On an Easter note, I would like to show another quilled egg I made recently. This is an emperor penguin. Emperor penguins are the tallest and heaviest of all living penguin species and are endemic to Antarctica. In my opinion they are the most beautiful, too. Males and females are similar in plumage and size, so my penguin may be either a mom or a dad, whichever you like better :) And there's a surprise, too.
My readers already know that I admire Fabergé eggs, and especially the surprises they contain. I made a quilled Easter egg with a surprise in the past. So when I decided to create this egg in the shape of an emperor penguin, it became clear right away that it would bend its head, and for a good reason. What or whom is it looking at? Just lift it a bit and you will see its little secret :)
It's a chick! Emperor penguin chicks are typically covered with silver-grey down and have a black head and white mask. They are so cute, aren't they? I just couldn't resist quilling one.
1/16"-wide (1.5 mm) paper strips were used for this Easter egg. You can recognize both traditional and beehive quilling here. The chick was made of 1/8"-wide strips (3 mm) using 3D quilling techniques. The egg is hollow like all my Easter eggs are.