Crackles are called small cracks thatare formed in a layer of lacquer or paint or any paintings. Such a defect appears on the surface of the paintings in the event that the technological process of painting is violated. But what is called in painting a clear defect and a violation of technology, in decoupage is considered one of the most common techniques, which is used for aging surfaces. To achieve the effect of cracks, most often use special varnishes designed for craquelure. They are bought in many shops, where they sell all kinds of goods for creativity. But is it possible to do without such means, which most often, are not so cheap? Yes, it is possible, and the reception of artificial aging of decorative objects will be presented below in this master class. The article tells how to simulate craquelure with the help of an egg shell. Decoration of objects using the technique of decoupling with eggshells is an easy way to make the products original and unusual, and you will need a minimum of tools and materials. Try to decorate any object, suppose the bottle, in a similar way. A bright and effective result will surprise you. On eggs, eggshells are glued with PVA glue. In most cases, the egg shell is attached to a thoroughly cleaned surface. After the objects dry up, their appearance acquires the effect of cracks. This effect is most often achieved with the help of craquelure, which is performed by special lacquers. Of course, the shell in no way can replace special varnishes for giving the surface of that unusual kind with cracks. But when gluing the shells, the surface of the product acquires an additional volume and unusual texture. Moreover, using decontamination techniques in the technique of decoupage using egg shells is often helpful in cases where the surface has a variety of convex images, most often illustrating trademark logos that need to be masked to make the product more beautiful. If, in that case, the egg shells are glued on the surface, then all defects and convexities of the working surface will disappear. Preparing the eggshell for work The preparation of the egg shell for work is absolutely not a complicated matter, no unique procedures need be done. The main thing that you must take into account is that you need to use the shell of a raw egg, so it will be much easier to work. Shells should be thoroughly rinsed under warm running water using a brush and detergent. After that, clean it from the film and dry it. A detailed description of the process of decorating a glass jar with an egg shell Now we need to elaborate on the process of decorating a glass surface with an egg shell. And it can be not only a bottle, but a vase, a glass, a bowl, etc. In any work, the first thing to do is to thoroughly wash the glass object and clean it from all sorts of labels, labels, etc. After that, the surface is degreased. It is best for these purposes to use alcohol or detergent, intended for cleaning the glass. Now the place on which will be attachedshell, it is necessary to plaster abundantly with PVA glue. For these purposes, buy glue in the building store, and not the one that is sold in stationery stalls, because the quality of these two products is significantly different. It should be noted and the fact that crackle eggshell with glue does not always work. And it depends on the glue you choose. Therefore, you can first experiment with glue from different manufacturers and choose the most suitable for yourself. While the glue does not dry it is necessary to put on it slicesshell. And in this case, you can do two things. You can break the shell into small pieces in advance and then spread them on the bottle in the desired pattern, using a tweezer or toothpick. And you can do otherwise by putting a large enough piece on the surface, smeared with glue, and crushing it with your finger. After that, you will need to move apart the small pieces with a toothpick. In this case, it is very important that the egg shells are less convex, so they will be better attached to the surface. If the shell is convex, crush it into smaller pieces. Do not cover the entire surface with glue,which you want to decorate with eggshell. It will be more convenient to apply the glue and the shell gradually, moving along the entire surface, which is supposed to be decorated with egg craquelure. After the entire surface is filledeggshell, allow the product to dry. Then apply a second layer of PVA to the brush, which is needed to fix it more firmly. There is no need for excess here. If you fill the space between the shells with glue, then the formed effect will not be seen. And the final stage in decoratingglass surfaces of the egg shell is the priming of the surface. Apply the acrylic paint in two layers (before applying the second layer the first should dry well). Use a foam sponge for this. The glued shell is well held not only onglass surfaces, moreover, it is perfectly combined with the technique of decoupage. On the example of the works presented below, one can perfectly understand and learn how to use the eggshell to decorate glass bottles, which will later be decorated with a decoupage with African motifs. Decoupage bottles with eggshell in African style This master class will allow you to decorate any bottle that can be presented as a gift in the future. Materials To create an unusual bottle, you will need a prepared egg shell, African-style decoupage napkins, a bottle (cleaned and washed), PVA glue, tweezers, a wide brush, a primer, acrylic paints and a sponge. Instructions In this case, a bottle of wine was used. First of all, wash, peel it from the label and dry it. After that, degrease the bottle, use a swab dipped in alcohol. Further on the low-fat bottle it is necessary to putacrylic paint, and water-based paint. The second option is very convenient, because you can easily choose the color you need, adding any white pigment you like. Take a sponge for washing dishes, cut a small piece and treat the surface of the bottle with paint, dipping her sponge. After completing the first layer, leavebottle to dry. If you used a water-based emulsion, you will need about fifteen minutes, if the paint is acrylic, then it will take even less time. That the bottle eventually had a more even shade, in the same way apply a second coat of paint. Advantages of using sponges is that the surface is painted smoothly and without divorce. Leave the bottle to dry no less thanhalf an hour. While it is drying, you can do the second stage of the work. Choose suitable napkins with African motifs and cut out the drawings you need. Place the image on the file, blot it with water from the atomizer and transfer it to the surface of the bottle with utmost care. After this, perform the work, which implies the usual technique of decoupage, using glue with a brush. Leave the workpiece overnight to dry it well. The next day, go to the design of the bottlewith the help of eggshells. It should be washed, cleaned of film and dried, you can do it in advance. Hang the shell in the way that was described above. In this master class, the eggshell is appliedonly on the top and bottom of the bottle. The African motif will be located in the middle. After all the work with the shells is finished, and the bottle itself dries, apply another layer of paint over the shells, which was used to paint the background. In order to paint hard-to-reach places between separate shells as best as possible, use a brush. Allow the product to dry for a while. Now there was a final stage. Separate places need to be painted with a darker color. Put it on those parts where there is an egg mosaic. Use the work of sponge. You should get it as illustrated in the photo. In the end, the entire surface must be varnished, and decoupage of the bottle with the help of an egg shell is ready. Decoupage bottles can be carried out usingnapkins, however, if you have a fabric with a suitable motif, you can use it. So the bottle will look more volume and original. Below are some more master classes on decorating bottles in African style with phased photos. You can choose for yourself the most suitable and implement it. This original bottle is not more complicatedprevious. First, two layers of paint are applied to the washed and non-fattened base. Choose the appropriate motifs and identify the places on which they will be located. After that, glue a small amount of eggshells in suitable places. In this case, the shell is fastened in those places that in the future will correspond to the soil and grass, depicted on a napkin. After that, in the usual technique decoupage pastea napkin on the surface of the bottle. Go on gluing eggshells. They should frame African motifs. Help yourself with a toothpick to create a beautiful mosaic. When the work is done and everything is dry, cover that part of the bottle where the mosaic is located, with the same paint that covers the whole bottle. Allow the product to dry completely. Next, using a sponge on the egg craquelurethe paint is applied in a darker color. The product should be left to dry again and eventually covered with several layers of varnish. Your bottle, decorated in an African style, is ready. In the last master class, the final productsignificantly differs from the previous two, but in no way inferior to them in originality and beauty. For work you will need the same materials and tools as in the first two variants, but in this case, in addition, you need to prepare the contours intended for the glass. As always, first of all the bottle is cleaned anddegreased. Choose a swipe with an animal print, cut off not very thin strips (size pick up at will). They need to be glued to the bottom and top of the bottle. The product must be dried. The remaining space is filled with eggshells in the manner that was done in the previous instructions. Leave the bottle to dry. After that, in white colors, tint those parts that you want to express more clearly. In this version, white stripes on napkins were painted. Again, dry the bottle. After that, take the contours along the glass and select all the lines that are present on the napkins. Dry the bottle again. At the end, cover the product with two layers of varnish,giving each of them a good dry. Now the bottle is ready. Egg shell is an excellent material for decorating all kinds of objects and surfaces. There are many ways to use it. In this article, we proposed several options for decorating egg-shell bottles in an African style, you just need to choose the most interesting for yourself or take any of them as a basis to create something different, new and interesting. Everything depends solely on your preferences and fantasies: to apply additionally decoupage, or decorate the shells in the form of a mosaic, maybe you just want to sun them in one color. With all this, it would seem that the work is painstaking, but not as complicated as it may seem. The main thing is desire, diligence and patience, and you will succeed.