Introduction: Easter Tiki Egg

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It dawned on me that I don't do nearly enough to celebrate holidays.

(I justified this in the past with the thaught .. I would put in a lot of work and effort for one day, or I could make things that are going to be awesome all year round. But I'm starting to think that when something is only one day that makes it a little more special)

As a result here is my first ever Easter tiki.

Step 1: ​make a Sketch to Prepare Your Self Where You Will Want to Carve

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make a sketch to prepare your self where you will want to carve

When I make props for TV often times people just trust me to do the work and do it well because they are in a rush and want props as soon as possible. But when I make my best work I sketch it out first.

This allows me to really get to grips with what i'm making and work out where things should go / how they should fit together and really engage with what im makeing.

Step 2: Grab a Blank for Your Wooden Egg an Find Its Centre

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Grab a blank for your wooden egg an find its centre.

Wood turning is by far the easiest way to make an egg shape in wood.

I'm using a chunk of sapele but later on wished it was beach. sapele isn't as fun to carve and I happened to have a chunk of beach sitting next to me throughout the project.. (sitting there mocking me for not using it.. you know as non sentient things do)

Step 3: Turn a Chucking Point Between Centers and Chuck It Up.

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Turn a chucking point between centers and chuck it up.

Its standard wood turning procedure.

If you're not familiar with woodturning but are considering getting into it this will be useful to you:

I would reccomend if you are new to turning finding a turning club near you.. Trust me there will be a ton of people who will be more than happy to give you advice an pointers.

Check out the web an look at videos.. you can learn a lot from watching other people.

If you have a set of tools an a lathe then this is for you:

For this I used a roughing gouge and a spindle gouge.. Always approach the wood bavel first and then introduce the cutting edge..

Also make sure your wearing a face shield an dust mask..

An try to be as safe as possible. (everyone has had a catch at one point or another.. the key is to learn from your mistakes)

Step 4: Turn Your Egg

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I could explain the rule of 3rd's and how the widest part of an egg tends to be at around the paint 1/3 the high of the egg. But I have seen a whole bunch of different egg shapes and wouldn't want to discourage anyone from making something like an oviraptor egg.

My method for turning tends to be using the roughing gouge to do the heavy lifting and getting a rough shape and then refining it with the spindle gouge.

Step 5: Turn Down to Where You Feel Comfortable and Then Saw the Egg Off the Blank

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Turn down to where you feel comfortable and then saw the egg off the blank.

I know some people who will turn an object free.
I think this needs a bit of confidence and I wouldn't want to encourage something which could potentially throw a wooden egg at you.

Step 6: Carve Away Your Unsightly Lump

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I find when carving Its important to find a good way to hold the workpiece.

Luckily I can use the tool I have been using so far to do this :D

I created a slight dish in the blank and used a cup shaped revolving centre to hold the work in place.
Then locked the chuck in place.

I carved the lump off the bottom of the egg by holding the peace in place and aproaching the lump useing the same angle as the egg shape

Step 7: Use Your Sketch to Work Out Where You Want Your Tiki Carving to Go

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Use your sketch to work out where you want your tiki carving to go

Chances are you will come up with better ways/ better places for details to go during this point.

The key part is to make sure you can understand where to carve. (I drew on with a felt tip for illustration purposes.. you might find a felt tip to be to leave too thick of a mark)

Step 8: Carve Out the Lines You Just Made

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Carve out the lines you just made

I like to cut down and then meet this cut with a sideways cut with ant carving tool.

(This point is likely to take a bit of time but its rewarding seeing the job as it progresses)

Step 9: Get Rid of the Felt Tip Marks and Play With Finishing

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Get rid of the felt tip marks and play with finishing

I was left with a few felt tip marks I didn't need after carving.
I sanded these away before disting the egg down.. (I know some people who swear by oo wire wool for displacing sanding dust.. I tend to use compressed air or a dusting brush.. this is partly because I know fragments of wire wool can react with finnish and make an otherwise awesome looking work look a bit naff.. (I know i'm working rustick with this one but the theory works for finer works))

For this egg I used some spirit die before using acrylic paint to highlight some of the details and then knocked it all back with another covering of stain and sanded the whole thing to encourage a greater gradience in wood tone. (props people would call this "ageing")


Fuzzy Monkey (author)2016-03-26

You have great work! I was wondering how you would recommend woodworking without many tools. I don't have much space to keep tools and such, and probably don't have any of the tools needed to make such things. Thanks! :)

i think it depends on the project you want to do. in fairness most things are possible with a tool and a method of sharpening the tool. the speshalised tools just make it a bit easier. carving is probably the most rewarding thing for me to do with limited tools but its not for everyone. you might have a resause like a tool libruary or fabeication lab close where you can use community tools or you might be interested in digitsl tools 3d printing ect where shapeways could be the way to go. limited tools isnt something that needs to stop you but might mean you need to be a little more creative. hope this helps. let me know what your thinking of makeing and if i can i will try to help

Thanks so much! I'll update you! :)

starwarsgeek1 (author)2016-03-20

in the first pic is that the necklace pendant from the princess frog??

lol good eyes. It certainly is I thought the Tiki egg wouldn't feel out of place with it.

Madman146 (author)2015-05-15

very good, congrats on the win

Hey thanks man. That's a cool plain you made with hot glue.

NathanSellers (author)2015-05-02

Didn't comment on this one before, but great job and congrats on the win. I'd love to try our a lathe. It looks like lots of fun.

Hi.. I was going to say pop round and ill give you some pointers an a good cup of tea, but then realised that this is an international site and you live in an entirely different country. The good thing , The USA has a world leading woodturning cohort. arguably you guys have the most creative woodturning magazines in the world., (The publications and websites are my main litmus for saying you guys are world leaders)
If you have a woodturning club nearby I would recommend checking out a demonstration. If they have a hands on event definitely go an see if its for you.. I love woodturning. Its one of the few things you can do in an afternoon which only needs one tool but can guarantee minute by minute fun. Strangely enough I am working on an ible right now which involves a little woodturning coupled with computer aided design and some basic electronics.. I hope it will be a success.

I love that I won the egg bot.. There was and always is very tough competition on instructable for any prize. I think being a wood turner I can utilize the egg bot to help plan decoration on wood turned items. I don't think this kind of thing is common with contemporary turning (I know previous experimentations with turning have resulted in amazing work (if you want to google i recommend starting with the rose engine)

I have a few ideas for future projects which might involve this type of experementation .. At the moment christmass tree decorations lend themselves to my currrent thaughts on this.

Rich_Limburger (author)2015-04-11

Damn that looks great, i also love the wooden mask pendant you've made.

Cool to see that you've used this egg to make chocolate ones :-D. Good, clear instructable i liked reading it

Hi, Thank you very much for the feedback. Its always nice to know people enjoy the work you do.

The next thing I'm likely to make as an ible is likely to be a wooden skull. (with the addition of a mold making to create chocolate skulls and possibly gilding with edible gold leaf) I have a commision for the wooden skull and have a haloween wedding which i think chocolate skulls would sit awesomly as wedding favores.

ashleyjlong (author)2015-04-03

Ha! Very cute. A whole basket of these paired with some rum would be quite funny.

That is a fantastic idea..

I might clean up some of the carving and make a silicone chocolate mold. I have a friend who loves Tiki we sometimes collaborate and make WITCO or Tiki remakes (WITCO is super rare in the UK an he loves mid century modern works) Its a lot of fun.. I think he would get a huge buzz from a bunch of Tiki eggs through the post. An I think designeing packageing useing egg cartains would be super fun.

Thanks for sharing the idea :D

I bet he'll love it --that'd be lots of fun to receive!

Hey, Just to let you know I made a silicone mould and casted
a dozen chocolate tiki eggs.

My friend and his girlfriend loved it.

Thanks for the idea. (it was fun designing packaging for it and care instructions..
baby Tiki’s enjoy cool places like the beach and party’s)…

Sounds awesome! Having a mould opens up all sort of fun possibilities :)

its super easy to make moulds an doesn't take a lot of cash to do so. I might make an ible about it.. (though i'm sure there will already be a few)

I am looking into creating a vacuum system to make better molds.I just did a quick search for venturi an can see I wouldn't add anything new to the party if I did an ible on this.

But perhaps for the current snack challenge if i get a spare moment I will make some new chocolate castings. Perhaps something with a caramel center. (I have never made a filled chocolate before but fancy giving it a go)

I filled some chocolate eggs with imitation Cadbury creme. It was pretty easy to work with when refrigerated. There's a link to the Ible where I found the recipe in my recent (Mis) Fortune Eggs post.

Homemade peanut butter or caramel would be great options too.

Thanks for the link.. I feel like i have seen this around but hadn't clicked until now. A foolish thing not to do and im glad it is rectified.

With the misfortune thread. have you come across vinegar valentines? They were .. im going to say popular... more prominent with the early postal service. the idea was whilst other people were receiving valentines letters some were sending letters basically saying someone really doesn't like you. Its well worth a Google as some of them are really clever.

I might have to put my treats on hold for the moment. I have been putting off doing a ton of video editing and the deadline is fast approaching. Making stuff is awesome, sharing ideas more so but I think i need a few days solidly sat at the desk instead of carving sculpting soldering and having fun... (I say this ... editing is fun too.. Just i have already done the really fun parts)

lsutton3 (author)2015-04-06

I love it but it's kind of a creepy guy. How do you live with it?

Lol he is actually a really pleasant chap. I reccomend everyone has at least one.

Gymnastics100 (author)2015-04-05

cool but not very eastery because it is easter today!!!!!

It creeps me out a little

I'm not sure I understand what you mean by that.

But in terms of Easter Island getting its name when Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen was sailing the south Pacific. In his exploration, he “discovered” the island on Sunday, April 5, 1722 — which just so happened to be Easter that year on the Christian calendar. And Moai being part of the tiki tradition I think there is a link.

Interestingly in Sweden the Easter bunny is a wizard! This is due to an early misunderstanding, the Swedish word for Easter hare “Påskharen” sounds similar to Easter Man “Påskkarlen”.

The first Easter Bunny legend was documented in the 1500s?

Tales featured an Easter hare sometimes depicted with clothes. He would be carrying coloured eggs in his basket, sweets, and sometimes toys he was taking to the homes of children.

I think Easter is in a historical term something of a fun Christmas gift giving type celebration- arguably earlier a fertility festival (occurring with spring and lambs baby animals and whatnot) in the gift giving tradition I would say that a tiki could be seen as a toy in much the same way shabties have been depicted as toys in the painting the gods and their makers
and in terms of fertility this little fella is an egg.
Fair enough this little fella defiantly isn't Lono – Ancient Tiki God of Fertility and Peace. Im not sure he needs to be. More he is a fun little fella in the shape of an egg.

I'm sorry that he creeps you out. I plan to make a few more and will probably go for the tong tiki head for the nest one. I think its a slightly friendlier smile.

I was slightly drawn to this smile because i thought it looked more like an oni mask. and would allow the tiki egg to show different emotions depending on the angle it was viewed at. (I love this type of cultural specimen as it gives a real depth of subtlety it can be happy or sad ect ect and can be "puppeteer ed" masterfully to show a characters story ark without having to change the mask)

I hope this helps

I meant it scares me a bit and easter is supposed to show new life

OK I'm not sure I can do too much to change your fear of it.
I suspect this is more a product of cultural experience. My experience with tiki is nothing but good and fun. with the addition a dash of rum which is normally on fire in the form of my favored cocktail the zombie. (trust me if you haven't had the experience of a zombie your missing out on a level of deliciousness I have never had before)

I hope that this ible offers a slightly different experience to the "typical" Easter experience. Mainly because I think its awesome to experience new things. I think different people already celebrate Easter in different ways I think this only offer's an extra choice.

The first step of the Ible is to sketch out your design, Perhaps if you were to make one for yourself it might reflect a more traditional faberge design.
The instructions might show a tiki egg but in reality you could easily adapt the instruction to create any type of egg you would like. I made tiki for the core reason that I like tiki. an wanted to give it to a friend who loves tiki.

Andydimarzio (author)2015-04-05

Cool looking cuts here! Still want to try something like this but sadly no turning club around here :-)

I think wood turning is fab, one of the few woodworking tools where you can go from wood to object in 2 hours and keep an audience entertained all the way through with only one tool. Ideally you would be able to call on the help of a community of people such as in a club but ... We are on the internet and there are plenty of people who are extremely good taking time out to show you exactly how they go about making things and will help you out if needed. I subscribe to a few wood turning forums and have a you tube Chanel...
The most important parts are to keep your tools sharp, hold the wood securely and be safe.. (being safe includes using face sheald, dust respirator and being safe with your tools (always approach a turning cut bevel first.. its the safest way to go))

Other than that turning is really rewarding and allows you to use up all the bits of wood that cabinet makers don't want to touch but are incredibly beautiful like crotch peaches (the parts of the tree where it splits off.. it makes the grain all swirly, great for looks but rubbish if your wanting straight lines)

Olek410 (author)2015-04-03

Very nice idea i'll probably do the same but instead on like a wooden board or a log. I just needed to know A better idea on how to do it. Which your instructions helped me.

Your defiantly doing the right thing by doing research before hand.

My top tips for people thinking about carving are.. think about the cut before you make it, If it looks like your going to cut yourself don't do it.

Try to keep your tools as sharp as possible. (Believe it or not sharper tools are a lot safer. they cut cleaner, and you don't have to put as much force into a cut.. this gives you allot more control over your cuts)

And remember that if you get stuck you can ask for help. (the thing about people who like to make things is they tend to love talking about how to make things.. if you ask them about something they love talking about chances are your going to get some golden advice)

Best of luck an i'm sure you will have a whole bunch of fun.

smorgsborg (author)2015-04-03

Really beautiful work! Inspiring :)

Hi, Thank you. I think I have been inspired by a whole bunch of people so its nice to know that I can pass on at least some of the inspiration I have had to other people.

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