This month I posted a craft project on a Fabergé-inspired Egg. Peter Carl Fabergé was the famous designer of these beautiful jeweled Russian Imperial Eggs which were specially created for the Russian Tsar Alexander III and later his son Tsar Nicholas II between 1885 and 1917. (For readers interested in more detailed information about the House of Fabergé or the Fabergé Eggs, please click on the link to the previous blog posts)
The previous Fabergé-inspired Egg craft post featured a lovely golden eagle pendant with a large blue gem which seemed to copy the style of the Russian Imperial crest. Then, recently when in the jewelry/accessory store Charming Charlie looking through the clearance section, I found two inexpensive necklaces, a bracelet and earrings that I decided would be perfect for two more Fabergé-inspired egg craft projects.
Fabergé-inspired Egg supply list
Large wooden egg
“Inspiration pieces” of jewelry (necklace and bracelet)
Self-stick pearls (select a color to coordinate)
Metallic paint – for one egg I used gold and for the other I used silver
Paint, paint brush
Sally Hansen Miracle Gel – Top Coat nail polish
Hot glue and glue sticks
Fabergé-inspired Egg instructions
Use sandpaper to smooth any rough surfaces to prepare the wooden egg for painting.
Begin painting the bottom portion of the wooden egg, let dry completely. Then paint the upper portion and let it dry completely. (I selected a metallic paint color to coordinate with the metal of the “inspiration pieces”)
After the paints dries, to give the egg a beautiful finish to resemble the enamel technique that was often used in the creation of the original Fabergé Eggs I used the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel – Top Coat nail polish to achieved this effect. Apply the nail polish covering the entire egg; let it dry completely before proceeding to the next step. (I think that the nail polish worked much better than a gloss paint to create an enamel look)
Prepare the necklace and bracelet by clipping the links to create separate pieces, use sandpaper to smooth any rough or sharp edges.
Hot glue the individual pieces to the painted egg, work out the placement before gluing by marking with a small dot to indicate the position.
Attach the self-stick pearls to the egg. (If desired, the pearls can be additionally made secure with the use of glue)
Please check out the two previous craft posts also inspired by the Fabergé Eggs. The first craft project is an elegant Fabergé-inspired oval box that is painted and decorated with crystal and pearl stickers. This box is still displayed in our family room bookshelf during the Easter season. The second craft project, as previously mentioned, is a Fabergé-inspired Egg which features a lovely golden eagle pendant with a large blue gem which resembles the style of the Russian Imperial crest. (For more information regarding the supply list and instructions for these two craft projects, please click on the links)
In my Décor post, Faberge Eggs, this month I told the story of these beautiful eggs and their connection with the Russian Romanov family. Inspired by those Faberge eggs, I decided to recreate a simpler but still elegant oval “egg-shaped” wooden box that is painted and decorated with crystal and pearl stickers. This box will be displayed in our family room bookshelf during the Easter season.
Faberge-inspired Egg Box – supplies
1 wooden oval-shaped box (I used an oval to mimic the shape of an egg)
Sandpaper, used to prepared the rough surface of the wooden box
Pearl paint (I used Martha Stewart brand pearl acrylic paint in Mother of Pearl)
Glue stick, to fix or repair loose pearls/crystals
Faberge-inspired Egg Box – instructions
Pre-determine the pearl and crystal sticker placement prior to painting.
(Sometimes stickers will come in an already established pattern as one application, like the one I used on the side of the wooden box. On the edge of the lid, I alternated with placement of an individual pearl and diamond design. On the top of the lid, I pieced together several different patterns for a nice combination)
Prepare the wooden oval-shaped box for painting, use sandpaper on all the surfaces, including both exterior and the interior of the box, to create a smooth surface.
Paint the wooden box; let the paint on the different areas completely dry.
(I suggest painting the inside of the box first, then the bottom, then the sides/top)
Attach the pearl and crystal stickers in the different pattern combinations that were pre-determined ahead of time. If any pearl or crystals come loose, use a glue stick to re-attach.
Craft Tip: For the wooden box that I created, I used a simple color palette of Martha Stewart pearl paint in white with pearl and “diamond” crystals for an almost monochromatic look. Experiment with a color palette; using one, two or even three different colors, until you find the right combination that you like.
In a previous post on the House of Fabergé I gave a brief history of the company. Peter Carl Fabergé was famous for designing the beautiful jeweled Russian Imperial Eggs which were specially created for the Russian Tsar Alexander III and later his son Tsar Nicholas II between 1885 and 1917. In 2013 I published a post on the 54 Imperial Eggs that Fabergé created during that time. (For readers interested in more detailed information about the House of Fabergé or on the Fabergé Eggs, please click on the link to the previous blog posts)
In another post, I was inspired by the original Russian Imperial Fabergé Eggs, I decided to recreate a more traditional and elegant style. This idea started when I found the double eagle pendant in my local craft store. The golden eagle pendant has a large blue gem set in the center and accented with diamond-like crystals. I thought this pendant was a perfect inspiration for an Imperial Fabergé-style Egg. (For more information on this craft project with a supply list and instructions, please click on the link to the Faberge-inspired Egg post)