Egg size: 6" wide x 6" deep x 9" high
We’ve decorated this ostrich egg using a mixed medium. What this means, is that we’ve used two different art forms on the egg. The first is decoupage: the animals are a high-resolution image that is glued onto the egg. The egg is then coated with several layers of epoxy. Once it is dry, the egg is sanded to a smooth finish. The rest of the egg is hand-painted to make a completely unique one-of-a-kind piece of art. The egg is finished with several more layers of epoxy, sanding in between each layer. This is what gives the finished product the high gloss, glass-like finish. The eggs we use are non-fertile eggs that would normally be discarded. The egg is emptied and then sterilized, so that there is no animal matter remaining in the shell.
The shape of the ostrich egg perfectly lends itself to a world globe. This egg is decorated on the one side with the map of the Americas and on the other the African Continent they are separated with a film strip down the middle depicting traditional African tribal dress. The colors on this world map are sepia yellow tones which add to the antique look of the ‘globe’.
This egg comes boxed with a standard wooden ring stand, as seen illustrated above. The stands in the other pictures are not included in the purchase price and are available for purchase on our website.
Our eggs and stands are also sold at Disney Animal Kingdom and Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge.
All about Egg decoration.
The decorating of eggs (eggery) is a time honored tradition that has been around for hundreds of years.
Eggery is the art of decorating hatchery shells in the style of the famous Faberge egg. Carl Faberge, the father of modern-day egg decorating, used precious metals such as silver, gold, copper, and nickel to construct an egg-shaped figure, then decorated them with rubies, diamonds and emeralds.
Over the last 3 centuries many cultures have developed endless methods of decorating eggs, one example being the Moravian and Ukrainian (Pysanky) batik-designed egg patterned geometric fantasies.
The practice of decorating ostrich eggs dates back centuries. The art-form originated with the San or Bushmen who live in dessert regions. For them the egg symbolizes life not just because an egg is a sign of fertility, but because the eggs are used as vessels to carry and store water, which in itself is life sustaining, especially in the desert.
The custom of decorating eggs has many associations. The art of eggery did not begin with the Easter egg, although we don't know who the first decorator was, we do know that painted eggs as edible gifts were given by a Chinese chieftain in 722 B.C. to celebrate spring fertility festivals.