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:

Sharon B said...

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

Ann Martin said...

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

Inna D. said...

Ann, this is amazing! Unbelievable!

Odette said...

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

Alysn: said...

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

LindaSonia said...

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

Monzie said...

They are divine!

Flash said...

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

jen said...

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

Kristina with a K said...

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

lunatepetal said...

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

Intres said...

Fantastic work! Congrats!

Julie Bouésso said...

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

LaWoodstock said...

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

Christine said...

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

Rachel said...

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

Rachel :)

Rely said...

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

Ann Martin said...

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!

Stefani said...

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

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

Merry said...

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

Alysse K said...

Their amazing!

SewDelish said...

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

Anonymous said...

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

Catherine Hansen Peart said...

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

Anonymous said...

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

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