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9th Annual Art-a-Day Challenge, January 2017!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Ostrich Egg Carving

This is one of my other projects I work on besides watercolor. This is a first ever carving on an ostrich egg. The gray area is the part I shade with pencil to tell me what to take out. This is a relief carving.
As you can see this isn't quite finished. This is close to 6 hours of carving.

Putting on finishing touches and washing out residue inside of the egg. Another couple of hours later. ( 8-10 total ) OOPS! I broke it! @#* Oh well..... You go into these projects knowing this will happen. Now back to the drawing board! :-)

7 comments:

Laura G said...

Jan, these are so beautiful and show so much skill. Your attention to detail is amazing. I can hear the resignation in your "voice" upon breaking it. And you accept the nature of the craft, in that this can happen. You are really blooming.

Jan Watson said...

Thanks Laura! What a nice compliment. I really appreciate you!

patswope said...

Jan, Carving an emu egg..now you have certainly balls and great skill! I am impressed. Keep on!

Laura G said...

Could you wash the egg out before you start the detail work?

Jan Watson said...

Next time I am going to try a different approach. The directions said to do it the way I did, but I think tthe reason for that is that you then have larger areas cut out to wash out the inner membrane. So I'll cut out larger areas then wash then do the finish carving. Live and learn! Thanks Pat, for your input, too.

BobiWilson said...

Exquisite!

BobiWilson said...

Glad you took and shared photos before it's untimely and tragic demise!