Quilling Glue Basics - 5 Helpful Tips


Quilling Glue Basics - 5 Helpful Tips Tutorial



Quilling Glue Basics - 5 Helpful Tips


Do you have a hard time with glue showing on your quilling? In this video I’m going to share all the gluing tips I’ve learned since I started in 2006.



Tip 1 – Smear Your Glue Puddle

I often see instruction to pour out some glue, and then to dip your quilling into the puddle, but it’s easy to overcoat your quilling strip this way, which means your glue will be seen on your final work surface.


Quilling Glue Basics - 5 Helpful Tips - Dipping Glue


Instead, I prefer to use another piece of plastic to smear the puddle flat. This way the depth of your glue puddle is very shallow.

Quilling Glue Basics - 5 Helpful Tips - Smearing Glue

This allows you to gently press the innermost coils into the glue, coating every bit of it.

When I pick it up, I pre-loosen the inner coils so the glue’s suction won’t destroy the smooth arcs.

After lifting, I always turn it upside down to check if I’ve missed coating any of it. If I did, I’ll simply re-dip again.



Tip 2 - Missed Spots

Now, if you coiled your strip unevenly, it’s quite easy to miss getting it dipped fully into the glue. Or maybe you missed dipped a certain section. What do you do if your strip is already on your work surface? Let me show you how to add glue in a case like this.

Apply glue to a scrap piece of quilling paper and slip it under the areas that are missing glue, the press your strip down.



Quilling Glue Basics - 5 Helpful Tips - Missing Glue

Tip 3 - Glue Dipping and Smearing Cards

When smearing my glue for dipping my pieces, I prefer to use a plastic card that has a matte surface rather than a high gloss surface. I usually use the Oyster card I got when I visited London.



Quilling Glue Basics - 5 Helpful Tips - Glue Cards

Tip 4 - How to Undo Glued Pieces

As all quillers know, our work is hard to undo. If you’ve glued something down, don’t just tear it up. You’ll end up tearing the fibres of your work surface.

Instead, I extend an x-acto knife and slowly slice through the glue horizontally. This is another reason why it’s good to use as little glue as possible. 

If you have some stubborn bits, you may need to scrape the surface a bit. I then use an eraser to gently scour the fragments. Finally I use a bone folder to smoothen the surface as much as possible. 

I only remove my quilling as a last resort, and you’ll get the best results the faster you make your decision before the glue fully dries. I do suggest that you practice on a scrap piece first.


Quilling Glue Basics - 5 Helpful Tips - How to Remove Glue



Tip 5 - My Favorite Quilling Glue Brand

I’m often asked what brand of glue I use. My favourite is Aleene’s Tacky Glue because it’s thick and dries fast. I use the large bottle when I need to smear it for dipping, and I put it in a fine tip bottle for applying directly onto my quilling strips. I store it upside down in a shot glass with a wet tissue at the bottom so it doesn’t clog and is always ready to use. 


Quilling Glue Basics - 5 Helpful Tips - Favorite Brand Aleene's Tacky Glue

I hope these tips help you with your quilling. I love reading your comments and hearing which tip you found the most helpful, because then it helps me decide what to show you in the future. Or if you have any tips to share, please comment so we can all learn from you as well.

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    1. Great to hear you enjoyed them! Thanks for letting me know.

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    1. You're very welcome Anggi! Have you been quilling long?

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  3. Thanks, I really needed those tips.

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    1. I'm so happy to hear that randysgrandma! Thanks for letting me know it helped you - makes it all worth it.

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  4. Thanks so much for the tips... I have just started doing swirls and was worried that my glue would show to much. So thanks... I will be following you from now on...

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    1. Hello Rita, I'm thrilled to hear my tips are helping you... and that you're now going to follow me! Thanks so much for letting me know!

      Cecelia

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  5. the msg was from me RitaMccarty55

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    1. Hi Kathy, happy to hear that - thanks for leaving a comment!

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  7. Thank you for these tips! I am teaching my first quilling class, but I always love to learn more- and pass it on!

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    1. Hello Krysla, I'm happy these tips have been helpful to you! Congrats on teaching your first class and passing along this knowledge!
      Cecelia

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    1. I'm so happy to hear that Erika - thank you! Have you been quilling long?
      Cecelia

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  9. Love the tip about storing your glue upside down with wet paper towel at the bottom; good idea!

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    1. Yay! I'm so happy to hear that Jean! Thank you so much for taking the time to comment and letting me know which tip you liked most. Hearing this makes me inspired to keep going with more tutorials! :D
      Cecelia

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  10. Oh my … I've been quilling for a little over 3 years now and I never thought of this method of gluing! Thank you so much for posting this.

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    1. Yay! My job is done!!! Thank you SO much for commenting and letting me know you learned a new trick! It makes all my efforts worth it.

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  11. This is so cool! first saw a quilling art piece as child and was just mesmerized by it...😊

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    1. Hey Emily, I'm happy to hear it made an impression on you as a child. I remember origami making an impression on me at age 6, and here I am, still loving paper. I hope you'll give quilling a try!
      Cecelia

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  12. Wonderful tips. Thank you very much.

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    1. Hello Sylvia, you're very welcome! Are you a new quiller or have you been quilling for a while?
      Cecelia

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  13. thank you for your glueing tips. I have been lucky to win a few times in craft shows with my quilling but I seem to learn something new every week in our craft group, we all share any tips we get

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    1. You're very welcome – and thank you for commenting and letting me know my tutorials are helpful. It's very rewarding to know I've been able to make a difference.

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  14. I am soooo glad I found this blog! You are so informative and helpful. i never knew to put the glue on plastic to smear it around, nor did I know to use the kind of glue you are using, threfore a lot of my designs have glue showing. Thank you for this information.

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    1. Yay! I'm so glad you found my blog too! Yup, smearing glue is my best tip for making it invisible! I hope to see your quilling one day!

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  15. When you have a long strip to glue do you dip the whole length at once? I find it difficult to not get glue on background. While gluing the first part the other end touches background. Any suggestions? Thanks so much for this helpful blog!

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    1. Hi CynHop, good question! I often dip part of the strip, set it in place, then work my way down the length. This way I avoid getting glue on the background, and have less stress overall. If you watch my other videos on YouTube, you'll see how I use my plastic cards to achieve partial glueing techniques.

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