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" Train Egg "

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I always liked Faberges' 'Trans Siberian Railway Egg' and, when I found a working railroad set small enough to fit into an egg, this is what I came up with. I can't take credit for the railroad set, that goes to Tiny Trains but then, Faberge mainly designed the eggs. He had workshops with crafstmen skilled in various areas eg. enamelling, carving, stone setting, to carry out his designs. This is an ostrich egg which I decoupaged with antique map print tissue paper. I applied mini vintage train posters randomly on the top. It took a while to figure out how to get the wiring through the egg to the battery which I have hidden in the wood base. The layout was smaller than the egg, so I had to build a platform to set it on and then extend the landscaping with materials I luckily had on hand. I even had the right shade for the water. A switch on the wood base turns it on and off. It's quite mesmerizing to look at when it goes around.
Pickles50002 years ago
Would you be able to add a video? That would be awesome - thanks.
tinkernaut5 years ago
Gorgeous!

Since I didn't see any further reference on the train manufacturer, let me add it here: Tiny Trains makes ready-made (and ready-to-decorate) tiny train layouts in TT scale, which is 1:900! These trains work based on a chain that runs under the layout. The train is connected to the chain through a slot between the rails.

More at: http://www.tiny-trains.net/

The mini posters are a great touch!!!
Correction: Make that TY scale.
Dale_D5 years ago
Excellent work you can be proud of! Very well done! I watched an episode of "How It's Made" where they decorated an ostrich egg and was wondering... where do you get the eggs? I might want to give this a try, but don't know where to start. Again, very superbly done!
angelkake (author)  Dale_D5 years ago
Thank you for your compliment. I belong to a Yahoo eggers group -eggart-and they have lists of suppliers for everything from ostrich eggs to hinges. You can find help and instructions for doing all sorts of eggart. Check it out, you might find yourself hooked.
Carole B.5 years ago
Congratulations on being a Finalist. I especially like the fact that you were able to find a railroad set small enough to fit into the egg. I plan to visit Tiny Trains and see what I can come up with.My Best Wishes to you. Carole B.
angelkake (author)  Carole B.5 years ago
I want to thank everyone who commented for their kind words. It's nice to get feedback from other than family members. Good luck to all of the finalists.
You deserve nice feedback from people other than family. Family, I have learned can also be your best critics. Your work is nice. I hope that you will continue to pursue and enjoy the art of egguery.
kelllbelll5 years ago
Beautiful! Congrats on being a finalist!
RoyalPayne5 years ago
If this egg does not win, then the world is truly lost.
IvanLynn5 years ago
I have to say, so far this is my favourite. Yes some are more glamourous but this one fits with the magic and ingenuity of some of Faberge's pieces. This is lovely. I love the map and poster idea too.
This is so COOL! It's very pretty and the skill is exceptional! I can do craft work but this excells anything I ever thought to do!
shortone5 years ago
I LOVE it! this is my favorite egg so far...the others try to copy faberge but you add a great twist to a classic!
Valster5 years ago
What a fantastic, priceless heirloom you've created! If you're blessed with grandchildren they'll surely be fighting over this. Did you paint the sky inside the upper half of the egg?
angelkake (author)  Valster5 years ago
The upper half of the egg is painted with sky on the inside. It seemed like the logical thing to do.
lowbike15 years ago
sorry, did I read this correctly? the train works? Video?? Thats awesome either way!
angelkake (author)  lowbike15 years ago
Yes, the train is battery operated and it goes around the track, over the bridge and through the tunnel.
Sunny1246135 years ago
this is very professional looking! I wish I had that type of skill..
OOOOOOOOOH! That's awesome, I need to make one like that.
That's amazing work! How long does it take you to make these eggs?
angelkake (author)  jessyratfink5 years ago
It took me 2 years....I had to think about getting the train, then how to decorate and manage the wiring etc. Now that I know what I'm doing it would probably take about 2 weeks.
Guy.Fawkes5 years ago
OMG it's a steam train, too! A 4-6-2 Pacific, looks like D&RGW livery. I am sick with envy!
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