How a decoupage ostrich egg is made
Decoupage is an art form that transforms the ordinary into the magical. It became popular in 17thcentury France as a way of decorating furniture economically. Decoupage is a deceptively simple process of gluing paper onto a hard surface – in this case an ostrich eggshell – and using shape, colour, paint and other elements to create a beautiful piece of art. Often referred to as “sleight of hand” as the outcome is far more than the sum of its parts: eggshell, paper, glue and varnish.
The process is relatively simple, requiring a vision of the finished product, a steady hand and a supply of quality material.
- A hole is made on the pointed and rounded ends of the egg allowing the yolk to run out.
- The remnants are blown out and the egg carefully washed and dried.
- The paper is cut into the desired shapes. The first layer normally comprises triangles that are used to cover the egg entirely.
- Glue is thinned with water and painted over the egg, which is ready for its first layer.
- Once the first layer is on, the egg is left to dry and then brushed with a coat of thinned glue. This seals the paper so that it doesn’t curl up or get damaged.
- Second and third layers of different shaped and coloured paper are applied to bring the pattern to life. Elements such as gold leaf or paint can now be added to provide that rich sense of depth to the piece.
- The egg is left to dry completely after each layer is superimposed.
- Once the design is complete, the finished decoupaged egg is varnished to seal the design and provide that lustrous finish.
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