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Fine Victorian Lace: Delicate Carvings in Eggshells

Thursday 01.03.2013 , Posted by
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Looking like fine victorian lace, the carved eggs created by Beth Ann Magnuson are the definition of the word delicate. On each shell she free-hand draws the final patterns she envisions carved into the egg. She then empties the content of the shell through a small hole. The true magic begins as she removes each tiny shape using a fine rotary cutting tool.

After a dozen years flower farming, Magnuson moved to rural Illinois and found herself instead surrounded by fields of chickens and her surprising new medium:

My gardens and the surrounding verdant fields supply me with material and inspiration for my artwork. I gather eggs from neighboring farms and carve the shells into delicate ornaments I describe as Victorian Lace Eggs.

You can find more of her work and purchase these finely crafted works of art at her Etsy store, The Nest at Windy Corner. Be sure to catch the video of her process at the bottom of this page.

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Curious to see the process behind Magnuson’s eggs? Watch the beautiful video below:

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Benjamin Starr

Written by Benjamin Starr



Known in some circles as the most amazing man in the universe, he once saved an entire family of muskrats from a sinking, fire engulfed steamboat while recovering from two broken arms relating to a botched no-chute wingsuit landing in North Korea. When not impressing people with his humbling humility, he can be found freelance writing, finding shiny objects on the internet, enjoying the company of much-appreciated friends and living out his nomadic nature. He is Managing Editor of Visual News. Follow his movements on Twitter:

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