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Dear Instructables Member

It is my absolute honour to relate to you the following story.

One afternoon last week, quite by accident, while looking for my trusty ivory ophthalmoscope in a tea chest I had not opened for nearly 50 years, I came across one of my old journals. Lazy, late-day sunlight filtered through the dusty attic window, and as time was not pressing, I idly thumbed through the pages. The adventures therein, though captured in such a naive and faded narrative, reminded me of my wilder days, long since passed, and rendered the rest of the afternoon to an oblivion of reminiscing and recollection. Nought further might have come of this chance discovery had not my manservant, Collinworth, suggested over the lightly buttered toast the next morning, that the very pages that had been so demanding of my attention the day before could yet render me, and others, an invaluable service, in permitting me to describe the delicate process of constructing a Golden Filigree Dragon's Eggcase, and the use thereof to extract an original of the same against the auspices of a wary and ever watchful eye of the Tibetan Lung. Now you can read more about this story, follow my instruction herein, find out how it was my endeavours that inspired Carl Faberge to make his first egg for the Tzar and also learn how I got my name.

Your most humble servant,

Kaptin Scarlet
 
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LMJPR1 month ago

Clever idea and a HILARIOUS read. Thanks for sharing your creativity at many levels!

KaptinScarlet (author)  LMJPR1 month ago
thanks and so glad you like it... on every level!
eperez438 months ago

What about plain ol' lost wax casting? Fancy specialized equipment, yes, but only if you're a real pro jeweler. This project you could do with simple steam casting and a butane torch, for practically nothing. A large tin can or piece of scrap plumbing pipe would work for a casting flask. You could do the wax burnout using a kiln, or even a hotplate, if a kiln is not handy.

I'm just wondering why you used two cups and not just use a blown out egg? I haven't used hot glue on one yet but you should be able to just mash it a bit afterwards and pull out the shell. I do like the shape of yours however as it does not look like it was formed around a hens egg. Great job. I have been checking this out for a while thinking it would be a great craft to to with the kids one weekend.
If you wanted, you could probably get a goose egg at an organic store and use it instead. They have a more elongated shape. Or sometimes you could get duck eggs, ostrich eggs, all kinds of eggy possibilities.
KaptinScarlet (author)  TheGeekFather5 years ago
I think you answered the question yourself. I had already done one round a hen's egg and I wanted a different look, a bit more oblong, like a dinosaur egg. Have a look at my site, <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.dadcando.com/">dadcando</a>dadcando.com , for tons of cool things just like this to do with the kids.<br/>
Cool. Thanks for the response. And I have been to your site. lots of good stuff there.
eulaliaaaa!4 years ago
This is great! I am making one now, along with a dragon embryo, and I am going to make a museum style display case with information plates and other artifacts like claws, and I am going to enter it in the county fair. Should be first place material! Oh, by the way, I made the egg with a real egg shell (Empty, of course!) and dissolved the egg in vinegar. The dragon embryo was my design, and I am giving it partial scales along with other details of only partial construction at pre-natal stage.
How are you making the dragon embryo?? I'm looking for interesting Christmas gifts for my boyfriend.
KaptinScarlet (author)  eulaliaaaa!4 years ago
Now that is a good idea, and the results speak for themself. I wish I had thought of that :-)
Can you use hot glue insted of filigree?
oldhamedia6 years ago
I have found that when the hot glue is still fresh and largely un-handled, gold leaf will adhere quite nicely and buff up toa bright, solid gold sheen, much more solid-looking than a sprayed finish. Wait until the glue has cooled (applying the leaf while warm will cause wrinkles as the glue contracts slightly during cooling, whereas the metal leaf will not shrink... an effect one might happily explore as well.), work the leaf onto all surfaces with a soft paintbrush. Slicing the gilded glue with a scalpel (Xacto) to extract the cups should be easy to reseal with a little heat and smoothing on another bit of leaf.
KaptinScarlet (author)  oldhamedia6 years ago
great idea, I think that would look very very nice. I am just getting a quote to have it cast in bronze and then gold plated, and then blue enameled on the inside, which is not as expensive as you might think. But I think i might try the gold leaf idea, I do have some and I noticed that the surface was slightly tacky. however when you peel off the layer of glue you do bend it about quite a bit, wouldn't this wrinkle up the leaf?
Hmm.. don't know. Whenever I've leafed hot glue, it was never bent much - usually on stiff substrates. Here's an idea, once you peel it and are done bending it, give it a quick shot with a blow dryer... it should re-tack the surface and smooth any fingerprints and scratches. Leaf it cool, and then hit it with a spritz of clear sealer.
KaptinScarlet (author)  oldhamedia6 years ago
that's a good idea I might try that on my next one. I have just got a quote from a small nonferrous foundry to have the egg latticework cast in bronze and then gold plated and coated with iridescent blue enamel on the inside.... that should be really nice
If you had it done, I'd be most interested in seeing the result!
KaptinScarlet (author)  Crucio4 years ago
It worked out so expensive at the time (I think it was something like £750 for the first one) I just couldn't get it done. I might go back to them one day. I'm working with them on another project. The gold plating is very cheap by comparison, about £25, and silver plating is even cheaper at about £15, but you have to start with a metal object (mostly).
If the price included making a mould from your completed egg you could possibly avoid that price by making the egg from wax. Removing the egg from the master egg would be a different matter though as you'd need some way to dissolve or cut up the master egg. What you should end up with though would be a wax model that could be cast either in silver, brass or bronze. Another way to go would be to make the egg as you usually do then use an electroformer to apply a metal coating to the surfaces. Using a conductive paint you electroform ( a process similar to electroplating) a metal coating over the constructed egg.
eulaliaaaa!4 years ago
Very clever! Four thumbs up! I really like the story.
KaptinScarlet (author)  eulaliaaaa!4 years ago
Thank you, I thought I would try something different with this instructable and I like d the idea of a fantasy back story. Glad you like it.
eulaliaaaa!4 years ago
Here is the finished egg! I am not yet finished with the embryo, it just needs to be painted.
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KaptinScarlet (author)  eulaliaaaa!4 years ago
This looks absolutely fabulous... I'm impressed. Nice pictures too, well done.
FrozenIce4 years ago
 how do you make the small Dragon?
KaptinScarlet (author)  FrozenIce4 years ago
http://www.dadcando.com/default_MAKING.asp?project=DragonEmbryo&catagory=TheDragonry&lhs=TheDragonry
FrozenIce4 years ago
 how do you make the immature dragon??
tsienra4 years ago
Hi. :D
I know this has been up for a while but I only came across it now. I suggest using those plastic eggs which split open kind of like in Kinder Surprise.

Do the halves separately. Then make a separate "belt" to bind the middle. You can even embellish it with some sort of "buckle."

:D
KaptinScarlet (author)  tsienra4 years ago
Yes nice idea. You could actually do it on a real egg and then dissolve the egg shell out with vinegar... ooooh, I might just try that
macrumpton4 years ago
Awesome presentation.
KaptinScarlet (author)  ZiggyRodrigues5 years ago
Yes I run the site and create all the stuff on dadcando... why?
I was looking at that website earlier this morning through google lol I thought it was an interested coincidence. XD
comodore5 years ago
Great job! This is an exselent gift! Please tell us how you made those uber cool pictures! rate:***** +I added it to my Mythbusters group
KaptinScarlet (author)  comodore5 years ago
They were photographs post produced using Photoshop. I got my daughter to lean over my shoulder and take the photographs. A few like the spraying and the hot glue gun were adapted with bits and pieces of images I got of an antique medical equipment website. The I cut the photos out so that they were on a white background. Then in photoshop I: Enhanced the contrast Enhanced the saturation Used Poster Edges filter Further enhanced and tuned the saturation / contrast brightness Cut the image out so that it was on a transparent background Made up a page of old parchment type paper Composed the subject on the parchment Dressed the image with scanned in signature and fake family crest from a Dover book I have Easy really.
What was the website you got the antigue med. equipment pics from?
KaptinScarlet (author)  jtlax5 years ago
I have no idea, I'm sorry. I searched for Antique Medical Equipment on Google Images and then looked at each site quite a few pages deep until I found one that looked like it had some decent stuff on. I didn't use the pictures as they were but cut them all up and used other images from other sites as well. YOU could try looking for antique amputation saw on Google Images, that should bring something up (if not your lunch)... try not to remember that these instruments were used before antisepsis was considered important and well before the advent of anesthesia... oooo makes me queasy just thinking about it.
He didn't download them, he made him in Photo Shop, that's what the author of this instructables told me!
KaptinScarlet (author)  comodore5 years ago
Hi you're right, I am the author of this instructable and I didn't download the images, but I did use some images from an antique medical instruments aution site to get some of the bits I needed for one or two of the images. the handle of the glue gun is downloaded and then treated as I said above and then dropped into a picture that my daughter took of my hand, the same goes for the spray gun, that is a cut up image of an antique nebuliser I found somewhere. the original photos where then cut up and treated as above and then made to look like I was holding them etc etc. SO no not really downloaded, but then again some of the elements were taken and severely doctored by me.
Hahahaha! Great job, once again! :P Do you want me to delete my comment so not many people would know your secret? :D
KaptinScarlet (author)  comodore5 years ago
No I don't mind, it's not really a secret, although thanks for the offer. Searching for the images took all evening and the retouching them wasn't a five minute job either, the result speaks for itself and I think I earned the look rather than just lifting someone else's work, and anyway, even the best artists (of which I am not one) use reference to get there images right... thx
cool, thanks for sharing your secret... :) once more Great JOB!!!! :D
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