Printer Friendly

Eggshell artistry: It took an accident for Agnes to discover the way to help her art endure.

For 30 years, I've crafted eggshells into ornaments, scenes, dolls and more. One day I decided to make a vase from my throwaway egg shells. Adding a seashell base for the egg to stand on, I carefully: trimmed the edge with scissors then glued tiny seashells all around the top.

After I made a forget-me-not bouquet from more tiny seashells, I added a stem and put the bouquet inside the eggshell vase. I filled the eggshell with sand and watered it with a mixture of glue and water. It was so lovely I decided to take it to a friend in the hospital. As I was getting into my car, the vase dropped and, while the sand spilled out, the eggshell remained intact. The inside of the eggshell was like sandpaper; the glue had created a curable shell. This was what I needed to continue my eggshell art.

By placing a wire armature into a blown-out eggshell, I can draw faces on the shell. I add a cloth body, porcelain arms and legs, and I have a doll. I design and make clothes and wigs to add to the dolls.

In 1976, for the nation's bicentennial, I created four special dolls, the signers of the Declaration of Independence from South Carolina.

Each doll takes hundreds of hours of work. I make dolls that are historic characters and ordinary people. I add needlework, sandpainting and other artwork to the eggs for unique creations. One of my eggshell ornaments, the Peace Egg, is in the White House Collection.

Agnes Nelson is a writer from Moncks Corner, S.C.

COPYRIGHT 2002 Ogden Publications, Inc.
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2002 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Author:Nelson, Agnes
Publication:Grit
Article Type:Brief Article
Date:Mar 31, 2002
Words:266
Previous Article:The Peace Garden: The Peace Garden is one of the continent's most symbolic and scenic attractions. (My Favorite Garden).
Next Article:Sharpen your gifts. (My Answer).
Topics:

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2019 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters