Thursday, 1 March 2018

Altered Egglectics Jewel Box

     Altered Eclectics welcomes mixed media and altered art projects, any theme, just no cards or ATC's . I think this would count as altered art and recycling as well as getting ready for Easter.
     This started life as a very tasty goose egg, when you make cakes the eggs have to be beaten, so breaking the yolk to blow this meant it was time to put the oven on. The shell was rinsed several times with COLD water to make sure it was nice and clean, then left to dry.
     This shell was wrapped in onion skins and boiled for a couple of hours to stain it, if you tie the skins on with cotton you get a marbled effect.   
     I have a small craft drill which has a circular cutting blade, so after marking the shell with a pencil I followed the cut line. There is a small hinge at the back of the lid stuck on with a two part epoxy glue.
     The bottom of the egg shell has more glue and a small handful of metal pellets in it to weight it. The outside was varnished before any decoration was applied, two coats give it a lovely shine.
     The hinge is covered with a small metal filigree shape and the top knot is two embellishments glued in place. The stand is a purpose bought egg stand.
     The inside has a small card disc stuck over the metal pellets to make the bottom smooth, then covered with a rushed cream satin fabric stuck around the edges of the rim. Inside the lid there is a small flower for added decoration.
    To finish off the edges are covered with a selection of gold braids, both inside and out. My Mum used to make a lot of these, we haven't made any for years but I've never parted with any of my stash so it's rather nice to open the box and use it again.
     Come over to Altered Eclectics and join us with your creations, we'd love to see them.

I would like to enter this project in the following challenges:
Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes   (W)
Not Just Cards - Anything Goes     (M)


  1. Stunning. Beautifully designed. Have a creative week Rocky. Judy

  2. WOW! What an incredible project. It's gorgeous!

    When you make cakes, how many chicken eggs does the goose egg substitute for? I've wanted to try an egg project some time myself.

    Thank you so much for entering our ATG challenge at Through The Craft Room Door this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.

    Rijacki's Workshop
    Through The Craft Room Door

    1. When making a fruit cake I've used one goose egg to replace three chicken eggs.

  3. AWESOME project truly stunning!!! Have a lovely weekend xx

  4. I had to come and tell you how amazing I think this is - it looks like one of those fancy eggs. Wonder if I can find some big egg shells on eBay? xo