Carved Emu Eggshells


Emu eggshells are smaller than the ostrich eggshells of course. They are also thinner. Not only that, the Emu egg is a deep, dark, emerald green on the outside but beneath that outer shell there are several layers that have different color pigments. Right beneath the dark green is a thin layer of gray. Beneath that a teal color that sometimes is more turquoise than teal and as beautiful as a gem. The last layer in every emu eggshell is snow white and paper thin. To expose this through carving is very difficult. But I used the different layers to carve relief work into the shells. Since I have been asked to show more of my work, here are more photos.
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Carla K

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  • Jo Lilley
    on Dec 30, 2017

    I've been given two emu eggs. Can I use a dremel to carve them, or do I need special carving equipment. I will probably be given more so if I totally screw up the first one it'll be okay, but I'd rather not waste them.

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  • Carla K
    on Jun 17, 2012

    Thanks Steve, and I like what you did with those chairs. Budget is important for me too.

  • 2ms2
    on Jan 16, 2013

    I just noticed that you live in Ouray! That is one of my favorite places in the USA (HOT SPRINGS!!!) and you are so blessed to live there! I can see how the landscape there might inspire you to make such unique art.

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