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Although Instructables user bbstudio’s entry in their ongoing Egg-Bot challenge falls a bit short on the “instruct” front, his or her experiment “to remove as much material from an egg shell as possible while still retaining the shape and image of the egg” has undeniably produced some impressive results.

Sean Michael Ragan

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.


  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Eric-Renz-Whitmore/588353091 Eric Renz-Whitmore

    Um, this is pretty cool.

  • Anonymous

    Awesome and beautiful.

  • http://www.facebook.com/electron.el Electron El

    good arts

    comment by Vega-arts.ru

  • http://www.facebook.com/lovelymouse Ashley Frank

    Wow that’s amazing

  • http://profiles.google.com/michpacey michele pacey

    i agree it is a-MAZE-ing!!! hee hee!

  • http://www.watchesinbox.com/index.php sunnylovey

    oh, my god, it is a great masterwork! http://bit.ly/m5vhOy

  • http://11in6.com John Richards

    I’m confused by this? What method did he us and where how did he grasp the egg without breaking it.

    • http://smragan.com Sean Michael Ragan

      Good questions. Which is why it’s slightly odd that he posted his project on Instructables. As far as I can tell, he offers no instruction whatsoever. It’s certainly cool, mind you, but as to how he did it, well, I’m guessing he wants that left a mystery. =]

      • http://11in6.com John Richards

        Yes…well that’s a mystery beyond my skill level with eggs.

      • http://www.facebook.com/midnightsnackfairy Angela Taylor

        now, i HAVE heard of a method of using vinegar to soften an eggshell enough to fit a whole egg into a soda bottle…  if that is the case, then i can imagine using this technique to soften the eggshell so it could be more flexible and more easily cut.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=686697076 Farzad Tabatabaie

      Not sure if this is how this artist did it, but here is another artist explaining how he carves his eggs: http://theeggshellsculptor.com/TheProcess.html

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=686697076 Farzad Tabatabaie

      Not sure if this is how this artist did it, but here is another artist explaining how he carves his eggs: http://theeggshellsculptor.com/TheProcess.html

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=686697076 Farzad Tabatabaie

      Not sure if this is how this artist did it, but here is another artist explaining how he carves his eggs: http://theeggshellsculptor.com/TheProcess.html

    • http://www.facebook.com/midnightsnackfairy Angela Taylor

      THAT would be my question….how do you apply enough force, once having removed so much of the egg, to apply enough pressure to remove the remaining pieces??

  • http://www.facebook.com/jsirois Jeremy Sirois

    cut with some sort of laser?

    • http://twitter.com/HalgonianXplozn Josh Lawrence

      That was my thought as well.

  • Anonymous

    I am just guessing. But I would attempt this with a hard boiled egg and a dremel. Pare away the shell, and then remove the egg from inside.

    • http://www.facebook.com/midnightsnackfairy Angela Taylor

      i agree with the dremel, if you could find just the right attatchment.  its actually easier to blow out the insides first than to try to get a really clean removal after the fact.

  • Anonymous

    I am just guessing. But I would attempt this with a hard boiled egg and a dremel. Pare away the shell, and then remove the egg from inside.

  • http://www.facebook.com/PatchDragon Luke Radke

    I bet he was EGG-cited that it didn’t fall apart. :D

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Julia-Schneider/100000654703659 Julia Schneider

      punny.

    • Danny Hall

      HISTORY CHANNEL 
      carved eggs
      appears to be done with dental tools.

  • Jennifer Kowalski

    adonde va a huevo?

  • Britney Deatherage

    in school we painted hollowed out eggs for easter and cinco de mayo. we poked two holes in either end and  blew the liquid egg out. it was difficult (and stinky), but we did it with the shell still intact. if you look closely at the right picture, there are a few bumps, like something was filled in. i bet the creator of this did like i did, and filled in the resulting holes. i could be wrong, but that’s my guess. awesome design though. ^___^

    • http://www.facebook.com/midnightsnackfairy Angela Taylor

      eggs are not completely smooth…there are lumps and bumps…this is one of the things that makes them challenging as a canvas….

    • http://www.facebook.com/midnightsnackfairy Angela Taylor

      eggs are not completely smooth…there are lumps and bumps…this is one of the things that makes them challenging as a canvas….

  • http://www.facebook.com/dpulis.tobiya Debbie Pulis-Tobiya

    I wish I had those Patience!!!
     

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DXGHACJL3GC7A52YTWUVUAN34E Owen

    nice must have taken months

  • http://www.facebook.com/mitch.klein2 Mitch Klein

    HAVE you coated the shell with any type of sealant?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2LOYKTBLSWCQF7XVXEZNXY2NBI peter

    this is great man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    my name is vinod vishwakarma 

  • Anonymous

    my name is vinod vishwakarma 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Valeria-Lazo/549960679 Valeria Lazo

    he must b a very egg-sperienced egg carver now hahahahaah

  • Anonymous

    very very good. I like it a lot. come take a look of my blog, and tell me what you think. http://www.alzerinablog.com

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3GO6F2XRF4DRJKLZ57CLTXOVIE Annvie

    How the eff do you do that?

  • http://www.facebook.com/rikory Richard Cory

    thought i was the only crazy one to do this…got lotz …..

  • http://www.facebook.com/rikory Richard Cory

    thought i waz the only crazy one to do thiz …have lotz ….

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Erin-Smile/1209305883 Erin Smile

    my word… that is simply eggcelent.

  • http://galvinaven.wordpress.com/ Galvin Entalai

    egg-celent! i kinda like that! lol..

  • http://dbakeca.it Giovanni Rosso

    eggstraordinary…

  • http://twitter.com/chillydream jack

    that’s some serious sculpture

  • Anonymous

       Eggads!….his name is Humpty Dumpty!!

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  • http://northierthanthou.wordpress.com danielwalldammit

    Very cool!