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Default Any idea how to cut an ostrich egg in half?

A strange request perhaps.
SWMBO has tasked me to convert a clean, blown, natural ostrich egg into a
container for a specific purpose.
The egg is approx. 6.5 x 5.0 inches (165 x 127mm) and 2-3 mm thick. Makes
the eyes water just thinking about it!
Can be cut either longways or sideways.
As this is a one-off and we only have 1 egg, I would like to get it right
first time. Also only a week to produce the finished article, to include
hinge, fastener, turned base etc.
Any experience or thoughts on such stupidity please?

I have a decent range of hand & power tools but have never worked on
anything this fragile.

Many thanks

Nick.


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On Thu, 2 Jun 2005 20:23:31 +0100, "Nick" babbled
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A strange request perhaps.
SWMBO has tasked me to convert a clean, blown, natural ostrich egg into a
container for a specific purpose.
The egg is approx. 6.5 x 5.0 inches (165 x 127mm) and 2-3 mm thick. Makes
the eyes water just thinking about it!
Can be cut either longways or sideways.
As this is a one-off and we only have 1 egg, I would like to get it right
first time. Also only a week to produce the finished article, to include
hinge, fastener, turned base etc.
Any experience or thoughts on such stupidity please?

I have a decent range of hand & power tools but have never worked on
anything this fragile.

Many thanks

Nick.

Yes, first make up a sand bed for the egg. Make a hole in the sand to
support the egg and then score around the line to be cut with a
Stanley knife. This is S l o w a n d g e n t l e stuff. Then use a
fine toothed tenon saw. The idea is lots of scratching rather than
sawing.

HTH
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dissolve the egg in vinegar, the shell will go soft, cut in half(it
won't break), then put in a solution of calium carbonate to get the
shell back hard.

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On Thu, 2 Jun 2005 20:23:31 +0100, "Nick" wrote:

SWMBO has tasked me to convert a clean, blown, natural ostrich egg into a
container for a specific purpose.


First thing is to get some Vicks and a dustmask (think Altern8) You
don't want to smell this stuff as you work on it, it's _horrible_.

Then get your Dremel and a cutting disk, big as possible. Make a Dremel
stand - boxed up MDF and tie-wraps to hold it is fine, just make sure
the Dremel disk is horizontal and you can change disks as needed.

Now make an egg cradle, from MDF, corugated cardboard, foamboard, or
whatever you have.

Make the height of both cradles so that the egg meets the Dremel disk
where needed. Use masking tape to stop the egg moving in the cradle.

Now place both stands onto a flat workbench, power up and slowly rotate
the egg against the disk. It cuts slowly but easily. Work round
gradually, so that you cut almost all the way through around the whole
egg, before you start breaking through in any spot.

If you happen to have a glass cutting ring saw (diamond grit on metal)
then I believe you can just slam them straight through an ostrich egg.
Haven't tried that though (yet).

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Andy Dingley wrote:
Then get your Dremel and a cutting disk, big as possible. Make a Dremel
stand - boxed up MDF and tie-wraps to hold it is fine, just make sure
the Dremel disk is horizontal and you can change disks as needed.

Now make an egg cradle, from MDF, corugated cardboard, foamboard, or
whatever you have.

Make the height of both cradles so that the egg meets the Dremel disk
where needed. Use masking tape to stop the egg moving in the cradle.

Now place both stands onto a flat workbench, power up and slowly rotate
the egg against the disk. It cuts slowly but easily. Work round
gradually, so that you cut almost all the way through around the whole
egg, before you start breaking through in any spot.


And run the dremel on slowest speed?

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A strange request perhaps.
SWMBO has tasked me to convert a clean, blown, natural ostrich egg into a
container for a specific purpose.
The egg is approx. 6.5 x 5.0 inches (165 x 127mm) and 2-3 mm thick. Makes
the eyes water just thinking about it!
Can be cut either longways or sideways.
As this is a one-off and we only have 1 egg, I would like to get it right
first time. Also only a week to produce the finished article, to include
hinge, fastener, turned base etc.
Any experience or thoughts on such stupidity please?

I have a decent range of hand & power tools but have never worked on
anything this fragile.


Maybe masking tape around the axis, draw the line where you're going to
cut, and get your dremel out

You might want to think about filling it with jelly to give it some body
and absorb the vibrations

otherwise ... an angle grinder
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"Nick" wrote in message
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A strange request perhaps.
SWMBO has tasked me to convert a clean, blown, natural ostrich egg into a
container for a specific purpose.
The egg is approx. 6.5 x 5.0 inches (165 x 127mm) and 2-3 mm thick. Makes
the eyes water just thinking about it!
Can be cut either longways or sideways.
As this is a one-off and we only have 1 egg, I would like to get it right
first time. Also only a week to produce the finished article, to include
hinge, fastener, turned base etc.
Any experience or thoughts on such stupidity please?

I have a decent range of hand & power tools but have never worked on
anything this fragile.

Many thanks

Nick.



I normally just boil them for an hour or so, then tap the top off with a big
spoon. Loverly with toasted soldiers of wholemeal bread and a little salt.
MMmmmmmmmm. :-)




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And run the dremel on slowest speed?


No, run it on the fastest speed compatible with the rating of your
abrasive disks.
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"BigWallop" wrote in message
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"Nick" wrote in message
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A strange request perhaps.
SWMBO has tasked me to convert a clean, blown, natural ostrich egg into

a
container for a specific purpose.
The egg is approx. 6.5 x 5.0 inches (165 x 127mm) and 2-3 mm thick.

Makes
the eyes water just thinking about it!
Can be cut either longways or sideways.
As this is a one-off and we only have 1 egg, I would like to get it

right
first time. Also only a week to produce the finished article, to include
hinge, fastener, turned base etc.
Any experience or thoughts on such stupidity please?

I have a decent range of hand & power tools but have never worked on
anything this fragile.

Many thanks

Nick.



I normally just boil them for an hour or so, then tap the top off with a

big
spoon. Loverly with toasted soldiers of wholemeal bread and a little

salt.
MMmmmmmmmm. :-)



This is better...

http://www.blogjam.com/2005/05/15/scotch-ostrich-egg/


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"Timfy" wrote in message
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"BigWallop" wrote in message
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"Nick" wrote in message
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A strange request perhaps.
SWMBO has tasked me to convert a clean, blown, natural ostrich egg

into
a
container for a specific purpose.
The egg is approx. 6.5 x 5.0 inches (165 x 127mm) and 2-3 mm thick.

Makes
the eyes water just thinking about it!
Can be cut either longways or sideways.
As this is a one-off and we only have 1 egg, I would like to get it

right
first time. Also only a week to produce the finished article, to

include
hinge, fastener, turned base etc.
Any experience or thoughts on such stupidity please?

I have a decent range of hand & power tools but have never worked on
anything this fragile.

Many thanks

Nick.



I normally just boil them for an hour or so, then tap the top off with a

big
spoon. Loverly with toasted soldiers of wholemeal bread and a little

salt.
MMmmmmmmmm. :-)



This is better...

http://www.blogjam.com/2005/05/15/scotch-ostrich-egg/


LOL Like it lots.

Phoarrrrrr!!!! My mouth waters as we speak. The breeds awready buttert
mate. :-) LOL


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Cutting an ostrich egg...

There is one, and probably only one, safe clean solution. Use
hydrochloric acid to dissolve the shell along the desired cut line.
Obviously I mean put it only where you want to lose the shell, if you
dunked the egg in HCl youd have no more egg.

A fairly fine pointed applicator would be wanted, and not metal...

Tesco limescale removing bog cleaner would do it, or brick acid.


NT

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Nick wrote:

A strange request perhaps.
SWMBO has tasked me to convert a clean, blown, natural ostrich egg into a
container for a specific purpose.
The egg is approx. 6.5 x 5.0 inches (165 x 127mm) and 2-3 mm thick. Makes
the eyes water just thinking about it!
Can be cut either longways or sideways.
As this is a one-off and we only have 1 egg, I would like to get it right
first time. Also only a week to produce the finished article, to include
hinge, fastener, turned base etc.
Any experience or thoughts on such stupidity please?

I have a decent range of hand & power tools but have never worked on
anything this fragile.


You need something like a dremel with a cut-off wheel

Basically a very small fine angle grinder..

Many thanks

Nick.




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Chris Hodges wrote:

Andy Dingley wrote:

Then get your Dremel and a cutting disk, big as possible. Make a Dremel
stand - boxed up MDF and tie-wraps to hold it is fine, just make sure
the Dremel disk is horizontal and you can change disks as needed.

Now make an egg cradle, from MDF, corugated cardboard, foamboard, or
whatever you have.
Make the height of both cradles so that the egg meets the Dremel disk
where needed. Use masking tape to stop the egg moving in the cradle.

Now place both stands onto a flat workbench, power up and slowly rotate
the egg against the disk. It cuts slowly but easily. Work round
gradually, so that you cut almost all the way through around the whole
egg, before you start breaking through in any spot.



And run the dremel on slowest speed?

I'd say high speed and very little pressure is better.
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A strange request perhaps.
SWMBO has tasked me to convert a clean, blown, natural ostrich egg into a
container for a specific purpose.
The egg is approx. 6.5 x 5.0 inches (165 x 127mm) and 2-3 mm thick. Makes
the eyes water just thinking about it!
Can be cut either longways or sideways.
As this is a one-off and we only have 1 egg, I would like to get it right
first time. Also only a week to produce the finished article, to include
hinge, fastener, turned base etc.
Any experience or thoughts on such stupidity please?

I have a decent range of hand & power tools but have never worked on
anything this fragile.

Many thanks

Nick.


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Have you considered telling SWMBO that she will NOT be obeyed? There is a
last straw for everybody no matter how down-trodden.

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On Thu, 2 Jun 2005 20:23:31 +0100, "Nick" wrote:

A strange request perhaps.
SWMBO has tasked me to convert a clean, blown, natural ostrich egg into a
container for a specific purpose.
The egg is approx. 6.5 x 5.0 inches (165 x 127mm) and 2-3 mm thick. Makes
the eyes water just thinking about it!
Can be cut either longways or sideways.
As this is a one-off and we only have 1 egg, I would like to get it right
first time. Also only a week to produce the finished article, to include
hinge, fastener, turned base etc.
Any experience or thoughts on such stupidity please?

I have a decent range of hand & power tools but have never worked on
anything this fragile.


Whatevery you do I'd be inclined to try it out on a hens egg first. If
it doesn't work on a hens egg it won't work on an ostrich egg..

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Have you considered telling SWMBO that she will NOT be obeyed? There is a
last straw for everybody no matter how down-trodden.


I agree. I'm working up to telling Spouse that his word isn't necessarily
the last ...

Mary

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Nick wrote:
A strange request perhaps.
SWMBO has tasked me to convert a clean, blown, natural ostrich egg into a
container for a specific purpose.
The egg is approx. 6.5 x 5.0 inches (165 x 127mm) and 2-3 mm thick. Makes
the eyes water just thinking about it!
Can be cut either longways or sideways.
As this is a one-off and we only have 1 egg, I would like to get it right
first time. Also only a week to produce the finished article, to include
hinge, fastener, turned base etc.
Any experience or thoughts on such stupidity please?

I have a decent range of hand & power tools but have never worked on
anything this fragile.


Mark the cut with a pencil. Hold the egg in a bed of cloth or white
sand Cut around with a fine-toothed saw with a good "set" on it. Do
not try to push the saw through, just let it rub away. Go right
around, turning the egg as you go, without cutting right through
the shell, until you find the saw going through, then carefully
finish off. Don't force the blade, don't let is waggle about. I
wouldn't use any power tool, and use something with a decent
length of blade so that it cuts to a good line.


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On Fri, 3 Jun 2005 14:52:56 +0100, "Mary Fisher"
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Hens eggs are very hard to cut (unless you use one from something like
Mary's hens).


Huh?


I presume you feed your hens, rather than just hooking them up to a drip
feed of pureed school dinners and sheeps' heads, or whatever it is
agribusiness is doing this week.

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And run the dremel on slowest speed?



No, run it on the fastest speed compatible with the rating of your
abrasive disks.


OK, just curious, as you suggested a glass-cutting diamond saw (IIRC)
which is normally a slow diamond saw (at least compared to one for tiles).

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"Andy Dingley" wrote in message
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On Fri, 3 Jun 2005 14:52:56 +0100, "Mary Fisher"
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Hens eggs are very hard to cut (unless you use one from something like
Mary's hens).


Huh?


I presume you feed your hens,


Ah, I see.

Well of course I do - ad lib - only the best grain (organic, GM free etc.)
They also have scraps from our table (if it's good enough for us ... ) and
worms, woodlice, insects, spiders and the rest which they find themselves
and, if they get in the greenhouse, strawberries and, if they get in the veg
plots, whatever they like. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. Also the small chalky chippings
from flints (makes super shells) and all sorts of things my poor old eyes
can't see.

rather than just hooking them up to a drip
feed of pureed school dinners and sheeps' heads, or whatever it is
agribusiness is doing this week.


I leave that to be fed to the poor things in cages which produce the
crippled chickens and pale eggs sold as the finest by the supermarkets.

Not that there's anything wrong with sheeps heads, we eat them from time to
time. It's illegal to feed meat to chickens which give meat or eggs for
human food. I wouldn't feed ours meat ...

whistles

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Have you considered telling SWMBO that she will NOT be obeyed? There is a
last straw for everybody no matter how down-trodden.


I agree. I'm working up to telling Spouse that his word isn't necessarily
the last ...

I'm sure he came to that conclusion many years ago

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In message , Mary Fisher
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"Gerard Doyle" wrote in message
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Have you considered telling SWMBO that she will NOT be obeyed? There is
a
last straw for everybody no matter how down-trodden.


I agree. I'm working up to telling Spouse that his word isn't necessarily
the last ...

I'm sure he came to that conclusion many years ago


He still hasn't had the proof.

work it out.

Mary

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On Fri, 03 Jun 2005 15:38:50 GMT, Chris Hodges
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OK, just curious, as you suggested a glass-cutting diamond saw (IIRC)
which is normally a slow diamond saw (at least compared to one for tiles).


The type of saw I'm thinking of is a "ring saw", a bandsaw with a rigid
circular band of diamond-plated metal. They're slower in rpm than a disk
tile saw, but I think the linear speed is similar as the band is so much
bigger.

Both of them, being water-cooled diamond saws, are much slower than an
air-cooled Dremel disk.
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The egg, I'm using an Emu egg, is thicker and stronger than you think. An Ostrich egg is probably stronger (think of what's inside and has to be contained). I've used a VERY fine tooth saw or a Dremel Cutting tool on LOW speed. The egg MUST be Secured to avoid uneven cut.
I'm making Faberge Egg replicas for Christmas presents this year using EMU Eggs.

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The egg, I'm using an Emu egg, is thicker and stronger than you think. An
Ostrich egg is probably stronger (think of what's inside and has to be
contained). I've used a VERY fine tooth saw or a Dremel Cutting tool on
LOW speed. The egg MUST be Secured to avoid uneven cut.


I'm making Faberge Egg replicas for Christmas presents this year using EMU
Eggs.


Given that it was 15 years ago, you are just a tad late.

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Given that it was 15 years ago, you are just a tad late.


And 15 years ago you were already a trolling piece of senile ****, senile
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Brian Gaff (Sofa) wrote:
Yes I was thinking that.
I'm not sure where you would get either egg these days anyway.
You might need to shell out a lot for an Eggcelent cutting tool nowadays.
Brian


The eggs are available, because there are small hobby farms keeping
exotic birds.

https://farmersforum.com/eastern-ont...ed-to-sustain/

"McIntosh sold 100 eggs two years ago and 60 last year.

He cautions buyers that opening the thicker shell requires a drill or a hammer.

He also sells steaks, pepperettes and lean ground meat that tastes like beef."

https://caes-scae.ca/wp-content/uplo...-turvey3-3.pdf

"In the early to mid 1990s, over 300 Ontario farmers switched production from
conventional livestock into ratites, a category that includes emus, ostriches, and rhea."

And the market bubble is why there aren't a lot today.

I'm surprised there's no description of "drumsticks". Think
how large a drumstick would be. Yum!

*******

It would be easier, to just print an egg-shaped item on
a 3D printer, use a filament which is paint-able with
acrylic paint, and make the Faberge egg that way.

https://all3dp.com/2/beginner-s-guid...rints-pla-abs/

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On 21/03/2021 09:59, Paul wrote:

It would be easier, to just print an egg-shaped item on
a 3D printer, use a filament which is paint-able with
acrylic paint, and make the Faberge egg that way.

https://all3dp.com/2/beginner-s-guid...rints-pla-abs/


Were 3D printers commonly available 15 years ago when the question was
asked?

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John Rumm wrote:
On 21/03/2021 09:59, Paul wrote:

It would be easier, to just print an egg-shaped item on
a 3D printer, use a filament which is paint-able with
acrylic paint, and make the Faberge egg that way.

https://all3dp.com/2/beginner-s-guid...rints-pla-abs/


Were 3D printers commonly available 15 years ago when the question was
asked?


And it's not in the spirit of Faberge eggs anyway :-)

I did like the comment about "a drill or a hammer" though.
That's one tough egg. The bird inside must have a diamond beak,
to get out.

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On 21 Mar 2021 at 13:48:00 GMT, "Paul" wrote:

John Rumm wrote:
On 21/03/2021 09:59, Paul wrote:

It would be easier, to just print an egg-shaped item on
a 3D printer, use a filament which is paint-able with
acrylic paint, and make the Faberge egg that way.

https://all3dp.com/2/beginner-s-guid...rints-pla-abs/


Were 3D printers commonly available 15 years ago when the question was
asked?


And it's not in the spirit of Faberge eggs anyway :-)

I did like the comment about "a drill or a hammer" though.
That's one tough egg. The bird inside must have a diamond beak,
to get out.

Paul


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Paul wrote:
Brian Gaff (Sofa) wrote:
Yes I was thinking that.
I'm not sure where you would get either egg these days anyway.
You might need to shell out a lot for an Eggcelent cutting tool nowadays.
Brian


The eggs are available, because there are small hobby farms keeping
exotic birds.


Ostrich eggs are £25 in Waitrose. I suppose people must buy them...

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John Rumm wrote:
On 21/03/2021 09:59, Paul wrote:

It would be easier, to just print an egg-shaped item on
a 3D printer, use a filament which is paint-able with
acrylic paint, and make the Faberge egg that way.

https://all3dp.com/2/beginner-s-guid...rints-pla-abs/


Were 3D printers commonly available 15 years ago when the question was
asked?


And it's not in the spirit of Faberge eggs anyway :-)


I did like the comment about "a drill or a hammer" though.
That's one tough egg. The bird inside must have a diamond beak,
to get out.



The strenght of the shell is much less inside to out.

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Brian Gaff (Sofa) wrote

Yes I was thinking that.


I'm not sure where you would get either egg these days anyway.


Emu eggs are still available here, but more restricted than they once were.

You might need to shell out a lot for an Eggcelent cutting tool nowadays.


I'd have you publicly flogged for that if you hadn't
so obviously enjoyed that the last time. And donít
try claiming that we cant flog the blind either.

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The egg, I'm using an Emu egg, is thicker and stronger than you think.
An Ostrich egg is probably stronger (think of what's inside and has to
be contained). I've used a VERY fine tooth saw or a Dremel Cutting tool
on LOW speed. The egg MUST be Secured to avoid uneven cut.


I'm making Faberge Egg replicas for Christmas presents this year using
EMU Eggs.


Given that it was 15 years ago, you are just a tad late.

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Yes I was thinking that.
I'm not sure where you would get either egg these days anyway.
You might need to shell out a lot for an Eggcelent cutting tool
nowadays.
Brian


The eggs are available, because there are small hobby farms keeping
exotic birds.

https://farmersforum.com/eastern-ont...ed-to-sustain/

"McIntosh sold 100 eggs two years ago and 60 last year.

He cautions buyers that opening the thicker shell requires a drill or
a hammer.

He also sells steaks, pepperettes and lean ground meat that tastes
like beef."

https://caes-scae.ca/wp-content/uplo...-turvey3-3.pdf

"In the early to mid 1990s, over 300 Ontario farmers switched
production from
conventional livestock into ratites, a category that includes emus,
ostriches, and rhea."

And the market bubble is why there aren't a lot today.

I'm surprised there's no description of "drumsticks". Think
how large a drumstick would be. Yum!

*******

It would be easier, to just print an egg-shaped item on
a 3D printer, use a filament which is paint-able with
acrylic paint, and make the Faberge egg that way.

https://all3dp.com/2/beginner-s-guid...rints-pla-abs/

Paul



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