About a month ago, I stumbled across a selection of craft tools on a discount website.
Now, this is in no way going to be a recommendation of that site (since I’ve read many mixed reviews), but the fact that they were selling quilling supplies really caught my eye.
I scrolled through for a bit and found a battery operated quilling tool.
The price was absolutely unbelievable, so I took the plunge and ordered one.
After trying it out for a bit, I can finally share my thoughts in a review, and finally, answer the question ~ Do you need a battery operated quilling tool?
The tool I received in the mail has no discernible branding on it, and no instructions, so I definitely had a learning curve to work with.
It’s about the length of a standard quilling tool, but much thicker and heavier.
The working end has a small slotted metal piece, with a circular tray underneath to rest your coils on.
This tool needed a couple AAA batteries. Once those were in, I got right to playing.
I loaded a strip of paper into the end, and, whoo, this thing is fast!
My first few tries ended in a mess because I couldn’t figure out exactly how to hold the quilling paper strip and where to put my hands while it was working.
I learned to place a finger on the top of the coil I was making while pulsing the power button.
This took a few tries and quite a few strips of quilling paper!
I made a short video to show exactly how fast this tool really is!
Just like anything, definitely some pros and cons to a battery operated quilling tool.
Here are some things that I’ve found~
A battery operated quilling tool is really helpful for making mass quantities of tight coils, like when making these paper succulents. Open coils tend to get a little wonky when they come off the tool.
Open coils tend to get a little wonky when they come off the tool. I found they didn’t open evenly at all.
This might get a bit better with practice, but honestly, most of your coiling needs can be done much easier on a standard needle or slotted tool.
However, those of us who have been quilling for a while or who have some wrist joint pain may find that using a battery operated tool can ease some of those aches.
Another thing to consider is that automatic quilling tools do tend to cost a little more than other tools.
If you are interested in purchasing one of these, here are a few battery operated quilling tools that have gotten good reviews online ~
With additional beading or crimping attachments available, the Super Quiller can be many tools in one.
This tool from IMISNO seems to be a bit smaller and easier to control. It’s gotten the best reviews of the tools here.
As always, read as much as you can before making a purchase.
All in all, I’m happy that I made my purchase.
I do quite a bit of tight coils in my 3D quilling work and tutorials, and the time I’m saving in making those alone is worth it to me.
But I’d love to hear your thoughts on the question “Do you need a battery operated quilling tool?”
Have you purchased one you really like?
Or do you think they’re not worth the price?
Tell me what you think in the comments below!