Engraved Owl on a Goose Egg Bottle Stopper

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Bob in SF

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This began as a life drawing of a rescued owl in pencil on a dyed goose egg:

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Glad to show the steps if there is interest.

Yes, I now keep eggs and pencils with me when I go field sketching - nice portable "canvases".

I'm still puzzled about which came first - owl or goose or egg.

I posted the "rehearsal" for this technique here:

Happy Friday to all - BobView attachment 219851View attachment 219851
 
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That is really really cool. My first though was of being watched form another dimension.

You could answer the question of which came first by doing a chick about to hatch and waiting to see what happens...........or maybe a little dinosaur.🐉
 

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That’s amazing. Your creations are always - what’s the word I’m looking for - amazing! Count me in as one who is interested in seeing the steps.

Russ
 

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Many thanks for the kind comments!!

Russ requested the steps.

Tony - Yes, 2 layers of UV cured resin.

Steps:
Goose egg dyed thoroughly using blue + black mix of Ukrainian pysanky egg dye.
Life drawing done of a rescued owl using a mechanical pencil - minimal lines.
Engraving done with a high speed pneumatic Vortex F5+ carver (foot pedal-controlled), but a Dremel also works; CA Airtools Quiet Flow 1610SPQ air compressor.
Painted with hand made acrylic paints made by mixing tiny amounts of raw pigment with Golden brand airbrush medium, hand-brushed in multiple thin layers.
Egg sealed with 2 layers of Krylon spray, dried x 3 days.
Spalted tamarind pedestal turned with a Magic Skew, detailed with a carbide detailer; not sanded.
Egg centered and epoxied onto the pedestal.
Pre-warmed Alumilite UV resin brushed onto the (gently pre-warmed) egg-and-pedestal ; pre-warming seems to eliminate resin bubbling tendency.
Resin cured with a 250 watt (www.cureuv.com) UV flood lamp that operates within the ideal range of 365 nanometers; 2 exposures of 30 seconds each, 15minutes apart, at a distance of 3-4"; 2 coatings to harden well, and to add depth and gloss.
Finished with a Ruth Niles brass insert and stainless steel stopper fitting:

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Hope this helps.

Warm regards to all - Bob
 

Bob in SF

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Martin and Jay - Many thanks!

Gratefully - Bob

(Graduating to Emu eggs this week now that the working method is repeatable - they're too big for stoppers, but they weren't laid in vain. I've taken a long stopper detour, but I'll get back to pens ASAP)
 
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