Faberge eggs were once created for and treasured by Russian aristocracy and the Czar and his family. Bejewelled with dazzling gems, they can still be purchased at high prices. With a blown-out chicken eggshell, these symbols of Russian elegance can be made from bits of ribbons, lace and glass beads. Make a Faberge-style egg by yourself or as a craft project with children.
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Things you need
- Raw large chicken eggs
- Small needle
- Two small bowls
- Warm water
- Liquid dish detergent
- Empty egg carton
- Wooden kebab skewers
- Small rubber bands
- Styrofoam block
- Craft sealant
- Spray paint
- Wrapping paper
- Craft glue
- Glass beads
Wash and dry off the chicken egg. Prick a small hole at both ends of the egg. Place a small bowl underneath it. Put your lips at the top end hole and blow softly to remove the yolk and white through the hole at the bottom end.
Drizzle some dishwashing detergent in the second bowl of warm water and gently roll the empty eggshell in the water to remove all interior residue. Rinse it under warm running water. Place the eggshell in an empty egg carton and let it dry completely.
Poke the pointed end of the wooden skewer into the bottom hole. From the other end of the skewer, twist a rubber band several times and move it up to where the egg rests on the skewer. The twisted rubber band will keep the egg from sliding down the skewer. Poke the bottom of the skewer into the styrofoam block. Now the egg is ready to be decorated.
Brush the eggshell with craft sealant. Let it dry. Spray-paint the egg with a metallic colour such as gold, silver or copper to replicate gold leaf and other costly metals. Let the paint dry.
Cut out images from wrapping paper and glue them onto the eggshell, covering the top. Victorian scenes or floral images are popular.
Decorate the eggshell with pieces of ribbon, lace and glass beads by attaching with craft glue. Let each layer dry completely before working on a new one.
Cut a piece of ribbon to the desired length and glue each end at the top of the egg. Let the glue dry. Remove the wooden skewer from the styrofoam block and from the egg. Glue paper, ribbon, lace or glass beads to cover the bottom hole.
Tips and warnings
- Use the blown-out egg white and yolk for culinary purposes.
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