If you are looking for a new form of expression, a new canvas on which to apply your talents, egg decoration could very well be for you. Egg decoration is a time-honored art that was part of the future of ancient China, flourished over the centuries in the course of the European kings, and inspired the rare artistry of famed Russian goldsmith Peter Carl Fabergé. It is an art you can master, and Susan Byrd will show you how, step by step, in this superb guide to every phase of traditional egg decoration. Over 70 illustrations and easy-to-follow instructions will guide you through these eight progressively more complex projects. Among them are such exquisite items as a silk-lined jewel box, delicate musical bell, lace-trimmed "cradle," lovely decoupaged napkin rings, and four other beautiful projects. Along the way you will learn the many types of eggs suitable for decorating; how to choose appropriate tools and glues; how to empty, mark, cut, and hinge an egg; and how to paint, sand, and apply decoupage. You will even learn the history of egg decorating. Best of all you will have been introduced to an exciting and rewarding hobby that will provide hours of enjoyment and personal satisfaction.