Introduction: Quilled Piglet Tutorial

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A cute little piglet for your kids/car/Christmas ornaments

Step 1: Materials

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(a) Baby pink and bubble-gum pink quilling strips (3 mm width)
(b) Slotted quilling tool
(c) Curling coach
(d) 3D molding tool (optional)
(e) Scissors
(f) Red marker pen
(g) A pair of wiggly eyes
(h) 15 cm organza ribbon
You will need white glue for gluing the paper and clear PVA glue for moulding the 3D coils.
The lengths of quilling strips required for the piglet are:
Body – Two strips of baby pink 20 feet each (made by joining 20 strips of a foot each, end to end)
Snout – Six feet of bubble-gum pink strips (made by joining 6 strips of a foot each, end to end)
Legs – Four strips of baby pink of 1 foot each
Ears – Two strips of bubble gum pink of 3 feet each

Step 2: Tight Coils

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Stick one end of the 20 feet strips into the slotted quilling tool through the curling coach, as shown in the image. Remember to leave a little ‘tail’ before you start rolling. This will hold the strip in place while you roll. Make a tight coil and stick the end of the strip with a little white glue. Release it from the quilling tool and flatten it out.

Step 3: Shaping the Coils

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Make a similar tight coil using the other 20 foot strip of baby pink. These two tight coils [shown as (a)] will make the body of the piglet. Repeat for snout (b), ears (c) and legs (d). Use a slightly tapered bubble gum pink strip and make a spiral for using as a tail (e)



Mould the baby-pink tight coils into hemispheres using either the quilling mould or your hands (be careful so as not to spring the coils open). Proceed very gently if you’re using your hands. Fill the hemispheres with PVA glue and spread evenly on the inner surface. Allow the glue to dry completely. This hardens the hemispheres and makes them easy to handle.

Step 4: Shaping More Coils

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Make a similar tight coil using the other 20 foot strip of baby pink. These two tight coils [shown as (a)] will make the body of the piglet. Repeat for snout (b), ears (c) and legs (d). Use a slightly tapered bubble gum pink strip and make a spiral for using as a tail (e)



Mould the baby-pink tight coils into hemispheres using either the quilling mould or your hands (be careful so as not to spring the coils open). Proceed very gently if you’re using your hands. Fill the hemispheres with PVA glue and spread evenly on the inner surface. Allow the glue to dry completely. This hardens the hemispheres and makes them easy to handle.

Step 5: Hanging Loop

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On a foot long baby pink strip, paste the organza ribbon in a U shape as shown in the inset. Start rolling using a quilling tool, keeping the open ends of the ribbon towards your hand and U loop away from your hand. Make a tight coil and glue the loose end. This will be the “hook” for the piglet ornament.

Step 6: Attaching the Loop

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Once the two baby pink hemispheres have dried, join them keeping the “hook” attached in the middle, as shown in the image. If need be, cover the joint of the two hemispheres sticking a baby pink strip throughout the perimeter. Allow to dry completely. This is the ‘body’ of the piglet.

Step 7: Limbs Appear

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Paste the ‘snout’ tight coil on one end of the ‘body’. Paste the googly eyes right above the snout.

Step 8: Draw Features

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Glue the two ‘ears’ on either side of the organza ribbon joint. Draw two black dots for nostrils on the ‘snout’, as shown in the image. Draw a “smile” using a red marker pen in the lower half of the ‘snout’. Paste the legs on the underside, as shown in the image. Your cute little piglet Christmas ornament is ready. Decorate the Christmas tree with this ornament or gift to a little child for decorating his/her room. A little personal touch to gifting........

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