Quilled Heart Pendant

comments (2) February 7th, 2010 in gallery     

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This is a necklace pendant made entirely of paper. The outer edge is composed of three layers of 1/8 inch silver-gilded quilling paper that have been glued together and hand sculpted to form an asymmetric heart. It is surprisingly sturdy. The inner heart is an example of paper filigree, an art that has been practiced since the Renaissance.

Pattern or design used: My own design - Ann Martin
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annquill writes: Sal, I'm sorry to have been so slow to check back here. Thanks very much for your comment. The paper is gilded along the edge of the strip and this adds strength. The inner heart is surprisingly strong to begin with because of the rolled coils. To strengthen the outer heart, I stacked and glued strips together to make them card stock thickness. I don't apply anything else to the paper, and have never had any trouble with a piece losing shape. I just tell my customers to treat paper jewelry as they would any fine jewelry. It could be sprayed with a fixative, as long as it's a matte finish so the paper continues to look like paper and not shiny plastic.
Posted: 9:52 pm on July 23rd
Sal_Shearer writes: This is so delicate and lovely! Do you do something to the paper to make it stronger? I'd be so worried about it getting torn while wearing it.
Posted: 12:24 am on March 28th
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