Extreme Paper Quilling

Updated on July 25, 2016

Paper Quilling 3-D Sculptures

Paper quilling is a form of paper craft where long thin strips of paper are tightly rolled around a "quill" to form a filligree or openwork design. The quills originally used were the tips of goose feathers hence the name quilling. It is a paper craft practised by the genteel crowds of long ago who had a lot of leisure time on their hands. But this lost art has made a comeback.The origin of paper quilling dates back to the 13th century where nuns curled the gilded trimmings from bible pages to create a work of art. This lens is about paper quilling 3-D sculptures where possibilities are only limited by your imagination.

All photos were taken by Bakerwoman, jennysh_who in Flickr unless otherwise attributed.

Excellent video tutorial

This is a video of what paper quilling is all about for the uninitiated. It shows the basic shapes and patterns to build an artwork, whether it a flower, animal, insect or whatnot.

The sky is the limit.

All of these 3D paper quilling sculptures were made by my co-worker's brother. These amazing artwork were fueled by a creative mind , a very fertile imagination, and a lot of patience.

Blue and white peacock - Showy plumage

The male peacock has iridescent blue-green plumage. This paper quilling sculpture shows the "eyes" of the fanned tailed as oval-shaped coils.

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Red and white peacock - Wowing the crowd

Photo Credit: jennysh_who

In art, anything is possible. This is the one and only red and white peacock I have ever seen and it sits on top of my office cabinet. It never ceases to catch the attention of visitors who stop by my cubicle.

The ultimate chariot race - Who will reach the finish line first?

Photo Credit: jennysh_who

This is a fantasy-inspired version of a frog in a chariot race. It is the frog slave driver prodding the slow crustacean to go faster. I would say it's a long way to Tipperary.

The flaming firebird

Photo Credit: jennysh_who

This is an interpretation of the Phoenix bird also called the fIrebird from Harry Potter's "The Sorcerer's Companion:A guide to the magical world of Harry Potter."This makes a great Christmas tree ornament or a desk d├ęcor for the Harry Potter fans.

Phoenix bird facing front

The difference between a tortoise and a turtle - Red tortoise

Photo Credit: jennysh_who

The red tortoise has feet and live mostly on land and is a vegetarian while the green turtle have flippers and live primarily in the water.

Green turtle has flippers

Paper quilled Blue Crab

Photo Credit: jennysh_who

This blue crab is a scavenger and is always on the lookout for dead blue crabs and leftover decaying flesh.

Pig warrior ( squealer) - Paper quilled armor, shield and spear

Photo Credit: jennysh_who

If a battle ensued between the pig and frog warriors, who do you think will win? Will the piggies be squealing with delight and the amphibians be hopping mad? Or will the little piggy go "Wee, wee, wee all the way home?"

Frog warrior (croaker)

A yellow sticky reminder

Paper quilling does not need a lot of glue to hold the ends of the coiled paper. This is to avoid residue buildup and warping the paper. Glue that dries clear, like Elmer's Glue, is the best to use with a dab at the end of a toothpick or T-pin.

Caterpillar or a snail or a scatterpillar?


A snail does not have legs but has an outer shell. A caterpillar has legs but does not have a shell. But this littler crawler not only have legs but a shell to hide in. I call it the scatterpillar.

Check out the different coils and patterns to use in paper quilling here. Learn about the different shapes, like square, teardrop, diamond, bell, and many more.

Paper Quilling grasshopper - Not just all legs- guess where its ears are

Photo Credit: jennysh_who

The grasshopper is not only all legs which make it an Olympian hopper. The grasshopper is also all ears. You heard it right. The ears of a grasshopper are on the knee joints of its legs.

Red hot feline - A cat's meow

Photo Credit: jennysh_who

This is the simplest of the paper quilling sculpture for the cat fancier. Art without the presence of a cat is not a cat's meow.

Little paper quilled piggy - "Wee, wee, wee, all the way home"

Photo Credit: jennysh_who

Note the combination of different colored paper in the coil which makes the body of this cute piggy more visually pleasing.

Paint the town red in this charming rickshaw

This human-powered cycle rickshaw or pedicab is a common mode of transportation in South Asia. Some passenger seats are behind the driver, on the side of the driver or in front of the driver. In the case of this cycle rickshaw, the driver sits on a tadpole seat and uses his leg power to pedal the passengers or tourists around. This beats paying a membership fee at the health club, plus one gets paid developing good leg muscles.

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Rickshaw-cycle hybrid

This is a finely constructed paper quilling tricycle influenced by the flaming hot rod design. It is still foot-powered and has a back seat with a covered roof.

Born to be Wild - Flmaing hot rod motorcycle

Photo Credit: jennysh_who

Tear into town in this eye-popping flaming cycle. This will make the Harley Davidson aficionados green with envy.

Top view of paper quill motorcycle - Details at every turn

The ultimate rock band circus act - There is more to see than meets the eye

This paper quilling sculpture has it all. A motley crew of musicians, caterpillar and turtles stunt performers, and a whole lot more. This is the work of one who had a very fertile imagination and the epitome of patience.

Everybody is getting into the act - Paper quilling rocks

Photo Credit:jennysh_who

This is a close-up of the details put into the rock band sculpture. DIfferent colors and types of paper coils were used to created this fanciful and magical work of art.

Paper Quilling Instructions- making your first coil

These paper quilling instructions will help you get started on the amazing art or paper quilling.

Nature comes to life in these 3D paper quilling artwork.

A labor of love.

Larger and more complex paper quilling 3D sculptures can take a week or more to do. Each work has so much details and is a cross between a mosaic and a painting when viewed from a distance. It is hard to believe these are all made of paper.

These 3-dimensional quilled flowers are bursting with life and are just as amazing when viewed closeup or at a distance.

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      • KathyZ1 profile image

        KathyZ1 4 years ago

        Interesting lens. Really enjoy it.

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        SquidooPower 4 years ago

        Incredible stuff. I have a friend who makes flowers like this and they are beautiful.

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        SquidooPower 4 years ago

        Incredible stuff. I have a friend who makes flowers like this and they are beautiful.

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        TheGardenGuys 4 years ago

        Fantastic designs.

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        anonymous 4 years ago

        Amazing. Thank you for sharing this.

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        Michelllle 5 years ago

        Wow, I didn't even know what paper quilling was-beaytiful.

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        Now, I was sure that I had blessed this a while back...no time like the present, your 3 year Squid Birthday to break out the angel dust....I know I've been here and you have added several new mesmerizing images here of paper quilling to the max!

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        PinkstonePictures 5 years ago from Miami Beach, FL


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        InfoCoop 5 years ago

        So cool! I've heard of this until now.

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        NibsyNell 5 years ago

        These are exquisite!

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        Suunnyy 5 years ago

        The flaming firebird looks amazing!

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        FamilySolutions1 5 years ago

        I feel that everyone should have a hobby, a personal interest outside their job and family and everyday life. While we focus on a craft we take the time out from our hectic schedules and often have time to reflect on our lives while actually working on it. Paper quilling is great because it allows the individual to express their creativity by choosing the color, design etc.

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        The quilling technique is so amazing. I've discovered it recently and fell in love immediately. But designs on this page are really extreme, that must be really difficult. Amazing lens thank you for sharing.

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        mistaben 5 years ago

        What an amazing art!

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        Kay 5 years ago

        I have seen this before but had no clue what it was. These are incredible! Blessed and thank you. I really enjoyed your page.

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        RGrieco 5 years ago

        Very clever, have never seen this before.

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        SecondSally 5 years ago

        Great lens. I've seen this done at the elementary school level, but never anything this intricate and beautiful.

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        PennyHowe 5 years ago

        Learned something new today--thanks for the lessons. I can see why you were awarded a purple star for this fantastic lens. Love all the pictures--how creative.

        My favorite is the chariot.

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        Vikki 5 years ago from US

        I had never heard of it either. Really beautiful designs though!

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        C A Chancellor 5 years ago from US/TN

        Wow! I'd never heard of paper quilling before and I'm so impressed with these sculptures -- I wouldn't have imagined you could make such intricate and unique designs with rolled paper. Thanks for sharing these fabulous photos.

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        Great lens and interesting ideas.I would like to try this once!

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        Rankography 5 years ago

        Wow really cool lens and craft projects! Blessings

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        olmpal 5 years ago

        Cool and fun Paper Quilling art! Such colorful designs!

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        DIY Mary 5 years ago

        I'd never heard of paper quilling until now. What a beautiful collection of artwork!

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        cdevries 5 years ago

        Fantastic! Beautiful work. (I think the grasshopper is my favorite.) And a great Lens. Squid Angel blessed.

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        MyBabyBoo 5 years ago

        Interesting lens, great job!

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        Creative work... Please visit my paper quilling blog www.pquilling.com.. I have started exploring this art recently :-)

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        WhyCleanCounts 5 years ago

        great lens, Paper Quilling is one of my crafting techniques to try. I would love to get good at it!

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        intermarks 5 years ago

        This is a very creative paper craft idea. Nice lens.

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        potovanja 5 years ago

        I find your lens very great, so i give you your 204 likes:). Thank you 4 visit my...

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        Nightcat 5 years ago

        Wow, thank for sharing! I was looking for a cruelty free option to replace feathers in crafting and this will certainly do it. Thanks! :)

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        jlshernandez 5 years ago

        @anonymous: Perhaps, boredom can lead to some creative artwork with rolled strips of paper.

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        Oh, how neat! The possibilities are endless! I used to roll paper up like this when I was bored, but I never thought to actually made something out of it!

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        Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

        This is an amazing art. Great lens!

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        Jan 1980 5 years ago

        Very interesting lens,this is very good peace of art.You can make anything from paper.

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        jlshernandez 5 years ago

        @PebblesBedrock: I have slowly trying to fix the links to Flickr photos which are not displaying. I can see most of them. Thanks for the heads up.

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        PebblesBedrock 5 years ago

        What a great craft. I too had some issues with viewing all of the photos. Really like the peacocks. Would like to try this sometime also. Great lens. Thank you :)

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        felisajale 5 years ago

        beautiful craft!

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        Monica Lobenstein 5 years ago from Western Wisconsin

        (I think there may be a glitch on your page. I can only see about half of your photos). The photos I can see are excellent creative works. Thanks for sharing! These are some of the most interesting quilling pieces I've seen.

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        LouisaDembul 5 years ago

        wow, this paper quilling is fantastic!

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        pcgamehardware 5 years ago

        Really cool craft, thanks for sharing such fabulous artwork. :)

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        psiloveyou1 5 years ago

        I have done a little bit of quilling and know how much patience it takes! This is the first time I've seen 3D quilling....what a wonderful art!

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        FamilySolutions1 5 years ago

        Wow! This looks like a beautiful craft. I have a retail store where we sell lots of crafts and in my experience, my customers want easy craft kits. This is for the crafter who wants to take it to the next level. You made beautiful stuff.

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        Little Linda Pinda 5 years ago from Florida

        So pretty and do much detail. This is the first time I ever heard of it.

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        sherioz 5 years ago

        I love these. Thanks for sharing

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        biggking lm 5 years ago

        that's awesome!

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        Lori Green 5 years ago from Las Vegas

        Wow, excellent. I have a friend who does this. I just FB liked it.

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        Millionairemomma 5 years ago

        This lens was done so well!

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        Genesis Davies 5 years ago from Guatemala

        Pretty cool stuff! My mom used to do paper quilling and even sold some of her work (Christmas ornaments). She never did anything like the sculptures here though.

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        gypsyman27 lm 5 years ago

        I think this is very interesting and you have shown the craft and explained it well. See you around the galaxy...

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        3levels 5 years ago

        I'd never heard of quilling before. What you can produce with this art is amazing

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        papermotor 5 years ago

        Wow, amazing! This lens is one of my favorite... I had to check it twice because those flowers are so good looking. :) Thanks for it.

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        mumsgather 5 years ago

        These are amazingly beautiful. How creative to make such beautiful art with paper. Blessed!

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        Sandy Mertens 5 years ago from Frozen Tundra

        This is some cool artwork.

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        Rose Jones 5 years ago

        Back to sprinkle some angel dust . Blessed!

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        JoyfulReviewer 5 years ago

        This unique craft is so fascinating ... would like to try it someday when I have more free time. Thanks for presenting so many wonderful examples and resources. ~~Blessed~~

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        hippiechicjewelz 6 years ago

        I am amazed at the intricate designs, beautiful! Im not sure if I could do it but it sure is gorgeous!

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        anonymous 6 years ago

        waw.. that's great creations. only from paper and become a great art.

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        anonymous 6 years ago

        waw.. that's great creations. only from paper and become a great art.

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        Aquavel 6 years ago

        These are amazing creations! I love, love, LOVE them! I'm always enjoyed creating artworks with paper but I've never done anything like this. Looks like sculptural weaving and designing! So colorful & fun! Great work!

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        BeatMaker2020 6 years ago

        Wow, that's amazing, never knew you could do that with just paper!

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        TTMall 6 years ago

        Great lens subject! Thanks for sharing!

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        frugal123 6 years ago

        I do a lot of crafts and I have never seen this craft. It is amazing. Excellent site.

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        Lisa 6 years ago from Rhode Island

        Love this lens well done. I would love to try this very cool!!!!!!

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        klaird 6 years ago

        These paper quilling crafts are incredible! I've featured this lens on my 101 Craft Ideas for Adults. Great Job!

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        Chuck Nelson 6 years ago from California

        A challenging but beautiful artform

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        anonymous 6 years ago

        very good lens


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        bofirebear1 6 years ago

        Great lenses. My wife has been quilling with paper and porcupine quills for over 20 years. Amazing what can be done with this.

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        JoshK47 6 years ago

        Wow - these are quite remarkable indeed! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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        Katie Harp 6 years ago

        blessed by a squid angel :) <3

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        MelonyVaughan 6 years ago

        Simply stunning! I love the flaming firebird!

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        im1337mi 6 years ago

        Amazing stuff, thanks for sharing!

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        Dancing Cowgirl Design 6 years ago from Texas

        This is terrific! I've never done this type of craft, but it certainly has my attention now. I just might try this soon. Thanks

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        lftypjk900 6 years ago

        I was completely mesmerized watching the video. I have always wanted to lean this craft. I am definitely going to try it. thanks for a wonderfully informative lens.

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        mary lighthouse15 6 years ago

        Beautiful! I haven't heard of this before.

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        pufek77 lm 6 years ago

        Wow.First time I see this amazing paper art.

        Thank You for this great lens!!!

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        anonymous 6 years ago

        This Lense is outstanding and beautiful - No wonder it was nominated for the purple star! Great Job.

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        Beverly Rodriguez 6 years ago from Albany New York

        I've always admired paper quilling. I like the Chariot Race and all the flowers...awesome!

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        RCGraphicsDesign 6 years ago

        Love the lens - love the work. An amazing craft. Thank you for bringing it to our attention.

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        davenjilli lm 6 years ago

        Wow, so much talent and creativity! Totally deserves the purple star!

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        cajkovska lm 6 years ago

        Amazing things... i will try this

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        Rose Jones 6 years ago

        My mother loved this when I would do it - she would put quilling papers into my suitcases because then she knew I would make her something when I went away to school.

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        flycatcherrr 6 years ago

        My grandmother was very creative and she showed me how to do quilling among other heritage crafts, but I had forgotten all about it until now!

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        jimmyworldstar 6 years ago

        Paper craft is amazing considering how thin and fragile it is. I like the peacock and phoenix the most.

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        Linda Pogue 6 years ago from Missouri

        My sister and I did paper quilling when we were teens, but nothing compared to what you have in this lens. I haven't thought of it in years. Thank you for sharing. Blessings!

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        anonymous 6 years ago

        These are amazing, I have just started doing this. You inspire me so much! Thank you for all the great photos!

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        printabledolls 6 years ago

        Incredible art so interesting and Beautiful

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        printabledolls 6 years ago

        Wow this is an art! Very interesting

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        nikyweber 6 years ago

        Thank you for posting! awesome lens!

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        myamya 6 years ago

        Nice post! thumbs up!

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        sheezie77 6 years ago

        vegy nice lens! well done!

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        KNMalathi 6 years ago

        The 3D Taucons and the Indian parrot chief are fabulous. I need to try them

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        CruiseReady 6 years ago from East Central Florida

        I think these are amazing, especially the Phoenix and the grasshopper.

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        SteveKaye 6 years ago

        This is an absolutely amazing discovery. I thoroughly enjoyed this beautiful, creative lens. Thank you.

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        cmadden 6 years ago

        It must take some pretty amazing imagination and patience to do this! Wow.

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        emmaklarkins 6 years ago

        What an awesome art form!

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        spartakct 6 years ago

        Amazing lens! wonderful crafts

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        Dee Gallemore 6 years ago

        Beautiful paper quilling craftings . . . wonderfully presented . . . Blessed!

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        bharat01 6 years ago

        Hey great lens with the useful information, and congrates for winning a Purple Star.......:)

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        anonymous 6 years ago

        Wow this is beautiful art, the makers of these are so very talented. I had no idea about this type of art until this lens.