Quilled Luna Moth
In June of this year our property was inundated with Luna Moths. Every morning I’d wake up to between 25 and 50 of them clinging to both my living room windows, my front door, and all over my door steps. I am not a morning person, but seeing this as I stumbled from the bedroom to the kitchen was a wonderful experience.
So, I had Luna Moths on my mind all summer. I took dozens of photos of the swarms of them. Even saved a few of them once they died. Did you know that Luna Moths only live for a few days? They have no mouths and their sole purpose is to mate. What an amazing creature. Such a brief existence, but so much beauty while it lasts.
By the time I first picked up my quilling tool, I knew I wanted to create a Luna Moth to memorialize their unusually numerous appearance over the early summer months.
This little bugger took FOREVER. Not only did I not have a clue how to quill properly, I went about him all wrong. For the white band around the base of his upper wings I layered, one by one, single strips of grey and white paper until I’d built up enough layers to match the depth of one of my reference photos. The wings were built separately from the body, top and bottom sections also separate.
I had a hard time figuring out how to build the body. I wish I’d had some thick, fuzzy pipe cleaners, but I didn’t. In the end up I chose to use 3/8″ white quilling strips that I rolled into a funnel. Since the funnel was oddly triangular, I ran a paint brush coated with glue all around the inside and waited for it to dry. Then I cut up the length of it and pulled the longer edges together to give it a more oblong shape. After that I glued on the wings. The antennae were made with lime green paper that I fringed with a pair of scissors and shaped into ovals with a stalk at the bottom. Because of the way I constructed him, he’s incredibly sturdy. He weighs a lot too, LOL.
i originally mounted him on a piece of background paper but that warped over the summer from the humidity so I pulled him off of it (can’t believe he stayed in one piece) and now he is just a piece all by himself.