The frame of the piece is an Emerald Crab, which are commonly found in tropical waters of the Caribbean Sea. The maritime blue colors reflect the waters of its natural habitat while exhibiting calm and cool colors. The artist also creates slight contrasts between the body of the crab using capiz oyster shells and the matted outer legs and pinchers. The body will reflect light making it seem bolder.
The basic frame of this piece is created using tin, which is powder coated with a black finish. The frame is reinforced using tin wire along the inner edge. The front of the body is adorned with capiz.
Capiz is an oyster shell and the primary purpose of the oyster is as a source of food. However, the by-product, the shell, can be used for decoration. Due to it being a natural material, the natural colors of the capiz may come through as tans and browns underneath the hand-painted surface.