ABOUT FILLIGREE EGGS
Most of us have seen Fabrege eggs in pictures, those wonderfully decorated, priceless works of art. They were however, not made with real eggs, but made in the shape of an egg.
The natural simplicity of a real egg holds it's own beauty, and can become a much sought after art piece. It's shell is pure and uncomplicated.
There are many ways to decorate an egg, and many kinds of eggs to decorate. Chicken, goose, emu, and ostrich are just a few. At this time I have created a small collection of filligree eggs with both chicken and goose eggs.
Creating filligree goose eggs is a complicated process. First the egg has to be acquired, not an easy feat because they are not readily available. My eggs had to change hands a few times in order to travel from a Hutterite colony in Alberta to my studio in Langley.
The first step is to clean the egg inside and out. This is done by drilling a small hole in the shell. Suction is then needed to empty out the contents. Bleach baths clean out all the membranes, then the eggs are hung to dry, ready for the design. I draw the designs on the shell lightly with pencil until I am happy with the results.
Filligree eggs are created by piercing through the shell of the egg with a very small hand tool that has a water mist attached. This is used to keep down the toxic dust created by the shell. Wearing a mask is also essential.
Another bleach bath completes the process and after drying, a light coat of protection gives them a beautiful satin gloss.The process is lengthy, so I create only a few per year.
To learn more about filigree eggs, or to purchase one, I would love to hear from you.