An Egg in the Face or a Face on an Egg?

April 2, 2012 § Leave a comment

Growing up in the sixties, my favorite TV show was The Avengers, with Patrick McNee. I remember one episode in particular, that is indelibly etched in my memory. Its dark graphic plot involved a surreal museum that kept a registry of clown faces, hand-painted on chicken eggs.

I always wondered if this place really existed or if it was just created by the Avenger writers?

The answer, thanks to Google, is, yes it really does exist. The tradition began around 1946 at what was then the International Circus Clowns Club. A member named Stan Bult started recording clown images on eggs carefully blowing out the insides so the eggs would not explode. The eggs were not just a record of the clown’s facial makeup, but an actual portraiture in miniature. Examples of these detailed works of art are posted below.

The collection of clown eggs traveled around the world.   But sadly after Mr. Bult’s death most of the eggs were destroyed in an accident at one such traveling exhibit, around 1965.

Today many of the original designs have been reproduced on glass eggs and can be seen at the Clowns International website, www.clowns-international.co.uk.

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 decided to use some of these wonderful mini portraits to create my own Clown Eggs.  I will be posting them next week and I hope that my readers will fine inspiration from these tiny works of art!

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 Here are my quick amd easy to make clown eggs!

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Instructions:

  • Hard boil or blow out the inside of the egg
  • With a Sharpie fine point marker, draw on the clown face (keep it simple)
  • mouth crayon.jpgColor in areas you want to remain white with a clear or white crayon. If this doesn’t work for you just go over the area with white acrylic paint when the egg is dry.
  • Dye the egg in Easter egg coloring dye – first in yellow than in pink,to make skin tone
  • When dry, use tacky glue to add a nose. I just a styrofoam berry from an old holiday decoration and cut off a slice from the back to flatten it, but there are many options. Buttons, pompoms, seed pods all work great!
  • The hair can be made from yarn, feathers, or moss, anything that’s colorful.
  • You can make a little hat for your clown or cheat as I did just buy one at the craft store. They are pretty easy to find.
  • The final touch is to glue on seed beads for eyes.  This really makes them come to life without a lot of fancy painting.
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