Hello Quillers! After all the painstaking effort to complete your beautiful creation, you would not want anything to hamper the charm of quilling. In this post we have elaborated with pictures, a couple of tried and tested methods to help you preserve your quilled creations. This may require some more investment of time and patience, but it’s worth it.
We have segregated the write up in two sections one for 2D quilling and the other for 3D quilling, with a couple options under each. You could choose the preserving technique to suit your convenience/style.
Let’s start with 2D quilling:
Plastic Sheet Protection: One of the easiest methods is to preserve it with a layer of OHP sheet (transparent sheets) & frame by mounting it over the quilled creation. This keeps it dust free and keeps the coils intact. You can find ohp sheets in any stationary stores in and around your home.
Cost: Rs 3-5 per A4 Sheet
Varnish Spray: The other method is of using Acrylic varnish spray . This may comparatively be a more expensive solution, but gives a more clean and polished look. This medium is available at stores specialised for art and craft product i.e. Itsy Bitsy, Hobby Ideas etc. one of the most common ones that is easily available is Camel Arfina Varnish Spray.
Acrylic varnish spray makes the paper stiff and dries fast. A good quality spray will not give a yellow tint either, which in turn would not affect the colours of the quilling strips. Spray it from a distance of at least 15 cm, to avoid the loose coils from opening out. Now you can enjoy your quilled creation in its true form. You can also opt for it in either glossy or matte finish, according to your preference.
Cost: Rs 180 – 200 ml
Coating with White Glue: Fevicol is one of the most commonly found/readily available sealants in any stationary store. For 3D quilling you can just apply fevicol directly with a brush.
If you intend to use it for 2D quilling, make sure that the consistency is perfect. To get a smooth consistency mix one portion of water with two portions of Fevicol so that the application is smooth. If the consistency gets too watery, then the coils will tend to uncoil making the creation look shabby. And if the mixture is too thick then you may damage the quilled creation while application since the movement of the brush won’t be as smooth.
Fevicol gives a clear semi-glossy coat, it also gives richness to the colour of the strip. You will need to repeat the coat at least twice to strengthen the creation. A minimum interval of 15-20 minutes is advised between coats. This sealant is dustproof but not waterproof.
Cost: Rs 10- 25 ml
The Decoupage Route: Mod Podge is a sealant that is available in most Art & Craft stores. It has the perfect consistency for smooth application onto the creation. This gives a smooth glaze to the quilled creation. This medium is not suitable for 2D Creations since its very runny and may unwind the coils.
Mod-Podge is available for both glossy and matte finish. The glossy Mod-Podge gives a much better sheen as compared to fevicol. Its at a slightly higher price range as compared to fevicol. They may vary in price even amongst themselves i.e. the water-resistant Mod-Podge is usually more expensive than the basic range.
Cost: Rs 600 – 450 ml
One can even use lacquer that is found at any hardware stores as an alternative for water resistant mod podge. It will give you a beautiful shine and gloss, but the only downside to it is that it has a yellowish tint after application while also darkening the shade of strip. This sealant requires a minimum of three coats for ultimate results with application intervals of at least an hour.
Cost: Rs 90 – 150 ml
Enamel: A cheap alternative for water resistant preservatives for your quilling is the clear enamel nail polish, available at any fancy marts or cosmetic stores. This gives an intense sheen and at the same time hardens the paper/ creation. This is best used for 3D quilling and for tight coils. Avoid using it in creations that’s going to be exposed to too much heat (kept in the sun for long hours) or constantly in contact with water, it may develop cracks and start peeling. As mentioned earlier, it is water resistant and not water proof.
Cost: Rs 15- 10 ml
Epoxy: Now if you are looking for an option that is waterproof, an ideal sealant would be epoxy resin. This sealant usually comes in two parts, the resin and the hardener.
One that is easily available in the Indian hardware stores goes by the brand Araldite-Klear. Make sure to buy Araldite-Klear and not Araldite – Standard since the standard one produces a milky white tint while mixing the resin and hardener, therefore not giving a clear finish. Araldite Klear is a fast drying base (starts hardening within 5 minutes), hence while working with it, one needs to be quick with their hands.
Apply this resin gently to avoid any bubbles. One even coat of the sealant is enough to make it water and dust proof. This is of ideal use in creations that will be extensively exposed to sunlight, heat or water.
Cost: Rs 45- 20 ml
Comparison of the results achieved with 3D
Like one would notice: Mod-Podge and Fevicol run true to colour while the nail paint causes a slight darkening and Araldite causes a major colour/shade shift but also has its own benefits.
So go ahead, Quill On lovely creations and don’t for get to try out these adhesives of your choosing to keep your creations and efforts long-lasting. Happy Quilling!
Please Note: the costs mentioned here are merely indicative and may vary with several factors including time, brand, point of purchase and discounts.
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