|Blue Crab ready for colors (work in progress)|
Right now, I'm living in place where Blue Crabs are very popular. You can find them everywhere, from restaurants to works done by local artists. Interesting creatures, blue crabs, with their colorful exoskeletons and all those moving parts. Thought it might be a fun challenge to make one out of wool.
This one will take a few days, so I've assembled some pics of the process. As I haven't done a crab before, it'll be an experiment as I figure out the order of the steps in constructing it. There may be some backtracking, as I discovered last night while working.
|Shell armature, wrapped in pipe cleaners and wool|
|Adding more wool to armature|
|Continuation of wool wrapping on frame|
|Needle felting brushed wool to the frame|
I used a suggestion I saw somewhere a while ago...using new wire dog brushes to comb the wool before doing felting. This has worked quite well as it gets the wool fibers out of alignment and fluffs them up. Their volume is much greater after brushing and it actually takes less time to do the needle felting by doing the brushing first.
|Adding pipe cleaners to wires on legs|
After leg wires are firmly attached to main body shape, wrap pipe cleaners around the wires. This gives the wool something to grab onto.
|Wool wrapped around legs and jabbed into place|
Next, wrap tufts of wool around the legs and jab ends into place to keep from unraveling.
|Blue Crab ready for skeleton, colors and leg shells|
Here is the semi-completed crab, ready for the next steps.
Blue Crab (17" x 13", 43 cm x 33 cm) is made of needle felted wool over wire armature and is part of a larger sculpture.
Happy last day of March (already!!!!!).