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Christmas Star

by: Elly Pirally
November 3, 2016

Christmas Star

This is the season of baking cookies and using a lot of eggs. Why not saving the eggshells for upcoming projects? Leave the eggshells overnight in a bowl with hot water and a tiny amount of vinegar to peel out the membrane very easy the next day.

Items needed :

  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Clear Matte Medium
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Modeling Paste - Black
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Liquid Glass
  • DecoArt Media Antiquing Creams - Patina Green
  • DecoArt Media Antiquing Creams - English Red Oxide
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Metallic Gold
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Quinacridone Gold
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Quinacridone Burnt Orange
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Cobalt Teal Hue
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide
  • Metallic Lustre 1oz - Copper Kettle
  • Eggshells
  • MDF Board
  • "Victorian" Push Mold
  • Solvent Ink
  • Assorted Brushes
  • Palette Knife
  • Andy Skinner Industrial Stamp Set

Instructions :

Apply a thin layer of Modeling Paste to your surface with a pallet knife and stick the eggshells into the modeling paste. Work in sections because the modeling paste dries fast. I used the black Modeling Paste for better pictures. You could use the white Modeling Paste, too.

Paint a layer of Matte Medium on top and fill in the gaps with tiny pieces of eggshells

Using the Andy Skinner Metallic Copper Recipe by mixing Metallic Gold and Quinacridone Burnt Orange and paint the complete surface of eggshells. Let dry.

Paint a layer of Antiquing Cream Patina Green and let dry.

Remove some of the Antiquing Cream from the raised areas.

This small MDF wood plate had a treatment as shown in Andy Skinner's video Antiquing Cream on flat surfaces. I only used the colours (Fluid Acrylics Metallic Gold and Antiquing Cream English Red Oxide).

I had a bottle with 1/3 left of Liquid Glass. I tinted the Liquid Glass with a view drops Fluid Acrylics Cobalt Teal Hue and filled the mixture into the push mold. Left to dry for two days.

Push mold completely filled.

After two days the Liquid Glass mixture was dry.

All faces complete.

Painted the faces with a layer of Antiquing Cream Patina Green.

Painted a wash of Fluid Acrylics Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide and Quinacridone Gold and then highlighted with Metallic Lustre Copper Kettle.

I glued the face to the small MDF wood board and wood board to eggshell surface with Liquid Glass. I also created rivets with Liquid Glass. Theses rivets are painted with Fluid Acrylics Metallic Gold when dry.

At least I adhered the computer generated words (laser print-out on mulberry paper) with Matte Medium to the eggshell surface.

Be sure to visit Mixed Media and More for more projects and to learn more about Elly Pirally.


Hi Elly!! Love this! I might have left off the 'Merry Christmas'....just didn't seem to go with it.. But LOVE the eggshell effect.. I wish you would have talked more about the handling of the eggshell pieces... The one time i tried playing with eggshells i had a terrible time.. Everyone makes it looks so easy but its not so easy getting those little pieces where you want them and not stuck to your fingers... any suggestions?? Hugs! deb


November 3, 2016

This is so cool...I love how you use the egg shells...and the liquid glass is awesome...gotta tried that for sure...tfs

Gloria Westerman

November 4, 2016

Love the egg shell texture idea. I did that years ago, but thanks to you, I may be able to revive this technique. You sure got some great pieces molded with the Liquid Glass. What a fab idea. TFS

Barbara Rankin

November 4, 2016

ELEGANTLY STUNNING... UNIQUELY OLD WORLD... and FABULOUS Elly. Who would guess in a million years that you used eggshells. No one I know - that's for sure! What a WONDROUS STAR... I think any WISE-MAN would follow it and anyone would love hanging as decor too!!! Xj.


November 4, 2016

who is the mold made by ?


November 5, 2016

Oh Elly. I Love your work. The whole Effekt is so fantastic. Thanks for sharing. Greets and hugs Alexa


November 10, 2016

What a great way to alter a star Elly and I love the santa head xxx

Brenda Brown

November 11, 2016

This is excellent Elly - I love it. Thank you for sharing the techniques.

Christine Patch

January 5, 2017

SIMPLY STUNNING!!! I now know exactly how I will be refinishing a Book Coffe Table that I purchased to refurb. I wanted an aged, antiqued look but was unsure how to achieve it well and evenly. I will be hitting up all Family and Friends for their Egg Shells as it will take a bit to save up. They can be vacuumed sealed and frozen I double checked first...... THANK YOU for an awesome and amazing project from start to finish and from Your Heart and SOUL as well. I value the share. Michelle

Michelle Hanson

February 10, 2019

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