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A Daily Deviation?  Cool.  I had figured this type of thing wasn't appreciated much.

Thank you for all of the comments and glad you enjoyed the share.

Regarding questions about the 'Africa' egg;

  Yes, it is an ostrich egg.  Average size, set me back about $20 US.

  Altered with a LOT of slow, tiny, gentle cuts.  I use a NSK Presto hand piece along with various diamond and carbide bits for the majority of the cuts - some done 'manually' by placing a bit into a drafting lead holder.  Most of the final detailing and shaping is done using a 7901 carbide 'needle' bit (with a steady hand you should be able to split a hair with it).
  
  Spent around 1,000 hours on this piece over the course of a year.  Began 'carving' eggs just under 5 years ago.

Other thoughts;

  Technique best described as doodling.

  Being a bit nutz helps.

  No rules!  They're more like introductions.

  Ready to push it farther and hope to have another piece to share in about a year or so.  


Thanks again.  Have fun.
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Cheezyem May 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This took you 1,000 hours??

oh man, you are blessed with patience... If only I had a smidgin of the patience and perseverance you must have, for the results you get are astounding.

Fantastic, unique work. I'm sure whatever piece you complete next will be well worth the wait!
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whendt May 11, 2012  Student General Artist
That is awesome! You have great skills.
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KaxantheDragon May 10, 2012  Student General Artist
It is utterly amazing what you do. Truly inspiring! You deserve the DD!!
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:iconlazyhermitthing:
Wow, so the one ostrich egg was twenty dollars? Where did you buy it?
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:iconeggdoodler:
That one came from Ostrich.com. Just discovered that they are now out of business. Plenty of farms that sell them.
Saw one listed as a SUPER JUMBO for around $100. Really curious about that one.
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:iconlazyhermitthing:
Oh wow, I am too. XD For a hundred dollars, I suspect it would be REALLY big!
And I guess there's not a big demand for ostrich eggs. :shrug:
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:iconkohaku-dono:
I was very, very impressed! You certainly deserve the DD and you deserve recognition for your beautiful work. Thank you for explaining how it was done--my mom and I were thinking "dental tools" as soon as we saw all that detail. And the fact it took you 1000 hours over the course of a year is mind-blowing for me!
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Queen-of-the-lions May 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
what about the yolk and stuff. how do you get rid of it
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:iconeggdoodler:
They come blown out but still need to soak with a bleach mix to completely remove the membrane, then baking soda to neutralize and remove odors.
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Queen-of-the-lions May 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh..k
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