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Leeroy the amber dragon in progress by fairyfrog Leeroy the amber dragon in progress by fairyfrog
Process of making my Easter egg in amber, Leeroy.
I forgot to take a picture of the egg while it was still a whole. Oh, well. :)

Without any particular order.. it was a fun experiment!

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NycterisA Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's really neat. I have never seen anything like that!
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aromus Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
before i clicked on this.i wanted to believe they where dragon eggs. incredible.
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E-Dantes Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013
You are totally something else. This work is something more than amazing :wow:

Could I ask you if you know of tutorials or books about carving amber? It's something I've wanted to do since long time ago but I have no idea how to start. And you are a genious so who better to ask to? :)
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InuHsien Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013
Was that real amber or a very nice plastic?
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Bronzewinged Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist
This is amazing. I did not know that this even could be done. How long did it take?
Was it hard to cover up the now apparently invisible seam where you split it?

I'm a bit sad that all the amber that was here a very long time ago is either sunken or carved away to Poland or other countries in the south of the Baltic sea by a massive sheet of ice. I live in Sweden.
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KarinFranklin Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013
And a beautiful result!
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cybelemoon Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm so confused on how this was done, but OMG it looks awesome in the finish!
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I split the egg in two with a jewellers' saw.
Then I drafted the outline to have a little reference. I've been drawing this sort of dragon for over 20 years, so I know their shape.

Then, using little burrs on a hand-held engraving tool (like dentists got), I dig out the center of the amber, creating a hollow.
This gives a negative "pit", and when you look at it from the other side (you always work from reverse, it is called "reverse engraving" or Intaglio), you see the shape portruding from the center instead.

Then I painted it from the inside and filled it with goo, gluing it together, pretty much :)
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Tagcat Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013
Could you go into more detail on the 'Intaglio' process please?
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I mention a bit more to the left in myIntaglio gallery here -- [link]
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cybelemoon Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow... that is pretty darn impressive, I thought it was impressive before... now I am shocked at how amazing you did! WOW :wow:
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
:squee:
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SunreiCreations Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That is awesome! I've seen examples of intaglios in amber before but not completely 3D. What did you use to join the two pieces back together? Also, do you use a handheld drill to carve? Seeing that pendant in relation to your fingers, detailed even though its so tiney!
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I used regular 2 component quick dry epoxy glue, making sure the surfaces was perfectly clean first. :)
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