Source
Quilled Butterflies
Quilled Butterflies | Source

Questions & Answers

    Comments

      0 of 8192 characters used
      Post Comment

      • profile image

        asdfgh 8 days ago

        cool

      • profile image

        Lori 21 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!

      • profile image

        neet 22 months ago

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

      • profile image

        Shilpa 22 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...

      • profile image

        Anuratha 2 years ago

        Wow! Amazing

      • profile image

        harini 3 years ago

        Nice

      • profile image

        Ankita 3 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...

      • profile image

        Ankita 3 years ago

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

      • profile image

        Khadijah Ahmed 3 years ago

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

      • Emilia Riera profile image

        Emilia Riera 3 years ago from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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

      • lady rain profile image
        Author

        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 :)

      • peachpurple profile image

        peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

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

      • profile image

        piyush 3 years ago

        this is amazing

      • lady rain profile image
        Author

        lady rain 4 years ago from Australia

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

      • profile image

        priya rani 4 years ago

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

      • lady rain profile image
        Author

        lady rain 4 years ago from Australia

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

      • Vivian-tmt-hnp profile image

        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

      • lady rain profile image
        Author

        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 :)

      • indian cooking profile image

        Sonia Sood 4 years ago from Mumbai

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

      • drosostalitsa profile image

        drosostalitsa 5 years ago from Greece

        great tutorial! I lust love paper quilling..

      • profile image

        linh 5 years ago

        wonderfull!!

      • lady rain profile image
        Author

        lady rain 5 years ago from Australia

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

      • divyagattani profile image

        Divya 5 years ago from India

        Its so beautiful ! :))

      • lady rain profile image
        Author

        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 :)

      • Glimmer Twin Fan profile image

        Claudia Mitchell 5 years ago

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

      • lady rain profile image
        Author

        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 :)

      • carol7777 profile image

        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....++++

      working

      This website uses cookies

      As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, feltmagnet.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

      For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://feltmagnet.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

      Show Details
      Necessary
      HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
      LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
      Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
      AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
      Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
      CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
      Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
      Features
      Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
      Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
      Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
      Marketing
      Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
      Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
      Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
      Statistics
      Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
      ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)