November 12, 2012

Bert and Ernie

To carry on with the Muppet theme that started with Cookie Monster and Elmo, here are two lovable buddies- Ernie and Bert!


Surprisingly,these two were pretty easy to make. Bert in particular was made using the same shapes as was used to make the yellow Angry Bird. A more conical head shape, with the effort going into getting the proportions right. 

Ernie's head was made with the simple round shape. 

These guys were all about the details. I tried to get their shirt colours and facial details as close as I could. As always, making the hair is always loads of fun. 

Bert stands at around 6 cm (2.4 in) while Ernie is a tiny bit shorter at 5 cm (2 in). Both are made using only 3 mm strips. 

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October 22, 2012

Quick 3D Quilling Project- With Instructions!

A bit of a silly, quick and easy little 3D quilling project: the ABCD's: Ant, Bee, Cat and Dog! 

ABCD

As you can see, each of these little sweeties are made using the exact same body shape- the easiest and most basic of the 3D Quilling techniques- the dome. 

Each dome was made using 15, 3mm sized strips,rolled into a tight coil, then gently pushed out. Once the dome was made and glued, I made another tight coil using (maybe?) 13 strips- just so it was a little smaller to fit snugly inside the dome. From here I stuck on 2 tiny feet- using 1 strip- at the front to make them sit up a little.

The eyes were made using 3 strips,with half a strip of black to make the outer edge. The pupil's were made with a trusty old hole punch. 

All sit at about 2.5cm (1in). The basic shape of these little guys is so versatile, ready to be made into anything- just add the embellishments! The possibilities are endless!

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October 8, 2012

Alien Duckling Brothers

These little guys started out as a single solitary duckling, then morphed into a sort of alien looking thing, then I felt sorry for it, so I made him a brother- so now we have alien duckling bothers. 


Blue Duckling Brothers

Basic 3D paper quilling shapes were used here yet again. The most different part I guess would be the mouth. 

To make the mouth, I wrapped the strips around a round object, so when I pulled it all off, I had a nice shape that allowed me to bend and form the big droopy mouth. 

Each of these guys are only 4cm (1.6in) tall. I used only 3mm strips of my two favourite colours- yep, you guessed it- blue and orange.

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September 24, 2012

The Fairy Girls

Move over Spice Girls, the 3D paper quilled Fairy Girls are in town!!

Fairy girls

These sweet little girls were a bit of an experiment to see if making 5 of essentially the same shaped character- each with a touch of its own uniqueness was faster than making them individually. Nope, still took about the same amount of time, but it was cool watching them come together bit by bit. 

Very simple 3D quilling shapes were used with these girls. A simple dome for the body, and 2 discs make up the head. Seeing that I hand cut all my strips, it was no problem cutting larger strips to make the arms and legs.

It was fun coming up with new and fun hairstyles for these girls. If only hair in real life could be cut and styled so easily and with all the fun colours. 

Each of the girls bodies are made exactly the same and stand at 6cm (2.4in). Aside from their limbs, they are made from 3mm strips.

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September 17, 2012

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

I've always had a soft spot for little Goldilocks. I mean who doesn't want a comfy chair, yummy warm porridge or a comfy bed to sleep in? I know I do!!

Goldilocks and the three bears

So here is the Kurlikin's 3D paper quilling version of the our girl Goldilocks and the Three Bears. 

All four characters have been made in the same style, all using only 3mm sized strips. The only real difference is the eyes I used for Goldilocks were inspired by the Powerpuff girls I made a while back. 

Papa bear is the tallest of the four, standing at 4.5cms (1.7in) all the way down to Goldilocks and baby bear who are around 3.5 cm (1.4in) tall. 

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September 10, 2012

Cookie Monster and Elmo

Cookies! Cookies! Cookies! Me love Cookies!  nom nom nom nom....

An introduction probably isn't necessary, but here are two of the greats (not to mention cutest) of the Sesame Street monsters: Elmo and Cookie Monster!

Cookie monster and Elmo

Cookie monster was a commissioned piece from a fan who knew it would make the perfect gift for a friend who was leaving the country. I'm super pleased with how he turned out, and I must admit, it was a little hard to wrap him up and send him off! I'm not sure if he can be any cuter!

Once cookie was made, Elmo was the next logical choice of monster to make. Following the same basic design as the cookie monster, he came together quite quickly. His mouth is slightly moveable to let him have a laugh when being tickled!

Both the monsters are around 4cm (1.5 in) tall. Cookie monster is a little bit taller. Both are made using 10mm strips, all fringed by hand- so loads of snipping!

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September 3, 2012

Teeny Tiny Paper Devil

Let me introduce you to my teeny tiny paper devil. He looks way too cute to be getting up to any mischief!

Little devil

After a few weeks of huge projects with tons of snipping, I wanted to do something that was both quick and easy for anyone to do. So, using only the most basic techniques, it was surprising how straight forward this little guys was to put together. The most difficult part was getting his horns to play nice and curve the way I wanted. 

His ears are circles that have been squished into triangles, and his arms are simple little peg rolls. I made his feet using little teardrop shapes, and the teeniest little bit of fringing for his tail. I was going to leave the natural hole of the circle for his little belly button, but his little 'outtie' is just way too cute!

This little guy is 3cm (almost 1.5in) tall. He is made with only 3mm strips. 


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August 27, 2012

Monsters Inc. in 3D Paper Quilling

Ahh, one of the greats to come out of the Pixar studio- Monster's Inc. This little project was most certainly the challenge that I wasn't expecting.

Monsters Inc.

Mike (6.5cm/2.5in eyeball with legs) was pretty straight forward to make, as was the sweet little Boo(5cm/2in). Sully however, (the crazy blue monster) was a whole other story...

Sully was literally a 'monster' to make! He absolutely towers over all my other minikins standing at a whopping 11cm (4.3in). Ontop of his height, Sully also needed to have a nice size to him. To do this, I made a good solid base underneath, before I covered him in his fur. After all the hand snipping/fringing I did to give Sully his fur, it may be time to invest in a proper fringer perhaps??

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August 20, 2012

Futurama in 3D Paper Quilling!

How can you not love the foul mouthed, beer drinking, cigar smoking robot 'Bender' from the animated T.V series Futurama!! Not to mention Dr. Zoidburg, the alien lobster doctor, Lord Nibbler, and of course there had to be a brain slug somewhere in there! Ahh, Futurama- how do you come up with such crazy characters that are awesomely fun to turn into 3D quilling?!

Futurama

No special techniques were used in making these guys, unless you call patience a technique. As you can see each segment of Bender's arms and legs were made individually, so this took a little time. 

I am super happy with how Dr. Zoidburg turned out. His facial features are hilarious, and his claws practically made themselves, being nice little quilled teardrop shapes. 

It was the first time I have used a quilled streamer in my quilling. This worked perfectly around the brain slug to give it that softer, blobby look.

Brain slug is 3.5cm/1.4 in
Bender is 7cm/2.7 in
Dr. Zoidburg is 6.5cm/2.5 in
Nibbler is 5.5cm/2.1 in

All were made with 6mm and 3mm strips.

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August 13, 2012

Spongebob Squarepants and Friends

Who doesn't love this cheeky, squarepant wearing sponge, who lives in a pineapple and hangs out at the crabshack with his friends Patrick and Squidward? Love them or not, they are super unique characters and gave me more than enough challenges to re-create them in 3D Quilling!

Spongebob Squarepants


These three characters: Patrick Starfish, Spongebob Squarepants and Squidward are the tallest, most detailed and most challenging of all of the Kurlikins characters.

Spongebob (9 cm/ 3.5in) took me a while to work out how to make a square shape using 3D Quilling techniques- which are essentially all circled shapes. Once I had that sorted, I then had to find a way of making him look spongy enough. The fantastic beehive technique done to the extreme came to the rescue- and I am more than impressed with the results.

Squidward (height: 11cm/ 4.3in) presented the challenge of getting the shapes right to make his interesting shaped head. Loads of sculpting, pushing, squeezing and patience finally got it looking right. I love how he turned out!


Patrick (height: 8cm/ 3.1in) although looking very straight forward as far as 3D Quilling shapes go- was a little more difficult then expected. His size and shape required a lot more strips then planned, and then a lot of moulding to get him into the right shape.


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August 6, 2012

Despicable Me Minions

Who wouldn't want thousands of these little guys wondering around your house, helping you hatch your next nefarious deed? These little minions from the awesome animated movie Despicable Me are the latest minikins to join the Kurlikin's bunch!

Despicable Me Minions

Seeing that all these guys are the same shape and size, making them was a breeze. Once I worked out the best way of creating their bodies, it was simply a matter of making 3 of everything. 

This is the first time I have tried quilling with a super wide strips that I cut myself- 3cm in this case, to make their bodies. It was much the same as normal quilling, but took loads more paper! So in doing this, their bodies are solid paper, making these little guys super sturdy!

Each of these adorable minions stand at 5cm (2 in) tall. Their bodies were made with an assortment of strip sizes. For their heads and bottoms, 6mm strips were used. To make their body, 3cm wide strips were cut. All the detail ie. eyes, feet and hands were made from 3mm strips.



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July 30, 2012

Keroppi

Let me introduce the super cute Keroppi, his brother Koroppi and sister Pikki- the little frog family that hang out in Donut Pond. If you are unfamiliar with these froggies, they are all apart of the incredibly sweet world in which other characters, such as Hello Kitty belong.

Keroppi

 These singing, dancing and swimming frogs were pure joy to make! Seeing that their basic body structure was generally uncomplicated, it was their tininess that brought the challenge, as well as maintaining their cuteness. In the end, these guys are all about the eyes- and I absolutely LOVE how they turned out. 

Keroppi and his family are all a tiny 2.5 cm (1in) tall. They are made using only 3mm sized strips.

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July 23, 2012

Superhero Favorites!

Everyone has their favorite crime-fighting superhero- but never have they been soo tiny! Here are the latest additions to the Kurlikins family: Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman, and of course, Spiderman!


Each of these minikins are made from the basic 3D Quilling shapes, with the details added to create the characters. It was fun watching Spiderman come to life, as each strand of the web was individually placed on his head and body. 

Putting faces on Quilled people has always been a challenge to get it right. Over the past few weeks I have been experimenting with different methods, and here, you can see a couple of more options. 

For me, the sweetest feature of the group is Superman's tiny little hair curl. It still makes me smile!

Each of these tiny crime fighting super heroes stand at only 3.5 cm (1.4 in) tall. All are made from 3 mm strips. 


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July 16, 2012

Calvin and Hobbs

Who doesn't love this cute little 6 year old boy Calvin, and his stuffed tiger Hobbs?? If you're like me, you would have loved the crazy adventures these two would get up to, and always wish you had such a cool 'imaginary' friend to hang out with.


The greatest challenge in making these two, was getting Calvin looking right. Seeing that they come from a drawn comic strip, done by a fantastic illustrator made it really difficult to do it justice. I tried a little something new with Calvin's eyes, mainly to give him more of a crazy, loco, hyper look.

Making the little wagon for Hobbs was fun- it meant I only had to make half of Hobbs body!! I may see what other modes of transport I can use these techniques for in the future. 

Calvin stands at 4cm (1.6in) high, while Hobbs is a little taller at 5cm (2in). Again, like all my Kurlikins, they are made with a mixture of 6mm and 3mm strips. 


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July 9, 2012

Powerpuff Girls

Nothing like a little Sugar, Spice, and all things nice, curled up tightly in paper strips to make these absolutely adorable Powerpuff girls in 3D Quilling! 

These cute, crime fighting super girls: Bubbles, Blossom and Buttercup came to life in paper superbly with their fun colours, huge eyes, and cool hairstyles 

Seeing that they all share the same basic structure, they were quite straight forward to make. The most fiddly part of these girls was getting their hair-do styled, then getting their big bobble-like heads to balance correctly. 

Powerpuff Girls

All three girls stand at 3cm (1.2in). Their heads are made with 3mm strips, and their bodies with one 6mm strip.

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July 2, 2012

Facebook Monster Mascots

To help celebrate the launching of the new Kurlikins Facebook page, I went a little mad making Monster Mascots. 
Monster Madness
Each monster mascot brings a new (or old) 3D Quilling technique to life in a different way.

Fug: (5cm/2in) Required a lot of snipping for the fringing, to make his hairy body- much like how Chewbacca was made. I also tried a new way in which to make a fun quilled monster mouth.  
Mog: (4cm/1.6in) Making an opened mouth monster was a new and exciting challenge. The 'Beehive' technique was also used for the first time to make his beard.
Snik: (5cm/2in) Explored the 'new' mouth technique a little further, making it a little more tighter than 'Fug's'. 
Ojo: (4cm/1.6in) Was straight forward in terms of 3D Quilling. 
Pulpus: (4.5cm/1.8in) Is covered in the same curls that were used to make Sheepy Shazza.
Drizzak: (4.5cm/1.8in) Is made from basic 3D Quilling shapes also, but I changed it up a little to make his cute under bite. 


The Monster Mascots were made using a variety of sized strips, depending on what was needed for each detail. Generally, the bodies are made using 6mm strips. 


Come over and help my Monster Mascots celebrate on the Kurlikins Facebook page. 


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June 26, 2012

Doraemon

This cute Japanese icon and hero, Doraemon, is the earless robotic cat from the future- and perfect for 3D Quilling.

Doraemon was very staright forward to make. He is made using simple tight coils and then cones for his arms, nose and bell.  The only real hiccup I had was at first making his head too small for this body- an easy fix. Proportions are something I'm still getting the hang of. 

I used the same technique for his feet as I did when making Tinky fairy's shoes. One side of the tight coil is pushed up to give the impression of toes underneath. 

Doraemon is made from 3mm strips and stands at 5cm (2in) tall. 


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June 19, 2012

Angry Birds

The characters from the addictive strategic puzzle video game- Angry Birds -with their fun colours, expressive eyes and interesting rounded shapes were of course on my must make list.

Angry Birds

On the whole, the Angry Birds and pigs were very straight forward to make, with no special 3D Quilling techniques used. Most of the effort went into the planning and molding of the shapes, and making sure the colour proportions of the red and yellow bird were correct. The backs of the pigs were molded then flattened so they wouldn't roll sideways when set into the scene. 

Getting the blue bird to sit snuggly in the the sling-shot took a little fiddling. In the end I glued the sling to the bird, and moved the sling to to get the balance.

All the birds and pigs are around 2.5-3cm (1-1.2in) tall, and only 3mm strips  used. The sling-shot and logs were made with varying lengths cut to what I needed.


Ok, fess up- how addicted are you to playing this game?


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June 13, 2012

Hello Kitty

I am pretty sure that whatever you can possibly think of- you'd be able to get it with Hello Kitty on it... so now, here is a 3D Quilled Kurlikin!


This cute little apple pie loving Kitty turned out to be more difficult to make  then I expected. Actually, this one here is my second attempt. 

It took me a little while to figure out the correct proportions, and then I had  squash her head a little to get the right shape- which also took a few attempts.
 

With her legs the way they are, she didn't want to stand up on her own, so she now has a cute little fringed flower to keep her nicely balanced. 

Hello Kitty stands at 4cm (1.6in) and was made from 3mm strips. 


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June 7, 2012

Star Wars

Ok, so time for a full disclosure: I have never watched a complete Star Wars movie, from start to finish... There, I have said it. Phew! Glad to get that off my chest. I am however familiar with the story line, and of course I love how crazy different, and incredibly cool the characters are.


These guys were super fun to make with each character giving me its own set of challenges. 

By far Princess Leia (4cm/ 1.6in) was the most straight forward and simple to make. Her body and head followed all the basic 3D quilling techniques. I layered up the paper a little to give a more textured look to her fringe (bangs). 


Chewbacca (6cm/2.4in), as you can imagine took a little longer due to the large amount of fringing that needed to be done. I made the basic body shape before wrapping him in his 'fur'. As he has quite a big head (in comparison to his body) he took a little persuasion to get standing on his own. Flaying out the fringing around his feet helped in stabilizing him.


Darth Vader (5.5cm/ 2.2in), although seeming straight forward, gave me a few little difficulties. Getting his helmet to sit up and not cover his face took some patience. I ended up propping his helmet on a little tight coil, with the patience needed for it to dry securly before releasing it. 


Then there is Yoda (3.5cm/1.4in). How incredibly cute is he?! I tried out a few new techniques with him, 
particularly in making his eyes. Although it is a little difficult to see in the picture, I have layered up his eye lids (similar to what I did to Princess Leia's hair) to give them a wrinkly look. Figuring out how to get his hooded robe fitting perfectly took a number of tries. Although it doesn't show up in the photo- he has a hood behind his head.
All of the characters were made with a mixture of 6mm and 3mm strips. 

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May 29, 2012

Pucca and Garu

It seems like the merchandising world has gone crazy with this cute little Korean character- Pucca! After seeing everything from bags, plush toys to every type of stationary available decorated with Pucca's adorable face, I knew I had to make her out of paper.

If you aren't familiar with this character, Pucca comes from a simple flash animated TV show. She is the 10 year old daughter of three noodle house owners in a small village in the South Korean mountains. In pretty much every episode, Pucca hilariously tries to conspire ways to steal a kiss from her 12 year old ninja love interest- Garu. When this doesn't happen, different competitions and combats are fought between them, with Pucca usually beating him.


Making Pucca and Garu was very straight forward, using all the usual 3D Quilling techniques. I used a hole punch to make Pucca's rosy cheeks, and had many attempts at free-style cutting out Garu's heart.

Pucca stands at 3.5 cm tall, and the hair on Garu make him a little taller at 4.5cm. Both of their bodies were made with 6mm strips, while the rest of them were made with 3mm strips. A tiny bit of fringing was used to make Garu's cool hair-do.  




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May 21, 2012

South Park Characters in 3D Paper Quilling

After loads of tiny 3D animals dominating the Kurlikins blog, I thought it was time to take 3D Paper Quilling in a totally new direction. 

Even if you're not a fan of, or familiar with the South Park TV show- the characters of Stan, Kyle, Cartman and Kenny have shapes that lend themselves perfectly to 3D Quilling. 

I wanted to give a sense of 'character' with these guys, similar to how they are in the TV show. Stan and Kyle: the normal, everyday, good mates. Cartman: the loud, obnoxious, obese kid, and of course, Kenny: the one who would die or be horribly injured in almost every episode. 

Getting the proportions right and fitting their hats snugly on their heads presented the most difficulties. Once that was done, it was just a matter of filling in the details. 


Stan, Kyle and Kenny are around 4cm (1.6in) tall, while Cartman is a little taller at 5.5cm (2.2in) tall- simply because he is a lot fatter.
A mixture of 3mm and 6mm strips were used. The 6mm strips were used mostly to form their bodies.
Are you a fan of the South Park TV Show? If so, who is your favorite character?

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May 18, 2012

3D Quilling: Pasta Pingüino

If you have seen the animated kids movie 'Surf's Up', you might know that this little Pingüino is a Macaroni penguin from Antarctica.
 

My husband and I were lucky enough to make a trip to the Antarctica and seeing one of these guys was definitely on my must see list. On our last day, we randomly saw a single solitary Macaroni penguin hanging out in a rookery of at least 200 other penguins of a different kind. He'd taken a 800km wrong turn somewhere... whoops!
To make Pasta Pingüino here, required a little bit of snipping...no wait... A LOT of snipping. His entire body is made using the fringing technique to give him a cute fluffed up look.
I love the double up I did on his eyes, as it gives him a more kooky, wonky, slightly crazy look- making me think of how bewildered the lost penguin I saw hanging out on his nest must have felt.

Penguin


Pasta Pingüino waddles around 4cm (1.6in) tall. His body is made from 6mm strips (all fringed), while his arms, legs and eyes are made with 3mm strips.


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May 16, 2012

3D Quilling: Leon the Lion

How could I've gone so long without creating the King of the jungle?? Well, here is Leon, quirky eyes and all!

The basics of his body are pretty much the same as the other tiny animals I've made, but I wanted his mane to be the main feature. Thinking it was just going to be a simple 'fold the paper in a cool accordion style and stick', turned out to be a huge lesson in patience as I was reminded that straight things don't necessarily stick in an attractive way around round things. 

Lots of fiddling, cutting and re-styling later, Leon got his mane on. Grrrrr! 

Lion frontLion back

Leon stands at an adorable 2.5 cm (1in) tall. He is made using 6mm strips for his body, while his features were made with 3mm strips. His mane was made with a 2cm wide paper strip, folded accordion style, snipped with zig-zag shape scissors, and styled with a sort of fringing technique. 


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May 14, 2012

3D Quilling: Sheepy Shazza

The fuzziest little sheep on the farm- almost ready to lose her locks in the annual shearing. 

Shazza definitely took a little longer to make than the other tiny animals, but it sure was fun watching her grow lock by lock into the fluffy sheep she is now. 
Each lock was made from a 5cm long strip, and starting from around her face, I made my way backwards until I encircled her tail and little behind. (which you can sort of see in the second photo).

Expecting that each of the locks was going to uncurl not long after positioning them, I was happily surprised that by placing them so they would uncurl onto the next lock- actually held them snugly in place. 


sheep front
sheep back

Shazza is only 2.5cm (1in) tall. The base of her body was made with 6mm strips, while the curls were made using 3mm strips. 


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May 11, 2012

3D Quilling: Salvador Seal

Salvador came about from wanting to see if I could take the basic shape I have been using for the other tiny animals and lengthen it. I have to say- it worked out just fine! 

Once the body had been molded into the long seal like shape, it was just a matter of shaping and placing the head just right, to give him the look of a seal who has just jumped out of the water and is sliding across an iceberg.

Being a somewhat glue-fingered quiller, this is the first time being a little bit messy has worked in my favour. The odd little glue stains turned nice and shiny under a coat of clear lacquer giving him a real slick, wet, sealy look.

Seal frontSeal back

Salvador the Seal is 3cm (1.2in) tall and 7cm (2.8in) long. He is made from 6 mm strips, while his tiny nose and eyes are made from 3mm strips. 

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May 9, 2012

3D Quilling: Hilda Hippo

Hilda started out in the same fashion as the other tiny animals. But, somewhere during the forming process, she decided that she wanted to dance- and who am I to deny a Hippo??

Getting the balancing right was quite the challenge with Hilda. She can stand unassisted no worries, but by putting her on her own little stage makes her that much more steady, as well as looking more like a ballerina dancing in a jewellery box.

hippo


Hilda is dancing at 6cm (2.4in) tall. Her body is made from 6mm strips, while her ears, eyes and teeth are made from 3mm strips. 


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May 7, 2012

3D Quilling: Baby Girl

I hadn't made any tiny people for a little while, so Baby Girl was formed. 

Her body has the very standard quilled shape, so to make her a little different, I went to town with her hair. It was loads of fun putting her hair together then giving her a proper little hair cut.

baby girl

Baby Girl sits at 6cm (2.4in) tall. Her body and shoes are made with 6mm strips, her face and hands with 3mm, and her hair with loads of 1.5mm strips.



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May 4, 2012

3D Quilling: Fizzy Fish

Fizzy Fish came about from another slice of an idea from Inna's Creations, then a little bit more flare was added. At first Fizzy was going to be a type of goldfish, but she morphed into something different all together.

I experimented for the first time using two different coloured strips to see what the effect would be. You can sort of see where I've used orange and red for the dorsal fins on the side- and of course for her tail. Although it did make it a lot thicker, the added depth made it worth it.

I coated her with a clear lacquer, which gave her the same nice wet effect that was achieved with Salvador the Seal. 


Fish

Fizzy is quite long thanks to her luscious tail - 11cm (4.3in), while her body is only 3.5cm (1.4in) tall. She is made entirely from 6mm strips (with the exception of her lips which are 3mm). 



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May 2, 2012

3D Quilling: Stan the Cow

One of my elder sisters used to have an incredibly huge cow collection. After taking up most of her house, she did a massive clean out, and now- no more cows. So, Stan the Cow is for her- a tiny reminder of how cute cows can be!

The hardest part, believe it or not, was making the tiny little horns. Being so fiddly and small, they would either fall apart, or look too big and bulky for his head. His ears were made with a simple teardrop shape, and again, I've used a little bit of fringing for the tail.


Liking the finished off look of the 'hoofs' I tried out with
Gary the Giraffe, I did the same with Stan. 


Cow frontCow back

Stan the Cow stands at a tiny 2.5cm tall (1in). His body is made with the classic 6mm strip, while his eyes, snout and legs are made with 3mm strips.


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April 30, 2012

3D Quilling: Gary Giraffe

Gary the Giraffe towers over the other tiny animals in the collection. He stands with an incredible posture, but with a kind of bewildered expression.

A little fringing was used to make his tail, while the rest of him was made with basic quilling techniques. 


I did a little double up on his legs to give him a clear hoof. It also helped with his stability and made his legs that little bit longer.

Giraffe frontgiraffe back

Gary stands at 7cm (2.8in) tall-most of that being his long neck. His body is made from 6mm strips, while his head and features are made from 3mm strips. 


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April 27, 2012

3D Quilling: Tinky Fairy

This little Tinky fairy was inspired by my little sister, who for reasons totally unknown (or not remembered) has the nicknames 'Tinkerbell', 'Tinks' or 'Tilla'.

Tinky was really fun to make: shaping her magical wings, cutting a classic Tinkerbell hairstyle, and shaping her groovy little fairy shoes.


Getting her to stand unassisted took some patience, as every little part attached changed the overall balance. Finally, after some 'gentle' persuasion, she stands!


I tried various ways of giving her some sort of face, but nothing came close to  the sweet little fairy face she deserves- so her face is whatever you imagine it to be.
 

Fairy frontFairy back

Tinky stands at 9cm (3.5in) tall. Her dress was made using 6mm strips, while the rest of her was made with 3mm strips.



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April 25, 2012

3D Quilling: Pancho Chancho

Pancho Chancho (Pig in Spanish) is actually a piglet, with floppy ears and a sweet little curly tail. 

Pig


Pancho stands at a tiny 2.5 (1in) tall. His body is made with 6mm strips, while his snout, ears and legs are made with 3mm strips.


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April 23, 2012

3D Quilling: Little Owls

After a search through my favourite Quilling blogs and sites for a little inspiration, I landed on this little gem over at Inna's Creations. I fell in love and immediately set about cutting the strips I needed. 

Roughly following the instructions that Inna posted, I still had to figure out the best way of attaching the little feathers in a way that looked good. I now see why Inna used 1.5mm (1/16") strips for the feathers as it gives a more smoother look, and no doubt a lot easier to attach.

Taking Inna's lead and using the fringing technique for the eyes, I am more than impressed with the results. It most certainly adds that something extra special, which makes these guys so cute! 

Owl FrontOwl side
Loving so much how he turned out, I went about to make him a little brother. Although they are the same size, I think this one is younger as he is still waiting for his feathers to change colour.
Baby Owl
Owls

Both owls stand at 5cm (2 in) tall. The base of their bodies and eyes were made using 6mm strips, while the feathers, feet and beak were made with 3mm.
Thankyou Inna for the inspiration!


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April 20, 2012

3D Quilling: Bettie Birdie

Bettie the Birdie is a sweet little canary who has become way too big for her nest. 

There was a little bit of experimentation when making Bettie, which lead to a few new techniques learned. Pushing out her 'teardrop' wings a little on one side gives her wings an even more 3D look. The tiny bit of husking that was done to create her tail was a first for me, and I'm pretty happy with the results. 

I also had a go at fringing for the first time. I have seen so many beautiful flowers created using this technique, so I was a little unsure if it would create the look I was going for to create her nest. After a lot of snipping, I'd say it worked out just fine. 

Bird frontBird back

Bettie sits at 3cm (1.2in) tall. She is made using 6mm strips, and her tail, beak and eyes are made with 3mm strips. The nest was fringed also using 6mm strips. 



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April 18, 2012

3D Quilling: Enrique the Elephant

Enrique the Elephant is the first of the tiny animals in the Kurlikins collection (lots more to follow). He stands proudly and toots his trunk loudly.

I've given Enrique plenty of ventilation in the ear department, as well as a cool colour contrast.


Getting his trunk to stand up and out without tipping his body forward took a little bit of work. I got around this problem by placing his back legs a little further out to balance him.


Elephant frontElephant back

Enrique stands at 3cm (1.2in) tall and is made from 6mm strips. 

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April 17, 2012

3D Quilling: Sad Dragon

Stumbling upon this page on the Creative Quilled Creations site, I was immediately inspired to make this little sad dragon.

Getting his tail to curl a little proved to be a little difficult, but we got there in the end. Making the arm and leg caps ended up being a great idea, as it made it a little easier to attach them to the body and gives him a more finished off look.

I think he'd make a great friend to Jen's unicorns, horses and zebras.

Dragon frontDragon back

Sad dragon sits at 4.5 cm (1.8in) tall. His body, tail, and legs are made from 6mm strips, while his spines, front legs and caps are made using 3 mm strips. 


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