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Friday, March 25, 2005
Elegance of the egg
A Mililani egg artist's work
Komatsubara, a retired computer programmer for the commander in charge of the Pacific command, said she became involved in egg decoration more than five years ago after visiting a craft store in Aiea, where classes were held.
"Then it became a hobby for me," she said.
She also took a few classes from Eileen Tokita, who is known as the "egg lady" for her jeweled egg collections.
Some of Komatsubara's crafted eggs were displayed at Washington Place for Gov. Linda Lingle's first Easter of her term.
Over the years she has designed various types of eggs, from tiny finch eggs that measure about half an inch in length to large ostrich eggs that measure about 9 inches in length.
Most egg artists emulate their craft from Faberge eggs. And like many of them, Komatsubara orders hers from the mainland, already drained of their insides.
The egg representing Hawaii in the display is a chicken egg with miniature American and state flags on top of it. Small red and yellow hibiscus that Komatsubara cut out from decorated note pads adorn the exterior part of the egg.
Komatsubara said she painted the egg white and sprayed a sealant around it to strengthen the fragile shell.
With a dental drill, she cut out two ovals on the sides of the shell and decorated the egg cavity with a yellow clay hibiscus in the center and iridescent glitter in the inner wall.
"You have to be very patient" when decorating eggs, she said.
She created two identical eggs for the display just in case the one she mailed to the White House cracked.