MATERIALS: be creative!
For this project I used
Goose egg, blown and cleaned- eBay
Faux silk cloth- Joan's fabrics- $7.50
Enamel paints(these work best in my opinion)-2.00
Craft hinges- Michael's- 1.50
Chain- the kind for beading/necklaces
Some kind of edging if you want
I use a Dremel, but any high-speed rotary tool will work
Various cutting/engraving bits
Charcoal or soft lead pencils
This is my first instructable so help is welcome!
Step 1: Choose Your Egg
Step 2: Plan
Who/what is it for?
What do I want it to look like in the end?
Functional or pretty to look at?
Does it matter if it doesn't look exactly as planned?
If you plan on hinging your egg, now is the time to figure that out. Place the hinge where you want it, and pencil in the holes where the screws go. Using a drill bit, create holes to fill with hot glue later.
Step 3: Cutting
Following the lines that you have drawn onto the egg, use the Dremel and a cutting disk at the highest speed possible to limit the vibration. Do this very slowly, and I have found that turning the egg while holding the Dremel in one place, you have a little more control over the speed that way. As you get to the corners or the ends of your cut be even more careful, these spots are the most likely to break.
Step 4: Cleaning Up the Edges
Using the top or bottom flat side of the cutting disk, even out the edges where you cut.
Step 5: Line the Inside!
Step 6: Hinging
Step 7: Edging
Now if you want to add any edging to your creation, it takes some time to get it right, but you only have one shot to get it.
Measure first, and cut the length you need one at a time. Dab hot glue on the where the end will be, place and let dry. Then run a line the length you can press before it cools and repeat until you're satisfied. You only have one shot to get it though, the edges are too fragile to pull anything off of once it sets so be careful!
Step 8: Final Touches!
Some ways to keep it a little less fragile: use a sealant and do multiple coats at the end, glue it to a base, or don't put too much weight on.
Step 9: Extra Hints!
Thanks for reading and any tips or questions can be left in the comments! Good luck!!!