Fabergé eggs were the creation of jeweller Peter Carl Fabergé, who in 1885 received a commission from Czar Alexander III of Russia to create a magnificent Easter gift for his wife, Czarina Maria Feodorovna. Fabergé designed an enamelled egg decorated with gold and jewels, with a hinged door on the egg opening to reveal a beautifully decorated interior. Real eggs can be decorated in the Fabergé style.
Preparing the Egg
Wash and dry an uncooked chicken egg. If the shell has any bumpy patches, lightly sand them smooth with sandpaper. With a strong needle or a thin nail, tap holes in the top and bottom of the egg. Puncture the yolk with a thin bamboo skewer, then blow into the top hole to expel the raw egg out the bottom. Stick the egg on a bamboo skewer, using wrapped tape or a rubber band under the base of the egg to secure it in place near the skewer's top. Plunge the base of the skewer into the soil of a potted plant or a jar of sand or coffee grounds. This will keep the egg stable as you paint the egg from all angles.
Decorating the Egg
Paint the egg. Acrylic paint is an excellent choice, as it's cheap, durable and quick-drying. Use several coats to reinforce the shell. Let it dry completely, then decorate as desired. For an opulent, Fabergé-style appearance, use rich colours and metallic paints and embellish with fake jewels, decorative trim, beads and sequins.
Cutting an Egg
For a more elaborate Fabergé-style egg, carve an oval-shaped hole into the side of the egg and decorate the interior, or cut the egg in half widthways and attach a hinge to make an egg that may be opened to reveal a decorated interior. Start with a blown egg reinforced with several coats of acrylic paint. To make a hole in the side, cut an oval-shaped template out of paper, position it on the egg, and draw around the border with permanent marker. Use firm, small taps with the tip of a small, sharp pair of scissors to puncture the eggshell inside the drawn oval. Being careful not to crack or crush the eggshell, snip around the boundaries of the oval. Once the oval piece is cut and removed, paint and decorate the interior of the egg as desired. Disguise the rough cut edges of the shell by gluing decorative fabric trim around the borders of the oval.
To make an egg that can open and close, place a thick rubber band widthways around the egg at the widest point. Use sharp, small scissors to tap a hole at the top of the rubber band, then carefully cut the egg entirely in half, using the rubber band as a guide. Apply epoxy glue to the inside wings of a small hinge and position the hinge on the egg, with the pivot point aligned with the seam between the two shell halves. Hide the cut edges with decorative trim, then decorate the interior and exterior of the egg as desired.