Engraved Duck Egg and Spalted Tamarind Bottle Stopper

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Bob in SF

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While pondering the age old question of which came first, the duck or the egg, I was stumped again.

Preferring more tangible challenges, I made a duck egg and spalted tamarind bottle stopper.

Steps:
Duck egg contents blown out, egg then sanitized with Clorox bleach.
Acrylic paint handmade with mica powder, raw pigment, and Golden brand GAC 100 acrylic polymer.
Egg painted, then blown dry.
Random lines engraved with a high speed rotary tool - abstract Asian style design, but no intentional characters.
Spalted tamarind pedestal bottom countersunk, drilled, fitted with a Ruth Niles threaded brass insert, turned with a skew, detailed with a carbide detailer; not sanded.
Pedestal top hollowed out to receive the egg.
Egg centered on the lathe, epoxied into the pedestal.
Alumilite UV brushed onto the egg, and gently warmed with a low temperature heat gun to avoid bubbles.
UV resin then cured x 30 seconds with a 250 watt UV flood lamp, which operates in the ideal wavelength range of 365 nanometers.
Second UV coat applied, lamp cured as previously.
Ruth Niles stopper screwed into the brass fitting.

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This is a "rehearsal" for some forthcoming projects.

The UV resin works well and cures hard.

Jeff and colleagues - thanks again for all of your incredible work!

Best regards - Bob
 
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OZturner

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Another Mind Blowing (or perhaps I should say Duck Egg Blowing) Incredible Work of Art,
Utilising so many Materials, Finishes, Specialised Products, Techniques, Tooling, and an Enormous Amount of Experience, Knowledge, and Innovation.
Over the Years Bob, we have been Privileged to be Exposed to So Many of these, Materials, Skills, and Processes, By You.
You have Inspired many Members, to Reach Out and Try what you have done, or use the Materials that you Presented.
And for that on behalf of all whom you have Inspired, I would like to say,Thank You My Friend.
We are all waiting for your Next Presentation.
Personally I am Again, Amazed at the Breadth of your Knowledge, and Ability, in Areas, completely foreign to your Professional Occupation.
And the Utilising of your Time, for the Many, Many Facets in your Daily Life.
To say "Thanks Bob", seems so inadequate.
Kind Personal Regards,
Brian.
 

TonyL

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What Brian said ^. Tell me you also play the violin and sitar. Your work is amazing! Those really need to be displayed. They are true art.
 

Bob in SF

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Another Mind Blowing (or perhaps I should say Duck Egg Blowing) Incredible Work of Art,
Utilising so many Materials, Finishes, Specialised Products, Techniques, Tooling, and an Enormous Amount of Experience, Knowledge, and Innovation.
Over the Years Bob, we have been Privileged to be Exposed to So Many of these, Materials, Skills, and Processes, By You.
You have Inspired many Members, to Reach Out and Try what you have done, or use the Materials that you Presented.
And for that on behalf of all whom you have Inspired, I would like to say,Thank You My Friend.
We are all waiting for your Next Presentation.
Personally I am Again, Amazed at the Breadth of your Knowledge, and Ability, in Areas, completely foreign to your Professional Occupation.
And the Utilising of your Time, for the Many, Many Facets in your Daily Life.
To say "Thanks Bob", seems so inadequate.
Kind Personal Regards,
Brian.
Brian - Heartfelt and humble thanks for the kind words!! All of the fine IAP forumites are sharing a creative quest - lucky to be included.

Tony - As you know, I countersink the pedestal bottoms because of your excellent suggestion - ever grateful for you help!
I do play a bunch of musical instruments, but my only strings are guitar, lap steel guitar, and cello (no violin or sitar yet) - here's a little sampler of reeds, brass, and theremin:

John - Sincerely grateful to you!

Happy weekend to all - Bob
 

Charlie_W

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Gorgeous craftsmanship Bob! Also, an excellent example of scrafitto embellishment.

Question.... would it be possible to fill the egg shell with the minimal expanding foam or would that still expand too much? I see it used on urchin shells.
 

Bob in SF

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Gorgeous craftsmanship Bob! Also, an excellent example of scrafitto embellishment.

Question.... would it be possible to fill the egg shell with the minimal expanding foam or would that still expand too much? I see it used on urchin shells.
Thanks Charlie!

I haven't tried expanding foam - no reason why it wouldn't work with duck, goose, emu, or ostrich eggs - chicken eggs are too fragile. I'd still coat the egg with 2 layers of air cure or UV cure epoxy resin before trying foam. I'd start with a test run using a "sacrificial" duck egg.
 

Curly

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You are basically doing the same as Martin only with different materials. UV cure epoxy resin to his Urushi.

 
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