If you’ve followed my site for any length of time, you might have heard me going on and on about my quilling tweezers.
I don’t know how many times I’ve written “I don’t know how I could have done this without my favorite tool” or “This would have been so much harder if I didn’t have my quilling tweezers”.
They truly are essential to the craft.
But how do you know which ones to buy?
Today, I’m going over the pros and cons of some of the most popular brands on the market. Here is my very honest quilling paper tweezers review!
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When you use tweezers for quilling, it’s almost like having an extra hand.
Tweezers allow you to reach into tiny places, pick up mini coils, and be more precise in your quilling.
The first pair of tweezers that I fell in love with is the fine-pointed purple set from Quilled Creations. I’ve raved about them many times before. You may have seen them in other tutorial photos!
Quilled Creations’ tweezers are lightweight and are about 5 inches long. They are very easy to squeeze and don’t require much effort.
These babies are sharp!
I have definitely accidentally poked myself in the leg a time or two when I’ve dropped them. But those thin ends really allow you to get into tight spaces without disrupting the coils.
The drawback to these is that the ends are starting to bend a bit. This may be from overuse or how I store them.
Another great option is from Quill On.
Quill On ( the makers of the Border Buddy) offers their quilling tweezers in a set of two. This combo includes a fine tip pair and a self-closing tool.
I love the fresh green color of these tweezers!
They’re both about the same size as the same length as the Quilled Creations pair. And, again, the fine tipped pair is very sharp. So far the tips of these seem to be holding up a little bit better.
Here’s a quilling tool tip –
If you keep your tools in a cup or jar like I do, the tips might get dull when they bang around in the bottom. Try placing a piece of sponge or a ball of paper towel in the cup first to make a cushion and help your sharp tools stay in their best shape!
The self-closing pair of quilling tweezers acts like a clamp. Use it to keep shapes together or even to offset the center of a coil. So helpful!
The last quilling paper tweezers that I’m reviewing is the bundle from Lake City Crafts.
Lake City Craft’s tweezers come in a group of four.
This includes a fine tip, an angled pair, self-closing tweezers, and also one with flat ends. I have had this set for almost a year, and I hate to admit I don’t know what the flat ended pair is used for.
I have to say, these are my least favorite tweezers. While I love the rainbow stripes, the metal is very strong and needs a bit more muscle to squeeze than my other tools. The thicker metal tips also mean that the ends sometimes get caught up in my coils and ruins the centers. I also don’t think they close tight enough which makes picking up paper almost impossible.
Although I don’t love them, they’ve gotten good reviews. Everyone has different preferences. Lake City also offers a fine tip pair of quilling tweezers with a curve on the end. I haven’t tried these but the ends so look pretty thin, so they might be something to think about.
There are more quilling paper tweezers available, but these are from the most popular quilling tool companies.
No matter which pair you choose, quilling paper tweezers really are one of the most useful tools you can have when practicing your craft.
If you haven’t added one to your tool kit yet, I promise you won’t regret picking one up!
Just to let you know there were two different tweezers available through Lake City Crafts. The pair in the 4 pack you show are awful. Totally, completely awful. Your assessment of the wide tip is spot on.
However, there was an individual pair you could buy all by itself that was wonderful. The point is quality like Quilled Creations.
Why do I say “were” and “was”? Because Lake City Crafts Company closed in November 2018. Any of these items can now only be purchased through on-line stores who still have some available or Ebay shops.
I had not see the Quill On version before. I’ll have to check it out!
Thanks for the feedback, Lisa!
The only LCC solo tweezers I’ve run across were the one I mentioned in the post. But I’m glad I’m not alone in being lost with the flat head pair!
Also, it is true that Lake City Crafts is no more. I believe their paper strips are being repackaged and sold under the company Craft Harbor. Check our Quilling.com for more details on that.
Thanks for the Ebay advice, too!
Riette Thorne says
Good day to you Meredith! I live in the UK only for 5 years but actually born and bred in South Africa. I am a cake decorator and have just started Quilling but trying this in icing. This is very difficult as the icing strips do not do as paper does. I have tried by using pins and making coils by hand. If you have any ideas it will always be welcome. I did buy quite a lot of tools and boards and giving it a go. Love your news and ideas and trying it as much as possible. Busy with big project so will try some of your older projects when I have finished with mind. Love Riette
Hi Riette! Thanks so much for sending a message from all the way across the ocean!
Have you tried making strips of Royal icing and rolling them up before they dry completely? Or maybe piping a very thin line of icing in a coiled shape, like you’re looking down in a quilled paper strip from the top?
Those are just some thoughts off the top of my head. I’d love to hear how it all works out, though!
I worked for Ron, owner of Lake City Crafts, most of 2018, and yes, Lake City Craft is no more. Ron did a complete shutdown and sold off all inventory. Quilling Super Store bought the qulling.com domain name, the cutting equipment, and remaining paper stock along with his list of suppliers.
Thanks for the info, Lisa. I wish him luck and hope he’s off to bigger and better things.
Bianca Mitchell says
Another international commenter-quiller here (NE Scotland but American by birth, retired here to my parents native Scotland in late 2010). I just want to say, 1st, LOVE your blog, I’ve learned so much from it! 2cnd, I use my Beadalon bent-nose beading tweezers and so far have had good results as the tips are small enough to grip without marring even the tightest rose or other small piece.
Hello to Scotland! Thank you for mentioning bearing tweezers. I’ve heard good things about them!
Sharon Gresk says
I realize I’m late to the party here, but just wanted to mention that I use tweezers to ALL of my coiling. This way I never have that “funny” straight line in the middle and I can twist them as tight or loose as I want with no problem. If you haven’t tried this technique, I invite you ti give it a try! …and let me know what you think