Tiny & Timepieces

I have had people ask me how I make my watches. I’m a detail oriented person, so making designs that small is not all that difficult for me. In fact, I feel much more comfortable with tiny projects rather than something that would take days or weeks to accomplish. Maybe it’s me always being in a hurry, or perhaps having the attention span of a goldfish that keeps me working in small-scale. Either way, I enjoy starting a project and actually finishing it in the same day.


I have a little circle template I use to figure out the placement of whatever it is I’m putting on the watch face. I need to do that to make sure the designs will clear all the hands on the clock itself. It’s a file I designed on my Cameo, so I can cut out the templates from patterned paper if I like and use them as backgrounds, but I prefer not to use them like that – simply because I don’t trust the adhesive I would need to use to stick them in there. Plus, I think the smooth white watch face is a much cleaner look for quillwork.

I lay my watches down flat to assemble the quilling inside, but when I’m adding any decorations, I put it up on a little watch form. It’s easier to see for proper placement, not to mention I’m blind as a bat and I need it as close to my light as possible 🙂


I snapped this pic while I was adding the fine glitter to the roses. I love that glitter pen ❤

Embellishment isn’t confined to just glitter, though. Glossy Accents makes nice water droplets and adds shine to tiny pieces; glass beads are a great way to add a pop of color, not to mention a few doodles can go a long way. I’d recommend 1/16″ quilling paper or thinner – the 1/8″ doesn’t leave much room for dimension. Snapping the crystal on isn’t too difficult… use a good clear, permanent adhesive to seal in your work. Don’t use crazy glue or any cyanoacrylate (CA) type adhesive! It causes a reaction with the metal I think, and causes the inside of the crystal to cloud.

I have a couple of empty watches left that I will put up in the shop over the next couple of days, if you’d like to pick one up and give watch decorating a whirl! I’d love to see what y’all make 🙂


Thanks for stopping by!

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