Jackie Truty’s Top 5 Tips for Metal Clay Paper Quilling
Paper quilling has an interesting history and has recently reemerged as a mindful craft. We love a good trend at Interweave and hopped on board with Ann Martin’s book, The Art of Quilling Paper Jewelry. This delightful book pairs well with our new metal clay paper quilling online course, Quilling Jewelry Using Art Clay.
The 411 on Paper Quilling
According to Wikipedia: “During the Renaissance, French and Italian nuns and monks used quilling to decorate book covers and religious items. Most commonly used were strips of paper trimmed from the gilded edges of books. These gilded paper strips were rolled to create the quilled shapes. Quilling often imitated the original ironwork of the day, very ornate and elaborate.
“In the 18th century, quilling became popular in Europe where gentle ladies of quality (‘ladies of leisure’) practiced the art. It was one of the few things ladies could do that was thought not too taxing for their minds or gentle dispositions.” Quilling then made its way to America and has been embraced ever since.
Introducing Metal Clay Paper Quilling
Jackie Truty, one of the leading instructors of the metal clay world, graced our Fort Collins studio to teach all you contemporary “gentle ladies of quality” (and men of course) how to use quilling techniques with Art Clay precious metal clay. The result is permanently stunning jewelry! Jackie is a great teacher and funny as well. We had many laughs while filming! Jackie happily shared her top 5 tips for quilling jewelry; take a peek!
Top 5 Tips for Metal Clay Paper Quilling
- Lighten up: Don’t focus too much on the initial shapes of your quilled pieces prior to firing. They will change in the kiln, and you will touch them up later.
- Keep your coils uniform: Mark the circle size you are using on your ruler so you don’t use another size by mistake. It will keep your coils consistent.
- Easy does it: Do not dry your quilled pieces before firing. They will become brittle. After they’re fired, your pieces will not be so delicate.
- The yogurt test: Yum . . . don’t eat it! Thin your metal clay paste with a little water if it’s a new bottle. You want the consistency of yogurt–not too thick and not too thin.
- Don’t skimp on the paste: Don’t be afraid to use enough metal clay paste on your pieces to join them together. More is better! Remember, the paste will turn into pure silver, too, and it will blend in with your finished piece.
So roll up your sleeves and get ready for some metal clay paper quilling and jewelry making fun with Jackie! You can get a sneak peek at Advanced Metal Clay Series: Quilling Jewelry Using Art Clay Course with Jackie Truty now! And if you’re new to metal clay, start with Darlene Armstrong’s course, Getting Started Precious Metal Clay Series: Torch Firing PMC Introduction.