Arizona Egg




This Arizona Egg is made with a large Rhea egg and covered with small red and buff colored seed beads. The patterns on the exterior of the egg represent patterns found on ancient AZ potsherds. There are three hinged doors cut in the shape of the state of Arizona that open to reveal a miniature kachina in a significant setting of our grand state: the sunface dancer in Sedona, the eagle in Canyon de Chelly, and the clown in the Grand Canyon. A cardboard floor is measured and glued in the base where it meets the door hinge. Then it is painted a beige color. The dividing walls are made of cardboard, measured, cut, folded at right angles and then adhered to each other after having Arizona scenes glued to face out and serve as the backdrop for each kachina. The inside ceiling of the egg is painted to blend in with the colors of the sky in each scene’s section. After the kachinas are glued in place, fine buff sand is glued to the cardboard floor in each section. The doors and doorways are trimmed with buff colored braid. The egg is mounted on a small wooden cup weighted with bb’s, which have been epoxyed together. This provides stability from tipping over when the doors are open. A small wooden top cup with three quail feathers glued in place acts as a finial. The base cup and finial are decorated with sand and beads to compliment the completed project. This project took over 80 hours to complete.

Participated in the
The Forbes Fabergé-Style Egg Contest



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    3 Discussions


    10 years ago on Introduction

    This is amazing, and because I work with beads, I know just how much effort it took to make. Did you use wax to embed the beads, like the Huichinol Indians? Congratulations on making such an incredible egg, and thank you for sharing it with the rest of us.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Wow, that is incredible! I really love eggs, and I haven't been checking up on too many egg Instructables/ slideshows, so I just checked this one and wow! This is just amazing. +5/5 stars. Keep up the great work!

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    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Appreciate the atta girl. Its always rewarding to have someone comment positively about the endeavors we undertake.