Pu Derong's Exquisite Egg Carvings

It's painstaking work. One slip can destroy his sculptures. But Pu Derong, a self-trained Chinese artist, is able to carve intricate designs into eggshells:

Pu Derong has to keep his hands perfectly steady throughout the whole artistic process to peel away just a bit of the 0.3 mm eggshell canvas to create his 3D artworks. One wrong move can ruin hours of painstaking work, so Pu Derong says he has to remain concentrated from the moment his knife touches the shell until the piece is completed. Although on occasions he uses dyes, most times the artist takes advantage of the egg’s natural coloring to highlight his work. Pu says that because of the eggshell’s high calcium content, his creations can be stored for long periods of time, and have great collection value.

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