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This carved goose egg is modeled loosely from a stained glass window I saw in an old cathedral. The two dimensional image of the window did require some changes to get it to wrap around the three dimensional egg. It is cut by hand with a high speed cutting tool. There are 96 separate holes in the shell requiring more than 400 cuts to accomplish. Each span of eggshell that remains is just over 1/16 of an inch wide. I have no way to measure the thickness.
leonardml6 years ago
I'm in awe. Your talent is amazing! Thank you for sharing with us and please continue to do so in the future.
Brian Baity (author)  leonardml5 years ago
thank you for your inspiring words. I will post more when I have some good stuff to show.
Hello, I wonder if you are still carving eggs like this for sale. I am very impressed and want to give one as a gift. thnx
Brian Baity (author)  leonardml6 years ago
Leonard,

Thank you for your positive comments. I will continue to share as I find formats that allow me to do so. I believe we were all blessed with talents in some form or another and we should give of them as we can. Many other talented people are here in this contest as well

Thanks again, Brian
egger16 years ago
Very fine delicate work! Well done!! J's Complete Coat is great for strengthening this delicate style of egg shell work. Do use it?
Brian Baity (author)  egger16 years ago
As of yet, I use nothing to strengthen the eggs that I cut. What is J's Complete Coat meant to be used for in it's original purpose? Does it come in a matte finish? I prefer to have the eggs look natural and that is why I have not yet sprayed the majority of them. For folks who specifically want a shiny finish I use Polyurethane because it will not yellow over time. Does J's yellow? Thank you for taking the time to comment and to offer knowledge.
The eggshells dry out over time and become very brittle so applying 3 thin coats of J's inside and out will help to preserve your hard work. It is not a vanrish, just a thin plastic coating with a subtle finish so it still looks natural as you can see through it. Also it does not discolour. It is an egg strengthener and sealer. I get mine through The Golden Egg of Idaho. They have a web site so you can purchase online. I hope this is helpful to you. It has made a big difference to the word Heirloom Eggs for me. I know they will now last longer than I will. Cheers, Glenis
Brian Baity (author)  egger16 years ago
Hello again Glenis, I called the folks in Idaho and talked with them about J's Complete Coat. It sounds as if it is a great product. I am looking for a spray version. Since this egg shell has been soaked in bleach to remove the inner membrane it is really thin. I don't know how I could paint it and get an even coat both inside and out without breaking it. Do you know of any sprays that would accomplish the same effect? Anyone else willing to chime in is welcome as well.
The bleach needs to be rinsed off well and then soak it in Baking soda and water to help neutralise the negative effects of the bleach. Any bleach left in the shell will weaken it more so the J's coat is essential now. The J's coat can be diluted and then put in a spray bottle so that problem is easily solved. You will need to put several thin coats on drying well in between. Use the edge of a torn tissue or paper towel to catch any runs. An alternative is use a Matte finish spray.
Couldn't you just dip it in highly diluted J's coat? Then it would soak in but leave almost nothing on the surface.
That could work but I would still dip it at least 3 X.
preval spray gunHi bb, I just heard about the preval spray gun. Maybe this would work for spraying J's. Check it out. Just a thought. (No I'm not an affiliate or work for the company, just an old time paragraver offering a little tip). bojangels
Brian Baity (author)  bojangels6 years ago
Thanks so much for the info. I feel that is the point of this website to allow people to help other people. I will cerainly look into it.
WOW! Thanks heaps! I have followed that up and waiting on a reply. This could have many uses with egg art!
monelle5 years ago
This is incredible. I'm about to try J's myself, as I want no yellowing. Did you do this on your first try? No breaking 847 eggs in order to get this one? Are you a neurosurgeon in your day job? :)
Brian Baity (author)  monelle5 years ago
Yes, this was done without breaking any previous attempts. I have been told I should have been a surgeon but no I am an electronic technician by trade. If things go right I will soon be living on my artistic abilities. Thanks for your interest.
windy656 years ago
I just love this one. I can't help but keep looking at it. I'd like to see a top view down of it. Do you have one?
This one still just grabs the center of your soul. Everyone needs to go see how powerfully it is presented on your website. Gees guy, I am beginning to think there isn't anything here you can't do. You have the kind of nature that really goes after whatever you sink your teeth into - excuse the pun. Here's to WHATEVER...
abaity6 years ago
Your steady hands are rewarded; Such delicate work! Did you break any in the process?
gilbass6 years ago
Reminds me of the York cathedral. Say hello to Jack.
canida6 years ago
This is beautiful! You must have incredibly steady hands. I'm definitely looking forward to the full Instructable to see how you did it.
Brian Baity (author)  canida6 years ago
Thank you Canida, Your thoughts are appreciated. I am working as fast as I can on the new project so I can get it here for those who want to see it.
RadBear6 years ago
What kind of bit did you use in the cutting tool?
Brian Baity (author)  RadBear6 years ago
Stay tuned, I am in the process of making an instructable which will give much more detail to how I did this. thanks for looking.
norml6 years ago
Awesome job. Look out Forbes. Norm
Brian Baity (author)  norml6 years ago
Thank you for your kind words. It is my hope that the folks at Forbes have similar thoughts to yours.
you're a beast.
Bongmaster6 years ago
wow fragile O_o