by Jennifer Sartell
I’m glad to see that so many of you are enjoying my post Turn Eggs into Lace! In response to the enthusiasm you’ve shown in the form of e-mails, comments on my Facebook Page and here on Community Chickens, I thought I would do a follow-up blog showing some more examples, and a few tips I’ve learned after doing several eggs.
I also thought a video of the process might be fun! In the video, I only show one side being carved to save time, but the whole egg can be “laced.”
I especially like the way the French Black Copper Maran eggs turned out. The dark shell really helps the design to pop.
I’ve learned that after a few days, the inner film of the eggshell that blocks some of the holes will dry out and recede, leaving the egg even more lace-like.
I want to thank reader Diane Naylor for sharing a spectacular link to some gorgeous carved eggs that put my simple dotted ones to shame! Check out these beauties at Profitable Hobbies. For those of you who really want to get serious, a dental drill is the way to go. The price is a bit steep, but the results are amazing! As Diane explains, a dental drill “has less torque” and allows for finer detail.
With the Dremel, I am sort of limited to dots, as the rotary discs “grab” the egg shell if I try to do continuous lines. This usually results in a crack.
I’ve had so much fun thinking up designs and creating these unique decorations … I hope you’re inspired to give it a try this Easter! If you do make some beautiful eggs, we’d love to see them. Feel free to share photos on the Community Chickens Facebook page!
To see more farming fun, visit my blog at http://www.ironoakfarm.blogspot.com.