Illuminated Stained Glass Faberge Style Egg - Full Instructable (UPDATED!)

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This is my egg. It was partially inspired by the Coronation Egg and the Hoof Egg. I saw the Coronation Egg as part of a Faberge exhibit that my Mom dragged me to years ago. I went along to be a good son not thinking it would be that interesting as I knew nothing about the Faberge Eggs at that time. It was one of the most amazing exhibits I've ever been to.

The Coronation Egg blew me away because of the carriage inside the egg. It was an exact working replica of the carriage the Czar and Czarina rode in for their coronation ceremony. It had windows of rock crystal and a suspension that actually worked. This egg inspired the color scheme of my egg and the placement of the jewels.

Honestly I had forgotten about the Hoof Egg until I went back through the book I picked up at the exhibit with many pictures of the eggs. The Hoof Egg confirmed that attaching the legs directly to the egg had a precedent in the Faberge catalogue and helped me hit on the idea of using horse heads as the legs.

The stained glass came to me, because I remember all the enamel work on the eggs and I was trying to think of how I could recreate that effect. The glassy look of the enamels reminded me of glass, which led to the stained glass stuff I have in the basement from a class I took years ago.

I added a small little figure with a king of the sea motif. It just seemed to fit with the neo-classical (I hope that's the right period) of the egg. It also provides a focal point for the egg.

I first published this as a slide show, but finished a full intructable version to answer some questions regarding its construction.
mocale3 years ago
amazing really
RadBear (author)  mocale3 years ago
Jakamar6 years ago
I've got an "Egg" Stained Glass project in mind, Googled the topic and your's popped up. So what type of egg did you use? I've got plans for an Ostrich egg and was wondering if you can foil to the egg and then solder the glass to the egg shell? Jakamar
RadBear (author)  Jakamar6 years ago
I actually used a large platic easter egg. I then glued the glass to metal brackets which were glued to the inside of the egg. In theory I think your plan could work, but I'm not sure how well or for how long the foil would adhere to the surface of the egg shell. I have had trouble in the past getting the foil to stick to some surfaces when I've tired to incorporate non-glass objects into stained glass projects. I'm also not sure how the egg shell would deal with the heat from the solder. I think you'll just have to try it to find out. You've got me curious now. Let me know how it turns out!
canadian nh6 years ago
congratulations, you are really artist, I wonder if you can explain how did you make the egg with the picture on the top please I'd like to make a gift for my best friend, I'll be appreciated if you can. Thanks
RadBear (author)  canadian nh6 years ago
I didn't make that particular egg, it was crafted by the Faberge company. It is called the Hoof Egg, so if you do some research on it you might be able to get some idea as to how they accomplished that.
Thank you for your reply you are very kind
mmh6 years ago
Congratulations! Your use of "found objects" was very clever and whimsical. I love the horses head feet. I don't recall ever seeing a hanger with such heads adorned on it. Your neighborhood must be "classier" than mine! I like the way you illuminated your egg, very simple and easy. Good instructable too.
RadBear (author)  mmh6 years ago
Classy isn't the adjective I would use. I just got lucky that one of the previous owners of the house left this coat rack attached to the wall in the laundry room. I took it down because it was at a perfect level to hit me in the shoulder when I turned the corner or poke me in the eye. Believe it or not I almost pitched the horse heads when I took it down four years ago. It pays to be a pack rat sometimes. BTW your egg rocked and I voted for it. I was glad to see it won.
mmh RadBear6 years ago
Do you think we can ship ourselves to NYC to be part of the festivities?
RadBear (author)  mmh6 years ago
Well it would be cheaper than a plane ticket. :)
Faro6 years ago
Congratulations! Lovely entry.
RadBear (author)  Faro6 years ago
Thank you.
Carole B.6 years ago
Congratulations on being a Winner. I am still "absorbing" your Instructable. I am fascinated by your talent and by this egg design. My Best Wishes to you. Carole B.
RadBear (author)  Carole B.6 years ago
egger16 years ago
Congrats on your win! Fantastic creation! Hasn't it just been so amazing and fun to share our work and ideas?
RadBear (author)  egger16 years ago
Here's the link to the Egg Group
RadBear (author)  egger16 years ago
Thanks. One the of the fianlists started an egg group on the site specfically for egg art. Be sure to check it out.
oldhamedia6 years ago
Congratulations on being a winner!!! This is such an inventive egg! You've inspired me to really think outside the norm.
RadBear (author)  oldhamedia6 years ago
Thanks for the kind words.
kelllbelll6 years ago
Great job! Congrats on another finalist!
RadBear (author)  kelllbelll6 years ago
Thanks X2
Carole B.6 years ago
Congratulations on being a Finalist. I read your Instructable the other night and I "studied" your design. It is a most attractive concept. My Best Wishes to you....Carole B.
m_yazhini6 years ago
wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! it is very very wonderful i can't beleive............ 100/100
RadBear (author)  m_yazhini6 years ago
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Plasmana6 years ago
Wow! This is a great instructable!
RadBear (author)  Plasmana6 years ago
Thanks! I'm glad you liked it.
caryandrews6 years ago
This is really beautiful, and I agree about the fish king! Reading all the work required for a Faberge STYLE egg makes me think of all the work that went into the originals... Has anyone ever seen a Faberge egg in person? I'm working on behalf of a site called Positively Cleveland, and right now we’re getting the word out about an upcoming exhibit at the Cleveland Museum of Art. It’s called “Artistic Luxury: Fabergé, Tiffany, Lalique”, and will feature exquisite examples of each artist’s work. If you get a chance the exhibit is well worth a trip to see these beautiful treasures in person. You can find more information at http://www.clevelandblings.com. Additionally, Cleveland has many other destinations including the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame: http://www.positivelycleveland.com/visiting/things_to_do/cleveland_rocks/rock_hall. There’s something for everyone and lots to explore!

I hope I haven’t overstepped my bounds by leaving this comment. I’m just trying to get the word out about this amazing exhibit so as many people as possible can have the experience of seeing this art with their own eyes. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to E-Mail me. I’d love to hear from you :)

Cary A. Andrews
Positively Cleveland
RadBear (author)  caryandrews6 years ago
I saw a great many of the eggs and other Faberge items in a traveling display 10 years ago. It was one of the coolest things I've ever seen. Defiantely worth the time and effort to see them.
LinuxH4x0r6 years ago
Amazing 5/5
RadBear (author)  LinuxH4x0r6 years ago
Cool!!! Thanks for rating.
ChrysN6 years ago
Amazing work, well done, I love the fish king.
RadBear (author)  ChrysN6 years ago
Thanks!! Everyone should love the fish king. He is a benevolent ruler. :)