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Imagine the splendor of Imperial Russia! Recreate this lavish era with a jeweled egg crafted in the style of Fabergé.
Imagine receiving a specially made, one–of-a-kind jeweled present every year. For Easter, Nicholas II, the last czar of the Russian empire, gave his wife and mother each such a gift, a bejeweled egg. Easter is an important holiday for the Russian Orthodox people and these eggs reflected that significance. Made by the French goldsmith and jeweler, Peter Carl Fabergé, the eggs were gilded, enameled gold. Besides jewels, often they had small portraits of family members or religious figures drawn on them. Some even opened with more jewels and figurines inside.
The Russian Revolution in 1917 put an end to this lavish gift giving. Although similar eggs are made today, there were not many Imperial eggs made and most of those are in a collection in Moscow. Twelve are on display in New York City. Queen Elizabeth of England is a big collector too. Invite students to work in small groups to investigate the history of Fabergé eggs. Provide a vareity of text and electronic resources for students to view during this research.
Once research is complete, students will design their own eggs. Form Crayola Model Magic® into an egg. Air-dry it at least 24 hours.
Students add embellishments to the eggs with Crayola Glitter Glue. Attach decorative craft items such as jewels and foil. Many eggs included the Czarina’s monogram or an important date.
Students roll Model Magic around three toothpicks. Air-dry the legs.
Students cover their work areas with recycled newspaper. Paint the legs with gold Crayola Premier™ Tempera Paint. Paint the bottom of the egg if so desired. Air-dry the paint.
Secure the legs to the egg with Crayola School Glue. Air-dry before setting up a glittering display with classmates’ eggs for all to see!
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