Aug 14 2011

Metallic Quilling Papers

Published by at 8:28 pm under Quilling How-To,Quilling News,Quilling Tips

metallic-quilling-papersEven 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:

  1. 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.
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  3. 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.
  4. 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.

 

 

quilled_cross_side_view1The 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).

 

quilled_gold_crossTo 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.

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8 responses so far

8 Responses to “Metallic Quilling Papers”

  1. annon 14 Aug 2011 at 8:59 pm

    Very pretty. That pen does make a huge difference. I’ve yet to try using metallic paper. I have a hard enough time with regular stuff :)

  2. Lisaon 15 Aug 2011 at 10:40 pm

    What great crosses. I will have to see if my lss has some of the metallic papers. Thanks for the tip of the pen.

  3. Antonellaon 20 Aug 2011 at 1:55 pm

    Hello Charlotte! I love your cross!!! The shimmer and shine, I too love the metallic papers…
    Hugs, Antonella :-)
    P.S. sorry I’ve been out of the loop lately, hopefully I’ll be able to get back into posting and making my rounds to visit.

  4. Karenon 24 Aug 2011 at 6:00 pm

    Have you tried using the metallic pens on regular quilling paper? I’m wondering if there will be problems with bleeding.

  5. Paulaon 27 Aug 2011 at 2:11 am

    Awsome cross!,and thanks for the tips!!!

  6. Charlotteon 01 Sep 2011 at 3:52 pm

    To answer Karen’s question, I have used the Krylon metallic leafing pens on the edges of papers of many different colors that were from various manufacturers and never had a problem with bleeding. If you check out this blog post, http://theartofquilling.com/quilled-bookmark, you’ll see a photo showing a side view of a navy paper with a gilt edge and can see that there is no bleeding.

    I would like to mention that I have only used the Krylon metallic pens (gold, silver, and copper). There may be other brands out there that do cause a bleeding problem, but the Krylon brands work well for me.

  7. Jessica U.on 01 Sep 2011 at 10:47 pm

    Thanks for being so honest about the “downfalls” to using metallic papers!! I’m happy to know I am not alone in my plight.
    I’m relatively new to the art form and a while back I went on a buying kick and ordered every metallic/jewel-tone quilling paper I could find because they are so beautiful. Needless to say, I was quite disappointed when I got around to using them because they ARE a little more “needy” in the glue drying stage and once you finish your quilling magic and assemble your pieces on a flat surface, you can’t really tell how beautiful the paper is.

    BUT… perhaps I’ll use some lovely metallic paper this year for the “captured” ornaments… can you believe it’s already September?!?

    *hugs* Jessi “Untee” Untener

  8. DEBBIE SIMONon 12 Aug 2013 at 2:03 am

    HELLO , I AM A BEGINER AT THIS AND AM INTRESTED IN CHRISTMASS TREES AND DECOTRATIONS., THAT ONE PUTS ON THE CHRISTMAS TREES.. MOST PROBBLY ON PAPER , NOT TO PUT ON REAL TREES.. JUST TO MAKE CHRISTMAS TREES ON PAPER AND DECORATE THEM THERE..THERE SEEMS TO BE A SHORTAGE OF THIS INFORMATION.. OR PROBBLY I AM LOOKING AT THE WRONG TIME OF YEAR.. I JUST WANT TO GET STARTED NOW.. AS IT SEEMS IT MIGHT TAKE AWHILE TO DO. ANY TIPS WOULD BE APPRECIATED.. THANK-YOU.DEBBIE [HOMEBODY@COMCAST.NET]

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