Monday, 16 August 2010

More coffee jar quillings for paperweights

A while ago, I started experimenting with resin casting techniques for making paperweights, and I had a go at making one out of a glass coffee jar lid. On that occasion, I ended up embedding a paper rose in the resin, using the glass lid as a permanent mould - and I've been stockpiling the lids ever since!

Finally, I've got around to using them - and this time I've hit on something simpler that doesn't require the use of resin.

For this one, I simply made a quilled motif to fit inside the lid, and glued it on to the inside of the glass, retaining the plastic lid seal for use as a base. It's not as heavy or reflective as a proper resin-cast paperweight, but I think it still looks quite effective. Here's a side-view:

I've also used another lid to store some of my stash of unused quillings (which will probably never get used, but I didn't want to throw them away!!) I think they make quite an eye-catching, multi-coloured jumble of shapes inside the glass container. Well, it looks good in my craft room, anyway!


  1. What a fabulous idea! I actually love the one with all the bits in, very colourful.

  2. What a clever idea. And I also like the second one with the assortment inside.

  3. Looks like my display of 'oddments' is a big hit!! Thanks, Rosie and Ann.

  4. Besides doing quilling you also recycles ...
    Great idea and the effect is very beautiful!
    A good week for you.

  5. Love your idea!, I too love your multicoloured jumble of shapes .

  6. Well, I've just finished another jar of coffee, so I'll try and find another colourful mixture to put inside the lid! Thanks for all your comments.



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