Here it is, the definitive post about using PPA for your paper quilled jewelry!
I have a couple posts already about using sealants for paper quilling jewelry, and now I want to do a detailed post about each individual one. So I’m starting with PPA (Perfect Paper Adhesive).
PPA comes in two styles – matte and glossy. They truly live up to their names. Matte is really truly matte and glossy is definitely glossy! I will show you examples of using both of them.
If you have never used PPA before, here is the product description:
Finish Coat – achieves a glossy or matte water resistant smooth finish.
Adhesive – is the finest paper, glass, leather, and collage adhesive available.
Medium– mixes readily with acrylic or latex paint, and dry pigments to form a water-resistant acrylic paint.
Sealant – seals paper and other absorbent surfaces
You can purchase PPA at well stocked craft stores around the world, as well as here on Amazon.
Glossy PPA has a beautiful glossy finish! You can use it as a thick layer or thin layer on your paper quilled jewelry as a sealant. You can use it alone or on top of another sealant (I will show and explain the difference).
Here are some photos of two sets of spiral circle jewelry that I made. The blue/black set has a thick layer of PPA. The pink set has a thin layer that I brushed on with a paintbrush. When you use a thick layer it really coats the piece, making it look more plastic-like and very shiny. This is a fun effect. The only downside I see is that it is easy to get fingerprints on it, but not a big deal, just wipe with a cloth. It’s the same with any shiny plastic jewelry. When you use a thin layer you can still see and feel any ridges in the paper, so it doesn’t look as plastic-y, but it is still shiny. Be aware, as noted in the earlier paragraph, that if you apply a thin layer it is best to do it quickly when the glue is out of the bottle and not let the glue sit on a surface for some time before applying it. You can see in my pendant that you can see the brush marks in the surface of the pink pendant. You cannot see the same on the earrings since I applied the PPA to those first. It is not very noticeable unless you look at it at the right angle. That’s why you can see the brush lines in the first photo, but not the next couple, as I photographed at the right angle so you could see the brush marks.
Now let’s take a look at matte PPA! This gives a very matte look, there is no shine at all to matte PPA. A great choice when you want to make sure that your paper quilled jewelry still looks like paper!
These photos show the difference between a thick and thin layer. Again, for the thick layer I squeezed it on, popping any bubbles with a needle tool. For the thin layer I used a small paintbrush and brushed it on. The thin layer dries a lot more quickly, it even started drying before I could get the photo taken as you can see! The difference between the finished pieces is that you can still see any paper ridges with the thin layer. The thick layer disguises the ridges so you can’t really see/feel them. Of course ridges only happen if the papers you are using aren’t *exactly* the same width, which can happen when you use different colors/different brands together. I personally don’t mind the ridges in most designs, it makes this one look more like wood I think. There doesn’t seem to be as much of a difference between thick and thin for matte as there is for glossy. For glossy it seems there are times it’d be nice to have a thick layer. But for matte, I don’t really see that it would be of benefit. But that’s just me, you can certainly give it a try yourself and see if you prefer it that way!
As mentioned with the glossy PPA, it dries flexible and clear. If you don’t use any other sealant underneath, your final piece will be flexible. The second photo here shows a piece that only has the matte PPA as a sealant. I can push the middle with my finger to make it stick out. But if I release my finger the shape will go back into a disc as it was when I applied the PPA. This will still work fine for jewelry for these solid pieces. But note that if you are using a delicate design, you may want to first put on a base coat that will stiffen your piece.
The left photo below shows two discs made with the same color papers (grey and speck-tacular rose). The one on the left only has matte PPA as a sealant. The one on the right uses liquid matte sealant first and then matte PPA on top. Notice the color difference. This is because liquid matte sealant can darken your paper (not all papers, the ivory/black discs above don’t show this difference). Really this photo is more useful in my future post about liquid matte sealant, but I wanted to show it here as well so you can think about what you use as a base sealant if you choose to go that route. I choose to use liquid matte sealant as I like the way it stiffens the paper, even though it does make it a slight shade darker. You can read more about liquid matte sealant here and here. **added note** another liquid sealer that I found that works to stiffen paper as well as the liquid matte sealant I used to use is this Ceramcoat Liquid Sealer. I’m not sure yet if it darkens the paper or not, I’ll be doing a full post on it soon!
PPA makes a wonderful sealant for your paper quilled jewelry. Whether you want a matte look, or a shiny finish, it has you covered! It is flexible, clear, non toxic, archival (it won’t yellow!), and non sticky. I have been using it for more than 2 years and I have been very happy with it! Let me know if you have any questions and I’ll try to answer them, I may even add the answers to this post! Have you used PPA? Do you like it?
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