Friday, June 19, 2009

Ring of Keys

As I seem to be in an appreciative mood of olden days (thinking of the William Morris table in the previous post), this is a project of mine that's another reminder of time gone by.


A few years ago I became interested in translating found and natural objects into paper filigree; my mission was to make them as realistic as possible. Mostly I replicated plants, but then tried my hand at quilling an ornate key, inspired by one that fits an antique Victrola.


From there I went on to create a few more and put them on a ring, which I also made of paper.


Ring of Keys is one of the pieces that was on display in my show last summer at the Brandywine River Museum. I exhibited it at the annual convention of the North American Quilling Guild too.

25 comments:

  1. oh my word ! how beautiful are they? exquisite... we are all in awe here...whole family examined them & all very impressed. Really Lovely Ann. =)

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  2. Thanks so much Sharon. I give a lot of credit to the metallic papers. They're wonderful; malleable and strong.

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  3. Ann, this is amazing! Unbelievable!

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  4. How amazing are they?? You must have so much patience and such an eye for detail! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  5. Wwow Ann, when I first saw that I thought "Why is that on a quilling site?" Beautiful!

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  6. WoWie - these replica keys are awesome and totally fool the eye. Just unbelievable to think you could do something like this in paper if I didn't see it with my own eyes. Love love love them. Well done.

    As for your giving credit to the metallic papers, I say, those papers didn't form into keys on their own. You yourself deserve much of the credit for this lovely creation. Awesome!

    So glad I found this visual from Folding Trees.

    LindaSonia

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  7. I couldn't believe my eyes. These keys fashioned with paper are awesome!

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  8. Beautiful! and hooray for the brandywine river museum! Go Delaware!

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  9. These are stunning. I had to really look to see that they were quilled. Beautiful work.

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  10. whoa
    these are so beautiful!! I couldn't even tell they were made out of paper. wonderful work :)

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  11. I'd love to see a tutorial on these keys. Ever thought about it? I'd love to learn! They would go well with the boxes I craft! Cheers, Julie

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  12. I didn't realize at first sight that these were NOT real keys! Great work, great artist! Congratulations!!!!!!!!!

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  13. Wow, gorgeous work. I would never have believed that they were paper if I hadn't seen the close up picture. Even then....
    xoxo, Christine

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  14. I can't believe how real these look! AMAZING!

    Rachel :)

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  15. I love paper and i love making things with paper...these keys are absolutely amazing!!!

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  16. Thanks very much for all the kind comments. Julie, I plan on including instuctions for the keys in a book I'm working on... stay tuned!

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  17. They keys and key ring are outstanding, Ann! Wow.

    (And very glad to read you're working on a book. Yay you!)

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  18. These keys are amazing...I had to look twice when I read the word quilling over at Folding Trees.

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  19. These are brilliant! I have added them to my stumbleupon blog

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  20. Any news on your book yet?
    I really would like to get to making keys that look that GREAT ;)

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  21. WOW! These are amazing! I just came over from Creating Cupcakes. Fantastic work!

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  22. Your website is very fine ... carry on the work!

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