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Slovenian Artist Creates Beautiful Lace-Like Easter Eggs

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Slovenian artist creates beautiful lace-like Easter eggs by drilling thousands of holes in fragile eggs shells. Full Story: Slovenian artist Franc Grom creates intricate lace-like masterpieces out of Easter eggs as he uses precision tools to drill egg shells with thousands of tiny holes to create unique Easter eggs of fragile beauty. The 74-year-old retired engineer from Stara Vrhnika in Central Slovenia devised a technique in which he uses drills to make more than 2,000 holes in an average goose egg. Grom, who has been making intricately decorated eggs for about 20 years, says the biggest challenge in drilling eggs is avoiding cracks as the tiny holes are often drilled only millimeters apart. Nevertheless, his record-breaking egg had more than 24,000 holes in it, a testament to his precision and patience. "The most difficult part is taking care that the holes are drilled close to each other without breaking the shell. I have set my personal record some 3-4 years ago, with a little over 24,000 holes drilled into a single goose egg," Grom said. Grom says he is inspired by traditional Slovenian lace patterns in his designs, which he makes using precision tools normally used for engraving glass, with parts of it taken from dentists' equipment. "When I start working on an egg, I don't know exactly how it would look like in the end. I create the design along the way. I do a basic lace-like pattern, and then I fill it in. Sometimes it turns out beautiful." Grom also does not use any colours or chemicals on the eggs - the colour variation seen on some of the eggs is achieved purely by careful polishing. "A lot of time goes into preparing the eggs. After that, drilling two or three thousand holes is not that difficult. At five thousand, one has to be very careful and the pace of drilling gets slower. I would say that one good looking egg needs about ten days of work." Although Grom keeps a large collection of his favourite eggs at home, he also sells them as souvenirs and does orders for special occasions. His eggs, which are priced according to the complexity of the design and cost about 100 euros per 1,000 holes, all come with certificates of authenticity, and are known to have been shipped to customers all over the world. For more news and videos visit ☛ http://ntdtv.org Follow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook ☛ http://on.fb.me/s5KV2C