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Quilled Tin Furniture

By Ann Martin @allthingspaper
I'm slipping in an extra post today because I had an interesting email from reader, Mary Anne Enriquez, who often shares cool paper finds with me.
After yesterday's post about aluminum can quilling, Mary Anne, who creates all sorts of artistic things from recycled goods, thought quillers who enjoy making 3-D objects might be interested in hearing about quilling that was done with tin cans, back in the days of the Great Depression.
Quilled Tin Furniture
Mary Anne (urbanwoodswalker on Etsy and Flickr) even started a group called The Fan.TAB.ulous Aluminum & Tin Can ART. She found these fantastic examples of tin can art doll furniture at Etsy's VintageBeadShop, and received permission to upload the pictures to Fan.TABulous.
Quilled Tin Furniture
Mary Anne says, "It's just about the best example of tin can art I have ever seen. Rocking chairs and round tables are very common, but this set has such quality and craftsmanship with the unique nursery pieces, doilies, bows, and pretty pink fabric." I wish we knew who made the pieces in order to give credit.
Quilled Tin Furniture
One thing is for certain - with the advent of aluminum cans, the technique of quilling with metal became easier on the hands!
Quilled Tin Furniture
Mary Anne has a craft book from the 70s that shows how to make furniture similar to this, and says that there are still a lot of vintage scrolled furniture and frames available from places like Etsy and eBay, as well as flea markets and auctions... you know.... if you're interested in starting a collection.

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