One of the things I have been interested in trying for jewelry is quilled paper. Somehow I was recently reminded of it... I recall seeing things with a decidedly 70's look hanging up in our home and other homes during my childhood. I think I saw a package of quilling paper at a craft store recently and I have been thinking about it ever since. It is hard to separate that dated 70's look, but I was sure it could be done. I took a look around Etsy and found some great stuff made with quilled paper (come back to see my quilled inpiration treasury tomorrow) and I was inspired to try it.
My first question with these experiments was: would the paper hold up under the wetness of the resin. I found the answer was yes! I think for future experiments, I need to work with designs that are less tightly wound (using less paper) because the tiny walls of the tightly wound spirals were hard to fill with resin. I also think I need to eliminate the shimmery powders, as they are distracting. I think this idea needs crystal clear and colored resins to work the way I have in mind. I also need to work cleaner...I am a little messy for this kind of clean paper work, so I need to set a clean space aside to try this properly. It's definitely worth exploring more.
Melanie is an artist, blogger, writer, and ceramic beadmaker at Earthenwood Studio. Her beads and components can be found at her Etsy shop and her jewelry can be found in her Etsy Galleria. To comment on this post, visit the original post at the Earthenwood Studio Chronicles Blog.