Published on Monday, 10 March 2014 00:00
When Wen Fuliang, of Shaanxi province was fired from his job as a wood carver, he thought of an unusual idea to make ends meet. Instead of looking for another wood carving job, he took to carving eggshells and selling them off as art pieces.
He uses chicken, goose and duck eggshells to carve out places of interest and popular Chinese symbols, such as the iconic Dayan Pagoda in Xi'an and the animals from the Chinese Zodiac.
Wen’s art works are both awe-inspiring in both their beauty and fragility. He has been the very delicate art of eggshell carving for over twelve years now.
The process is nothing short of a pain-staking one. Egg carving is done using a fine diamond bit on an electric rotary tool. Wen sketches a design on the shell, which has been carefully emptied of the yolk and egg white with a syringe. He must then very gently but securely hold the egg shell in one hand, the rotary tool in the other and slowly carve away the design in an incredibly time-consuming and skilful process.
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