Quilled Blue Lobster
A client was trying to decide between a lobster and an anchor. After sending her some examples I found on the internet, she decided upon a quilled lobster. The one she liked the best was also the one that was the most complicated. In this case, the main feature of the quilled lobster was the corrugated paper which gave it a bumpy texture that mimics the spiny shell of this creature. She also decided upon blue which surprised me! I guess I had the image of a traditional red lobster in my mind. But, it’s not about what I think. All that matters is what my customers ask for and if they like the fnished product. However, red would have been easier as it’s available in corrrugated. Haha!
I tried ordering dark to medium blue corrugated quilling paper and guess what??? I couldn’t find any in all of America. A few companies had corrugated strips, but the blue was more like sky blue and this needed to be darker. In the end I ordered in a nice cobalt blue and began to use my crimper to corrugate all the strips. It took a while!
The two most challenging aspects of this piece were getting the small leg sections to stay glued in at the center. I solved this by gluing them at the bottom and sliding them into a comb so that the center would pinch together and the ends stay rounded. It worked quite well. The other challenge were getting dimensions so they looked normal. I think I made up at least three test lobsters before I settled upon the measurements that created this particular one.
The good thing is that now I have a pattern and can make up a few more of these in advance of the Maine tourist season. I’m thinking of dressing up some of them by using watercolors to speckle them. Not sure how it’ll look, but I plan to try at least one that way.