Monday, April 21, 2014

Send your quillography frames safely - Tutorial

Hello All,

I am sure all of us face it at one time or the to send our lovingly crafted quillographed frames safely? It is obviously safer to send them inside a frame but that poses the great and often confirmed danger of the glass breaking. Acrylic framing leads to opacity over time. Also, glass framing increases both the weight and the volume of the frame substantially and it can be a crippling number as far as International parcels are concerned. So, Priyanka and I once brainstormed about it and after discussions with Richa, we came up with a solution that worked beautifully for us.

Here is a tutorial on how you could possibly do it......this is merely an indicative tutorial, you might need to improvize according to what you intend to send.

When I made this frame and needed to send it to Singapore, the challenge was to pack it with minimum weight and volume gain......

What you will basically need is TWO boards of the same size. This is a precaution you'll need to take from the very beginning. On one of the boards, you make the pattern and use the other board as the guard. You should create "spacers" of a width more than that of the quillography part. I have quilled with 4 mm strips and the width of the spacers is 10 mm. 

The spacers are TIGHT COILS made using 10 mm quilling strips

A representative layout is here:

And this is how it will be in reality:

On the right hand side is the frame (wrapped in cling wrap for protecting it from dust) and left side is a blank board with the "spacers" (10 mm blacks). 

After you bring the two boards together, wrap them together tightly using bubble wrap and newspaper to prevent their movement against each other. Adding spacers in the middle of the board can be a bit tricky, make sure you place them carefully before adding the second board from top.

Hope it helps you all :)

Happy Quilling


PS: If my posts inspire you to create something on similar lines, I feel highly flattered. But please, do respect the effort I take in conceptualizing and executing, please give a direct link to my work when you are inspired by mine. Thanks for understanding........:-)


Jasleen said...

Thanks for the much needed suggestion. That sounds really practical solution to this issue. I was just wondering what those spacers are made of and where do you get them.

gayathri v said...

Wonderful idea and thank you for sharing.

Stephanie said...

Thanks for the great idea.

Pallavi said...

Supertastic Idea........:) :)

Shalaka said...

Thanks Pritesh.....very useful post..and the work is fabulous!!!
would like to know what are those spacers actually?

Shalaka said...

Thanks Pritesh.....very useful post..and the work is fabulous!!!
would like to know what are those spacers actually?

Charli said...

I've been us8ing this technique for over 40 years and have NEVER had a quilled design damaged. I've also used bubble wrap to protect my quilled designs. Thanks for posting this for the new quilling artists.

Charli said...

Jasleen ,

You can create spacers out of a wide variety of objects including wood strips, pegs (quilling that is not allowed to expand and thus creates a very tough spacer. I usually make them from the next size up of quilling strip widths.) If the widest width in your design is 1/16 inch strips use a 1/8 inch strip to create your pegs. I place them on all 4 corners (gluing them to the cover piece) Then I wrap the entire thing with plastic wrap which keeps it from shifting.

Divya N said...

this is a great idea, thanks for sharing

Krati Agarwal said...

What if we have framed it like a painting and has a glass on it?