Making Emu Eggshell Jewelry
When I was offered the opportunity to become the crafts editor of the Emu's Zine, I jumped at the opportunity. My mother reminded me how I’d always been fascinated with emus even as a child. I’d forgotten about this fascination, but I knew when I received some cracked eggshells and feathers, something felt right and I felt an instant connection with the pieces. As we’re not going to focus on eggshell art but rather crafts and art made from leftover emu parts, I began my journey.
Below you will find my first two creations and the first two of this year as my editorial debut. The figure of the egg with its scooped out inside, is a perfect palette for an artistic pin! Yup! Jewelry from emu parts! That was my first thought! SO here’s how we do this:
Emu Egg parts
First, choose your shell pieces and paint them the color you want or if you’d prefer, you can actually use the deep green color of the emu eggshell. This is a great way to use those eggs that weren’t good for egg art because they have too much texture. The texture actually provides a great deal of depth for the backdrop of the pin.
Add some color to the front of the eggshell if you wish to add color. Then attach the stuffing of paper towel or other stuffed paper and the handmade paper with Diamond Glaze to leave a pillow background
Begin to add other pieces of emu shells or beads to create a collage. Wrap wire with round nose pliers to create interest and allow the pieces to dry.
When the pieces are dry, turn them over and attach a pinback.
Fran Saperstein is a freelance artist, designer and writer who is always interested in sharing her artwork with others. Fran has been doing artwork her entire life and teaches in her local art stores and in stores throughout the United States. To see more of Fran’s artwork, please visit her site at http://www.elegantnotiondesigns.com. There you will see a list of Fran’s publications and a sample of some of her other artwork for sale and on display.