How to make fringed flowers
I was asked to explain how I make fringed paper flowers. You can find a lot of examples and tutorials on the Web, but since I was asked... Here's a detailed explanation.
1. Cut a paper strip 1 cm (3/8 inches) wide and about 28 cm (11 inches) long, which is the length of a standard paper sheet for A4 or Letter. Make small cuts at every 1-1.5 mm (1/16 inch) across the long edge of the strip. The cuts should be about 8 mm (a bit more than 1/4 inch) deep, you get a fringe with a narrow base. Cut gently to avoid cutting through the strip.
Some people use an office clip to limit the cuts. Try cutting this way, you may find it more convenient.
2. Roll the fringe into a tight coil using a quilling tool.
3. Apply a small amount of glue on the end and let it dry. You've got a sort of paper cylinder.
4. Fold the fringe outwards with your fingers. This is only one type of fringed flowers. Let me tell you about another one.
5. For the second type we also make a fringe, and then attach a narrow paper quilling strip (3 mm or 1/8 inch) to its end. The colour of the narrow strip will be the colour of the flower centre.
6. Roll up, starting from the tip of the narrow strip.
7. The narrow strip makes up the centre and the fringe makes up petals. Glue the end and let dry.
8. Peel the petals outwards. The flower is ready.
Try varying the width and length of strips, using different colour combinations, find new uses for your flowers. Be creative, good luck!
I am just wondering what would you do if you did not have a quilling tool
I'm so glad this tutorial could help you!
Once again BIG THANKS!!!
Try applying a tiny bit of glue between the layers of paper just when you finish rolling the center, to secure the flat central part (made of a narrow strip) in place. Then continue gently rolling the fringe, tightly but not too much. Make sure the fringe doesn't slip away. You may also fix the center at the final stage by pressing it carefully down with the blunt end of a pencil.