I have long been a fan of Faberge eggs, and many years ago my brother bought me
a hand crafted decorated egg with a timepiece inside as a special Christmas gift.
The following year he bought me another similar decorated egg.
A short while after this, I saw an Eggcrafting class advertised on one of our
local schools Night Class schedules, and thus started one of my past hobbies.
I went to classes for a few years, joined the Eggcrafters' Guild and for some 10 years
this was one of my main hobbies. (Remember I worked full time until recently,
and they were very time consuming to make).
Here are a few of my favourites.
This one is inspired by Faberge himself
|Closed front view|
|Open front view|
|Open Side view|
The next one utilises eggs that have suffered "accidents"
you can see that the girl's skirt is made from the bottom half of an egg -
I assume that the top half was broken at some stage.
Always a great one for "waste not want not" - this was then transformed
with the addition of quilled body, arms head and flowers,
into a pretty little bridesmaid.
This one is an egg that I made for my mother-in-law (sadly deceased - so now back in my custody!)
the top is cut and the see through panels are chiffon.
Inside there is a platform, enabling this to be used as a jewellery box.
Sadly, the glue has deteriorated over the years and so I daren't open it to photograph
for fear of breaking the egg in doing so!
Another little lady made from a mishap!!
This next one features decoupaged flowers and greenery.
I recall that it took 6 hours to cut them out!
Truly a labour of love!
All the eggs used above are goose eggs, blown, disinfected, hand cut
and then decorated in different mediums.
You may find it interesting to note that the first egg featured here was made
using the following, very basic, list of tools.
A Junior Hacksaw blade - for cutting the egg ( in later years I bought a miniature
electric drill with a circular saw attachment")
A craft knife - used to cut the membrane inside the egg.
An elastic band - used for drawing cutting lines on an egg,
the band clings to the egg and was most useful for this purpose.
Again, in later years I bought sophisticated tools for marking out patterns on eggs.
Sadly, I now no longer have the patience, nor the standard of eyesight required
to do this hobby any more. I do talks to various local WI groups on Eggcrafting
and take along my precious cargo of eggs, and the talks are very well received.
Hope that you have enjoyed this diversion from card marking!