June 13, 2013

State Emergency Service Man

Here in Australia, we have whats called the SES (State Emergency Service). It is an emergency and rescue service that is dedicated to assisting the community and is made up mostly by volunteers. My brother recently completed his training, and has now joined the ranks of those awesome volunteers! So for his birthday, I decided to show him how proud I am by creating a one of a kind SES man!

SES 3D quilling rescue man

Getting the proportions right on this little guy was pretty important. I started by making the head, and working my onward from there.

Fitting the helmet took a little working around. The dome shapes of the head needed to fit snugly inside the helmet. With a load of re-positioning and filling the gaps up with hair- his helmet sits back off his head a little, which I think is pretty cute. I would love to say that the helmet was removable, but considering the dangerous situations these volunteers put themselves into- It worked better if it stayed stuck on!

SES man was made with a variety of strip sizes- 6mm, 3mm, 1.5mm... whatever detail I was after, determined what size strip I needed to cut. The letters of S.E.S were also hand cut out.

This little guy stands at an adorable 7cm / 2.7" tall.

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June 4, 2013

LittleBig Planet's: Sackboy

How super cute is this little avatar from the Wii game- LittleBig Planet! The original Sackboy is apparently made from sackcloth, stuffed with fluff and (believe it or not) Icecream! This Kurlikins version however, is made from... you guessed it- 100% paper!

3D quilling Sack Boy Little Big Planet

After doing a little reading on these adorable characters, it turns out that all the Sackpeople that you meet going through the different worlds are 8cm tall. This makes it a first for Kurlikins- making a character life size! (or maybe just a little bit smaller).

In making Sackboy, the basics of 3D quilling were used. Simple dome shapes to create the head, and cone shapes to make the body and limbs. Because he is quite little in size, only 3mm strips were used.

Tiny strips of grey were used for the detailing- making the zipper and to show the stitching around the head. Like with all 3D quilling, using minimal glue applied with something like a toothpick really helps out getting the teensy tiny bits of paper stuck where you want it to go. 

Have you played LittleBig Planet? What dress up do you like your Sackperson in?

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May 27, 2013

3D Quilling: Toy Story's Mr Potato Head and Alien

"The claw is our master. The claw chooses who will go and who will stay..."
(Classic scene from Toy Story as Buzz Lightyear tries to figure out who's in charge)

The original Toy Story...what a down-right FunTastic flick!  So here are two of my favorite characters from the movie, who need nothing by way of introduction: Mr. Potato Head and one of the 'chosen' Aliens (ooooooohhhh!)

3D paper quilling Toy Story characters Mr Potato Head and Alien

The making of Mr Potato Head was pretty straight forward- even with the loads of little bits that needed to go together. There were a lot of laugh-out-loud moments as body parts were stuck and fell off, swapped and rearranged just like his character in the movies... cheeky!

The alien was a little bit more challenging... no wait, down right difficult! His shapes aren't quite round, so loads of molding and scolding went into getting this little guy just right.

A combination of strips were used for both characters- 3mm and 6mm (1/8" and  1/4") I've found that when making larger shapes (eg. Mr Potato Head's body) 6mm (1/4") strips work better- and are waaay more forgiving. The details however, work better with the thinner strip, although can be more tricky getting the shape to work right.

Both these characters stand at around 5cm (2in) tall. 

So... Let me know: Who's YOUR favourite Toy Story Character? 

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May 17, 2013

3D Quilling: Space Dude

In celebration of Canadian Astronaut, Col. Chris Hadfield's epic journey and safe return to planet Earth...and to stop the pestering of my uber space enthused sister to make something spacey; Kurlikins proudly presents: Space Dude! 

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Space dude looked a little lonesome standing on his own, so I made a little scene to go with him- a first for Kurlikins!

As far as 3D quilling goes, he was pretty straight forward for me to put him together, although there was a little coaxing to get his helmet looking right. Most of the work in this piece went into the detail and the moon. 

Making the moon was a little paper feat all to itself. A whopping 3 meters (almost 10 feet) of paper strips were used.... and that was only to make a moon with a diameter of around 8 cm (3.1 in)

A massive shout out and thanks to Col. Chris Hadfield for sharing his inspiring 'out-of-this-world' adventure with us earthlings! 

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April 17, 2013

Tutorial: 3D Quilled Fairy Girl Instructions

In celebration of Kurlikins being 1 year old, here is a tutorial on how to make your very own cute little fairy girl. 

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What you'll need:


3D quilling what you need
  • Quilling strips (or paper which you'll cut into quilling strips using the ruler and knife)- see colours in photo
  • Glue
  • Toothpick
  • Quilling Tool- up to you if you want to use a slotted, pointed or no tool at all. 
  • Optional: marble or something round

Note: all my strip lengths are based on an A4 sheet of paper (29.7cm/ 11.7in)

The Body

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1. DRESS:
6 x 6mm strips
Glue the strips together to form a long snake
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2. Roll up all the strips into a make a tight coil
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3. Flatten coil
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4. Push out to form a cone.
You can use the marble for this- or your pinky finger
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5. Coat the inside with glue with your toothpick
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6. DRESS BASE: 
6 x 3mm strips
Coat the coil in glue (don't push out)
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7. Connect the 3mm coil to the 6mm coil.
Make sure the joins are in the same place
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8. Add a 3mm tight roll to make the neck
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9. DECORATIONS: 
3mm x 15cm 
Make a bundle of tear drop shapes to decorate her dress
Set aside to attach later on

The Limbs

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10. Arm caps: 3mm strips x 7cm (make 2)
Make tight coils and push out slightly.
Glue and put aside to dry
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11. ARMS AND LEGS
Arms: 1cm wide strip x 5cm (make 2)
Legs: 1.5 cm wide strip x 5cm (make 2)
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12. HANDS: 
3mm x 5cm strips (make 2)

Squeeze one side to flatten the coil 
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13. Attach the hands to the arms
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14. SHOES: 
Tight coil 1 x 3mm strip (make 2)
Create small dome shape
Squeeze into a heel (teardrop shape)
Pop out one side of dome to make the toes
Glue inside to hold the shape
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15. Glue the leg onto the shoe
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16. Glue the arms into the arm caps

The Head

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17. HEAD
Make tight coils using 10 x 3mm strips (make 2)
Pinch one side to make a chin
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18. Shape to make face and back of head
Glue
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19. What you should have so far...
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20. HAIR
Cut lots of little strips to make the hair style
Attach 
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21. EARS: 
3mm x 5cm (make 2)
Tight coil then flatterned on one side
Glue to head
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22. Continue making hairstyle
I've made a girly plait/braid
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23. Glue hair to the inside the face
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24. Glue the face to the back of the head. 
Hold till dry
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25. Attach the arms
Attach the legs- making sure it stands up by itself
Glue head onto neck- Balance!
 Hold till dry
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26. Remember the decorations from step 9??
(Optional) Glue on the teardrop dress decorations 
Make sure to cover up the join mark on the dress

The Wings

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27. Wrap first strip around finger and glue. 
Wrap to create the second loop and glue.
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28. Glue next strip and make the next loop
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29. Continue like this adding colour and loops to your desired size
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30. Make 2 big ones, and 2 small ones
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31. Glue all wing bits together
Attach to the back of your fairy
Note: attaching the wings may throw your overall balance out of the fairy, making her fall over. Play around with the wing positioning ect. to get this perfect.

Ta Da! Your super gorgeous 3D quilled Fairy Girl!

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