Corrugated Brooch - Anne Finlay

I always marvel when a person is able to transform the most rustic form of paper into something sophisticated. Anne Finlay of Scotland is one of those people... she creates fine sculptural brooches from corrugated cardboard. To my way of thinking, cardboard jewelry often looks... well, how do I put this tactfully?... homespun, but Anne's pieces have flair due to their geometric patterns, rich colors, and modern lines.

Blue brooch

Anne returned to the studio after a long break and was ready to try something completely new after previously working with plastics. She enjoys the many possibilities paper provides, its flexibility, and the slowness of the process as she glues and shapes the many layers of each piece.

See more examples of Anne's paper jewelry at The Scottish Gallery. You might also find it interesting to see her acrylic and PVC jewelry here... again, very modern and sculptural.

Facebook Finds this past week included:

Ornate quilled typography
An unusual paper wreath
Cute chalkboard place cards
Folded money rings

Oh, and there's still time to enter the generous Le Papier Studio giveaway. Ends tomorrow, Saturday at 11:59 PM EST. Good luck!
Ann Martin
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  1. Gorgeous Ann. Really really beautiful collection in her gallery. Thanks for your facebook finds Ann, With no time for facebook I seem to have missed most of them.

  2. That is a really beautiful brooch. Do you have any suggestions as to a site to go to that has patterns for Christmas cards ie Santa,Reindeer, Trees

  3. Hi J and D, If you mean quilling patterns, there are several on my blog tutorials list: You might also do a Google search for "Christmas quilling patterns". and both show several cute ideas.

    Good luck!

  4. I'm so glad Laurie sent me here. Gorgeous work! And really fun ideas for the holidays.


  5. what beautiful creations quillings I love it!
    Greetings Baukje

  6. very nice. a unique selection of items on her website

  7. I love this, wow! And Anne's other pieces are so unique and interesting to figure out how began each one. Thanks for sharing! Love your FB finds too! Happy weekend :)

  8. wonderfl creative thought and lovely work.
    Thanks for sharing

  9. Whoa, that is some precision matter how careful I am my paper always ends up a half a millimeter thicker or thinner...with regular quilling its annoying but doable, how does she get all the slices so even?!

  10. I know what you mean Kim, and something else that puzzles me is how does she so successfully separate the crimping inside corrugated cardboard from the backing pieces on each side?!

  11. Ann, I love the crimped jewellery by Anne Finlay. Lovely modern designs.

  12. I love her work, it's so unique!


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