For this kind of egg decoration, I sketch my design on a clean blown egg shell and draw over the lines in wax. The portion of the egg to be carved is covered with beeswax and it is then placed in a chemical solution until the desired depth of etching is achieved. After removing the wax, I sketch and cut a design in the remaining colored portion of the eggshell.
The light green color of the Araucana chicken egg (shown in the second and third photos) reveals a much paler contrast than dark brown eggs do when etched. On the front oval of the green egg I added the dachshund as requested by a client.
See the etching process here: www.YouTube.com/watch?v=9QEfQLASDOA
Any simple element - a silhouette, an initial, date, or phrase - would make a nice design. Contact me with your ideas and I will provide a sketch for your approval. The finished piece will be available here in my etsy shop reserved for you!
To allow for variations in my schedule - especially during holiday seasons - please allow me 4 to 6 weeks to complete and prepare your order for shipping.
Each decorated egg is a wonder of nature, a rare and beautiful work of art. No two eggs are ever exactly alike.
Victorians, fond of ornamentation, decorated their eggs with snippets of daily life: trade cards, ribbons, beads, and bits of old lace. The eggs I create today are etched or carved in patterns reminiscent of fine Victorian lace, and so I call these delicate, dainty works of art Victorian Lace Eggs.®