Q. Must an egg be specifically created for this program or may I submit an egg which I have previously created if I feel it meets the requirements?
A. While there is nothing in the rules which prohibits an artist from entering an egg which has been created previously, it is strongly recommended that you create an egg following the exact requirements as set forth for the category and level in which you are entering the egg. An egg, if not newly created, may have yellowed epoxy, discoloration of findings or stand due to age, or become soiled. These defects will greatly affect the score.
Q. When is the application and release form submitted?
A. Check the judging schedule posted on the IEAG website (www.ieag.org) and published in the IEAG magazine. You must complete one application for each egg entered, however, only one release form needs to be completed for each judging event (this will cover all entries for that judging). These forms, applicable fees (including return postage and insurance if applicable), and a photograph of the egg(s) must be received at the address shown in the announcement. They must arrive by the published deadline for registration. Forms received after the deadline will not be judged. The applicant will have the option to carry over the submission to the next judging event or withdraw the egg(s) and receive a refund.
Q. May I enter eggs at more than one level in the same category at the same judging (e.g.: a filigree egg at the novice level and another filigree egg at the intermediate level)?
A. NO! You must have passed each level in a category before going on to the next level in that same category. You may, however, enter several eggs at differing levels in different categories if you have achieved the previous level for the category being entered. We suggest that you not enter more than three eggs at a time and that you give yourself plenty of time to design and work on the egg. If you rush, you will not do your best work.
Q. In most categories the rules require that the hole be covered or incorporated, why?
A. If a hole is showing in a submitted egg, the egg is not considered “finished”. This requirement allows the judges to determine if the artist is skilled at filling or “hiding” the hole.
Q. What is the recommended way to pack an egg for shipping to the location of the judging if I cannot personally deliver it?
A. The use of upholstery foam has proven to be very successful. Some upholstery shops will sell remnants of thick upholstery foam. You should have a piece of foam which is larger than the size (length-width-height) of your entire creation. Split the foam in half. Carve out both halves to the shape of your egg creation with only an elongated groove for the stand and a horizontal groove for the base. Carefully tape the two halves of the foam together around the egg. This will keep the egg secure; and the weight of the stand, if supported properly within the foam, will not cause the egg to break off of the stand in shipping. (Some prefer to use foam surrounding an egg and inserted in coffee can or plastic container). Pack the egg(s) in a box large enough to allow plenty of packing material. If mailing more than one egg, or mailing them out of the country, use two boxes for added security. (One box containing the foam packed eggs inserted within a larger box with lots of packing around it to protect the inner box). To date even delicately cut filigree eggs, if properly packed this way, have arrived safely.
Q. How do I know if I am ready to enter the Masters Program?
A. If you have been egging for a year or two, and are knowledgeable about the techniques used, you are probably ready. Taking a few classes will help but that is not required. Eggs which are submitted that are of “craft” quality will not be judged but will be returned to the owner and their entry fee refunded. Beginners are definitely encouraged but the workmanship should be good. We are, after all, striving for excellence.
Q. Can I use glitter to create the three dimensional component required for Diorama?
A. No. Glitter is no different than paint and does not add any dimension to a diorama. It is used only as an accent.
Q. What is the 3”x5” card used for and why is it important?
A. When the egg is submitted for judging it must be accompanied by this card which MUST state the category and level in which the egg is to be entered. When your egg is being judged first thing a judge does is read the card, then the judge verifies the category and level requirements for the submission. If the egg meets all of the requirements the egg is judged. If the card does not state the category and level, the egg will be disqualified. Do not put your name on the card and if your egg is signed, cover the signature with a piece of tape. When judging the degree of difficulty the judge will consult the card to learn additional information regarding the submission, e.g.; handmade figures, hand colored prints, micromesh polishing, texture markings etc and may take this information into consideration. Any additional information will help raise the score if it denotes difficulty in the execution of the egg.
Q. The beading category specifies that a certain number of different types of beads or jewels must be used. Why is using different types of beads/jewels important?
A. There are many types of beads available although not all of them will be suitable for beading an egg – this will be determined by the design you choose to do on the egg. Examples of types of beads: Bugle, Seed, 3-cut, 2-cut. Examples of types of jewels: flat-back crystals, no-hole pearls, gemstones. NOTE: Different sizes or colors of the same type of bead or jewel are NOT considered a different type of bead or jewel. Keep in mind you can use different beads or different jewels or a combination of both.