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theeggshellladyJuly 21, 2008

Just want to say hello, I found this site a while back when I was searching for mosaic sites. I found a question about eggshell mosaics and just had to respond. Since then I've been reading and enjoying the pictures of all of your beautiful work. I was pleasantly surprised to find a wealth of knowledge and talent here. I am truly inspired! Here is a picture of one of my mosaics.

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Calamity_J

OMG!!! That is so beautiful and AMAZING!!!! You put me to shame!!!! How big is this and how long does it take you? And how do you do it??? We go thru a lot of eggs here as my DH is eggxtra crazy bout eggs! hmmm...

    Bookmark   July 21, 2008 at 10:52AM
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Louisiana_greetings

that is so cool, is the whole pic done with egg shell, what do you color it with? i have a big bowl of egg shells, i save them to put around plants to keep sluggs off, but i think this would be a much better use for them, but if working with egg shells is anything like working with crash glass, i can get over trying egg shells :-)
i really like the cat tails also.
bonnie

    Bookmark   July 21, 2008 at 11:29AM
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flagtruck

This is a beautiful piece...you should be proud.
Bonnie, use your glass and china shards around your plants to keep the slugs off and your eggshells for something like this. If I have a particularly bad infestation of the slimy creatures I put pennies around the plant and when they crawl across the copper they get shocked. LOL

    Bookmark   July 21, 2008 at 1:44PM
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texaswild

GET OUTTA TOWN!!! This looks like a photo. It's ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL!!!!! Good gried. Such patience this must take. Do you grout egg shell mosaics?

    Bookmark   July 21, 2008 at 2:10PM
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cindiloo

WOW! That is beautiful!!It must take a LOT of patience, steady hands, and eagle eyes! Oh, and LOT of eggs, lol!

    Bookmark   July 21, 2008 at 3:25PM
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mermaidmosaics

This is so unbelieveably beautiful.!! I have no idea how you do that with eggshells. I don't have a clue how you would do thisk, and yes, as Slow said, do you grout it?? How do you keep them clean, from breaking
questions questions!!

we have new Queen!! The eggshell queen!!

    Bookmark   July 21, 2008 at 3:56PM
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daisyme

That is absolutely incredibly beautiful! What tiny pieces you work with! What do you use to dye your shells?

    Bookmark   July 21, 2008 at 4:03PM
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wackyweeder

I have been looking and looking for info on eggshell mosaics! I have a bunch of shells all ready but I dont know what adhesive to use-how to grout, or how to color them. I would love to learn!

    Bookmark   July 21, 2008 at 4:13PM
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katishooked

Oh how I wish I had the talent for this. Beautiful job.

Kathy

    Bookmark   July 21, 2008 at 7:15PM
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shrty411

That is so pretty!! Tell us about the process!!!

    Bookmark   July 21, 2008 at 10:05PM
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texasfern

Eggshells! Who knew? That is wonderful.
I cannot go into another medium........spill your guts honey. We have to know.

    Bookmark   July 21, 2008 at 11:14PM
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theeggshelllady

Hi again! Thank you all. I started working with eggshells because I have very little space to work in. So I thought small - eggshells. When you prepare the eggshells make sure you clean them really good and peel out the membrane.
I use acrylic craft paint (like folkart or delta) to paint them. Don't use washable paint. Then you will need to prepare the surface you want to mosaic. I usually use 1/4 inch plywood but any rigid surface will do. Paint it using acrylic craft paint. Make sure the color will go along with your color scheme because it will show up between the cracks in the eggshells and appear to be grout. So you do not actually grout it. Next draw out your design using a pencil. Now comes the fun part - glueing on the eggshells. I use modpodge. Paint a small area (about 1 inch square with modpodge and working with one color at a time, break off a piece of eggshell, press it into the glue. the piece will crack. Use a toothpick to separate the eggshell pieces so there is a little space between them. Keep going until your design is complete. Then paint it over with the modpodge to seal it. I also use minwax polycrylic on top of that to really protect the surface.
I hope I have answered most of your questions. the butterfly is about 10" x 10". That one is made with very tiny pieces. The only drawback is this does take a long time. Unfortunately I am really bad about keeping track of my time. I guess it took me about a month, working on it anywhere from 20 min to 2 hrs a day. I think if I could work steadier, it would go faster.
So I hope some of you give it a try.

Will pennies really keep slugs away?! They really love my strawberries!

    Bookmark   July 22, 2008 at 10:41AM
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trancegemini_wa

OMG! eggshelllady that is such a beautiful piece of art! after reading how you do it, you must have so much patience to create something like this!

    Bookmark   July 23, 2008 at 11:48AM
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lovemosaics

OMG! you have patients of a saint! That is truly amazing!

    Bookmark   July 24, 2008 at 2:15PM
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flagtruck

The pennies are working for me on the slugs. I hate them and have waged an all out war against them. I have a lot of frogs and toads and they are a natural predator of the slugs so I don't want to use anything that might kill them such as slug bait, so I use pennies, copper brillo pads from Wal Mart (unroll them and cut into strips) all my glass and china pieces that are too small for anything else.My beds are littered with bits and pieces. But not a lot of slugs.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2008 at 2:24PM
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theeggshelllady

Thank you all for all of your kind comments and thanks Flagtruck for the slug repellent ideas. I'll be glad to get rid of the little beasts!

    Bookmark   July 29, 2008 at 2:07PM
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