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Introduction: Goose on Geometry

This was done simply to discover if I could do it. I went though a stage where my goal was to remove as much material from an egg shell as possible while still retaining the shape and image of the egg. Carving an egg shell like this is great fun and watching people's reactions when they seem something like this is even more fascinating.

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    I hate to sound like a jerk so let me start off by saying this egg and the others bbstudio has posted look beautiful! They are very nice works of art by a skilled sculptor. With that being said, I have to ask if I missed something? This site is called instructables and is meant for people to list HOW they did something so others can attempt it and/or modify the process to make something better/different. All I have seen with bbstudio's postings are that of an artist posting their work to attain the admiration of others. I don't see anything valuable from these posts, it's more like watching someone gloat...

    I am sure this comment will be removed, I just had to add my $0.02

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    Instead of sounding like a jerk, which I think you enjoy rather then hate, why don't you try doing something and sharing the process. This site is made for people who create and share their processes with others who are interested in using processes to make something as beautiful as this absolutely amazing piece. Seems to me you prefer spending your time sending negative and demeaning comments. To be blunt: The egg is profoundly beautiful, your comments are plain ugly.

    Congratulations on responding to something I wrote over a year ago... with that being said. I have great admiration for the original author responding and clarifying about his other instructable on how to actually carve an egg. I love the how-to's on this site. I just hate the frustration of clicking on a featured link, hoping to learn something from it, only to see someone just showcasing their work as if it were just another facebook post to gloat about it. As I have said before, I have been absolutely amazed by the creativity and amazing projects that people have shared and posted instructions on how to replicate. That kind of effort and hardwork should be applauded. Everything else just seems subpar. I am sorry that my comment on your "instructable" apparently irritated you enough to have to go and track down one of my other postings. To be blunt: You are a year late with the response, but thanks for trolling.

    He's using a super high speed rotary tool, like 250K+ or so.. Turbo Carver is a good one, very popular and 400K speed!!! http://www.turbocarver.com/

    They spin so fast there is no drag or vibration to crack the eggshell. They'll cut thru material as thick as an Ostrich egg.

    Likuidphreon, you have the right to your opinion. I won't take it off. I did put an instructable on here on how to carve an emu egg. the other 4 were not for admiration from others, I don't care if people like them or not. I put them here as other examples of what can be done with the tool i use. Mortso writes about the Turbo Carver in his post. I have used that tool, but I prefer the Paragraver. Like you, he has the right to his opinion and I will leave his post here as well.

    Thanks for sharing your opinion

    Thanks for the tip... paragraver eh? Looks great. Ever think about using laser cutter or adapt a plasma cutter? Just an idea... Great Work by the way. Truly wonderful!

    Agreed !!

    It is magnificent.........do you use anything to stabilize the shell as you cut it? If so, what do you use?

    That is just f***ing incredible!!!!!! It looks very sci-fi, just brilliant!

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    Thank you very much for sharing your comment!

    Yes, awesome eggs. And it would be awesome to try carving a bucky ball egg. Thanks for sharing your talent!

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    Very nice! You did a great job here!

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    thank you for taking the time to comment

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    Instructions: The sport is ofcourse that the eggshell is natural and not enhanced or strengthened in any way. The author talks about carving and Dremel, but that may not be the whole story: Add wax, a toothpick and acid solution and you're there. Natural eggshell has unexpected properties, but mechanical approaches will mostly result in disaster:
    Here's a couple of tips: Acid solutions dissolve eggshell. Draw the pattern, coat it by writing (correct expression) with lines of wax. Submerge the egg in acid, and watch the shell dissolve. The patterns remain because they are covered. Remove the wax coating by heating. Voila!
    For "extreme" patterns: Try stabilizing the eggshell by filling it with melted candlewax before you begin. This also helps "sink" the egg in the acid solution. Melt all wax in the oven when you are finished. In the oven the egg should rest above the surface of the heated plate: use points- e.g. on three pinheads or nails standing vertically. Wax crayons are also fine, traditionally beeswax was used: The setup is a tablespoon to melt the wax in, rested over a candle to keep it warm. You write the pattern with any point dipped in wax, a toothpick will do. The technique is known from batique, and the tool is called a "kistka". The soot from the candle would colour the beeswax brown, so the pattern is easy to see while you are working.
    You need to watch your timing: once the acid has eaten through the eggshell, it will also work from the INSIDE: SO the secret is to stop when it is ALMOST through, and THEN do the final by polishing with a fine-point set of delicate files. Use less concentrated acid by diluting with water.
    Further tips: goose and duck eggs are often stronger than hen. Translumination gives an idea of weaknesses in the eggshell before you begin. The batique technique is mostly used for colouring, and coloured dyes are safer to make patterns than acid solutions: They are also more fun, because you can do sequential colouring (light-to-dark)... Good luck eggcrafting, everybody!

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    thank you for all the information on acid etching eggs. I recently was inBulgaria and heard about this method. you give much more information than I found there (mostly due to the language barrier). I have not tried it to this time in my life. I like the challenge of carving so much that I don't know if I will try acid or not. Anyway, thank you again for sharing your knowledge

    hey, you say these are goose eggs that you carve, is there a reason that you choose a goose egg over a store bought chicken egg?
    also, i think you should make an instructable of how to do this type of artwork

    a chicken egg would be so much harder to carve. Really you want something with a thick shell, like a goose egg or ostrich (?) x