Sunday, September 16, 2007

Special Delivery

Look what the mail man brought me on Friday, the Emu egg for the bride's box. I ordered two actually, both with horizontal cuts. One however has a curved horizontal cut and I feel is more visually attractive for the project I'll be working on, so that is the one I decided to go with. The other I'll paint and put in my ETSY shop. I'm so excited about painting this box that I want to have a whole new jewelry box section in my ETSY shop. Emu eggs are very large and also very sturdy and an abolute pleasure to work with. They measure a good
5 1/2" tall and about 10 1/2" around the fattest part of the egg, making it perfect for a jewelry box.
The egg itself has a lovely, deep, almost black green color to the outside of the shell. The surface of these eggs are quite textured which in this case has made my task a bit harder and I've had to alter my plans a bit. I'll tell you how and why I did that in my next post when I show the finished box. As you can see, the inside has been blown out and you can see the hinge in this photo, that holds the two sides together. I'll be lining the box with fabric on the inside so it will not look quite like the above when it is done.

15 comments:

Diana at Chloe's Chic Boutique said...

I can't wait to see the finished jewelry box... I bet it will be lovely.

Ruth Welter said...

Thanks Diana, it's coming along quite nicely. Changed a bit from my original concept but I've gotten a lot done.

Inspired Tokens said...

Oh, I can't wait to see the finished project!

mosaic queen said...

I look forward to seeing the finished project!

Ruth Welter said...

Thanks ladies, I think I might actually finish it tonight. The painting part that is but then, there are a few other things to do before it is totally done.

Sweet Remembrance said...

Ruth...what a wonderful project you have taken on! Love the Emu eggs...Can't wait to see what you do with them! It will be beautiful I'm sure...
Priscilla

the feathered nest said...

Love the Emu egg - I'm looking forward to seeing your completed project!

Manuela

Ruth Welter said...

Thanks Priscilla & manuela...I actually did finish it last night as I had hoped. Now it has to get sprayed with a protective coating and hopefully I'll get the fabric lining in next week.

NeereAnDearCreations.com/wordpress said...

I absolutely love the form of the egg itself and the texture...I am most anxious to see how your project turned out... thanks for visiting my blog...

JO

Ruth Welter said...

Jo, it really is a fabulous surface to paint on. I also love the Emu eggs because they are very sturdy and quite hard to break compared to smaller eggs like goose or duck, chicken etc.

Greenie Gardens said...

Thanks so much for visiting my blog, as a result, I found yours and am so impressed with your beautiful work. I'll be back soon.
Thanks. Stephanie

Suzanne said...

Ruth, what a creative idea. Can't wait to see your "after" photos!

Penny Carlson said...

What a wonderful idea! I look forward to seeing the final piece! I know it will be beautiful!
Penny

Ki said...

What an interesting colored egg! I wonder how they cut the shell so neatly. They must have used a laser or some other kind of precision instrument. I wonder who raises enough emus to collect shells to sell? There's actually an ostrich farm in NJ but I haven't even heard of anyone raising emus.

Ruth Welter said...

Thanks Penny, I'll post pics next week.

Ki, it is a beautiful colored and textured egg. It has a very sturdy and strong shell too, which makes it a pleasure to work with. Yes, the lady that cuts those eggs,has to be very precise. Let me tell you too..both eggs are beautifully cut. Lots of skill involved in that .