December 25, 2012 @ 9:38 PM
Merry Christmas Eggerybody!
Christmas is the second biggest season for The Feathered Egg, and other than how very very cool eggs look on Christmas Trees as ornaments, I confess that I don't know what the association is between eggs and Christmas.
Eggcept that eggs and Easter have an association, and Easter and Christmas have an association... but the whole connection is a kind of spring, rebirth, circle of life thing that I am definitely not qualified to talk about other than to wish everyone...
And a Happy Negg Year!
December 18, 2012 @ 10:15 PM
Australia is home to many egg artists, and one artistic team caught my eye mainly because Jane Becker is the sister of my childhood friend (Hi Leone!) but also because Jane Becker and Sue Saxon are doing some fascinating things with blown eggshells and with eggshells for mosaic art.
First, it was their installation at the TarraWarra Museum of Art. Blown eggshells on strung lights. If I was anywhere near Healsville, Victoria, I'd go stare at it for hours. Instead, I have to web surf to see examples on both SueSaxon.com and Jane's site.
The egg art portion of the exhibition brings attention to the relationship between the area's human and avian inhabitants.
I confess that this is a new perspective for me ...
December 11, 2012 @ 10:10 PM
Vinegar is eggshell kryptonite - but without it, egg art would not be nearly as eggciting.
Eggshells are mostly calcium, and vinegar is acetic acid. Acid dissolves calcium, which means that if you soak an egg in vinegar for two days, the eggshell will completely disappear.
This fact can be very useful when we use eggshells for crafts, and in the craft of egg art, particularly if you have some baking soda in water handy, to stop the acid action when you want to.
Egg dying crafts use this acid etching to drive the dye deeply into the eggshell. The stronger the vinegar portion of the dye solution, the more vivid the color... But a lot of vinegar can weaken the shell, so there is a balance between art and destruction.
Wax applied to the ...
December 4, 2012 @ 10:33 PM
I have the delight of being surrounded by pre-blown eggshells for crafts, and so anytime I want to do an egg decorating project, I have only to reach for a blown egg.
And to get the bowls of dye ready,
And to cover the table, and the floor, with newspaper,
But then... I have the same challenge as anyone who is using blown eggshells for dye craft. The blown eggs float in the dye.
Which is definitely not what my favorite set of illustrated craft directions showed... And which is about to punk my dye craft completely.
Because most of the crafting pictures are taken with fresh unblown eggs immersed in the dye,
Because fresh eggs sink. Blown eggs float.
What to do now?
You could sit over the dye bowl like one of Macbeth's...