Aug 14 2011
Even though it is scorching outside, I’m busy working on inventory for a big Christmas show I participate in each year. With this in mind, I decided to quill some metallic cross ornaments to add to my offerings. I remembered some metallic papers I purchased from Quilled Creations and thought they would be perfect (Metallics Sparkling Quilling Paper, Silver & Antique Gold).
These are really nice, heavy papers that hold their quilling shapes well, but, as I soon found out, they can be a bit tricky to work with. Here are some general tips I discovered while quilling my ornaments:
- It takes longer for the glue to set when creating your coils and assembling your pieces. You have to be patient! Hold the glued end of your coil down longer than you think is necessary — and then hold it just a little longer. Use pins to hold your pieces as you glue your design together to speed up the assembly process and help ensure a secure bond.
- On the plus side, because this paper is “slicker” than regular quilling paper, it is super easy to remove excess glue and have a really clean piece of quill art when you are done.
- Because it is a heavier paper, you can really see the glued seam on your coils, even when gluing down a torn edge. I have found that burnishing the seam with a clean toothpick does wonders in smoothing out the seam and making it much less noticable.
The biggest thing I learned is that while the papers themselves are metallic and look great from the side, the edges are quite dull. As you can see, this cross quilled from Antique Gold look like is it made from a plain brown paper (Figure 1), but the sides of the cross are nice and glitzy (Figure 2).
To solve this problem, I used a gold metallic pen (I used one made by Krylon) and colored the edges (Figure 3). What an amazing difference! Now I have a stunning gold quilled cross ornament to sell at the show.
The same holds true for the silver metallic paper which has a dull gray appearance when quilled. Just run a silver metallic pen over the edges to turn them a dazzling silver.