Egg art has been around now for a few centuries.  Carl Fabrege made egg art famous through the eggs he presented to the Czars of Russia.  Egg art has since come to the "common masses" and become an artform appreciated by many others.  I believe egg art is in for a new and fascinating change.  This is what polymer clay can do for an eggshell.

The largest egg to work in is an ostrich egg. They are also the toughest eggshell and it can take a lot just to break one. However they are a fantastic egg to work in just because of their size. Emu eggs are the black eggs as I call them. Also very tough because they also have a thick shell. The Rhea egg is also pretty tough, it is about the same size as an Emu egg. From here we go to the goose egg. Not as tough of an eggshell, but thick enough to do some great carving in. The duck egg is a thinner shell, but I love the feel of how this eggshell cuts when under the drill.  

The chicken egg is the next on the list and my personal favorite. I’ve heard egg artists complain about the fact that you can’t do anything with a chicken egg but simple crafts....but this is entirely false. In fact, I find the chicken egg to be one of the most beautiful to work in. There is a bit of a challenge in carving the chicken egg, but that’s what makes it so fascinating.

The smaller eggs are also a challenge to decorate and because their shells are so thin, they can be very temporamental when applying clay to them. Even baking the shells with clay on them can make them crack.

All things considered, the designs you get when combining the two media of clay and eggshell is more than I could have hoped for. Your imagination can go farther than ever before something I continually strive for in the work I create.

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