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Reproduction eggs and Taxidermy.

We get asked to recommend Bird Taxidermists in the UK and America. This craftsman produces modern egg creations, given that it is now illeagal to collect birds eggs from the wild and also to sell Victorian taxidermy cases that contain real eggs. Therefore for taxidermists to create modern dioramas that contain eggs, reproductions eggs are the only way to achieve this result. However they are life like, we hope you enjoy this page.

Graham Axon over the years has developed a distinctive style of creating these eggs. Each egg is meticulously observed in terms of size and dimensions. An exact plasticene replica of the subject matter is created by hand. This replica is then placed in the fridge to harden the shape off , prior to creating a mould from it. Please remember that these eggs are NOT real but copied to perfectrion by perhaps the best proponent at this art form

A 2mm hollow resin replica is then created from the mould and then hand painted a hole is then drilled into the side of the hollow form to allow gases to escape and stop the reproduction egg from splitting. By creating hollow eggs this allows light to partly diffuse through the membrane / shell, making them more like the real thing, unlike those made from either wood or plaster which look solid and thereore dull. The difference between Graham’s eggs and the real thing is that they tear, instead of shattering when hit hard.
Graham then uses wildlife pictures and or old Victorian egg collections loaned by museums to finish the replicas off to the exact colours required. These eggs are then used by the Taxidermy trade to create more realistic wildlife scenes.Below are some examples of his work.

Museum eggs copied by Graham Axon. One tray of eggs are the real ones that date from 1870’s and the other are Graham’s modern copies. Can you tell which are which?. Some of the species listed above are Choughs, Black Throated Diver, Red Throated Diver, Jacana’s (Lillytrotters), Puffin, Sandwich Tern, Lapwing, Redhank and Woodcock.

Pair of Ringed Plovers with eggs. Victorian case. These eggs are real and are for comparison only. It is permitted to keep these cases in the UK, providing that it can be proved that the case was produced before 1947. The sale of real eggs in the UK however is illeagal and rightly so. This is why artist such as Graham produce these items, which is far more preferable than taking actual birds eggs from the wild.

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