The brilliantly bejeweled Easter eggs of 19th century Russian artist Peter Carl Fabergé are a hallmark of miniaturist engineering and craftsmanship. Forbes magazine's late, great publisher Malcolm Forbes was an avid Fabergé collector, building a set of eggs and objets d'art even a czar would envy. But the Forbes eggs have since moved on to a private collection in Russia, and the people at Forbes miss their eggs!

Now YOU can help craft a new collection. Go crack an egg then paint it, encrust it with shiny matter (rubies optional), insert an empress' LED carriage, or otherwise make it wonderful. The design is entirely up to you: just take your passion and inspiration from Fabergé's brilliant style as you make your own fantastic egg.

Grand prize winner receives a Sonos Multi-Room Music System worth $999. The four runners-up receive a copy of Toby Faber's new book Fabergé's Eggs: The Extraordinary Story of the Masterpieces that Outlived an Empire. The winning eggs will also be featured in the Forbes Galleries in New York City.

Entries can be full instructables or slideshows, but they do need to be your own original work. Slideshows need to include multiple full picture and detail shots and will be judged more strictly than Instructables.


Grand Prize (1 winner)
Sonos Multi-Room Music System and an Instructables Robot t-shirt. The winning egg will be displayed in the Forbes Galleries in New York City.

Runner-Up (4 winners)
Fabergé's Eggs: The Extraordinary Story of the Masterpieces that Outlived an Empire and an Instructables Robot t-shirt. The winning egg will be displayed in the Forbes Galleries in New York City.

Open to enter: Sep 9, 2008 12:01 AM PST
Deadline for entries: Oct 12, 2008 11:59 PM PST

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Step 1: Official Rules

This contest is limited to legal residents of the United States and Canada, age 18 or older at the time of entry. Employees of Forbes LLC ("Forbes"), and Instructables Inc. ("Instructables"), their parent companies and subsidiaries and officers, and members of their families are not eligible to enter.

To enter the "Forbes Make Your Own Fabergé-Style Egg Contest" upload one or more photographs of the Fabergé -Style Egg you've created as an "Instructable" at Instructables.com. Instructables may require registration to complete your upload.

You may enter as many different Instructables as you like. However, you may win only one prize.

Entries must be received by October 12, 2008 (11:59 PST)

2. All potential federal, state, and local taxes on prize are the sole responsibility of the winner. No purchases are necessary; void where prohibited by law.

3. Participants agree to abide by all decisions of Instructables, Forbes and judges, which shall be final and binding with respect to all issues relating to this contest.

4. Winner agrees that prizes are being provided "as is", and Instructables and Forbes make no warranty, representation or guarantee regarding the prize, including but not limited to its quality, condition, merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

5. Prizes: 5 prizes: 4 runner up prizes, and one grand prize will be awarded.

Runner up winners will receive a book entitled "Fabergé's Eggs: The Extraordinary Story of the Masterpieces That Outlived an Empire" by Toby Faber. One grand prize winner will receive a Sonos Multi-Room Music System. The Total Approximate Retail Value ("ARV") of all prizes is $1,200.

Both the Grand Prize Winner and Runner Up Winners will also have their winning entries displayed at The Forbes Galleries located at 60 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016 during the following dates: November 12, 2008-November 19, 2008. Forbes will cover the round trip cost of shipping the winning entries from the winner's home to the Forbes Galleries. Forbes shall determine which shipping method the entries shall be sent to The Forbes Galleries. Forbes shall not be liable in any manner for any damage that may occur to the winning entries during shipping or while at the Forbes Galleries.

6. Judging: Entries will be scored based on creativity of execution, quality of craftsmanship, richness of project documentation and how well the work captures the spirit of Fabergé style.

Entries shall include the following: an Instructable or a photo slideshow including one close-up photo and one general image

Potential winners will be contacted by email to verify eligibility, and results will be announced by posting on both the Instructables and Forbes websites within one week of the closing date of the contest (October 12, 2008).

7. Sponsors reserve the right to modify, cancel, postpone or end the contest at any time as necessary, at their sole discretion, or to disqualify any participant or winner, at their sole discretion, deemed to have cheated, destroyed, obstructed, or otherwise acted illegally or in bad faith in relation to this contest.

8. Sponsors reserve the right, at their sole discretion, to disqualify any individual it finds, in their sole discretion, to be in violation of these Official Contest Rules; to be acting in an unethical or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person.

9. By submitting an entry and entering this contest, you represent and warrant that: you are over the age of 18, or entering with the knowledge and permission of your parent or guardian (subject to verification), and that the entry does not contain or incorporate the intellectual property and/or confidential information of any third party. You further acknowledge that submission of an entry is subject to these Official Contest Rules and the Instructables Terms and Conditions of Use, found at http://www.instructables.com/tos.html.

If you are selected as a potential finalist in this contest, you will be required to notarize and return an affidavit of eligibility, statement confirming original authorship, and warrant of liability to --- within 4 business days of receipt of these materials. If you cannot or do not return these materials within 4 business days, you will no longer be eligible for placement in the content and Sponsors reserve the right to select an alternative potential finalist.

In the event that the email addresses submitted is inactive and we cannot contact you, Sponsors reserve the right to select alternate potential finalists. You may be asked to consent to a background check according to the discretion of the contest Sponsors.

10. Conditions of Participation: No transfer, assignment, or substitution of a prize permitted, except the Sponsors reserve the right to substitute prize (or prize component) for an item of equal or greater value at Sponsors' sole discretion. Nothing in these official contest rules shall obligate Sponsors to use any entry submitted in connection with this Contest. Contest is void where prohibited or restricted by law. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Entrants agree to be bound by the terms of these Official Contest Rules and by the decisions of the Sponsors, which are final and binding on all matters pertaining to this Contest. By entering, Entrant represents that any (photo(s), essay, etc.), and other materials submitted as part of Entrant's Contest entry are original and will not constitute an invasion of privacy or otherwise infringe upon the rights of any third party, and that the Entrant owns or has the rights to convey any and all right and title in such recipe(s). In addition, by entering, Entrant grants to Instructables and Forbes a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free license to edit, publish, promote, republish at any time in the future and otherwise use Entrant's submitted photograph along with Entrant's name, likeness, biographical information, and any other information provided by Entrant, in any and all media, including but not limited to, on Forbes' website, www.forbes.com, for possible editorial, promotional or advertising purposes, without further permission, notice or compensation (except where prohibited by law). Potential Winner, as a condition of receiving any prize, also may be required to sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility, statement confirming original authorship, a Liability Release and where legally permissible a Publicity Release within 4 business days following the date of first attempted notification, certifying, among other things, the following: (a) entry does not defame or invade the privacy of any party; (b) entry does not infringe upon the rights of any third party; and (c) the photograph and other materials submitted are original and have never won an award. Failure to comply with this deadline may result in forfeiture of the prize and selection of an alternate winner. Return of any prize/prize notification as undeliverable may result in disqualification and selection of an alternate winner. Acceptance of the prize constitutes permission for Sponsors and their agencies to use Winner's name and/or likeness, biographical information, Fabergé Style Egg entry and photograph and/or other materials submitted for advertising and promotional purposes without additional compensation, unless prohibited by law. By entering and/or accepting prize, Entrants and Winners agree to hold Sponsors and their promotional partners, its directors, officers, employees, subsidiaries, affiliates, parent and assigns harmless for liability, damages or claims for injury, death or loss to any person or property relating to, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, participation in this Contest, the acceptance and/or subsequent use or misuse, or condition of any of the prizes awarded, or claims based on publicity rights, defamation, or invasion or privacy. False or deceptive entries or acts will render the Entrant ineligible. Sponsors, in their sole discretion, reserve the immediate and unrestricted right to disqualify any entrant or prize winner, if either commits or has committed any act, or his been involved or becomes involved in any situation or occurrence which Sponsors deem likely to subject Sponsors, the entrant or winner to ridicule, scandal or contempt or which reflects unfavorably upon the Sponsors in any way. If such information is discovered by Sponsors after a winner has received notice of his prize and before the prize is awarded, Sponsors may rescind the prize in its entirety. If a portion of his/her prize has already been awarded, Sponsors may withdraw the remainder of the prize that has been fulfilled. Decisions of Sponsors are final and binding in all matters related to this paragraph. Sponsors are not responsible for any typographical or other error in the printing of the offer, administration of the contest, or in the announcement of the prize.

11. Internet: Sponsors is not responsible for lost or late entries nor for electronic transmission errors resulting in omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operations or transmission, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to or alterations of entry materials, or for technical, network, telephone equipment, electronic, computer, hardware or software malfunctions or limitations of any kind, or inaccurate transmissions of or failure to receive entry information by Sponsors or presenter on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any Web site or any combination thereof. If for any reason the Internet portion of the program is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Contest, Sponsors reserve the right at their sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process, and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest. Sponsors reserve the right to select winners from eligible entries received as of the termination date. CAUTION: Any attempt by a contestant to deliberately damage any Web site or undermine the legitimate operation of the game is a violation of criminal and civil laws and should such an attempt be made, Sponsors reserve the right to seek damages from any such contestant to the fullest extent of the law. If there is a dispute as to the identity of the Entrant, the prize will be awarded to the authorized account holder of the email address. The "authorized account holder" is defined as the natural person to whom the email address is assigned.

12. Severability: If any provision of these Rules is found to be invalid or unenforceable by a court of competent jurisdiction or appointed arbitrator, such determination shall in no way affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision herein.

13. Governing Law: This contest is governed by the internal laws of the state of New York, Southern District without regard to principles of conflict of laws. All cases and claims pertaining to this contest must be brought in a court of competent jurisdiction in the City of New York, without recourse to class action suits.

14. Sponsors: Forbes LLC (60 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016) and Instructables, Inc. (489 Clementina St., 3rd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103) are the sponsors of this contest.
when will you be running the contest again??
is the contest only for American citizens? I love instructables and would like to know if I can enter the contest :D
Please enter! We'd love to have international entries.
do you know anything about the contest i entered in 2008 but i havent seen another and i would love to enter again.
I also want enter the contest :(
Please do!
I did it <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.instructables.com/id/World_in_an_egg_Make_a_Fabergeacute_style_hen_e/">:-)</a><br/>
I waat to enter the contest. Thanks for offering it. I would love to win a prize.
Is an entry that two people worked on allowable?(mother and daughter)
Definitely - you're welcome to collaborate! You'll just have to share any prizes you win. ;)
questions: 1. is this specifically egg *decoration*, or is it open to a constructed egg (from scratch, no base shape involved)? 2. is there a limit on number of entries per person?
1. You should take your inspiration from Faberge eggs, but there is no requirement ot use an <em>actual</em> egg. Feel free to construct all parts of your entry from scratch.<br/><br/>2. No limit on number of entries per person, so enter as many times as you like. Each individual can only win once.<br/>
Does it matter the size of the egg? I'm thinking of making one no larger than a quail egg, or even smaller if I can do it. Would this be a problem, other than for my sanity? The rules don't say anything about size limits and good things often come in very tiny packages.
There are no size limits! You're simply to be inspired by Faberge eggs, wherever that leads you.
Forgot to ask earlier, but I live in Canada, that cold wilderness land North of the US border with the boring political races and residents who are constantly muttering apologies. <LOL> Are non-US residents eligible to win?
I have the same question. Non US residents are allowed to take part in this contest? I'm from Brazil! Thanks!
Indeed! We'd love to see your work.
Yes they are! Please enter.
Do we get answers to our questions? Please? ;)
could we make a egg out of knex? i'm guessing no, but it's worth asking.
I don't think K'Nex would make a convincing egg shape, but you could build something from K'Next to go <em>inside</em> the egg! Lots of the traditional eggs had clockwork mechanisms inside, and there's no limit on the size of the eggs.<br/>
well, the bigger you get with knex, the more accurate it looks. it would be hard to make the egg. but something inside the egg is a good idea. i have to get to work!
Why not? Just bling it up, spray it gold, add glitter, excessive quantities of rhinestones...
i guess, i don't know how the rules work. also don't exactly like the idea of spray painting my knex pieces.
gold knex would be great
not really, i still don't know why they have the dark color knex. knex has a color coded system to there building, thats why they have the different colors. you could, but i don't think spray painting knex is a good idea, theres lots of holes in knex that are needed so they work right.
I have a question. Do the decorated eggs have to use a real eggshell, or can a plastic easter egg or a paper machie egg be decorated?
Fake eggshells are fine. Make something awesome!
A fake eggshell would be fine. Just make it fancy!
Hellz yeah.
Can't wait to post mine!
I just posted the instructable a little while ago...

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