Well, this is a first for me - a paperweight containing quilling!
To make it, I created the quilled motif that you see, and then embedded it in Clear Water Casting Resin.
It's quite a simple process: you measure out the resin, add a few drops of a special catalyst, mix well and then pour a base layer of the catalysed resin into a special mould. (I used a dome-shaped one.) After 20 minutes or so, the catalyst causes the resin to start setting. The next stage is to dip the quilled motif in resin and lay it on top of the base layer which is now jelly-like in consistency. Then you mix up some more resin with the catalyst and pour it on top of the motif to fill up the mould. After about 24 hours, the resin has set solid and you can ease the paperweight out of the mould. Turn it over, and you have a lovely paperweight!
What I really love about this is the way the quilling is reflected in the domed top of the paperweight, creating multiple reflections.
I'm going to be making a whole lot more of these!