Octopus’ Garden.

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Octopus’ Garden – SOLD.

I always did have an unusual fondness for Ringo Starr songs.  This one has been done for a while though I couldn’t show anyone until it had arrived at its’ destination.  To be honest the stand took me longer than the egg itself, and needed to be ripped apart six times before I worked out how to put it together for good.   This one was intended as a Christmas commission but the stand underwent a bit of scope creep by adding the seahorse.   The interior is teal and blue, the holes are ringed in pearl white and the octopus is red and orange.

It’s now safely ensconced in its new home.

 

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So this is 2017.

I know I’ve  been quiet for an unusually long time. I got buried under commissions and orders (still am, actually) ,  I got sick twice over the holidays, and this winter has seen an incredible increase in migraine activity that kept me down more days than I was up. Im starting to dig myself out from under the backlog now, so I am trying to get back into making sure I update here more often.  I also need to switch the instagram feed to my eggrotech account rather than my personal one. I’ll get there.

In any case, this piece is done.  It’s not as lavender as it appears here (it’s a neutral grey. I’ll show you.)  but I needed a very bright light to show that the interior is purple.  This is roughly choker length to short necklace length.  Proper chokers are hard without an exact measurement and it’s rather it be a little too loose than too tight, obviously.

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Quail egg choker – SOLD.

 

Here’s an image showing the color in natural light and scale.

 

 

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It’s a quail egg, so it’s about the size of a large acorn or a small walnut.

It’s all boxed and ready to go to its new home, and should go out Monday.  I also have another piece done, which was also a commission, but I have to edit the images first.  Should be ready by tomorrow.  I am STILL working on that Borderlands 2 egg (which is just very complicated, though Im on the last bit now.)

Hope everyone has had a great new year so far!  More soon.

 

 

I get all my best ideas in the shower.

I don’t want to backtrack to how we got here. Because we know how we got here and I’ll be honest. my patience is pretty limited right now.  But since Tuesday there’s been a marked rise in hate crimes across a broad spectrum of targets, much the same as there was after the Brexit vote.

At some point after the Brexit vote, a woman named Allison had an idea to wear a safety pin (since they were ubiquitous and inexpensive) to be a visual symbol of literal safety for people likely to be targeted by hate crimes. Though the idea went viral, it was not without fair criticism.  It’s also imperfect, because safety pins are… ubiquitous and inexpensive.  But it got people talking some,. and far more importantly, listening some.

Since Tuesday the idea has crossed over the Atlantic to the US and has gone viral here too for reasons that no one needs explained to them unless they’ve been living in a biodome or something without contact from the outside world (in which case you wouldn’t be reading this.)  Which brings me to my being in the shower.

It occurred to me, as I was standing there trying and once again failing to get the feeling of being trapped in a house with a pathological narcissist off my skin, that one of the problems with the safety pin thing is that it’s a meaningless gesture unless there’s some other thing behind it.  Some other help besides pinning a pin to your jacket, especially if you’re the kind of person who tries to avoid conflict when it happens (Don’t look at me, I’ve never been that person, but a lot of people are.)  It then occurred to me… wait a minute.  No one raises charity money the way I do, what am I STANDING HERE UNDER THIS WATER FOR?  I quickly finished up and went straight to my sketchbook.

See, I have an unlimited source of quail eggs.  I use them to make skull egglaces.

I began drawing very quickly.  What if I used them to create necklaces that incorporated the pins, customized of course because that’s how I roll,. and then donated a chunk of the proceeds to charities designed to help the people who have been targeted?  People get jewelry with the pins on, charities make money, and people talk some and listen some.

Here’s the quick sketch I drew, though this is just an idea, there’s infinite ways to do this:

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It doesn’t have to be a heart carved in, it could be basically anything.  It doesn’t have to be that pin number or placement.  It could even have the pin dangling from or attached to the egg itself.it can be any color or bead combinations.  Any and all variations are possible on this.  And so too are the list of charities, from things to help immigrants, to charities to help GLBT kids, trans* charities,  NARAL and Planned Parenthood, and so on.

Normally, I sell skull egglaces this size for $50+  $10 shipping (extras like, special beads or whatever are a little extra. )  Just so we’re ALL giving, I’ll leave the price the same, and send  20% of the proceeds to charity.  I have a HUGE list graciously provided to me by my friends, but if you have one in particular that YOU like, just tell me which one it is. Long as they take online donations, we’re good.  You can use the skull egglace order form (just choose a quail egg and explain that it’s a safety pin egg in the comments — I’ll get back to you and we’ll customize your design.  When we’re ready, I’ll throw an order up to the etsy store so you get the benefits of their buyer protection program, and I will cheerfully show you proof of the donation to your charity of choice.

Only one thing, though. Only do this if you’re going to not only wear it, but actually speak up on behalf of people who need your help AND if you’re going to listen to them too, so they can tell you how best you can help them.  This thing only gets you some jewelry and a small charity donation. It’s not magic, and it’s not a panacea.  You have to do the rest, and it’s a hard and important job. K?  We good on that?

Im a little snowed under right now working on 2 commissions and getting ready for the world’s tiniest craft show in December, but I promise to make these as much of a priority as I can. As always, lead time for egglaces is *about* a week, depending on complexity.

Stay safe, everyone.

 

 

 

 

 

Into the Borderlands.

So this month I have two things to do.:  1. Make some eggs for the world’s tiniest craft show in December (Im already regretting agreeing to do this.) 2. a commission for an egg based on Borderlands 2, a game that to the surprise of precisely no one reading this, I know less than nothing about.

  1.  the challenge is that I have no idea what to make.  I just have no real feel for what people might want at one of these things.  This is a problem considering how little time I have to make about another 10 of them.

2.  This thing is going to take me forever to paint.  It’s out of the bleach  now, but I have a lot of painting ahead of me  I’ll post some photos after it’s dyed since right now it just doesn’t look like it makes much sense.

Meantime, please go buy stuff!  The etsy store is right here.https://www.etsy.com/shop/eggrotech?ref=hdr_shop_menu . Id really appreciate it.

Pawsomes.

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I have done a lot of charity work over the years. I mean, a lot.  I’ve helped raise money for charities large and small all over the world. All different kinds.  While I’m happy to do all of that, and will continue to do so, every so often people have asked me what *my* favorite charities are. Me, personally.

The answer is always, 100% of the time, animal charities.

So a close friend suggested I create a way to incorporate that into my eggs.  So I have.  Basically, I can carve any animal print onto an egg, and then you can choose any options you like.  I can even paint it to resemble the colors of your own pet.  20% of all proceeds will go to animal/wildlife charities, and I will happily provide proof of donation.  Do you have an animal charity you’d prefer your donation to go to? Tell me, and I’ll give  it to them.  Anywhere in the world, as long as they take online donations. Not sure? I’ll find one.

The only real rule is that the only carving on the egg will be the paw.  (this allows me to carve them quickly.)   I can make them into ornaments for an extra $10, if you want something to hang on a tree.  I can even make it into an egglace.  Just fill out an order with whatever you want here.

Together, we can give a little bit more to help the animals we love so much.

The Flower of Possibility.

Sometimes you have to let things be what they are.

I was still thinking about how to work with the flaws in things after I finished that last egg. For about six weeks Ive had a carved egg blank here, that had broken during carving.  Not enough to toss it, but in a way that would be easily fixable. I’d had it in a cup on a shelf, while I considered what to do with it. But after the last egg, I finally realized that I wanted to use the break in the design to create a bud vase.

 

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I was pretty excited by the idea, and could see the entire finished piece in my head.  Unfortunately, my head was also full of a combination of cold and allergy medicine. To put it bluntly, I was high as a kite.

About five minutes after I took this photo, I dropped a tube of MonoAqua glue on top of the egg, shattering it into a zillion pieces and killing my bud vase idea.

The original pattern was a basic pattern #3, so I made a new one.  This second one didn’t break under carving though, so the original idea I had for the bud vase wasn’t going to work, and it didn’t seem like a good idea to deliberately break the egg just to create the same effect — the beauty of it was in its accidental nature.

That said, I really liked the sculpting I had done on the first one.  I decided to just sculpt and see what it turned into.  The resulting piece is The Flower of Possibility.

 

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The thing is, I don’t know what it is.  Is it a beautiful flower? An alien life form?  A triffid?  I don’t know. Right now, it’s a possibility, and it can be anything you imagine it should be.  Maybe it’s just a visual metaphor for an idea that hasn’t quite formed yet; an object to remind you that the power of possibility is strong in everyone’s life, and you get to direct that possibility into being. It’s a beautiful mystery that you get to solve.

This is a jumbo egg, and both the interior and exterior have a gradient pattern that goes from deepest red black to metallic gold on the top.  The holes are lined in a bright leaf green and the base is a mixture of greens and autumn orange, with black and black cherry red.  It doesn’t need a separate stand- it will sit up just like it is on its own.

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It’s available for $125.  Not a bad price for a wonder of infinite possibility.  You can grab it from the Etsy Store.

 

A Flawed Premise.

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“I myself am made entirely of flaws, stitched together with good intentions.”
― Augusten Burroughs, Magical Thinking

Some eggs have more of a story than others. Sometimes they seem to be trying to teach life lessons.  So it is with this one.

I spend a lot of time trying to get my eggs to come out perfectly. Let’s face it most of us try to do that in most aspects of our lives. Sometimes it’s possible, sometimes it’s crucial (like in surgery or something) and sometimes, it’s just never going to happen – and that last part is very often true of art or design, or architecture or any creative thing.  It’s even more true when it comes to anything involving humans and how they look or react and behave.

This egg started out pretty normally.  It’s a double spiral basic pattern, that I had intended in doing in red and white, with a gold interior.  Nothing too fancy. I figured someone might want to make an ornament out of it or something.  But I must have over acidified the dye (this happens once in a while) and as a result, I was having real problems getting paint to adhere to the exterior.  Parts of it would stick, and parts would just flake off.  I tried coating it over and over again, but no matter how many times I tried to fix it, there were just sections of the exterior where paint was simply not willing to stick.

So I decided to work around the problem.  I have some 22K gold leaf (real gold) here, and instead just used that to fill in all the areas to which paint would not adhere.

Things got even stranger when I realized that the shell was so thin, that at some point while I was working on it (I was on a lot of medication, since I’ve been sick) that I must have broken a small piece near the bottom. This also sometimes happens and usually I restore the break flawlessly – you can’t see it when it’s done (I have a degree in this,. so.) though I call it out when listing them because that’s only fair.

I considered tossing the whole thing, because I was sick and cranky and just over it.  I let it sit and was looking at Instagram, where I ran across whatever photo @skelotim had up at that moment (he’s seriously my favorite thing on instagram. No lie.).  I had a WWTD (what would Tim do) moment, and realized, he’d suggest embracing the flaws, because he’s all about that. So I went back to work.

I did repair the flaw, but it is still visible if you’re looking for it.   This was a conscious decision, and here’s the flaw:

 

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If you look closely on the left side of that circled area you can see that it’s ever so slightly raised.  The truth is when it’s in the stand you don’t see it at all, but if you’re holding the egg in your hand you can see it if you rotate it against the light at the right angle. As I said, it was a conscious decision- by that point I was all about working with, rather than against, the flaws in the piece.

There’s an old tradition in Japanese ceramics called Kintsugi.  Philosophically (and practically), it’s really quite beautiful.  Instead of restoring something to hide that the damage ever occurred, it highlights the problem areas using metallic powders mixed with lacquer as a binder and shows off the flaws as part of the beauty of the object. Do an image search, it’s really nice.

I’m not Japanese, and this is not a ceramic object (though from an operative standpoint it’s pretty similar), but I think this is sort of in the same spirit.  Once I decided to stop fighting the flaws and just highlight them it all came together really quickly.

This is a jumbo egg. The interior is gold (non-metallic) and the exterior is red with 22K gold leaf (real gold, as I said.) The holes are accented in pearl white.

Originally I was going to let this one go for $100 but because of the flaw I’ve knocked it down to $60.  I can also leaf the stand if you want for an extra $15. I’ve put it up on the etsy store.

Here;s the egg from all angles, as usual.:

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I am still getting over being sick, but should be more or less okay by Friday. Go buy things.