Annabel asks for a tutorial on how I pierced my forget me not egg.
Here is my work method, it might give a hint to someone, explaining
the way I was taught piercing.
1) I start with the egg shells, spun on wooden chucks from discs of
0.70mm. thick 18ct gold.
2) I then polish the two egg shells to a bright finish
3) I then paint the polished eggshells with "Chinese White" poster
paint, and leave to dry.
4) I then draw the design onto the eggshells, freehand with a pencil
5) If I am not happy with my drawing I just re paint over the error
6) When I am happy with the design I draw over my pencil lines with
scriber My scriber is actually a darning needle held in pin tongs,
this gives me a fine point with a easy to hold knurled handle, the
point is easily replaced also
7) When you wash off the white paint you are left with the design
perfectly visible on the polished surface.
8) I then hand engrave the design, altering any faults in the
process of engraving
9) After I have the pattern engraved, I give the eggshell a rub over
with fine abrasive paper so that they have a dull finish, which I
find more comfortable when piercing under a bench light
10) I then carefully drill every cell that needs piercing,
11) I select a saw frame that is comfortable, ( I use six different
frame depth sizes ) on the 0.70mm. thickness of gold, I would use 4-0
size sawblades. Then I settle down and pierce while listening to
music, I find piercing very relaxing.
Just for the record the eggshells on my Forget Me Not Egg, shown on
the orchid gallery took me 120 hours to complete, 85 hours of that
I hope this all makes sense and is of use to someone out there in
Please feel free to ask me any questions, if I can help I will.
peace and good health to you all