Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Faux Bronze Egg

I've got another one of those little altered cardboard eggs to show you today. This was actually the first one I created after being inspired by the new Dutch Doobadoo Butterflies which I received in the post. If you haven't seen them, then you really need to take a peek - they are STUNNING (so much so I've already ordered some more!!!)

To be totally honest with you, when I first looked at the butterflies I thought they were going to be really flimsy as they are so intricate and delicate looking, but I was wrong! They are amazingly robust, so much so that they took two coats of paint and a light misting with a reactor agent.

So what did I do? Well the first thing I did was to remove the inner lip from the edge of the egg so that I could place a hinge to allow the egg to be opened and closed. Next I coated the egg with a generous coat of Gesso.

Whilst I waited for the Gesso to dry I started painting all of the objects that I intended to use on the project with Vereday Paint. Once I'd covered everything with two coats of paint I lightly spritzed it with the reactor solution and left it to work it's magic.

Once the egg and decorative pieces were completely dry I assembled the egg et voila!!

Now I know this isn't to everyone's liking but I had fun making it and I actually quite like the finished item. I'm going to give this to my MIL instead of an Easter Egg as she's diabetic and can't have ordinary chocolate and doesn't like the diabetic stuff!

These eggs are quite addictive and I have another one in the pipeline already! I just hope that I can complete it before Easter!!!

Thanks for stopping by today.

Claire x


Card/Paper laser Art A5 - ButterfliesMaimeri White Gesso 200ML

I'd like to enter this project into the following challenges:
Altered Eclectics - Anything Goes
Just B Creative Crazy - Anything Goes
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - Altered Art Only
Everybody Art Challenge - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - Easter
Pause, Dream Enjoy - Anything Goes
Through The Craftroom Door - Anything Goes
Artistic Inspirations - Anything Goes/Monochrome
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Winged Things
That Craft Place - Anything Goes/Easter


  1. WOW this is stunning!,,
    Linda xxx

  2. Eggstremely eggtastic eggciting project. Blown away by all the detail and if your MIL doesn't want it, send it to me pretty please x x x

  3. Wow! Absolutely stunning! Gorgeous embellishments!

  4. Just stunning...I so love this egg...the colours are fabulous and I love all the embellishing too. Such a great entry in to our challenge over at Rhedd's Creative Challenge...x

  5. Another post where I'm sat here with chops hanging open! Just gorgeous!

    You are bad for my empty purse missus - adding Vereday Paint and might have to look at those butterflies too ;)

  6. Another gorgeous make might have to get me some of those butterflies the look beautiful.
    Jenny x

  7. Your egg is fabulous love how you have put it all together.

    Thanks for joining us at Rhedd'S Creative Challenge.

    Moira DT.

  8. OMG Claire I adore this!! Lucky MIL, I want it!!! Love love love it!xx

  9. Another stunner Claire, you would have enjoyed the decorative and faux painting city and guild courses I did at college, they are right up your street.

    1. I would indeed! I did a class last year with Andy Skinner on faux techniques and loved every second of it. x

  10. What a stunning egg!! It is fabulous! Thank you so very much for joining our 'Anything Goes' Linky Party at PDE!!!! :)

  11. This is absolutely stunning Claire xx

  12. This is amazing! Thank you for Linking Up at Pause Dream Enjoy. ~DT Janis, Pause Dream Enjoy
    Pause Dream Enjoy Page on Facebook

  13. Hi Claire, this is a gorgeous project, it really does look like metal! I bet your MIL will love it
    Claire xx

  14. Absolutely stunning, I love the colours on this one x

  15. Absolutely stunning piece, love the painted elements and how you added a hinge so it opens. Wonderful design and a piece to be cherished. Thanks so much for joining in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Tracy x

  16. Wow this is so beautiful!! I absolutely adore it!!

  17. Wow Claire, this is absolutely stunning!! Thanks for sharing on Papertake Weekly :)

  18. I'm almost speechless!! What a fantastic project. I love the detail and the overall effect of this. Thanks for sharing this with us at Altered Eclectics.

  19. oh Claire that is so so so so super you talented bunny you <3

  20. Oh wow, this is so incredibly beautiful! Thank you for entering your project at Rhedd’s Creative Spirit. Sammy-x


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