I made resin grapes as a young wife for my in-laws’ coffee table…they were big in the 70’s. Again not something I was inspired by.
Then while my husband was stationed in North Carolina at Pope Air Force Base in 1971 I took a class in eggery! The focus of the class was on making Christmas tree ornaments out of egg shells. I learned to make ostrich egg clocks and duck eggs with doors and hinges. To tell the truth those things were fun to make but weren’t something I would ever have in my own home. The little chicken egg Christmas ornaments, however, were a delight to make, so that creative endeavor lasted for a long time. Everyone in my extended family received these little treasures ,and I sold them at a local shop and Christmas bazaars in Carmel, California in the 1980s. In 2014 after 35 years I started making my little egg ornaments again and then sold them at Artistic Portland.
The questions I get asked most on these decorations are: how do I get the fabric so smooth around the eggs, and how do I get the background pictures in the back of the egg, and how do you get the egg out of the shell?
The trick to the fabric is to cut a strip of fabric on the bias (perpendicular to the edge) so that it stretches over the shell.