Tuesday, 14 February 2012

An eccentric, asymmetric butterfly!

When I posted the picture of this 'fantasy flower' on Facebook yesterday, a member of the Quillers and Cardmakers Group commented that it reminded her of a butterfly ... and looking at it again, I have to agree.

So today I decided to use the 'cut eccentric coil' technique again - but this time with the express intention of creating a pair of wings for this new butterfly:

To make the wings, I rolled two coils of copper, silver-edged silver and gold-edged gold pearlised strips that I had joined together at one end, gluing the centres to the edges to create eccentric coils. After the glue had dried, I unpinned the coils from my quilling board and made cuts in the outer rings just as I had done previously for the flowers - except that this time I made the cuts a quarter of the way round from the glue point rather than directly opposite it. This created the asymmetric effect of one large and one small wing section on each side of the insect's body.

I also used the technique of 'twisting' some of the cut ends using a very fine slotted tool, which I think enhances the overall shape.

The metallic-edged pearlised strips are a new addition to my stock, which I purchased recently from JJ Quilling Design - a great source of unusual speciality strips. They are white on one side and metallic on the other, with a very glitzy metallic edging that really catches the light. I'm sure it will be possible to produce lots of interesting effects with these - can't wait to experiment further!


  1. Fantastic and very unique as always...great idea,
    absolutely love it all, Philippa

  2. Love the way you create this little cards :)

  3. Absolutely lovely, a great and genuine design!
    Thanks for sharing!

    The Creative Muslimah

  4. oh yes, this technique is perfect for butterfly wings. They look great

  5. I think the fantasy flower looks like a butterfly also. Very pretty. Love the second one you made, those metallic papers are gorgeous!
    hugs XO

  6. It is absolutely irresistible! I like this technique.
    Big hug

  7. Very intriguing quilling Phillipa

  8. Thanks everyone for your lovely comments! I appreciate them all!

  9. beautiful done that you have beautiful colors I love it
    Greetings Baukje

  10. Philippa you have amazing ideas :)

  11. Yes it looks like a butterfly to me too and a beautiful one at that. Thank You for the sweet comment on my blog
    PS : Please do turn off word verification. Blogger is asking for double word verification and it is getting a bit crazy typing it all




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