How to Make an Egg Dishcomments (20) April 10th, 2012
All hail the happy accident!
When I was coming home from the grocery store, laden with more flimsy shopping bags than any reasonable person would attempt to carry at one time, one dozen beautiful, perfectly white, farm fresh eggs tumbled out of reach and fell to my kitchen floor. Dumbstruck by the idiocy of the accident (I had thought to myself as I left the store, "These eggs are going to fall and break," and, sure enough, they had), I was surprised to realize that all of the crumbled shells there at my feet looked surprisingly like the ever-present flurry of paper bits and pieces that litter the floor beneath my studio table.
It didn't take long before I had all of the shards soaking in a bath of warm, soapy water in the sink. As I cleaned up the yolk and albumen, I wondered if there was a way to recoup my $3.00 by using these eggshells in a project.
It is at this point that the myth of being a creative person would mandate a flash of inspiration, a vision of genius, or some flash of insight that leads to a gorgeous result. The truth of the matter is far less cinematic but no less exciting: I gathered my eggshells, glanced around the studio at what else I had to work with, and sat down to play. I know of only three uses for eggshells: as a cannibalistic calcium additive in chicken feed, as a soil supplement for certain houseplants, and as a decorative component in certain types of Japanese lacquerware. Having no chicks to feed or plants to nourish at the moment, I opted for a poor-man's version of the lacquerware.
Whether or not the directions that follow are the best, I cannot say. I drew from my limited knowlegde of decoupage and hoped for the best. If any of you readers have suggestions on ways to improve this process, I hope you will share them with us all in the comments section below.
For me, the joy of this project—like so many before it—came in discovering (over the course of a few, unrushed days) what exactly these modest materials, a little patience, and some creativity might yield. Anyone wishing to attempt this project should keep in mind that adhering convex eggshells to a concave surface is bound to offer challenges. However, keep in mind that a perfectly flat surface is NOT the objective. And, while the result lacks the ultrasmooth surface of high-end lacquerware, it also lacks the ultrahigh price, a lengthy apprenticeship in the traditional art, and the cost of airfare to Tokyo.
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