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Coloring the Teton "Quilled" Wheels. By Craig Jones

Teton Trade Cloth is very proud to introduce these simulated quilled wheels. We developed these to have the texture of real quilled wheels. These wheels are ideal for educational purposes to be used in schools as instructional aids or can be used where real quilled wheels would be too delicate. The wheels are thin and VERY strong to resist breaking.


I experimented with a number of methods to color these. In the end, I wanted to find materials that were easily accessible and would adhere well to the plastic without chipping or flaking. After some experimentation, I found that Sharpie Permanent markers worked the best. These were purchased at an office supply store for less than $10 for the whole pack. At an art store, they are available individually in a myriad of colors if you're looking to match the colors of an outfit. These markers have a fine point and a chisel tip Sharpie marker might make the coloring faster (If you want a complex design, stick with the fine point).


  1. Make sure you clean the plastic with rubbing alcohol or a detergent to remove any oils. This will ensure a clean surface for the color to adhere to.

  2. Draw your design with a pencil so you know where you want your color to begin and end.

  3. Start to color in the design as you have it laid out.

  4. Initially, I thought fingernail polish might be a good way to color these. And while it adhered to the surface well, I wanted to get cleaner lines, which is where the Sharpie became the winner for this project. However, the nail polish can be useful to help color the sides of the wheel. You can also color the sides easily with the Sharpie, but the nail polish makes quick work of it.

This is a really easy and straightforward project. Your only limitation is your creativity. Post a photo of what you make with the Teton Simulated Quilled Wheels and tag us on social media.


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